Monday, November 17, 2014

N.B.A. Franchise Stars Rankings & The 85-Point Club

Who’s the most consistent winner for his own franchise in the history of National Basketball Assiociation? That’s the question I asked myself couple of years ago, in February 2007 to be precise. At that time, I decided to rank all franchise leaders since the 1979-80 season (28 guys made this initial list). You might remember it as the month of NBA All-Star weekend in Vegas, and of Phil Jackson saying to his Laker squad, "All you guys can do is play video games and watch porn movies." Good times. Roughly six years later, during one cold winter week, I proceeded to update the research finally, taking into consideration each and every quality player that has ever hooped in the best basketball league in the world. Of course, that means I eventually run into some difficulties: the primary one being the fact that basketballers in the 1950s and '60s played fewer games with fewer playoff rounds... but nonetheless, you can’t deny the overall career win percentages. Why win percentages? Throughout the years, I've read and seen tons of articles/books/videos on hoops history, and an intriguing idea popped up in my head -- which elite player had the best winning percentage for a particular team he played on (for at least seven consecutive seasons)? Why I decided to use the number seven as a cutoff? Hell, I don’t remember that. I just know a guy has to play at least seven full seasons for the same team in order to appear in these rankings. If he’s traded during his seventh season, e.g. Chris Webber in Sacramento, he’s ineligible, too. Seven seasons leading the same franchise is definitely worthy of franchise-star label. I created three categories (regular season, playoffs, and overall) then and ranked the unquestionable stars and their era's teams. In the end, I got to the number 50... which is nice and all, but #BasketballNeverStops and with the completion of the 2013-14, Kevin Durant became eligible for F.S.R. induction; I made a decision to add Elgin, Frazier, Cowens (total screw-ups by not including them earlier), Schayes, Arizin, Greer, Bing, Dumars and Yao, Bosh's Raptors years and Aldridge's eight Blazers campaigns as well, plus I had to take Earl Monroe (Clyde over the Pearl) and Adrian Dantley off the list (more on that later). Of these 60 hardwood superstars, whose fans had the best, most successful times following and cheering for their resident alpha dog? It bears mentioning: I know these rankings are somewhat inept and with holes all over the place -- it examines a player's whole career with his franchise, so either he could have been too young and green to contribute in the beginning or too old and creaky to be the force in his twilight days; I didn't have time or will to consider games missed due to injuries or whatever (Anyone who wants to explore that in their free time?)... however, in this new F.S.R edition, the rankings are slightly restructured, because I settled on excluding the seasons in which a player logged less than 30 games. Dantley played just 22 games in 1982-83, and as a result of this year being deleted from his Jazz resume, he was left with only six full Utah seasons. The-Diehards-Gonna-Shake-Their-Heads part: I certainly feel a little uneasy that my ranking spits out Ewing ahead of Hakeem in the 'B' category. But hey, you cannot have everything! As you'll see on the lists, I calculated an average of a player's respective franchise seasons, for example Barkley, eight Sixer seasons, .565 average, then his playoff rating number (see my point system below) and combined it in the 'C' part. This ain't to tell us who's the best ever or who coulda/woulda/shoulda outplayed whom in a freaking one-on-one game -- this is how the players led their teams/cities through thick and thin during number of years. Some bonafide superstars just haven't had the opportunity slash desire to play somewhere so long to make the list (Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone). Also, some franchise stars have played most of their power years together (Stockton-Malone's 1985-03, West-Baylor's 1960-72); good luck with determining who was the better player overall (actually, you can make a case for either of the two), so they deserve to be ranked here. Unfortunately for the all-time super greats like Scottie Pippen or Kevin McHale, nobody sane would ever claim they were better players than MJ or Bird, respectively, thus they are off the ranks. Now onto arguably the biggest flaw in F.S.R.: as in the D-Wade's case -- his last four seasons he had the awesome help of one dude named James; you can’t say with a straight face that Wade was the best player on the team in every one of his eleven Heat seasons. I told you, this is an imperfect science. Honestly, I admit the table of 60 may be incomplete, but I tried to incorporate everyone who was worthy of all-time status AND fulfilled said prerequisites. In fact, Ken Shouler's and Elliot Kalb's lists of 50 greatest N.B.A. players of all time were of a great help to 2007 Luke_Mellow. As you'll see, the way the numbers shook out produced a ranking that conformed very much with a fan's conventional wisdom, with a few interesting exceptions ('Melo's Nuggets over Isiah's Pistons?). In other words, it's nice to know that the numbers have our backs. Finally, this past weekend I created something called the 85-Point Club: I added up a player's overall ranking total, number of seasons in which he led his team and his MVP/Finals MVP count during that period, and if the number topped 85, that means we are talking about a member of the pantheon of true franchise players.(In case you're wondering, what are LeBron's chances to join the 85 Club? Let's says the Cavs win 180 regular season games in these next three seasons (LBJ's win % after 10 Cavalier seasons: .645), they three-peat in the next three Finals (LBJ's Playoff rating: 3.10; clinching Top 13 Overall ranking), and James has 3 Finals MVPs, 5 MVPs (as a Cav)... that computes to 85.60. Tough, but not impossible, right?) There are nine members of the club in all, and every one of 'em won at least three N.B.A. championships for his franchise, except for the poor, ringless Mailman. Shaquille. Kobe. Kareem. Larry. Bill. Michael. Earvin. Tim. Enjoy.

