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22nd May '16 2:24:30 AM KYCubbie
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* '''Andrei Kirilenko''', one of the most versatile forwards of the early 21st century, arrived in the NBA from his homeland of Russia in 2001 and played 13 seasons in the league, the first 10 of them for the Jazz. Throughout his career, he was a threat [[JackOfAllStats on both offense and defense]], and three times he even accomplished the rare feat of a "5x5"—at least five of all the major statistical categories of points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals in a game. During the lockout season of 2011–12, he returned to Russia to play for his former club of CSKA Moscow; he then came back with the Timberwolves and Nets. Then, during the 2014–15 season, he was traded to the Sixers, but refused to report for the blatantly tanking team; he was first suspended and then released. He played the last months of that season in Russia with CSKA before announcing his retirement. He's also known for his love of puns—throughout his pro career, he wore the number 47, inevitably leading to the nickname [[IncrediblyLamePun "AK-47"]].[[note]]Probably not coincidentally, he was born in Izhevsk, the city where the famous rifle was designed.[[/note]]

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* '''Andrei Kirilenko''', one of the most versatile forwards of the early 21st century, arrived in the NBA from his homeland of Russia in 2001 and played 13 seasons in the league, the first 10 of them for the Jazz. Throughout his career, he was a threat [[JackOfAllStats on both offense and defense]], and three times he even accomplished the rare feat of a "5x5"—at least five of all the major statistical categories of points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals in a game. During the lockout season of 2011–12, he returned to Russia to play for his former club of CSKA Moscow; he then came back with the Timberwolves and Nets. Then, during the 2014–15 season, he was traded to the Sixers, but refused to report for the blatantly tanking team; he was first suspended and then released. He played the last months of that season in Russia with CSKA before announcing his retirement. He's also known for his love of puns—throughout his pro career, he wore the number 47, inevitably leading to the nickname [[IncrediblyLamePun "AK-47"]].[[note]]Probably not coincidentally, he was born in Izhevsk, the city where the famous rifle was designed.[[/note]][[/note]] Shortly after his retirement, he became head of the Russian Basketball Federation.
10th May '16 1:09:54 PM liesandperfidy
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* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the Bay Area's team and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise won four championships in their history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two in California in 1975 and 2015[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball.[[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007.[[/note]] Things changed dramatically for the Warriors when they drafted "Splash Brothers" Stephen Curry (2009) and Klay Thompson (2011). With the additions of Draymond Green in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as arguably the greatest shooting team in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and followed that up by going 73–9 in the 2015–16 regular season, surpassing the 1995–96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in league history. At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"s[[/note]] are right now one of the most elite teams the NBA has ever seen.

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* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the Bay Area's team and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise won four championships in their history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two in California in 1975 and 2015[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball.[[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007.[[/note]] Things changed dramatically for the Warriors when they drafted "Splash Brothers" Stephen Curry (2009) and Klay Thompson (2011). With the additions of power forward Draymond Green in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as arguably the greatest shooting team in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and followed that up by going 73–9 in the 2015–16 regular season, surpassing the 1995–96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in league history. At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"s[[/note]] are right now one of the most elite greatest teams the NBA league has ever seen.seen, and thanks to their core's relative youth, a title threat for years to come.



* '''Stephen Curry''' [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is the Warriors' point guard, son of former NBA guard and current Charlotte announcer Dell Curry. "Steph" first drew national attention in college, as a 3-point specialist leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. Early-career ankle injuries led many to consider him another bust for the hapless Warriors, but starting in the 2012-13 season, Curry's career took off on an upward trajectory. Initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," he established himself as an accurate and creative passer, talented ball-handler, and even a capable defender - but it was his shooting that drew accolades. He broke Ray Allen's single-season three-point shooting record in 2013, and has set a new one every year since, using a combination of [[GameBreaker quick release and improbable shooting range.]] In the 2014-15 season, he collected his first MVP award while leading the Warriors to their first championship in forty years, and then followed that up with one of the greatest offensive seasons in NBA history, repeating as MVP as his Warriors broke the legendary '95-96 Chicago Bulls' record for regular-season wins. Currently in the prime of his career, Curry sits on a short list of contenders to the title of "best player in the league."

