10 All Time Famous Basketball Players from USA
Basketball is one of the most famous sports that you could ever imagine in the history of sports. Many are engaged in joining in this sport and make it as a hobby or even as a career in the long run. Basketball has been loved not just by kids but also the adults and has been added as an extracurricular activity in their school. Playing this sport has its own benefits such as having good and toned muscles; it also burns calories because this sport involves running most of the time, this can be a good cardio workout, and this sport can also be good in increasing your speed, endurance and flexibility, another benefit is it can boost your confidence, develops and good team work attitude because you will be in a big team is you will be engaged in basketball. Due to the high demands of this sport, it sophisticatedly became a worldwide sport creating the best basketball players and most of them are all in the USA. They all started playing when they are still in their school and with their talents in basketball they easily became a part of one of the most prestigious basketball association in the world. Who are the 10 most famous basketball players in the USA?
10. Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon is known as “The Dream” NBA player during his time. He was born on January 21, 1963 and was drafted in NBA in 1984 by the Houston Rockets. Hakeem Olajuwon made a name in the NBA season during 1993-1994 by grabbing the title of becoming the first basketball player to be awarded as an NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP as well as get. As a very religious man, he believes that all that he has become in his career in the basketball league was all because of his great faith. Up until now, his legend in the basketball world is still recognized.
9. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan who is also known as Timothy Theodore “Tim” Duncan was born on April 25, 1976 who started playing in the year 1997 in NBA for the San Antonio Spurs. He was also named as the 2005 NBA Finals MVP and has already received 8 NBA All-star Game appearances in the whole span of his career. Tim was also known as the “The Big Fundamental” because of his graceful action on the court and being an around player. Being one of the most valuable players in the history of NBA, he was also named as part of the “Twin Towers” together with colleague David Robinson.
8. Shaquille O’Neal (1992-2011)
The famous Shaquille O’Neal who is also known as Shaq was born on March 6, 1972 is one of the heaviest NBA players of all time with a weight of 325 pounds. He was drafted by the one of the most well known NBA team which is the Orlando Magic in year 1992 and later on became the main man of Orlando Magic’s 1995 NBA Finals stint. Shaquille stayed with the Orlando Magic team and after four years he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. After being famous in the basketball industry, Shaquille also joined the limelight of being part of Hollywood movies and even became part of the television program which is the Inside NBA.
7. Wilt Chamberlain (1959-73)
Wilt Chamberlain is known to be the player who is unstoppable and always on top of his game. He was born on August 21, 1936 and played in NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. He played as a Center and was known as of the greatest players in the NBA history. Being one of the best, he was awarded 4 times as a Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and one award for the NBA finals MVP. Inspired by the people around him he was later on named as “The Big Dipper” due to his tall appearance and great success in his career.
6. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 and was drafted in NBA by the Los Angeles Lakers. Being one of the best and youngest players in the NBA, Kobe led into winning the team with five NBA championships. He also grabbed the All-Star title for 16 times, became a part of the All-Star NBA Team for 15 times and also earned the title of an NBA Finals MVP Award in 2009 and 2010. Being the best at a young age, he also was able to reach the 30,000 career points in NBA and was also the lead scorer in Lakers history.
5. Larry Bird (1979-92)
Larry Joe Bird was born on December 7, 1956 who was drafted in NBA by the Boston Celtics in 1978. His position in the leagues was a small forward then later on became power forward. He was known as a holder of a 12 time NBA All-Star award and was able to become a Most Valuable player for three consecutive times in the history in NBA. Larry Bird retired in 1992 due to his chronic back problems and later on became a coach of the Indiana Pacers from year 1997 to 2000. Named as one of the best players of all time, he was also tagged as Coach of the Year as well as Executive of the Year.
4. Bill Russell (1956-69)
Bill Russell is the guy who made a great success with his team which is the Boston Celtics by being a champion for 11 times in just 13 seasons. Bill who is also known as William Felton Russell was born on February 12, 1934 as was named as a Most Valuable Player for five times in NBA. Bill Russell stand as a defensive player and was great in rebounding skill. When Bill Russell retired from the limelight of the NBA league, he then became a coach or an executive for the team. In the year 2010, he grabbed the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the country’s highest civil honor given by the President Obama of the USA.
3. Magic Johnson (1979-96)
Earvin Johnson is one of the most well known NBA players by dominating the inside court for 12 years. He was born on August 14, 1959 and played as a point guard for Los Angeles Lakers. Famous for his nickname as “Magic” he was awarded as the Most Valuable Player in 1979 and led the LA Lakers with four championships. Magic Johnson retired in 1991 when he announced that he has AIDS. Despite of his condition he was still recognized as a great player by giving him the honor of being included in the 50 greatest players in NBA History in year 1996.
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-89)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also known as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. was born on April 16, 1947. He played for 20 seasons in the NBA for Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. He played as a center and was awarded six times as a Most Valuable Player. He also holds a record of 19 times NBA All-Star and a NBA All-Defensive team member for 11 times. Just like Magic Johnson, he was also honored as part of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989 but still all his great works are being remembered up until this time.
1. Michael Jordan (1984-2003)
Michael Jordan also known as MJ was born on February 17, 1963 and played for 15 seasons in the NBA for Chicago Bulls as well as for Washington Wizards. Many people say that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and in fact, he really is. He was a great influence from in NBA and made an impact not just to his fellow basketball players as well to many basketball fanatics. He gained a lot of achievements from having several Most Valuable Player awards as well as to leading his team the Chicago Bulls with many championships. He also made his name by being a top endorser to several establishments that until now even if Jordan is already retired is still at its peak in the market.