A. Win percentage, regular season*

1 Larry Bird CELTICS /1979-92/ .721** (--88-89)

2 Magic Johnson LAKERS /1979-91, 95-96/ .717

3 Tim Duncan SPURS /1997-14/ .706

4 Bill Russell CELTICS /1956-69/ .705

5 Shaq O'Neal LAKERS /1996-04/ .693

6 Michael Jordan BULLS /1984-93, 95-98/ .685 (--85-86, --94-95)

7 David Robinson SPURS /1989-03/ .682 (--96-97)

8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar LAKERS /1975-89/ .676

9 Julius Erving SIXERS /1976-87/ .670

10 Bob Cousy CELTICS /1950-63/ .665

11 Kevin Johnson SUNS /1988-98, 99-00/ .648 (--99-00)

12 George Mikan LAKERS /1948-54, 55-56/ .646

13 Kobe Bryant LAKERS /1996-14/ .645 (--13-14)

14 Karl Malone JAZZ /1985-03/ .642

15 John Havlicek CELTICS /1962-78/ .639

16 Sidney Moncrief BUCKS /1979-89/ .636

17 John Stockton JAZZ /1984-03/ .633

18 Billy Cunningham SIXERS /1965-72/ .628

19 Jerry West LAKERS /1960-74/ .627

20 Gary Payton SONICS /1990-03/ .619

21 Dave Cowens CELTICS /1970-80/ .615

22 LeBron James CAVS /2003-10/ .608

23 Dirk Nowitzki MAVS /1998-14/ .605

24 Alonzo Mourning HEAT /1995-02, 05-08/ .601 (--00-01, --07-08)

25 Steve Nash SUNS /1996-98, 04-12/ .598

26 Dwyane Wade HEAT /2003-14/ .594

27 Carmelo Anthony NUGGETS /2003-10/ .588

28 Walt Frazier KNICKS /1967-77/ .587

29 Elvin Hayes BULLETS /1972-81/ .584

30 Yao Ming ROCKETS /2002-09, 10-11/ .580 (--10-11)

31 Wes Unseld BULLETS /1968-81/ .579

31 Oscar Robertson ROYALS /1960-70/ .579

31 Dwight Howard MAGIC /2004-12/ .579

34 Hakeem Olajuwon ROCKETS /1984-01/ .575

35 Dolph Schayes NATIONALS/SIXERS /1949-64/ .569 (--63-64)

36 Isiah Thomas PISTONS /1981-94/ .565

36 Charles Barkley SIXERS /1984-92/ .565

38 George Gervin SPURS /1976-85/ .563

38 Kevin Durant THUNDER/SONICS /2007-14/ .563

40 Joe Dumars PISTONS /1985-99/ .561

41 Patrick Ewing KNICKS /1985-00/ .560 (--97-98)

42 Reggie Miller PACERS /1987-05/ .558

42 Willis Reed KNICKS /1964-74/ .558 (--71-72, --73-74)

44 Walter Davis SUNS /1977-88/ .557 (--84-85)

45 Clyde Drexler BLAZERS /1983-95/ .551

46 Dominique Wilkins HAWKS /1982-93/ .544

47 Hal Greer SIXERS/NATIONALS /1958-73/ .541

48 Paul Pierce CELTICS /1998-13/ .538

49 Bob Pettit HAWKS /1954-65/ .537

50 LaMarcus Aldridge BLAZERS /2006-14/ .531

51 Kevin Garnett WOLVES /1995-07/ .526

52 Alex English NUGGETS /1980-91/ .516

53 Elgin Baylor LAKERS /1958-72/ .512 (--70-71, --71-72)

54 Paul Arizin WARRIORS /1950-62/ .510

55 Allen Iverson SIXERS /1996-06/ .498

56 Bob Lanier PISTONS /1970-79/ .475

57 Chris Mullin WARRIORS /1985-97/ .467 (--94-95)

58 Dave Bing PISTONS /1966-75/ .456

59 Chris Bosh RAPTORS /2003-10/ .443

60 Mitch Richmond KINGS /1991-00/ .419


* at least 7 full seasons with the same team