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* '''Stephen Curry''' [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is the Warriors' point guard, son of former NBA guard and current Charlotte announcer Dell Curry. "Steph" first drew national attention in college, as a 3-point specialist leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. Early-career ankle injuries led many to consider him another bust for the hapless Warriors, but starting in the 2012-13 season, Curry's career took off on an upward trajectory. Initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," he established himself as an accurate and creative passer, talented ball-handler, and even a capable defender - but it was his shooting that drew accolades. He broke Ray Allen's single-season three-point shooting record in 2013, and has set a new one every year since, using a combination of [[GameBreaker quick release and improbable shooting range.]] In the 2014-15 season, he collected his first MVP award while leading the Warriors to their first championship in forty years, and then followed that ''that'' up with one of the greatest offensive seasons in NBA history, repeating as MVP as his Warriors broke becoming the legendary '95-96 Chicago Bulls' record for regular-season wins.first player ''ever'' to be unanimously voted as MVP. Currently in the prime of his career, Curry sits on a short list of contenders to the title of "best player in the league."
10th May '16 1:06:50 PM liesandperfidy
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* '''Draymond Green''' is the Warriors' power forward. A Saginaw native and four-year college player at Michigan State University, Green was considered a classic "tweener" - not quick or athletic enough to be a guard, not big or strong enough to be a forward - and the Warriors took a flier on him in the second round of the 2012 draft. Green's competitiveness and defensive smarts made him a useful bench player for Golden State, but when injury opened up the starting power forward position in the 2014-15 season, Green seized it with both hands and never looked back. He's since become arguably one of the league's best front-court players, a uniquely versatile defender who's been known to cover point guards and centers on the same play; perhaps most surprisingly, he's a real offensive weapon for the Warriors, with a respectable jump shot and the ball-handling skills to serve as a release valve for Stephen Curry. But perhaps more than anything else, he's known as the Warriors' "heartbeat" - the team's vocal leader, competitive engine, and most brash, profane, and ''constant'' trash-talker.

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* '''Draymond Green''' is the Warriors' power forward. A Saginaw native and four-year college player at Michigan State University, Green was considered a classic "tweener" - "tweener," not quick or athletic enough to be a guard, not big or strong enough to be a forward - and forward. In the 2012 draft, the Warriors took a flier on him in the second round of the 2012 draft. round, where a useful bench player is generally considered a good draft result. Green's competitiveness and defensive smarts made him a that useful bench player for Golden State, but when injury opened up the starting power forward position in the 2014-15 season, Green seized it with both hands and never looked back. He's since become arguably one of the league's best front-court players, players - a uniquely versatile defender who's been known to cover point guards and centers on the same play; perhaps most surprisingly, he's a real play, and an unexpected offensive weapon for the Warriors, with a respectable jump shot and the ball-handling skills to serve as a release valve for Stephen Curry. But perhaps more than anything else, he's known as the Warriors' "heartbeat" - the team's vocal leader, competitive engine, and most brash, profane, and ''constant'' trash-talker.
10th May '16 1:04:36 PM liesandperfidy
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* '''Stephen Curry''' [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is a point guard, son of former NBA guard and Sixth Man of the Year Dell Curry. He first gained national attention in college, leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in nearly 40 years, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. After struggling early in his career with ankle injuries, he broke out in a big way in the 2012-2013 season, breaking Ray Allen's single-season three-point record, dropping 54 points in Madison Square Garden, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Z0G1qb8Pg leading the way]] in a first-round playoff upset over the Denver Nuggets. Despite being initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," Curry proved himself to be an accurate and creative passer and talented ball-handler; combined with his [[GameBreaker improbably quick jump-shot release and ridiculously large three-point shooting range]], he established himself as one of the NBA's top point guards. His superstar status was solidified by a spectacular 2014–15 season that saw him break his own three-point record, lead all players in All-Star Game voting, win the league MVP award, and lead the Warriors to their first championship in forty years.

