That one's untouchable. Tim Keown captured some of Jackson's magic during Jackson's 10th title run: "If there's genius in getting out of the way, Jackson has perfected it. On the other end, West was a rugged, handsy competitor, whose defensive crouch and laser focus tormented opposing guards. In 1967, when his 76ers won the NBA title, they set a record at 68 wins in the process. • Game Changers: 50-26 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.". He was far from the first high-profile athlete to speak out politically, but James' willingness to put his voice behind social causes has encouraged numerous athletes to follow. The magnitude of Abdul-Jabbar's prolific contributions to basketball, both as player and citizen, are unparalleled. But the ex-Georgetown star guard also received a lifetime contract from Reebok. The list of James' accomplishments since entering the league are well known, but he's continuing to write his story and refine his legacy. "The greatest winner in American team sports. He won back-to-back high school titles in basketball-crazy Indiana. To note that he won national college player of the year, three MVP awards, three NBA titles and a gold medal as an aging member of the Dream Team seems almost beside the point. As Jackie MacMullan wrote, "He epitomized qualities the city of Boston loves: fearless, gritty, arrogant, passionate and relentless. Along with his rival Magic Johnson, who played a much glitzier style of ball in Los Angeles, Bird brought a beautiful game featuring ball movement back to a league that had lost favor with fans. In live games, Curry's unconscionable pull-ups from ungodly distances, his step-backs under extreme heat, bombs that materialize out of nowhere thanks to his handles and lightning-quick release -- all of them nearly impossible or entirely ill-advised for most NBA shooters, but high-percentage looks for the two-time NBA champion and Most Valuable Player. Influence He passed better than any forward before him, but he could also score on anyone, or any team, and would tell them about it before and after. His play saved the Lakers franchise financially, and yet when he gracefully retired early in the 1971-72 season, that's when the team went on a record-setting win streak and finally won the championship. The Big O was the first guard to shoot 50 percent for a season and the first player to average over 10 assists per game. 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. The players that you will see on this list have had a profound influence on how the game is played in 2018 along with tackling numerous social issues that we've seen in America over the past half-century. For years, every short power forward was compared to Barkley, known as "The Round Mound of Rebound" for his physique. At just 6-feet, Iverson was still one of the most dynamic scorers in NBA history -- more relentless and improvisational than refined, and able to get buckets on fast-break dunks, impossible layups and jumpers from any spot on the floor. Starting with Air Jordan sneakers, which led to his own Jordan Brand, which led to him buying majority control of the Charlotte Hornets, Jordan blazed a trail for athletes to escape the plantation, buy the Big House, and sit on the porch with their feet up, smoking a cigar. Influence We're counting down the 100 most influential players in NBA history. Averaging 50 points a game for a season? -- Harris, Teams So I'm going, 'This is great! He was born in West Baden Springs, Indiana on December 7,1956. The top 10 was less of a list of influential players, and more like a ranking of the best players ever. Counting stats are a tribute to longevity, but his game-changing hasn't been just about volume. -- Harris, Teams But it was Chamberlain's spectacular persona that mattered as much as his accomplishments. 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. Elgin Baylor had a remarkable career that always seemed to have an ill-fated quirk. 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.". His agility and ability at his size made every team lust for a player like Shaq, even with his memorably poor free throw shooting and occasional brushes with teammates. After he ruptured his Achilles, he looked Lakers trainer Gary Vitti in the eye and asked whether he could still play. Originally from Nigeria, Olajuwon played center with grace, quickness and overwhelming talent on each end, making him a unique figure in the NBA's evolution. The list of 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,” was created based on votes from various ESPN NBA personalities. To Johnson, it's actually reassuring, a sign of lasting impact, the closest thing to immortality." -- Kevin Arnovitz, Teams Jokic should go down as one of the most influential players of all time. '", "West was a paragon of consistent excellence who was an All-Star in each of his 14 seasons, and helped guide the Lakers to nine Finals appearances. Not a game. While it's one thing to debate over who are the greatest players in NBA history based upon on-court accomplishments and skill, it's another thing to debate "influence." Counting stats are a tribute to longevity, but his game-changing hasn't been just about volume. In 1972, when his Lakers won the title, they set a new record of 69 wins total and a 33-game win streak that is the standard in all of professional sports. Won 6 NBA titles, 5 MVP awards, two … Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, but he was also a maverick -- a brilliant, driven talent who made his own path and got tens of millions of fans to follow. "James changed the paradigm for what a basketball prodigy was, and there still hasn't been anyone quite like him since. He leads all guards in career true shooting percentage (by a considerable margin), and all guards who started a majority of their career games in 3-point percentage. He has the third-highest scoring average in NBA history, but never led the league in scoring for a season. James changed the paradigm for what a basketball prodigy was, and there still hasn't been anyone quite like him since. In the playoffs, he's already the all-time leader in scoring, second in steals and third in assists. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, but he was also a maverick -- a brilliant, driven talent who made his own path and got tens of millions of fans to follow. 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. Riley's Knicks were beloved locally and despised by rivals -- Phil Jackson accused them of playing football, not basketball. Influence "West was a paragon of consistent excellence who was an All-Star in each of his 14 seasons, and helped guide the Lakers to nine Finals appearances. Unreachable. For Abdul-Jabbar, speaking up is nothing new. Minneapolis Lakers (1947-54, 1956; head coach 1957-58). Roberto Clemente, seen with the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1971 press photo, was the first major superstar of Latin descent, and also was among the first athletes to use his fame with humanitarian aid. And, in the realm of basketball, some consider him to be the greatest of all time. But all the style in the world doesn't get you four MVPs and three championships. -- Arnovitz, Teams ", Just as influential was how Iverson, the league's MVP in 2000-01 and an 11-time All-Star, popularized hip-hop culture and a new look in the NBA. James' personal essay in Sports Illustrated when he returned to Cleveland in 2014 came four months before The Players' Tribune launched. West's jumper -- its economy, quick release, silky follow-through -- made him the league's most efficient shooter during his prime. As Stephen Curry, LeBron James and other stars create a brand-new NBA before our very eyes, we decided to present the 5 most influential NBA players of all time. Influence "He's the greatest shooter to ever step on the court," Warriors teammate Kevin Durant said during the preseason. -- Spears. His major innovation in Miami might be his most enduring, as he was the architect of the NBA's most infamous superteam, starring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who shocked the league by using free agency to team up and win two titles in four Finals appearances, thereby encouraging other stars to join forces to have fun and chase championships. As a young player, Bryant had a knack for blowing minds on the court with spectacular basket forays and annoying traditionalists with his self-centered play, later known as Hero Ball. God gave us two hands.'" Just the man's name evokes a sense of glee. He has more than 30,000 points and counting at age 39. But the science was moving ahead of the society. 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In the post, his moves -- particularly the Dream Shake -- showed players of all sizes the kind of footwork and agility possible and made him more than a match for the great centers of his day, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O'Neal among them. "The triple-double. So he was groundbreaking with that move because it was a hesitation into the crossover that nobody had really done before. Dr. J set the standard for NBA style, combining originality, huge hands, hang time and elegance to show future generations the kind of artistry possible in basketball. His game-changing ability -- particularly on defense, for which he made 12 All-Defensive teams -- was constantly apparent in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves still haven't made a postseason trip since 2004, the year he won the MVP award and three years before Garnett initially left the franchise via trade.". A two-time WNBA champion, two-time Finals MVP and eight-time All-Star, there was nothing she couldn’t do. (Some things went better than others. Just those credentials would easily secure him a place on this list. One of Boston's best clutch athletes of all time." But for all his huge dunks, fresh kicks and clutch shots, Jordan's biggest impact came off the court as he empowered athletes -- especially African-Americans -- to obtain full economic participation in the billions generated by their labor. Does that make him a button pusher or a master of preparation? Cincinnati Royals (1960-70), Milwaukee Bucks (1970-74). That, too, is a fact.'" With 11 NBA titles -- the last two as the first black coach in pro sports -- plus back-to-back NCAA titles, and an Olympic gold medal, Russell has an untouchable track record of team success. With a renewed dedication to his Islamic faith, he became the first foreign-born player to win MVP and also was named Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. "Chamberlain set a slew of records, some of which will never be broken. They then went out to find their Tim Duncan, so that they could fashion a team culture modeled after the Spurs. The 10-year anniversary of 'The Decision' and the retirement of a YouTube pioneer makes for an opportune time to revisit the NBA's biggest game changers. When questioned why he'd do such a thing, he defiantly responded, 'Why? • Game Changers: 25-1, From the archives: His entire career was built upon accepting nothing. '", A revolutionary playmaker, Nash also was a superlative shooter who compiled a 49.0 percent average from the field, drained 42.8 percent of his 3,939 3-point attempts and shot over 90 percent from the free throw line. He leads all guards in career true shooting percentage (by a considerable margin), and all guards who started a majority of their career games in 3-point percentage. Jordan transformed the style and substance of basketball, expanding the scope and meaning of athletic achievement. Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird -- first as hated rivals, then as friends -- did more than any other pair of players to bring the NBA into the modern era we still enjoy today. This list will pay homage to the top 10 most influential figures in sports history. I will attempt to pick the top 25 most influential Duke Blue Devils of all-time. His mindblowing athletic talent -- including overpowering strength, an outlandish wingspan, supreme speed, and uncanny leaping ability -- and outgoing personality gave him a presence unlike any in sports. That says it all, but not everything. George Mikan carried pro basketball for the decade following World War II and nearly broke the sport. Numerous publications have dubbed LeBron James "the greatest basketball player of all time" — after all, he is King James. According to one shoe executive, Bronny is the most influential high-school athlete of all time, as reported by 247sports.com. -- Harris, Teams For this special edition of #NBArank, we asked our panel to choose the players who have influenced the game most, both on and off the court: the real game-changers. But there's more. Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1959-65), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-68), Los Angeles Lakers (1968-73). During the 1964 All-Star Game strike, Tom Heinsohn recalled that Lakers owner Bob Short yelled at someone, "You go tell Elgin Baylor that if he doesn't get his ass out here fast, I'm done with him!'" Each of the players in our list forever changed the way we talk about basketball, the way we play basketball, and even the way we bet on basketball . One of Boston's best clutch athletes of all time." Few centers have passed the ball as well as Russell and he was the first player to turn the dunk into a routine weapon. And now he's trying to bring a whole new Laker generation to fruition as team president. Minnesota Timberwolves (1995-2007), Boston Celtics (2007-13), Brooklyn Nets (2013-15), Timberwolves (2015-16). ESPN recently put together a list of the top 100 most influential NBA players of all time. He defined a position on the court, and never shirked from one off it. 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. Despite his Hoosier State roots, Bird will forever be associated with Celtic Green. A generation of NBA executives recognized that Duncan's emotional intelligence was the connective tissue that helped Popovich execute the vision in San Antonio. The 55-rebound game? On the other end, West was a rugged, handsy competitor, whose defensive crouch and laser focus tormented opposing guards. That's crazy to say that about a 16-time All-Star who still is recognized by fans who weren't even alive when he retired. He appeared in the Finals eight times and set a Finals single-game record of 61 points, but never won a title. Orlando Magic (1992-96), Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004), Miami Heat (2004-08), Phoenix Suns (2008-09), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-10), Boston Celtics (2010-11). Riley's reach across the decades has shaped and reshaped the NBA. The NBA in recent years has become a staple of entertainment not just in the United States but globally as well. Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (1958-71); New Orleans Jazz (head coach, 1974, 1976-79). With the start of the NBA season a few days away, it’s time we close the book on our offseason series ranking the 100 greatest players of the 21st century. Houston Rockets (1984-2001), Toronto Raptors (2001-02). From the 1950s to the present, he gave interviews, wrote articles and books, and now is on Twitter addressing the flaws of American society. I'm like trying to direct from the sidelines a little bit, plays and stuff, set, but was gone. God gave us two hands. And after his playing career, he served 22 years for the often woeful Los Angeles Clippers, winning Executive of the Year in 2006. He won back-to-back high school titles in basketball-crazy Indiana. James' actions off the court have set new standards and created new goals for so many of his peers, a form of respect in any profession.". Jackson's consistent success as a coach seemed surreal, as he showed up in the Finals year after year, leading the Bulls and Lakers to the three three-peats (the first since Bill Russell's Celtics) before finally losing in the Finals -- and then tacked on two more titles before retiring from coaching, to go along with the two he won as a player. Though Chuck Cooper was the first black player drafted, Earl Lloyd was the first to play in an actual game. Exemplifying his domination was a famous marquee at Madison Square Garden declaring "George Mikan vs. the New York Knicks." When he tore his right rotator cuff, he just started shooting left-handed. -- Arnovitz, Teams In 1947, Wat Misaka joined the BAA (forerunner of the NBA) to become the league's first non-white player and the first player of Asian descent. Pistol Pete is definately on the most influential BASKETBALL players in history. Practice." His dazzling passing at 6-foot-9 thrilled NBA fans as nothing before had done. is also a reminder of his powerful, overwhelming presence on the court. , "He epitomized qualities the city of Boston loves: fearless, gritty, arrogant, passionate and relentless. Bronny James, son of the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar and future Hall of Famer LeBron James, is a high-school basketball phenomenon with great following in the basketball and the media world. But there are so many answers to why "The Answer" was a game changer. As an individual talent, he was astounding -- he posted a quadruple-double, led the league in rebounds and blocks, and was a perennial All-NBA and All-Defense selection -- even as Sampson and the Rockets faltered. This aspect of his personality led to clashes with O'Neal, and their feud contributed to O'Neal's departure in a trade to Miami, making Bryant the sole face of the Lakers. After he ruptured his Achilles, he looked Lakers trainer Gary Vitti in the eye and asked whether he could still play. "As former Jackson assistant Jim Cleamons told The New York Times, 'Every situation that Phil has coached in, the team hadn't won before he got there. One of the most marketable female players ever, Lisa Leslie was a beloved star in LA. He has starred on TNT's "Inside the NBA" for years, and is outspoken on racial issues and every other topic that comes to mind. Stephen Curry is if not THE MOST influential player of all time, then at least the second behind only Michael Jordan. Even from a style and cultural standpoint, Garnett is still relevant: His fiery intensity remains legendary, as demonstrated by his trendsetting move of jumping to block jumpers after the whistle, intended to intimidate and break the confidence of opponents. For years, every short power forward was compared to Barkley, known as "The Round Mound of Rebound" for his physique. Influence Influence His 1988 Game 7 duel with Dominique Wilkins and the Hawks -- won by Bird and the Celtics, naturally -- is the stuff of legend. Los Angeles Lakers (1960-74; head coach 1976-79). The hard brevity of "Shaq!" Russell the activist is somehow more extraordinary. The NBA superstar and 2-time MVP, Stephen Curry, is among the most influential and respected players in the NBA today. Philadelphia 76ers (1996-2006), Denver Nuggets (2006-08), Detroit Pistons (2008-09), Memphis Grizzlies (2009), 76ers (2009-10). Lloyd would later go on to be the first black player to win an NBA title and serve as an assistant coach. Bryant's 1996 announcement from his high school gym that he was headed to the NBA came when that was still considered a brash move, but when the Lakers traded for him at the draft, stardom seemed assured. ". Influence But we're still not precisely there on why Oscar Robertson is foundational to basketball history. "We're talking about practice. "Before you start handing out applause and credit to anyone else in this organization for anything that's been accomplished, remember it all starts with and goes through Timmy," said Gregg Popovich on the eve of the 2014 Finals. Vitti and Lakers coach Byron Scott had to yank him out of the game. As the third president of the NBPA and a civil rights activist, Robertson fought for over a decade to secure pensions and free agency for players. We still see his influence in ways big and small: kids wagging their tongues; the raging popularity of basketball in China; post-up players leaning backward into defenders before making their move. As the third president of the NBPA and a civil rights activist, Robertson fought for over a decade to secure pensions and free agency for players. ... in Duke basketball history. Our NBA panel -- with members from across ESPN, including TV, radio, ESPN.com, The Undefeated and ESPN The Magazine -- voted more than 11,000 times to select the top 90 game-changers, and a smaller committee of writers and editors selected the final 10. It's often said, glibly, that they saved the NBA. Despite the slight at Mikan's talented Minneapolis teammates, the marquee spoke a truth. James' actions off the court have set new standards and created new goals for so many of his peers, a form of respect in any profession. Originally from Nigeria, Olajuwon played center with grace, quickness and overwhelming talent on each end, making him a unique figure in the NBA's evolution. At just over 6-foot-4, he played power forward with incredible speed, power and skill. He is 11th active Division I coach to earn 400 or more victories at his current institution and he is 23rd on the active career wins list with 516 overall. -- Chris Herring, Teams Despite just one MVP trophy, he earned his self-awarded Most Dominant Ever moniker, and he was without a doubt the most physically imposing player of his generation. His entire career was built upon accepting nothing. When he tore his right rotator cuff, he just started shooting left-handed. Post #1 » by youngthegiant » Thu Aug 6, 2020 3:31 am Just how Steph Curry and the Warriors changed 3pt shooting across the league. Adande captured the essence of his impact: "He has celebrated almost 18 birthdays -- the equivalent of a legal coming-of-age -- since that Nov. 7, 1991, news conference in which he announced he was HIV-positive. His entire career was built upon accepting nothing. But leave behind the triple-double. ESPN voted on the 20 most influential players in NBA history based upon the following criteria: "For this special edition of #NBArank, we asked our panel to choose the players who have influenced the game most, both on and off the court: the real game-changers. Influence It was the dawn of a new age of advances in treatment -- drug "cocktails" followed by protease inhibitors and antiretroviral therapy -- I recall a family friend who was HIV-positive who had to completely readjust his mindset, from bracing for death to figuring out what to do with the rest of his life. Virginia Squires (1971-73), New York Nets (1973-76), Philadelphia 76ers (1976-87). And stardom did follow quickly, as Bryant was voted the youngest All-Star starter in history even before he was a Lakers starter. -- Webb, Teams It was not lost on him that days after speaking in the Oval Office with President Eisenhower he was denied service at gas stations and restaurants because he was black. LeBron James is playing at an elite level in year 15, but his efficiency, leadership, and durability aren’t all that goes into making him basketball’s second most influential player of all time. His game-changing ability -- particularly on defense, for which he made 12 All-Defensive teams -- was constantly apparent in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves still haven't made a postseason trip since 2004, the year he won the MVP award and three years before Garnett initially left the franchise via trade. Unreachable. Team glory was secured during 1994 and 1995 as Olajuwon took his game to new heights. "The magnitude of Abdul-Jabbar's prolific contributions to basketball, both as player and citizen, are unparalleled. Practice." The sports bar debate has been settled. He had 181 triple-doubles in his career, an NBA record. As a former member of the Phi Slama Jama "fraternity" at the University of Houston, and alongside his Twin Tower Ralph Sampson, Olajuwon took the Houston Rockets to the NBA Finals in his second season. He also was the spiritual leader of basketball's most admired organization. Bill Russell. In 1995, he led the underdog sixth-seeded Rockets back to the title, defeating four teams that had won 57 games or more, a challenge no champion has faced before or since. When questioned why he'd do such a thing, he defiantly responded, 'Why? Bird won three championships but could have easily had a handful more had his teammates matched his intensity ... and if his body hadn't so cruelly betrayed him in his final years. When questioned why he'd do such a thing, he defiantly responded, 'Why? Players now routinely take control of announcing their big career decisions and use crafted essays to explain themselves. After he ruptured his Achilles, he looked Lakers trainer Gary Vitti in the eye and asked whether he could still play. And he was a freelancing terror off the ball, pilfering over 2,000 steals and racking up nearly 2,000 blocks. Influence can mean many things and it stretches way beyond the basketball court. -- Webb, Teams Today, it's normal for Ronaldo to own hotels, gyms and shampoo. When we discuss NBA players, we always talk about "greatness.". As Ramona Shelburne wrote: "He traded everything -- his friends, his family, his identity, his body, ultimately his humanity -- in pursuit of basketball immortality. Phoenix Suns (1996-98), Dallas Mavericks (1998-2004), Suns (2004-12), Los Angeles Lakers (2012-15). We still see his influence in ways big and small: kids wagging their tongues; the raging popularity of basketball in China; post-up players leaning backward into defenders before making their move. And that's not including the 100-point game, which someone could conceivably top one day. 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. Adande captured the essence of his impact. Iverson led the league in scoring four times and steals three times, and those skills went hand in hand, as he gambled and scored fearlessly. In his eight seasons playing in the NBL, BAA and finally NBA, Mikan's team won seven titles. ". 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