** no. / franchise star / team / years / win percentage
-- reg. season record not included, played less than 30 games

B. Playoff rating rank~

~ Points (1974-2014):
Non-playoffs… 0
First round… 1
Conference semis… 2
Conference finals… 3
NBA Finals… 4
NBA champion… 6

1 Magic LAKERS 4.08

2 Shaq LAKERS 3.88

3 Jordan BULLS 3.77 (1986 & 1995 playoffs included, played a major role)

4 Kareem LAKERS 3.71

5 Bird CELTICS 3.50

6 Duncan SPURS 3.29

7 Kobe LAKERS 3.18

8 Wade HEAT 3.09

9 Erving SIXERS 3.00

10 D-Robinson SPURS 2.46

11 Hayes BULLETS 2.33 (1972-74 w/o 1st round in playoffs)

12 Dave Cowens CELTICS 2.30 (1970-74 w/o 1st round in playoffs)

13 Moncrief BUCKS 2.20

14 I-Thomas PISTONS 2.08

15 Unseld BULLETS 2.07 (1968-74 w/o 1st round in playoffs)

16 Ewing KNICKS 2.00

16 K-Johnson SUNS 2.00

18 Joe Dumars PISTONS 1.93

19 Stockton JAZZ 1.89

20 K-Malone JAZZ 1.88

20 Hakeem ROCKETS 1.88

20 Mourning HEAT 1.88

23 LeBron CAVS 1.86

23 Durant THUNDER/SONICS 1.86

25 Gervin SPURS 1.77

26 Nowitzki MAVS 1.69

27 Pierce CELTICS 1.66

27 Drexler BLAZERS 1.66

29 R-Miller PACERS 1.61

30 D-Howard MAGIC 1.50

31 W-Davis SUNS 1.40

31 Nash SUNS 1.40

33 Payton SONICS 1.38

33 Barkley SIXERS 1.38

35 Anthony NUGGETS 1.28

36 English NUGGETS 1.27

37 Iverson SIXERS 1.20

38 Wilkins HAWKS 1.00

39 Yao ROCKETS 0.86

40 Garnett T-WOLVES 0.83

41 Mullin WARRIORS 0.73

42 Aldridge BLAZERS 0.63

43 Lanier PISTONS 0.55 (1970-74 w/o 1st round in playoffs)

44 Richmond KINGS 0.44

45 Bosh RAPTORS 0.29

***

~ Points (1948-1974):
Non-playoffs… 0
Division (Conf., 1970-74) semis… 1
Division (Conf., 1970-74) finals… 2
NBA Finals… 3
NBA champion… 5

1 Russell CELTICS 4.61

2 Mikan LAKERS 4.00

3 Havlicek CELTICS 3.25

4 Cousy CELTICS 3.23

5 West LAKERS 2.57

6 Baylor LAKERS 2.45

7 Walt Frazier KNICKS 2.10 (1974-77 w/ 1st round in playoffs)

8 Pettit HAWKS 2.09

9 Dolph Schayes NATIONALS/SIXERS 2.00

9 Reed KNICKS 2.00

11 Cunningham SIXERS 1.71

12 Hal Greer SIXERS/NATIONALS 1.46

13 Paul Arizin WARRIORS 1.25

14 Robertson ROYALS 0.80

15 Dave Bing PISTONS 0.33 (1974-75 w/ 1st round in playoffs)


C. Overall rankings, Top 13 (reg. season + playoffs)


1 Magic 71.7 + 4.08 = 75.78

2 Bird 70.1 + 3.31 = 75.60

3 Russell 70.5 + 4.61 = 75.10

4 Duncan 70.6 + 3.29 = 73.89

5 Shaq 69.3 + 3.88 = 73.18

6 Erving 69.0 + 3.00 = 72.90

7 Jordan 66.6 + 3.77 = 72.27

8 Kareem 67.6 + 3.71 = 71.31

9 D-Robinson 65.2 + 2.29 = 70.66

10 Cousy 66.5 + 3.23 = 69.73

11 Mikan 64.6 + 4.00 = 68.60

12 Kobe 63.4 + 3.00 = 67.68

13 Havlicek 63.9 + 3.25 = 67.15


D. The 85-Point Club (overall rankings + number of seasons leading the franchise + a player's MVP/Finals MVP count during those seasons)


1 Duncan ... 17 + 5 >> 95.89

2 Magic ... 13 + 6 >> 94.78

3 Jordan ... 11 + 11 >> 94.27

4 Russell ... 13 + 5 >> 93.10

5 Bird ... 12 + 5 >> 92.60

6 Kareem ... 14 + 4 >> 89.31

7 Kobe ... 17 + 3 >> 87.68

8 K-Malone ... 18 + 2 >> 86.08

9 Shaq ... 8 + 4 >> 85.18

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Tomas Satoransky: I kept letting the NBA window open, but my heart just pulled me more to Europe

Take a look at the most interesting answers regarding FC Barcelona, the Washington Wizards, Honza Vesely, Czech nat'l team's future, and his long-range shooting Tomas Satoransky gave during this summer's EuroBasket 2015 Qualification:

* On the process of picking to play for Barcelona this summer: "It‘s true that if the Wizards wanted me last summer [2013], I’d come over there, I was really prepared [to play for Washington]. But after this [2013-14] season, in which I played even better, I registered a big response and interest from European teams. So I decided to go about getting to the NBA gradually, in a step by step manner. Looking back, perhaps my Cajasol Seville coach Aito Reneses had quite a big influence on me in this as well; with him I talked about it a lot. I don‘t regret my decision and I hope that my stint in Barcelona is going to be successful. And maybe it will help me to get better leverage in the NBA. I lined up all the offers on the table and then little by little I narrowed the selection. Inasmuch as I got quite a lot of interesting offers from European teams, so I didn’t even get to the point where I‘d seriously think about the NBA. I kept letting the NBA window open [through this process], but my heart just pulled me more to Europe. And I wanted to stay in Spain, too, where I know it well and where they know me. The general conditions which I’d have in the NBA now, those wouldn‘t be wholly ideal. I realized that I don’t want to get there at all costs, and I have chosen for myself better conditions and position in Barcelona."

* On his good pal Jan Vesely being considered a bust in the NBA: "I think every player has a different position and role on the team. I don‘t want to completely dissect it, but maybe what harmed him was the fact that he was drafted so high and the high expectations placed on him. I think that if he was taken lower [in the draft], he’d last longer in the NBA. But every situation is different and generally, players who come over to the NBA from the Euroleague are successful in most cases."

* On the Czech Republic national team's (ranked no. 48 in FIBA World Ranking) future and ambitions: "The way I see it, we have the last [qualification] summer to advance [to the EuroBasket] and thus to keep this team with [veterans] Jiri Welsch and Lubos Barton, because in two or three they won’t probably be playing for the national team anymore. We‘ll see how this qualification turns out and then, if we qualify for it, how’s the EuroBasket going to play out. Of course, getting to the World Cup [of basketball] or the Olympics is very difficult, we’d have to play an excellent tournament in order to achieve it, but I don’t see it as unrealistic as it looks. However, we must have all the [best] players playing and mainly we must really gel together as a team."

* On his long-range shooting [note: shot 37% (29-79) from the three-point line in the Spanish ACB last season]: "Well, it's not one of my biggest weapons. To the contrary,  it is considered as my weakness. But I try to improve my shooting all the time, and last season, also thanks to the role that I had on the [Cajasol] team, it went up quite a bit. So of late, I'm not afraid to shoot and possibly this helps bettering my shooting percentages. When I have a choice [to shoot it or to drive it], I would rather drive it. A player can have good [three-point] shooting percentages, but oftentimes they deem you a shooter when you jack up shots out of pick-and-rolls and the like. Then you have guards who shoot off the dribble [from long-range] and I don’t belong among those guys, either. When I take such shots sometimes, I try to have a good shooting percentage on them."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

U.S. States Hoops Championship 2014

[Eligible players -- those who played in the NBA last season, plus the incoming rookie class.]