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* '''Stephen Curry''' [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is a the Warriors' point guard, son of former NBA guard and Sixth Man of the Year current Charlotte announcer Dell Curry. He "Steph" first gained drew national attention in college, as a 3-point specialist leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in nearly 40 years, 8, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. After struggling early in his career with Early-career ankle injuries, he broke out in a big way injuries led many to consider him another bust for the hapless Warriors, but starting in the 2012-2013 2012-13 season, breaking Ray Allen's single-season three-point record, dropping 54 points in Madison Square Garden, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Z0G1qb8Pg leading the way]] in a first-round playoff upset over the Denver Nuggets. Despite being initially Curry's career took off on an upward trajectory. Initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," Curry proved himself to be an accurate and creative passer and talented ball-handler; combined with his [[GameBreaker improbably quick jump-shot release and ridiculously large three-point shooting range]], he established himself as one of the NBA's top point guards. His superstar status an accurate and creative passer, talented ball-handler, and even a capable defender - but it was solidified by a spectacular 2014–15 season his shooting that saw him break his own drew accolades. He broke Ray Allen's single-season three-point record, lead all players shooting record in All-Star Game voting, win 2013, and has set a new one every year since, using a combination of [[GameBreaker quick release and improbable shooting range.]] In the league 2014-15 season, he collected his first MVP award, and lead award while leading the Warriors to their first championship in forty years.years, and then followed that up with one of the greatest offensive seasons in NBA history, repeating as MVP as his Warriors broke the legendary '95-96 Chicago Bulls' record for regular-season wins. Currently in the prime of his career, Curry sits on a short list of contenders to the title of "best player in the league."
** Steph's unique combination of scoring volume and shooting efficiency is the stuff of which basketball analysts' fantasies are made; the simplest way to explain his domination of the 3-point line is a single number. Before Curry, the record for three-point makes in a single season was held by legendary shooter Ray Allen, who hit an incredible 269 shots from deep. As of the 2015-16 season, Curry's record is ''402''.



* '''Draymond Green'''

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* '''Draymond Green'''Green''' is the Warriors' power forward. A Saginaw native and four-year college player at Michigan State University, Green was considered a classic "tweener" - not quick or athletic enough to be a guard, not big or strong enough to be a forward - and the Warriors took a flier on him in the second round of the 2012 draft. Green's competitiveness and defensive smarts made him a useful bench player for Golden State, but when injury opened up the starting power forward position in the 2014-15 season, Green seized it with both hands and never looked back. He's since become arguably one of the league's best front-court players, a uniquely versatile defender who's been known to cover point guards and centers on the same play; perhaps most surprisingly, he's a real offensive weapon for the Warriors, with a respectable jump shot and the ball-handling skills to serve as a release valve for Stephen Curry. But perhaps more than anything else, he's known as the Warriors' "heartbeat" - the team's vocal leader, competitive engine, and most brash, profane, and ''constant'' trash-talker.
2nd May '16 3:37:40 AM KYCubbie
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** His son Luke played 10 seasons in the league, mostly with the Lakers. He then went into coaching, landing with the Warriors for their 2015 championship and record-setting 2016 team. He'll become head coach of the Lakers in 2016–17.
1st May '16 5:46:13 PM igordebraga
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NBA Development League, or NBA D-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the D-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors.

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NBA Development League, or NBA D-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the D-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors.minors and at times employing the same franchise name. Starting in 2016, only 8 NBA teams will not have its own minor.

