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Old 05-28-2007, 02:32 AM   #31
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I mainly know recent history, so in no particular order:

Robert Horry
Michael Jordan
Shaquille O'Neal
Jason Kidd
Steve Nash
LeBron James
Penny Hardaway
Grant Hill
Reggie Miller
Gary Payton
John Stockton
Charles Barkley


Older history :
Wilt Chamberlain
George Mikan
Bob Cousy
Bill Russell
Julius Erving
Magic Johnson
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
How are some of these players important? Could you explain please.
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:15 AM   #32
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Who would you have as the MOST IMPORTANT players in the history of the NBA. Notice the emphasis on most important and not BEST. I didn't order these by the way.



-George Mikan
-Joe Fulks
-Bob Cousy
-Bill Russell
-Nate Clifton
-Elgin Baylor
-Wilt Chamberlain
-Oscar Robertson
-Spencer Haywood
-Julius Erving
-Larry Bird
-Earvin "Magic" Johnson
-Hakeem Olajuwon
-Michael Jordan

Moses should be on this list for going straight from High School to the pros proving it can be done.
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:21 AM   #33
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I was joking

yeah, so Payton has become nothing more than a joke to you? **** outta here
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:29 AM   #34
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Pistol Pete - Tall PG that scores, showtime passes
Dawkins - big man that dunks over everybody and gives his dunk names. shatters backboard. Came out of hs
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:34 AM   #35
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One player no one is really mentioning is Iverson. He pretty much integrated the street/hip-hop culture into basketball. He is/was an idol for inner city kids and gave the game a new style (whether you like it or not). To me AI has been huge in making the game what it is today
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:13 PM   #36
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Yeah Iverson is important.

Also, Charles Barkley.
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:19 PM   #37
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Bob Cousy.

The guy was the first showboat, he inspired guys like Magic, Nash and Kidd and millions of people across the world.
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:57 PM   #38
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Moses should be on this list for going straight from High School to the pros proving it can be done.

Right. Malone was doing it before it was in style.
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:07 PM   #39
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Robert Horry. He practically defined "clutch".
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:09 PM   #40
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Robert Horry. He practically defined "clutch".
No, that was Jerry West, Bird, MJ, etc. Horry didn't define anything, except maybe how important role players can be in clutch situations.
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Kevin Garnett is one of the most influencial in this recent era. He transformed what is thought of about what a big man should be able to do. As you see these kids rise from the high school ranks that are all around big men that can play on the perimeter they all say KG is the favorite player who they model their game after.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:38 AM   #42
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:43 AM   #43
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Karl Malone did a lot to define the power forward position. Plus, great playes are defined by their competition, and the GOAT fooled him.
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I would rate 'Most Important' in two ways:

Most Important in starting something new:
Julius Erving (the slam dunk. I'm nowhere near as educated as the other people, but as far as I know, and it would be great if I was proved wrong, Erving was the first established star of the slam dunk)

Most Important for the NBA:
Michael Jordan (he practically brought the world into the NBA. An easy litmus test: Go to England, the most anti-basketball nation in the world, and ask them this list, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain. Odds on Jordan is the only one regconisable).


I'm sure that there are other categories (Because I don't believe in ranking things purely by a general definition) but can't think of any at the moment. Moses Malone would be a good one for skipping university into the NBA. You could argue that Jabbar started something new with the skyhook, problem is nobody else can do it.
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