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For the steals and blocks category I combined them into one. Defense to me is hustle, energy, not giving up on a play, and harassing the person you’re guarding. The players listed is complete with all these standards.
Once again, Big Ben is in another class. The defensive class. Wallace was key to the Detroit’s championship in 2004 for mainly his defense. The Pistons upset the stacked Los Angeles Lakers team that consists of Kobe, Shaq, Karl Malone, and Payton. Detroit was the better team through defense and Big Ben was all around the paint blocking shots, snatching steals, and rebounding. The undrafted player has made a name for himself in the NBA with a ring, 4x defensive player of the year, and 4 all-star seasons. They say “Defense wins Championships” and Ben surely proved he could help win one.
Artest has to be one of the best perimeter defenders in the league today. He’s able to stop his opponents in their tracks from going to the rim and strip the ball if he finds a chance. The former troubled star has built a reputation for himself of being a seriously great defender. Ron won’t stop picking at his adversaries. Coaches assign Artest to guard the opposite team’s main star. Through the few years, Artest has shaped up and is now playing for the Lakers who are the reigning NBA championship team. Artest’s tough defense will contribute to the team, and if the Lakers come anything shorter than another title would equal disappointment.
When you hear someone getting posterized, you think “man that defender should’ve gotten out of the way”. The thing for Alonzo is, he doesn’t care about being dunked on. The center goes for every dunk, lay up, or shot towards the rim. That’s tough man. It’s either you get the block or get dunked on. Zo finally got his ring with the Heat playing backup for the Miami Heat behind Shaq in 2006.
Other than being known for kicking people in the NBA, Bruce Bowen does have his good moments in the defensive end. As I said before, I like defenders that harass their opponents. Bruce gets under his match-up’s skin. He will stay in front of you and start picking where the ball is. His quick feet makes him easy to stay in front of players. Bruce was primarily known on the Spurs and for his addition of work for the three championships. Call him “a cheap player” or a “dirty player”. Bruce gets the work done for his team in the dirty work.
Who plays in the NBA at the age of 42 still? Dikembe Mutombo does. The 7’2 center will block shots coming at his way anyday, anytime. After a successful block, Mutombo would then wave a finger at his opponents saying “Nooo”. Until the NBA started a no taunting rule, Mutombo instead waved it towards the fans. The 2nd all time leader for blocks also has a wonderful heart by helping needy children across the world. I don’t know who can disrespect this man for all the hard work he has done and donated.
And last is Hakeem Olajuwon. If you have time to watch videos, go on youtube and search “Hakeem blocks”. Let me know which 90’s basketball star doesn’t get blocked by Hakeem. If they didn’t, they were probably to scared to head to the rim when Olajuwon was present. I feel Hakeem doesn’t get enough respect for his history in the league. Looking at these videos will change your mind.
Notable players: David Robinson, Dennis Rodman, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Doug Christie, Marcus Camby, Kevin Garnett.
Feet perfectly in place, in motion for a shot, quick release, and it’s good from downtown! Ray Allen has one of or maybe the nicest looking jump shot in the NBA. In the Seattle Supersonics, he was popularly known for being the star player and one of the finest shooters in the league. Ray has been averaging nearly 40% from the 3 point line. Allen needs a little more than 200 three pointers to break Reggie Miller’s all-time record. Ray finally won his first championship with the Boston Celtics in his first year. Without his contribution for the team that year, I’d doubt they’d win the championship.
“Miller for 3”. For some reason, I always hear an announcer for the games saying that while Reggie is shooting a buzzer beater three shot. In my memory, the long time Pacer has made so many ridiculous three pointers and buzzer beating shots. Afterwards, he would celebrate like a girl dancing around the court. Reggie Miller still holds the record for the most attempt and made three pointers in the league. Despite not having a ring, he will always be remembered as the person with big ol’ ears that was great in 3’s or as Knick fans know him as “Knick Killer” for always destroying the Knicks when Reggie and the Pacers faced New York.
Glen Rice was always known for scoring. The man’s specialty was three’s all over the court. The shooting machine would appear in multiple All-star games and 3 point shooting contests. Glen was in his prime through his seasons with the Charlotte Hornets averaging over 23.5 points per game each year. This man shot the lights out during his years in the NBA.
Notable players: Eddie Jones, Peja Stojackovic, Dale Ellis, Brent Barry, Tim Hardaway, Steve Kerr.
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One of the best passers in the game, Steve Nash has changed the game of basketball. With his quick paced playing style, Nash makes his opponents difficult to guard his team and himself. His court vision is simply unbelievable. When I watch the top 10 plays on NBA.com each day and if the Suns play, there is no doubt that Steve is on there with an amazing pass. The two-time MVP loves to win and is unselfish with the ball. In my opinion, he is one of the best mid to long-range shooters in the game today in crunch time for his team. If Steve doesn’t belong in the NBA Hall of Fame one day, I don’t think any current point guard in the league should.
Known for always wearing short shorts, he leads the NBA in all-time assists is there more to say? The 10x all-star was barely inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2009. Stockton played with the Utah Jazz through his whole career from 1984-2003. Unfortunately, John has never won a title. On the lighter side John has two gold medals. When I think about the Utah Jazz, the first thing that comes into mind is Karl Malone and John Stockton which is probably one of the best team players in the 90’s next to Michael/Pippen and Shaq/Kobe.
With eyes behind his head, Kidd see’s the court end to end. Jason is recognized for his passes and ability to make other players around him better. Other than just assists, Kidd is the only player to ever achieve the incredible record of having 15,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists. At the age of 36, Jason is still contributing to the Mavs making them a Western Conference contender. Hopefully he will finally win his first championship soon enough.
Notable players: Marc Jackson, Gary Payton, Jason Williams, Kevin Johnson, Penny Hardaway, Tim Hardaway, Rod Stickland, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Andre Miller.
Points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and 3-pointers. Which category seems to jump at you first? To everyone, points are seen as the number one priority for a player. But what is most points without an assist to the scored bucket, the rebound to start the fast break for the points, or the well-played defense that led to a steal for a basket. Other than points, the rest of the stat sheet is just as important but doesn’t get as much respect. We all know great scorers like Jordan, Kobe, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Elgin Baylor, and even Allen Iverson. Though we forget the greats in rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. Here are some players who have played in the NBA from the 1990’s or are currently in league that live up to their name in the following categories.
Today I’ll start with rebounding
Some people think MOST people think Dennis Rodman is crazy for his actions. Personally, I think he’s crazy for his rebounds. After playing through 14 years in the NBA league and winning 5 titles, he nearly has reached the 12,000 rebound mark. That to me is impressive for a 6’8 forward. Without Rodman on the Bulls, I don’t think they’d win half of the amount of championships they did with even Jordan on their team. Rodman doesn’t get enough respect for what he’s done in the game for his actions off the court, but I’d personally want Dennis in his prime on my roster to be boding up and boxing out to crash those boards.
“Hakeem the Dream”. The nickname given to him says it all. He was a beast on the boards and not to mention blocks. The 18 year league pro gave the Houston Rockets their only two NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. His highlights for blocks on youtube are amazing. In my list, I’d would have to put Hakeem in the top 3 in rebounds and blocks. Did I mention this guy can play offense too? He has the most ridiculous drives and fakes. No wonder Kobe Bryant asked him for help over the summer on learning how to do post moves.
Hate or love this decision of mine, Ben Wallace is one of the leagues best rebounders from the 90’s to today. The guy practically lives for defense in this league. He has won the defensive player award four times tying center Dikembe Mutombo. At the age of 35 today, Ben is with the Pistons in Detroit and is leading in rebounds for them. I think it’s quite impressive that when you go undrafted in the NBA, win a championship, receive many defensive awards, and still can rebound at the age of 35 for a team. Big Ben has done nothing but doing the dirty work on the defensive side of the court and I respect him for that.
Other notable players: Karl Malone, Dikembe Mutombo, Charles Oakley, Marcus Camby, Tim Duncan, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Buck Williams.