!!Current teams (followed by affiliate)
*Austin Spurs (Spurs): Founded in 2001 as Columbus Riverdragons, moved to the Texas capital in 2005 to become the Austin Toros. Have always been affiliated with San Antonio, who purchased the team in 2007 and renamed them seven years later.
*Canton Charge (Cavaliers): Founded as the Huntsville Flight in 2001 and late renamed Albuquerque/New Mexico Thunderbirds, were purchased in 2011 by the Cavs, who moved them to Ohio and gave them a similar knight-based theme.
*Delaware 87ers (76ers): AKA "Sevens', name refers to the year Delaware ratified the constitution. Founded as Utah Flash in 2007.
*Erie [=BayHawks=] (Magic): Begun affiliated with the Cavs and Sixers given this Ohio city is just between the two teams.
*Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Pacers): The PunnyName refers to the guy whoo named the city, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Being located in an Indiana city, have always been affiliated with the Pacers, but only in 2015 became a solo connection.
*Greensboro Swarm (Hornets): Third team in North Carolina (following a defunct one in Fayetteville and a relocated one in Asheville).
*Grand Rapids Drive (Pistons): Founded in 2006 as Anaheim Arsenal and later known as Springfield Armor, moved to Michigan in 2014, and earned another car piece name. Walker, MI DeltaPlex Arena 4,500 2006[c] Detroit Pistons Hybrid
*Iowa Energy (Grizzlies)
*Long Island Nets (Nets): Will actually begin sharing Barclays Center with the parent team, before in 2017 moving to the currently renovating Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale (where the NHL's Islanders played).
*Los Angeles D-Fenders (Lakers): The first D-League team owned by a NBA franchise, plays in the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo.
*Maine Red Claws (Celtics)
*Northern Arizona Suns (Suns): Founded as the Bakersfield Jam in 2006, were purchased by Phoenix a decade later and relocated to Prescott Valley.
*Oklahoma City Blue (Thunder): Founded as the Asheville Altitude in 2001, relocated to Oklahoma in 2005 to become the Tulsa 66ers. As soon as the Thunder came to the state in 2008, the 66ers were purchased, and were eventually forced to move into a smaller OKC arena in 2014.
*Raptors 905 (Raptors): 905 is the area code for the Greater Toronto Area - the team plays in Mississauga, and like the parent company is the only team in Canada.
*Reno Bighorns (Kings)
*Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Rockets): Based in Hidalgo, became the sole affiliate of Houston two years in 2009, after two years of partnership.
*Salt Lake City Stars (Jazz): Originally the Idaho Stampede, who begun play in 1997 on the now defunct Continent Basketball Association, joined the D-League in 2006 and were one decade later purchased by Utah, who relocated them to a smaller building in the same city they play.
*Santa Cruz Warriors (Warriors): Originally Dakota Wizards, who begun in 1995 and were in both the CBA and the International Basketball Association before joining the D-League in 2006. Golden State purchased them in 2011, and one year later moved them to California.
*Sioux Falls Skyforce (Heat): Actually dates back to [[LongRunners 1989]], having also played in the IBA and CBA.
*Texas Legends (Mavericks): Began as the Colorado 14ers in 2006, before the Mavs purchased them and relocated to the DFW city of Frisco in 2009.
*Westchester Knicks (Knicks): Plays just north of NYC, in White Plains, and uses the first "Father Knickerbocker" logo the Knicks dropped in 1964.
*Windy City Bulls (Bulls): Will play in nearby Hoffman Estates.

!!Champions
*2002: Greenville Groove (defunct team)
*2003: Mobile Revelers (defunct team)
*2004 and 2005: Asheville Altitude (current Oklahoma City Blue)
*2006: Albuquerque Thunderbirds (current Canton Charge)
*2007: Dakota Wizards (current Santa Cruz Warriors)
*2008: Idaho Stampede (current Salt Lake City Stars)
*2009: Colorado 14ers (current Texas Legends)
*2010: Rio Grande Valley Vipers
*2011: Iowa Energy
*2012: Austin Toros (current Austin Spurs)
*2013: Rio Grande Valley Vipers
*2014: Fort Wayne Mad Ants
*2015: Santa Cruz Warriors (same year Golden State won the major league)
*2016: Sioux Falls Skyforce
1st May '16 4:54:36 PM igordebraga
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'''The 2010s: The Current Era'''

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'''The 2010s: The Current Era'''Era''' (also known as "[=LeBron=] James era" as LBJ got to five straight finals!)


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NBA Development League, or NBA D-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the D-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors.
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29th Apr '16 9:54:07 PM KYCubbie
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The primary route from which new players enter the league is the NBA Draft, held each June. Players come mostly from college basketball, though increasingly overseas players are also chosen. The draft consists of 2 rounds, the shortest (by far) of any of the major sports. Teams that miss the playoffs are entered into a weighted draft lottery, which determines the first 3 picks, meaning the team with the worst record is most likely, but not guaranteed to get the first pick. Subsequently, players scouted to go as early draft picks are said to be "lottery picks" (a good thing), while teams likely to miss the playoffs are said to be "lottery bound" (a bad thing, except that they're likely to get better players in the draft). The remaining first round picks are awarded in inverse order of record, so the reigning NBA champs gat the 30th and last pick in the first round. The second round is purely inverse record.

The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Development League, known as the D-League for short. It has (as of 2015) 19 teams. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The D-League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the D-League to 10-day contracts (as fill ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the D-League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated D-League team outright.

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The primary route from which new players enter the league is the NBA Draft, held each June. Players come mostly from college basketball, though increasingly overseas players are also chosen. The draft consists of 2 rounds, the shortest (by far) of any of the major sports. [[note]]The UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer [=SuperDraft=] is four rounds. The [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] and [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] drafts are seven rounds each. The [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams MLB]] draft lasts ''40 rounds''.[[/note]] Teams that miss the playoffs are entered into a weighted draft lottery, which determines the first 3 picks, meaning the team with the worst record is most likely, but not guaranteed to get the first pick. Subsequently, players scouted to go as early draft picks are said to be "lottery picks" (a good thing), while teams likely to miss the playoffs are said to be "lottery bound" (a bad thing, except that they're likely to get better players in the draft). The remaining first round picks are awarded in inverse order of record, so the reigning NBA champs gat the 30th and last pick in the first round. The second round is purely inverse record.

The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Development League, known as the D-League for short. It has (as of 2015) had 19 teams.teams in the 2015–16 season and will expand to 22 in 2016–17. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The D-League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the D-League to 10-day contracts (as fill ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the D-League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated D-League team outright.



* The '''Atlanta Hawks''' have been around for as long as the NBA has. Founded in 1946 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks [[note]] Moline, Ilinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa (Bettendorf, Iowa eventually joined in to make it the Quad Cities) [[/note]], the franchise was moved to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955, before landing in Atlanta in 1968. Historically, the franchise has not had a successful track record, having won only one championship, won in 1958 back in St. Louis. In more modern terms, the Hawks can be recognized from their teams from the [[TheEighties '80s]], led by Slam Dunk Contest champions Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. Nowadays, the Hawks have emerged from mediocrity to become one of the more solid teams in the Eastern Conference. From 2004 through 2015, also noted for a circus of discord among its ownership group, featuring numerous lawsuits (with [[WeAreStrugglingTogether some owners even suing each other]]), that finally ended with the team's sale.

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* The '''Atlanta Hawks''' have been around for as long as the NBA has. Founded in 1946 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks [[note]] Moline, Ilinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa (Bettendorf, Iowa (East Moline, Illinois eventually joined in to make it the Quad Cities) [[/note]], Cities, and still later Bettendorf, Iowa joined the group, making "Quad Cities" an ArtifactTitle)[[/note]], the franchise was moved to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955, before landing in Atlanta in 1968. Historically, the franchise has not had a successful track record, having won only one championship, won in 1958 back in St. Louis. In more modern terms, the Hawks can be recognized from their teams from the [[TheEighties '80s]], led by Slam Dunk Contest champions Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. Nowadays, the Hawks have emerged from mediocrity to become one of the more solid teams in the Eastern Conference. From 2004 through 2015, also noted for a circus of discord among its ownership group, featuring numerous lawsuits (with [[WeAreStrugglingTogether some owners even suing each other]]), that finally ended with the team's sale.
29th Apr '16 9:33:03 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Bob Lanier''' was a Hall of Fame center who arrived from St. Bonaventure in 1970, becoming the face of the Pistons for the next decade. An eight-time All-Star, he averaged just over 20 points and 10 rebounds during his 14-year career. Was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1979–80 season, and helped lead the Bucks to division titles in each season until retiring in 1984. Also notable for his ''gigantic'' feet—visitors to the Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts can compare their feet to Lanier's U.S. ''size [=22s=]''.[[note]]The American shoe company Allen Edmonds, in business since 1922, made its largest-ever pair of shoes for him.[[/note]]



* '''Rick Barry''' was a small forward who played for several teams in the 60s and 70s, but had his longest tenure and greatest success with Golden State. He was drafted by the then-San Francisco Warriors in 1965 and immediately impressed, but contract disputes led him to jump ship to the pre-merger ABA. He bounced around the league until a court injunction sent him back to the Warriors, where he settled in as the team's star and eventually led them to the 1975 NBA championship. Barry retired in 1980; despite his notoriously prickly personality and the occasional off-court controversy, he was a shoo-in Hall of Famer, one of the league's historically great scorers before the introduction of the 3-point line. Also famous for his unique free-throw style—he shot them granny-style (i.e, two-handed and underhand), which was popular in the early days of the game but had largely disappeared by his day. Since he was one of the league's best free-throw shooters[[note]]in fact retiring as the league's all-time leader in that statistic[[/note]], no one laughed for very long; to this day, his style is occasionally suggested as a way to help out notoriously poor free-throw shooters.
* '''Stephen Curry''' [[ItsPronouncedTropay (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is a point guard, son of former NBA guard and Sixth Man of the Year Dell Curry. He first gained national attention in college, leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in nearly 40 years, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. After struggling early in his career with ankle injuries, he broke out in a big way in the 2012-2013 season, breaking Ray Allen's single-season three-point record, dropping 54 points in Madison Square Garden, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Z0G1qb8Pg leading the way]] in a first-round playoff upset over the Denver Nuggets. Despite being initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," Curry proved himself to be an accurate and creative passer and talented ball-handler; combined with his [[GameBreaker improbably quick jump-shot release and ridiculously large three-point shooting range]], he established himself as one of the NBA's top point guards. His superstar status was solidified by a spectacular 2014–15 season that saw him break his own three-point record, lead all players in All-Star Game voting, win the league MVP award, and lead the Warriors to their first championship in forty years.

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* '''Rick Barry''' was a small forward who played for several teams in the 60s and 70s, but had his longest tenure and greatest success with Golden State. He was drafted by the then-San Francisco Warriors in 1965 and immediately impressed, but contract disputes led him to jump ship to the pre-merger ABA. He bounced around the league until a court injunction sent him back to the Warriors, where he settled in as the team's star and eventually led them to the 1975 NBA championship. Barry retired in 1980; despite his notoriously prickly personality and the occasional off-court controversy, he was a shoo-in Hall of Famer, one of the league's historically great scorers before the introduction of the 3-point line. Also famous for his unique free-throw style—he shot them granny-style (i.e, two-handed and underhand), which was popular in the early days of the game but had largely disappeared by his day. Since he was one of the league's best free-throw shooters[[note]]in fact retiring as the league's all-time leader in that statistic[[/note]], free throw percentage[[/note]], no one laughed for very long; to this day, his style is occasionally suggested as a way to help out notoriously poor free-throw shooters.
* '''Stephen Curry''' [[ItsPronouncedTropay [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is a point guard, son of former NBA guard and Sixth Man of the Year Dell Curry. He first gained national attention in college, leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in nearly 40 years, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. After struggling early in his career with ankle injuries, he broke out in a big way in the 2012-2013 season, breaking Ray Allen's single-season three-point record, dropping 54 points in Madison Square Garden, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Z0G1qb8Pg leading the way]] in a first-round playoff upset over the Denver Nuggets. Despite being initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," Curry proved himself to be an accurate and creative passer and talented ball-handler; combined with his [[GameBreaker improbably quick jump-shot release and ridiculously large three-point shooting range]], he established himself as one of the NBA's top point guards. His superstar status was solidified by a spectacular 2014–15 season that saw him break his own three-point record, lead all players in All-Star Game voting, win the league MVP award, and lead the Warriors to their first championship in forty years.