10-man Rosters (starting 5s & reserves):

MARYLAND

Lawson
Oladipo
J.Green
Gay
D.Cunningham

Jack
Neal
W.Barton
Bullock
Beasley

Legends: Sam Cassell & Dennis Scott


MISSOURI

Burks
Beal
B.Rush
T.Hansbrough
D.Lee

McLemore
Porter
Tolliver
M.Thomas
Harrellson

Legends: Jo Jo White & Bill Bradley


WASHINGTON
A.Bradley
Ja.Crawford
Webster
Marv.Williams
Hawes

I.Thomas
N.Robinson
Wroten
LaVine
Stuckey

Legends: John Stockton & James Edwards


FLORIDA
Knight
T.Hardaway
Ariza
Parsons
Sanders

Blake
G.Rice
Carter
Stoudemire
Speights

Legends: Artis Gilmore & David Robinson


NEW JERSEY
Foye
J.R.Smith
Henderson
D.West
Faried

A.J.Price
Copeland
E.Clark
A.Harrington
J.Thompson

Legends: Shaq O'Neal & Rick Barry



GEORGIA
Meeks
KCP
J.Smith
Favors
D.Howard

Crowder
Singleton
Aminu
Hickson
J.Hill

Legends: Walt Frazier & Dale Ellis


INDIANA
M.Conley
E.Gordon
Hayward
Z.Randolph
Ma.Plumlee

J.Teague
G.Hill
C.Lee
McRoberts
Mi.Plumlee

Legends: Larry Bird & Shawn Kemp



LOUISIANA
E.Payton
M.Thornton
T.Young
Millsap
Monroe

Augustin
Temple
Granger
Bass
G.Davis

Legends: Karl Malone & Bill Russell


OHIO

Burke
S.Curry
Kev.Martin
L.James
Sullinger

Roberts
Cole
McCollum
Payne
Mullens

Legends: John Havlicek & Nate Thurmond


TEXAS
Smart
Matthews
J.Butler
Aldridge
Bosh

G.Green
Dunleavy
Randle
D.Jordan
Perkins

Legends: Grant Hill & Larry Johnson


PENNSYLVANIA
Lowry
Bryant
MKG
Marc.Morris
Mark.Morris

Nelson
Waiters
T.Evans
Blair
L.Allen

Legends: Earl Monroe & Rasheed Wallace


ILLINOIS
Rose
Wade
Iguodala
J.Parker
A.Davis

Beverley
Livingston
T.Allen
Shumpert
Marion

Legends: Isiah Thomas & Dan Issel


NEW YORK
K.Walker
Stephenson
Anthony
Gibson
Hibbert

Fredette
D.Green
T.Harris
Frye
Drummond

Legends: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Julius Erving


CALIFORNIA
Westbrook
George
K.Leonard
Love
T.Chandler

Lillard
Harden
K.Thompson
DeRozan
B.Lopez

Legends: Reggie Miller & Gary Payton


Bonus: CALIFORNIA B Team

Holiday
Afflalo
Korver
Pierce
R.Lopez

Jennings
N.Young
Budinger
A.Gordon
Anderson



Sunday, September 21, 2014

10 GREATEST NON-EURO INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS EVER

Honorable Mentions (15 players):
*Carlos Arroyo* PG -- Puerto Rican
*Juan Vicens* PG -- Puerto Rican
*Leandro Barbosa* SG -- Brazilian
*Andrew Gaze* SG -- Australian
*Luol Deng* SF -- British/Sudanese
*Rick Fox* SF -- Canadian
*Andres Nocioni* SF -- Argentine/Italian
*Mychal Thompson* PF -- Bahamian
*Tom Meschery* PF -- American/Russian (born in Manchuria, China)
*Jean-Jacques Conceicao* PF -- Angolan (born in Zaire)
*Oscar Furlong* PF -- Argentine
*Rony Seikaly* C --  American/Lebanese
*Teofilo Cruz* C -- Puerto Rican
*Manute Bol* C -- Sudanese
*Olden Polynice* C -- Haitian

 THE PANTHEON OF NON-EURO INTERNATIONAL HOOPS
(players listed by date of birth)

*Ubiratan Pereira*
Born: January 18, 1944 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Died: July 17, 2002 (aged 58)
Nationality: Brazilian
Center/Power forward
Height: 6-6
Weight: 212 lbs

