By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.
ALL-TIME #NBARANK. We counted down the greatest players in NBA history. ALL-TIME #NBARANK. All-Time #NBArank: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5. 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-15 | 16-20 | 21-25; 26-30 | 31-35 | 36-40 | 41-45 | 46-50; 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100; So would Dale Ellis, yet Bird calmly drilled the 22-footer over both of them.
Olajuwon and Michael Jordan are the only players in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. -- ESPN Stats & Info. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Living 'The Dream' There was always something different about the way Hakeem Olajuwon played. He had something within that other players didn't possess -- a balletic quality that transcended the game.
His teams made the NBA Finals in 12 of his 13 seasons, and he averaged at least 20 rebounds per game in 11 of the 12 series while leading the Celtics in scoring twice and assists once. -- ESPN Stats & Info. AP Photo Russell, the Ring Master. Bill Russell wasn't particularly interested in numbers, least of all points.
The beauty of Charles Barkley is that he—like all of us—is humanly flawed; nothing is scripted or contrived. Appearing Friday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Barkley was asked why Magic Johnson’s name rarely comes up in the “greatest of all-time” discussion.
All-Time #NBArank continues its countdown with Players 26-30. To create All-Time #NBArank, we put together a ballot with the 150 greatest players ever. Then our ESPN expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups, with voting based on both peak performance and career value. The result is our all-time NBA Top 100.
Allen Iverson talks favorite players, impact on culture of NBA Allen Iverson is being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame next month, and the former Philadelphia 76ers legend has been making the ... "Mike [Jordan], Shaq [O'Neal], Kobe [Bryant], LeBron [James]. [The fifth one] could be a lot of dudes," he said.
As the Kevin Garnett‘s illustrious career begins to winds down, I think it could be time to start assessing where he ends up in terms of all-time great players. In Bill Simmons’ 2009 Book of Basketball, for example, Garnett was ranked 22nd, just behind LeBron James.
The 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 205 lb (93 kg) Robertson played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star, 11-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in 14 professional seasons. In 1962, he became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season.
Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Pip," he is most remembered for his time with the Chicago Bulls, the team with whom he won six NBA titles.
Nowitzki is the NBA's all-time leader in 3-point field goals, free throws and free throw percentage (minimum 10 attempts) among players 7 feet or taller. He has made over 1,000 more 3-pointers than the next most prolific 7-foot shooter in NBA history (Andrea Bargnani).
Malone's 26.7 points per game ranked fourth in the NBA, and Malone became the 19th NBA player to reach 20,000 career points on January 20, 1995. In the 1995 playoffs, the Jazz lost to the Houston Rockets for the second consecutive year, this time in the first round.
Robinson is a 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP, a two-time NBA Champion (1999 and 2003), a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner (1992, 1996), a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2009 for his individual career, 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team), and a two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee (2008 individually, 2009 as a member of the 1992 Olympic team).
Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American retired basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, the 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
ORLANDO - What if, in the haste of trying find an NBA similarity to what Trae Young did in demolishing the college competition and the basketball world breathlessly wanting to replicate the greatness of Stephen Curry, it saddled the University of Oklahoma guard with unfair and inaccurate comparisons to a two-time MVP winner?
James Harden leads with 24 points, Chris Paul adds 17 as the Rockets stave off the Warriors and take Game 4, 95-92. Check out the top five plays from an exciting Western Conference Finals Game 4. James Harden intercepts the ball and races downcourt before passing behind him to Chris Paul for the transition layup.
Patrick Aloysius Ewing Sr. (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of Georgetown University. He played most of his career as the starting center of the NBA's New York Knicks and also played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic.
In that time period Pierce made 0 all-nba 1st teams. Here are the players that did..... KG, Duncan, Shaq, A.I., Kidd, Nash, Dirk, Amare, Kobe..... So yeah, was Pierce better than 1 or 2 of those guys? Yeah maybe. But 5 of them? (to make him top 5). Sorry Pierce.
Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American basketball coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Previously a point guard in the NBA, Kidd was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.
George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).
James Harden steals it away from Kevin Durant and rushes down the lane for the slam. James Harden drives and lobs it up to Clint Capela in the air to throw down the slam. James Harden dimes it behind his back to Clint Capela as he rises for the huge slam. James Harden comes up with the steal and throws down the one-handed slam at the other end.
Carter is an eight-time NBA All-Star. He is one of six players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game in 10 straight seasons. He is also one of six players in league history to record 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 3-point field goals.
His seven tripledoubles in the month of March matches Michael Jordan (April 1989) for the most triple-doubles in a calendar month in the past 40 years and helped propel Westbrook to earn Western Conference Player of the Month honors for the second time this season.
Tony Parker passes to a trailing Pau Gasol for the two-handed slam. Danny Green draws the double-team then finds Pau Gasol open underneath for a two-handed jam. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the way for Milwaukee with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Bucks get the win over the Spurs, 106-103.
Manu Ginobili erupts off the bench with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in the Spurs win. Rudy Gay and Manu Ginobili were spark plugs off the bench scoring 18 and 17 points respectively as the Spurs comeback to beat the Kings 98-85. Willie Cauley-Stein had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento in the loss.
Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Boston Celtics.He is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and is regarded as one of the best power forwards of all time.
Payton is widely considered one of the best point guards of all time and is the only point guard that has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record he shares with Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant.