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NBA BASKETBALL TEAMS

nba-basketball-teams.com is dedicated to providing you, the avid fan, with all the past and present information on all National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. Data on all the thirty teams is readily available and just a click away. You'll learn about the past players, who kept their teams afloat vying for the championship and the present players who have taken up the mantle from their predecessors


 

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THE 50 GREATEST PLAYERS IN NBA HISTORY

A select panel were asked to select the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, without regard to position. Voters did not rank their selections and former players were not allowed to vote for themselves.

At the start of the 1996-97 season the 50 players had accumulated 107 NBA Championships, 49 Most Valuable Player Awards, 17 Rookie of the Year honors, 447 All-Star Game selections, 36 scoring titles, 923,791 total points and 410,327 total rebounds.

THE TOP FIFTY:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Nate Archibald
Paul Arizin
Charles Barkley
Rick Barry
Elgin Baylor
Dave Bing
Larry Bird
Wilt Chamberlain
Bob Cousy
Dave Cowens
Billy Cunningham
Dave DeBusschere
Clyde Drexler
Julius Erving
Patrick Ewing
Walt Frazier
George Gervin
Hal Greer
John Havlicek
Elvin Hayes
Magic Johnson
Sam Jones
Michael Jordan
Jerry Lucas
Karl Malone
Moses Malone
Pete Maravich
Kevin McHale
George Mikan
Earl Monroe
Hakeem Olajuwon
Shaquille O'Neal
Robert Parish
Bob Pettit
Scottie Pippen
Willis Reed
Oscar Robertson
David Robinson
Bill Russell
Dolph Schayes
Bill Sharman
John Stockton
Isiah Thomas
Nate Thurmond
Wes Unseld
Bill Walton
Jerry West
Lenny Wilkens
James Worthy


 

 


CBS POLL OF 25 BEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME:

Larry Bird 45,556
2 Michael Jordan 40,702
3 Lew Alcindor 38,712
4 Wilt Chamberlain 37,995
5 Earvin Johnson 34,247
6 Pete Maravich 31,060
7 Bill Walton 25,078
8 Patrick Ewing 24,848
9 Oscar Robertson 24,633
10 Tim Duncan 22,113



THE FOUR MOST FAMOUS TEAMS

The four most famous teams in basketball are the Original Celtics, the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Harlem Globetrotters. The Original Celtics were organized in 1914 and toured the United States for seven years, amassing an amazing record of 1,320 wins against only 66 losses. They were so strong that when they joined the American Professional League tahey were broken up to give the other teams balance.

The Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association have dominated the game more than any other team in sports history. Coached by the "winningest coach in basketball*," Arnold "Red" Auerbach, the Celtics won eight consecutive NBA titles and nine championships in ten years.

In 1988 the Los Angeles Lakers became the first team to win back-to-back NBA championships in nineteen years. Coached by Pat Riley and led by Earvin "Magic" Johnson and James Worthy, the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons in a seven-game series for the 1988 title. Led by Shaquille O'Neal and coached by Phil Jackson, they have since won three NBA titles in a row.

Without any question whatsoever, the Harlem Globetrotters are the most colorful team in basketball. Organized by Abe Saperstein, the Globetrotters have combined fantastic skill with ingenious comedy to become the most well-known basketball team. They play annually before packed houses throughout the world and have done more than any other team to popularize basketball internationally.

* Lenny Wilkins has since surpassed Auerbach's total wins record.





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