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Exemplifying his domination was a famous marquee at Madison Square Garden declaring "George Mikan vs. His domination of the paint with ambidextrous hook shots caused the NBA to widen the lane and adopt the shot clock as teams would too often stall, preventing the superstar from getting a shot.
As the Spurs continued their reign of excellence and resilience, winning titles despite inferior athletic talent, the rest of the league looked to imitate them. They then went out to find their Tim Duncan, so that they could fashion a team culture modeled after the Spurs.
Elgin Baylor Elgin Baylor was a trendsetter on and off the court. He has the third-highest scoring average in NBA history, but never led the league in scoring for a season. He appeared in the Finals eight times and set a Finals single-game record of 61 points, but never won a title.
Regardless of the quirks, Baylor is a titan of the sport and human dignity. He showed the league what hangtime was all about with an array of reverse layups, contorted one-handers and double-pump jumpers.
And after his playing career, he served 22 years for the often woeful Los Angeles Clippers, winning Executive of the Year in Off the court, he protested segregated hotels and restaurants.
Though Chuck Cooper was the first black player drafted, Earl Lloyd was the first to play in an actual game.
Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton was the first to join the league from the Harlem Globetrotters. Lloyd would later go on to be the first black player to win an NBA title and serve as an assistant coach.
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Bursting off a drag screen in transition, then probing into the gut of a backpedaling defense, Nash created the chaos and then delivered the pinpoint passes that found his 3-point shooters and empowered the small ball that defined an era. That combination of kinetic energy, creative passing and sharpshooting endures as a blueprint for the prototypical point guard in the modern, high-pace era of NBA basketball.
He has more than 30, points and counting at age Just those credentials would easily secure him a place on this list. Just as teams used to look for another Michael Jordan or another Tim Duncan, they now have their sights set on finding another Nowitzki, from no matter where.
His outside shooting has been so accurate and prolific that it has changed the way teams look at power forwards, with stretch-4s and 5s being prized. Over the years, his unique talent helped the Dallas Mavericks to put up some of the most efficient offensive numbers in history and allowed coach Rick Carlisle to create innovative schemes with more shooting on the floor, culminating in an NBA title in Just as otherworldly was his approach to the game.
Unlike many other coaches, the "Zen Master" believed in guiding players with a light, almost spiritual touch, as spelled out in influential books like "Sacred Hoops" and "More Than a Game. Does that make him a button pusher or a master of preparation? And, yes, it does help to have a guy like Kobe who can create when the offense breaks down.
That, too, is a fact. After his career as a role player and a short stint as a broadcaster, Riley took over the Showtime Lakers and led them to four championships, quickly gaining popularity as a stylish sideline manager -- indeed "The Winner Within" is one of the most successful sports-based management books ever.
New York City, where as coach and GM he put together one of the most rugged defensive squads ever seen. By then, Riley was already off to his current destination: Miami, where as an executive and sometimes-coach he has led the Heat to three titles.
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Hammer & Rails has been around for over nine years as of this past February. We’ve seen a lot and grown a lot. To me, one of the greatest honors we can get is when a current or former player reaches out to us for something. We are presenting the NBA players who have done the most to change the way we play the game, how we talk about the game and the culture of basketball.