Career history
1960–1961     Clube Esperia (BRA)
1961–1969     Corinthians (BRA)
1969–1972     Splugen Brau Venezia (ITA)
1972               Trianon Clube (BRA)
1972–1973     Sirio (BRA)
1973–1978     Palmeiras (BRA)
1978–1982     Sao Jose dos Campos (BRA)

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2010)
FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)
FIBA Hall of Fame (2009)
FIBA Order of Merit (1994)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (1970)
Olympics: Bronze (1964)
World Championship: Gold (1963), Silver (1970), Bronze (1967, 1978)
Pan American Games: Silver (1963), Bronze (1975, 1979)
South American Championship: Gold (1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1977)
Champion of the Brazilian League (1965, 1966, 1969, 1977, 1981)


*Oscar Schmidt*
Born: February 16, 1958 (Natal, Brazil)
Nationality: Brazilian
Shooting guard/Small forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225 lbs

Career history
1974–1978     Palmeiras (BRA)
1978–1982     Sirio (BRA)
1982–1990     Juve Caserta (ITA)
1990–1993     Pavia (ITA)
1993–1995     Forum Valladolid (ESP)
1995–1997     Corinthians (BRA)
1997–1998     Bandeirantes (BRA)
1998–1999     Barueri (BRA)
1999–2003     Flamengo (BRA)
Drafted: 1984, by the New Jersey Nets

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2013)
FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)
FIBA Hall of Fame (2010)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (1978, 1986, 1990)
Olympics Top Scorer (1988, 1992, 1996)
World Championship Top Scorer (1990)
Spanish League Top Scorer (1994)
Italian League Top Scorer (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992)
Brazilian League Top Scorer (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
World Championship: Bronze (1978)
Pan American Games: Gold (1987), Bronze (1979)
South American Championship: Gold (1977, 1983, 1985), Silver (1979, 1981)
Americas Championship; Bronze (1989)
Champion of the Brazilian League (1977, 1979, 1996)



*Rolando Blackman*
Born: February 26, 1959 (Panama City, Panama)
Nationality: American / Panamanian
Shooting guard
Height: 6-6
Weight: 190 lbs

Career history
1977–1981     Kansas State (NCAA)
1981–1992     Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
1992–1994     New York Knicks (NBA)
1994–1995     AEK Athens (GRE)
1995–1996     Stefanel Milano (ITA)
1996–1997     CSP Limoges (FRA)
Drafted: 1981, by the Dallas Mavericks

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1985, 1986, 1987, 1990)
#22 Retired by Dallas Mavericks (2000)
Champion of the Italian League (1996)

Rolando Blackman Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Qx6MQU8Yo


*Patrick Ewing*
Born: August 5, 1962 (Kingston, Jamaica)
Nationality: American / Jamaican
Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 240 lbs

Career history
1981–1985     Georgetown (NCAA)
1985–2000     New York Knicks (NBA)
2000–2001     Seattle SuperSonics (NBA)
2001–2002     Orlando Magic (NBA)
Drafted: 1985, by the New York Knicks

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2008)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
Inducted into HoF as a member of the 1992 Dream Team (2010)
NBA All-Star (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
All-NBA First Team (1990)
All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, 1989, 1992)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986)
#33 Retired by New York Knicks (2003)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1984)
Olympics: Gold (1984, 1992)
NCAA champion (1984)


*Hakeem Olajuwon*
Born: January 21, 1963 (Lagos, Nigeria)
Nationality: Nigerian / American
Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 255 lbs

Career history
1981–1984     Houston (NCAA)
1984–2001     Houston Rockets (NBA)
2001–2002     Toronto Raptors (NBA)
Drafted: 1984, by the Houston Rockets

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2008)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
NBA champion (1994, 1995)
NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995)
NBA MVP (1994)
NBA All-Star (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
All-NBA First Team (1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1997)
All-NBA Second Team (1986, 1990, 1996)
All-NBA Third Team (1991, 1995, 1999)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
All-Defensive First Team (1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994)
All-Defensive Second Team (1985, 1991, 1996, 1997)
NBA All-Rookie Team (1985)
NBA rebounds leader (1989, 1990)
NBA blocks leader (1990, 1991, 1993)
NBA all-time blocks leader
#34 Retired by Houston Rockets (2002)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1983)
Olympics: Gold (1996)



