Gervin averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Gervin is widely regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history, Gervin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Martin Luther King High School in Detroit and he was a Detroit Free Press All-State selection in 1970. He transferred to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and averaged 29.5 points as a forward in 1971–72. While competing in an NCAA College Division national semifinal game in Evansville, Gervin was suspended for the following season and eventually was removed from the team. Invitations to try out for the Olympic and Pan-American teams were withdrawn, Gervin initially played for the Pontiac Chaparrals of the Eastern Basketball Association, where he was spotted by Johnny Kerr, a scout for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Kerr signed Gervin to the Squires for a $40,000 a year contract, Gervins time in Virginia would be short-lived, however.
The Squires finances had never been stable, and they had forced to start trading their best players to get enough money to stay alive. In the space of four months, they traded Julius Erving. During the 1974 ABA All-Star Weekend, rumors abounded that the Squires were in talks about dealing Gervin for cash, the rumors turned out to be true, on January 30, Gervin was sold to the Spurs for $228,000. The ABA tried to block the trade, claiming that by trading their last legitimate star, however, a court sided with the Spurs. Within two years, the Squires were no more, after two seasons in the ABA, Gervin became NBA eligible in time for the 1974 NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns selected Gervin in the round with the 40th pick, however Gervin elected to stay in the ABA. With Gervin as the centerpiece, the Spurs transformed from a primarily defense-oriented team into an exciting fast-breaking team that played what coach Bob Bass called schoolyard basketball. Gervins first NBA scoring crown came in the 1977–78 season, when he narrowly edged David Thompson for the title by seven hundredths of a point.
With the scoring crown in hand, he sat out some of the third, larry Kenon would become a free agent and sign with the Bulls after the following season. Prior to Michael Jordan, Gervin had the most scoring titles of any guard in league history, in 1981, while sitting out three games due to injury, Gervins replacement, Ron Brewer, averaged over 30 ppg. When Gervin returned, he scored 40+ points, when asked if he was sending a message, Gervin said, Just the way the Lord planned it and added, Ice be cool
Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who played professionally in the National Basketball Association. He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, McGrady entered the NBA straight from high school after being selected in the 1997 NBA draft with the ninth overall pick in the first round by the Toronto Raptors. He played in the NBA for the Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and he played for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association. In 2013, after the Spurs lost that years NBA Finals he announced his retirement from the NBA, McGrady was ranked #75 on SLAM Magazines Top 75 Players of All-Time in 2003. McGradys style of play has been compared to that of George Gervin, kobe Bryant has cited Tracy McGrady as the toughest player he ever played against. In April 2017, McGrady was announced as an inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2017, Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr.
was born in Bartow, Florida. He played high school basketball and baseball at Auburndale High School in Auburndale and he transferred to Mount Zion Christian Academy, in Durham, North Carolina. McGrady created a buzz after his performance in the Adidas ABCD Camp. He was named High School Player of the Year by USA Today, McGrady was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA draft. For most of the 1997–98 season, he received playing time. McGrady has described his year as hell, feeling lonely in Toronto. Late in the season, Walker resigned and McGrady began playing more under new coach Butch Carter on the condition that McGrady improve his work ethic, before the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, the Raptors drafted McGradys distant cousin Vince Carter. The two became inseparable, teammate Dee Brown once said, They say theyre cousins, but Siamese twins is more like it. By the 1999–2000 season, the duo had developed a reputation for their athleticism, McGrady, now playing significant minutes, was a contender for the Sixth Man of the Year Award before being elevated to Torontos starting backcourt in late March.
Behind McGrady and Carters play, the Raptors finished the season with a 45-37 record, for the year, McGrady averaged 15.4 points,6.3 rebounds,3.3 assists, and a career-high 1.9 blocks per game. In the first round of the postseason, the Raptors were swept by the New York Knicks, after the 2000 Playoffs, McGrady became a free agent, signing a six-year, $67.5 million contract with the Orlando Magic. Hill would play in four games during the 2000–01 season and 47 games total throughout his tenure with the team, forcing McGrady into a larger leadership. He was voted the leagues Most Improved Player, with a 43-39 record, the Magic entered the playoffs as the Easts seventh seed, matched up with the Bucks
Earvin Magic Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons, after winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his players, he retired again for four years. Johnsons career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and he led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBAs all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States mens Olympic basketball team, after leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that travelled around the world playing exhibition games.
Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007 and his friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker. Named by Ebony magazine as one of Americas most influential businessmen in 2009, Johnson has numerous business interests. Johnson is part of a group of investors purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. Earvin Johnson Jr. was born in Lansing, Michigan to Earvin Sr. a General Motors assembly worker, and Christine, who had six siblings, was influenced by his parents strong work ethic.
Earvin Jr. would often help his father on the garbage route, Johnson grew up in Lansing, and came to love basketball as a youngster. His favorite basketball player was Bill Russell, whom he admired more for his many championships than his athletic ability and he idolized players such as Earl Monroe and Marques Haynes, and practiced all day. Magic Johnson came from an athletic family and his father played high school basketball in his home state of Mississippi, and Johnson learned the finer points about the game from him. Johnsons mother, originally from North Carolina, had played basketball as a child. By the time he had reached the grade, Johnson had begun to think about a future in basketball. He had become a dominant junior player, once scoring 48 points in a game
Slater Nelson Dugie Martin Jr. was an American professional basketball player and coach who was a playmaking guard for 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was born in Elmina, Walker County and played in seven NBA All-Star Games, Martin was one of the NBAs best defensive players in the 1950s, playing for the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers that won four NBA championships between 1950 and 1954. In 1956, he joined Bob Pettits St. Louis Hawks, Martin was an alumnus of Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, where he led his school to two state basketball championships in 1942 and 1943. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, throughout his career with the Longhorns, he averaged 12.7 points per game. He was head coach of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association in the 1967–68 season and part of 1968–69, Martin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 3,1982 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is so far the only Longhorn to be so honored and his jersey number 15 was retired by the University of Texas on January 31,2009, making him only the second Longhorn basketball player to have his number retired.
He died of an undisclosed illness on October 18,2012, in Houston, aged 86
Lieberman is regarded as one of the greatest figures in American womens basketball. In 2000, she was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame, Lieberman is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Womens Basketball Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Lieberman was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 1,1958, to Jerome and she was raised Jewish, but has become a born-again Christian. Her family lived in Brooklyn, when she was born, but soon moved to Far Rockaway and her mother brought up the children after a separation and divorce. While growing up, she was interested in a variety of sports, playing baseball and football with boys. She played basketball primarily on pickup teams with boys, not playing on a team until she was a high school sophomore. During one instance when Lieberman was practicing dribbling techniques indoors, because it was cold outside, when she did not stop, her mother punctured the basketball with a screwdriver. Lieberman found another ball and continued, but her mother punctured that one as well and this continued until five balls were ruined.
Nancy decided she had better go outside before she ran out of basketballs, during the school year, she played for her high school team, but in the summer, played with an AAU team in Harlem, the New York Chuckles. At age 17, Lieberman was named to the USA Basketball team roster and she would play for the team in the 1975 USA Womens Pan American Team, three years younger than the next youngest teammates. The games were planned for Santiago, Sao Paulo and finally held in Mexico City. The Pan Am team had failed to win the gold in 1967 and 1971 and this year, the team would be more successful, compiling a 7–0 record, and winning the gold medal for the first time since 1963. Lieberman continued with the USA team to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal in the first-ever Womens Olympic Basketball Team Competition, shortly after turning 18, Lieberman became the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to win a medal as the United States captured the Silver Medal. Lieberman was named to the representing the USA at the 1979 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei.
The USA team won all six games en route to the gold medal, Lieberman earned a spot on the Jones Cup All-Tournament Team Lieberman finished her USA Basketball career with the Pan American Team, at the 1979 games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 1976 to 1980, Lieberman attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, during that time and her team won two consecutive AIAW National Championships and one WNIT Championship in 1978. Lieberman won three consecutive Kodak All-America awards, Lieberman was one of six young adults to win the Young American Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1980. Lieberman earned the nickname Lady Magic, a nod to Earvin Magic Johnson of NBA fame, Lieberman set a school record for career assists that still stands today
Robert Joseph Bob Cousy is an American retired professional basketball player and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, Cousy was initially drafted as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, but after he refused to report, he was picked up by Boston. He was named to 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams, known as Cooz, he was regularly introduced at Boston Garden as Mr. Basketball. After his playing career, he coached the Royals for several years, Cousy became a broadcaster for Celtics games. Upon his election to the Hall of Fame in 1971 the Celtics retired his #14 jersey and he was the first president of National Basketball Players Association. Cousy was the son of poor French immigrants living in New York City. He grew up in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattans East Side and his father Joseph was a cab driver, who earned extra income by moonlighting. The elder Cousy had served in the German Army during World War I, shortly after the war, his first wife died of pneumonia, leaving behind a young daughter.
He married Julie Corlet, a secretary and French teacher from Dijon, at the time of the 1930 census, the family was renting an apartment in Astoria, for $50 per month. The younger Cousy spoke French for the first 5 years of his life and he spent his early days playing stickball in a multicultural environment, regularly playing with African Americans and other ethnic minority children. These experiences ingrained him with a strong anti-racist sentiment, an attitude he prominently promoted during his professional career, when he was 12, his family moved to a rented house in St. Albans, Queens. That summer, the elder Cousy put a $500 down payment for a $4,500 house four blocks away and he rented out the bottom two floors of the three-story building to tenants to help make his mortgage payments on time. Cousy took up basketball at the age of 13, as a student at St. Pascals elementary school, the following year, he entered Andrew Jackson High School in St Albans. His basketball success was not immediate, and in fact he was cut from the team in his first year.
The next year, however, he was cut during the tryouts for the school basketball team. That same year, he out of a tree and broke his right hand. The injury forced him to play left-handed until his hand healed, in retrospect, he described this accident as a fortunate event and cited it as a factor in making him more versatile on the court. During a Press League game, the school basketball coach saw him play
Sergei Alexandrovich Belov was a professional basketball player, most noted for playing for CSKA Moscow and the Soviet Union national basketball team. In 1991, Belov was named by FIBA as the Best FIBA Player ever and he became the first international player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 11,1992. He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors in 2008, Belov was born in the village of Nashchyokovo, Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast, Soviet Union. He trained at Trud Voluntary Sports Society, and at Armed Forces sports society, in 1968, he became an Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. He became an Honored Coach of Russia in 1995, and served as President of the Russian Basketball Federation, Belov died on October 3,2013 in Perm, Russia. At the age of twenty, Belov made his debut in the USSR League, with the team of Uralmash Sverdlovsk and he played with CSKA Moscow for twelve years. With CSKA, he won the USSR League championship eleven times, the USSR Cup twice, as a member of the Soviet Union national basketball team for fourteen years, Belov helped them win a gold medal, and three bronze medals at the Olympic Games.
He helped them to become the FIBA World champions in 1967 and 1974, and the FIBA European champions in 1967,1969,1971, Belov was the head coach of CSKA Moscow, with whom he won the USSR League championship in 1982 and 1990. He was the coach of Ural Great Perm
Walter Clyde Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the only two NBA Championships, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting, he is currently a commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network. He lives in Harlem with his partner, Patricia James. He is the father of a son referred to both as Walt Jr. and, Walt III, Frazier is a member of the prestigious Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. The eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlantas David Tobias Howard High School and he quarterbacked the football team and played catcher on the baseball team. He learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University, Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country.
He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965, as a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was ineligible for basketball. SIU moved up from Division II to Division I, Frazier was named MVP of the 1967 tournament. Frazier was selected by the New York Knicks with the 5th pick in the 1967 NBA draft, while playing for them, he picked up the nickname Clyde due to wearing a similar hat to Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968 and he was an NBA All-Star seven times, was named to the All-NBA First Team four times, the All-NBA Second Team twice, and the All-Defensive First Team seven times. With Frazier, the Knicks captured the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973, in 1971, the New York Knicks traded for star guard Earl the Pearl Monroe to form what was known as the Rolls Royce Backcourt with Frazier.
That pairing is one of few backcourts ever to feature two Hall of Famers and NBA 50th Anniversary Team members. Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games, minutes played, field goals attempted, field goals made, free throws attempted, free throws made, center Patrick Ewing would eventually break most of those records, but Fraziers assists record still stands. After 10 years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, won 2 NBA championships with the New York Knicks. Fraziers #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15,1979, in 1987, Frazier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Pete Maravich and Rick Barry
Peter Press Pistol Pete Maravich was an American professional basketball player. He was born in Aliquippa, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University and played for three NBA teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980. He is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored, all of his accomplishments were achieved before the three-point line and shot clock were introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules. One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said that the best ball-handler of all time was Pete Maravich. Pete Maravich was born to Petar Press Maravich and Helen Gravor Maravich in Aliquippa, Maravich amazed his family and friends with his basketball abilities from an early age. He enjoyed a close but demanding father–son relationship that motivated him toward achievement, Maravichs father, Petar Press Maravich, the son of Serbian immigrants and a former professional player-turned-coach, showed him the fundamentals starting when he was seven years old.
Obsessively, Maravich spent hours practicing ball control tricks, head fakes, Maravich played high school varsity ball at Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina, a year before being old enough to attend the school. While at Daniel from 1961 to 1963, Maravich participated in the schools first-ever game against a team from an all-black school, in 1963 his father departed from his position as head basketball coach at Clemson University and joined the coaching staff at North Carolina State University. The Maravich familys subsequent move to Raleigh, North Carolina, allowed Pete to attend Needham B and his high school years saw the birth of his famous moniker. From his habit of shooting the ball from his side, as if he were holding a revolver, from there Pistol Maravich graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School in 1965 and attended Edwards Military Institute, at that time NCAA rules prohibited first-year students from playing at the varsity level, which forced Maravich to play on the freshman team.
In his first game, Maravich put up 50 points,14 rebounds and 11 assists against Southeastern Louisiana College. In only three years playing on the varsity team at LSU, Maravich scored 3,667 points—1,138 of those in 1968,1,148 in 1969, and 1,381 in 1970—while averaging 43.8,44.2, and 44.5 points per game. For his collegiate career, the 65 guard averaged 44.2 points per game in 83 contests, during this first year, Maravich scored 741 points in freshman competition. Second, Maravich played before the advent of the three-point line and this significant difference has raised speculation regarding just how much higher his records would be, given his long-range shooting ability and how such a component might have altered his play. Writing for ESPN. com, Bob Carter stated, Though Maravich played before freshmen were eligible for the varsity and before the 3-point shot was established, The shot clock was not instituted until fifteen years after Maravich left LSU. The shot clock speeds up play, mandates an additional number of field goal attempts, eliminates stall tactics, had the shot clock been in effect during Maravichs career at LSU, he would have scored many more points per game.
More than 40 years later, many of his NCAA, Though he never appeared in the NCAA tournament, Maravich played a key role in turning around a lackluster program that had posted a 3–20 record in the season prior to his arrival
Joe Dumars III is an American retired basketball player in the National Basketball Association. At 63 Dumars could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was an effective defender. He played for the Detroit Pistons from 1985 until 1999, during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dumars and Isiah Thomas combined to form one of the best backcourts in NBA history. Initially a shooting guard, Dumars moved to point guard following Thomas retirement in 1994, Dumars was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Dumars served as the President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons from 2000 to 2014, Dumars was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dumars mother, was a custodian at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches while his father, Dumars grew up in an athletic family, but basketball was not his favorite sport as a child. Football was more popular in the region and all five of his brothers were defensive standouts at Natchitoches Central High School and his brother David played professional football in the USFL.
Dumars followed in his footsteps playing defensive back on the football team until junior high school when a big hit on the field directed him toward basketball. Big Joe built a hoop, made of an old bicycle wheel and half of a wooden door, in the Dumars backyard where young Joe spent hours practicing his jump shot. During his four years at McNeese State University, Dumars averaged 22.5 points per game and he finished his college career as the 11th leading scorer in NCAA history. Drafted 18th overall in the first round of the 1985 NBA draft, he played guard for the Detroit Pistons for his entire career, from 1985 to 1999. He won two championships as a player in 1989 and 1990, and was voted the 1989 Finals MVP, according to Jordan, Dumars was the best defender he ever faced in the NBA. During his career, he was selected to the All-Star team six times, in 14 seasons, all with the Pistons, Dumars scored 16,401 points, handed out 4,612 assists, grabbed 2,203 rebounds and recorded 902 steals. Although he was a member of the famed Bad Boys teams known for their play and demeanor, he became personally known for his quiet.
He was the first recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award which has named the Joe Dumars Trophy. His number 4 jersey was retired by the Pistons in March 2000 and he has the distinction as being the only Pistons player to ever wear this number. He played for the US national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, Dumars became the Pistons President of Basketball Operations prior to the 2000–01 season. During the 2005–06 season, Detroit recorded its best regular-season record in franchise history, the Pistons made it to the Eastern Conference Finals six straight years under Dumars watch
Walter Ray Allen Jr. is an American former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association. After playing three seasons of basketball for Connecticut, Allen entered the NBA in 1996 and went on to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics. One of the most accurate three-point and free throw shooters in NBA history, he was a ten-time NBA All-Star and he won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States mens basketball team. Allen is the NBAs all-time leader in career three-point field goals made in both the regular and postseason and he has acted in two films, one of which was a lead role in the 1998 Spike Lee film, He Got Game. The third of five children, Allen was born at Castle Air Force Base near Merced, California, a military child, he spent time growing up in Saxmundham in England, Altus in Oklahoma, Edwards Air Force Base in California, and Germany. He attended high school in Dalzell, South Carolina, where he led Hillcrest High School to a state championship.
Allen attended the University of Connecticut from 1993 to 1996 after being recruited by assistant coach Karl Hobbs, while at UConn, he was named USA Basketballs Male Athlete of the Year in 1995. In 1995–96, his college season, Allen was a first-team All-American. Allen finished his UConn career third on the Huskies career scoring list with 1,922 points, in 2001, Allen was named honorary captain of the 25-member UConn All-Century Basketball Team. On February 5,2007, his name and number were honored at Connecticuts Gampel Pavilion during the Huskies of Honor ceremony at halftime of the basketball game against the Syracuse Orange. Allen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the pick of the 1996 NBA draft. Immediately after his selection and Andrew Lang were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to fourth pick Stephon Marbury. Allen made his NBA debut on November 1,1996 where he started and played 28 minutes and scored 13 points in a win against fellow rookie Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.
On January 12,1997 Allen put in one of his strongest efforts of the season in a win against the Golden State Warriors contributing 22 points,6 assists,3 steals and a new career high of 9 rebounds. Continuing his strong season, on March 25,1997 Allen scored a new career high of 32 points in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. Allen was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1996, after an injury-riddled 2003–04 season, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team and, alongside teammate Rashard Lewis, led the Sonics to the Conference Semifinals in 2005. Allen told the press if the Lakers remained a mediocre squad, in about a year or two he will be calling out to Jerry Buss that we need some help in here. When asked about Allens comments, Bryant responded, Dont even put me, after the 2004–05 season, Allen signed a 5-year, $80 million contract extension