*Dikembe Mutombo*
Born: June 25, 1966 (Kinshasa, DR Congo)
Nationality: Congolese / American
Center
Height: 7-2
Weight: 260 lbs

Career history
1988–1991     Georgetown (NCAA)
1991–1996     Denver Nuggets (NBA)
1996–2001     Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
2001–2002     Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
2002–2003     New Jersey Nets (NBA)
2003–2004     New York Knicks (NBA)
2004–2009     Houston Rockets (NBA)
Drafted: 1991, by the Denver Nuggets

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002)
All-NBA Second Team (2001)
All-NBA Third Team (1998, 2002)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997, 1998, 2001)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1995, 1999, 2002)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992)
NBA rebounds leader (2000, 2001)
NBA blocks leader (1994, 1995, 1996)

Dikembe Mutombo Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcTfsJy6ocg


*Steve Nash*
Born: February 7, 1974 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Nationality: Canadian / British
Point guard
Height: 6-3
Weight: 178 lbs

Career history
1992–1996     Santa Clara (NCAA)
1996–1998     Phoenix Suns (NBA)
1998–2004     Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
2004–2012     Phoenix Suns (NBA)
2012–present  Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Drafted: 1996, by the Phoenix Suns

Career highlights and awards
NBA MVP (2005, 2006)
NBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012)
All-NBA First Team (2005, 2006, 2007)
All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
All-NBA Third Team (2002, 2003)
NBA assists leader (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)
Americas Championship MVP (2003)
Americas Championship: Silver (1999), Bronze (2001)


*Manu Ginobili*
Born: July 28, 1977 (Bahia Blanca, Argentina)
Nationality: Argentine / Italian
Power forward
Height: 6-6
Weight: 205 lbs

Career history
1995–1996     Andino Sport Club (ARG)
1996–1998     Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (ARG)
1998–2000     Viola Reggio Calabria (ITA)
2000–2002     Kinder Bologna (ITA)
2002–present  San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Drafted: 1999, by the San Antonio Spurs

Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
NBA All-Star (2005, 2011)
All-NBA Third Team (2008, 2011)
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2008)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2003)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (2002, 2006)
Americas Championship MVP (2001)
Americas Championship All-Tournament Team (2011)
50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors (2008)
Euroleague Finals MVP (2001)
All-Euroleague First Team (2002)
Americas Championship MVP (2001)
Italian League MVP (2001, 2002)
Olympics: Gold (2004), Bronze (2008)
World Championship: Silver (2002)
Americas Championship: Gold (2001, 2011), Silver (2003)
South American Championship: Silver (1999)
Champion of the Euroleague (2001)
Champion of the Italian League (2001)


*Luis Scola*
Born: April 30, 1980 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Nationality: Argentine
Power forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 245 lbs

Career history
1995–1998     Ferro Carril Oeste (ARG)
1998–2000     Gijon Baloncesto (ESP)
2000–2007     Tau Ceramica (ESP)
2007–2012     Houston Rockets (NBA)
2012–2013     Phoenix Suns (NBA)
2013–present  Indiana Pacers (NBA)
Drafted: 2002, by the San Antonio Spurs

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
World Championship Top Scorer (2010)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (2010)
Americas Championship MVP (2007, 2009, 2011)
Americas Championship Top Scorer (2009, 2011)
Americas Championship All-Tournament Team (2009, 2011, 2013)
All-Euroleague First Team (2006, 2007)
All-Euroleague Second Team (2005)
Spanish League MVP (2005, 2007)
Olympics: Gold (2004), Bronze (2008)
World Championship: Silver (2002)
Americas Championship: Gold (2001, 2011), Silver (2003, 2007), Bronze (1999, 2009, 2013)
South American Championship: Silver (1999)
Champion of the Spanish League (2002)


*Yao Ming*
Born: September 12, 1980 (Shanghai, China)
Nationality: Chinese
Center
Height: 7-6
Weight: 310 lbs

Career history
1997–2002     Shanghai Sharks (CHN)
2002–2011     Houston Rockets (NBA)
Drafted: 2002, by the Houston Rockets

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
All-NBA Second Team (2007, 2009)
All-NBA Third Team (2004, 2006, 2008)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (2002)
World Championship Top Scorer (2006)
Asian Championship MVP (2001, 2003, 2005)
Asian Championship All-Tournament Team (2001)
Chinese League Finals MVP (2002)
Asian Championship: Gold (2001, 2003, 2005)
Champion of the Chinese League (2002)