* '''Dwight Howard''' is a 6'11" (2.11 m) center, reputed as the best in the business. Drafted 1st overall by the Orlando Magic in 2004; he played with them for eight seasons, before being traded to the Lakers. Heir apparent to Shaquille O'Neal (other than Blake Griffin; they are both tall, prominent centers who dominates the paint at will, started their careers with the Orlando Magic and continued onward with the L.A. Lakers, are large goofballs off the court, and had this peculiar knack of bricking free throws). The most profound common characteristic between the two is their association with the moniker of being the NBA's [[{{Superman}} Man of Steel]]. Howard capitalized on the association during the 2008 [[AndZoidberg and 2009]] All-Star slam dunk contest when he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome donned a Superman costume]], but Shaq did not take it too lightly, accusing Howard of [[OneMarioLimit "stealing" his nickname and identity]]. Although there were arguments whether the league has enough room for two Supermen, it isn't much of an issue anymore nowadays, as Shaq is already retired. Was the talk of ''many'' possible trades for the 2011-12 NBA season, but he decided to stay in Orlando for at least one more season... which was dubbed the "Dwightmare", as Howard sustaining an injury that needed back surgery (e.g. he missed out on the playoffs), and became a PrimaDonna who acted unsportsmanlike (sitting out on a huddle during a game despite being the captain) and had a feud with coach Stan Van Gund as he again felt like he should leave. Even after Van Gundy and the GM were fired, Howard ''[[UngratefulBastard still]]'' wanted out, so they dealt him to the Lakers after months of trade rumors. The underwhelming season - his recovery from back surgery plus an injured shoulder hindered his game, and most Lakers got injured to make the team even more underperforming - led Howard to play shop again in 2013. He eventually signed with the Rockets on a 4-year, $88 million deal, becoming the first star player to leave the Lakers in his prime through free agency.

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* '''Dwight Howard''' is a 6'11" (2.11 m) center, reputed as the best in the business. Drafted 1st overall by the Orlando Magic in 2004; he played with them for eight seasons, before being traded to the Lakers. Heir apparent to Shaquille O'Neal (other than Blake Griffin; they are both tall, prominent centers who dominates the paint at will, started their careers with the Orlando Magic and continued onward with the L.A. Lakers, are large goofballs off the court, and had this peculiar knack of bricking free throws). The most profound common characteristic between the two is their association with the moniker of being the NBA's [[{{Superman}} Man of Steel]]. Howard capitalized on the association during the 2008 [[AndZoidberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and 2009]] All-Star slam dunk contest when he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome donned a Superman costume]], but Shaq did not take it too lightly, accusing Howard of [[OneMarioLimit "stealing" his nickname and identity]]. Although there were arguments whether the league has enough room for two Supermen, it isn't much of an issue anymore nowadays, as Shaq is already retired.retired in 2011. Was the talk of ''many'' possible trades for the 2011-12 NBA season, but he decided to stay in Orlando for at least one more season... which was dubbed the "Dwightmare", as Howard sustaining an injury that needed back surgery (e.g. he missed out on the playoffs), and became a PrimaDonna who acted unsportsmanlike (sitting out on a huddle during a game despite being the captain) and had a feud with coach Stan Van Gund Gundy as he again felt like he should leave. Even after Van Gundy and the GM were fired, Howard ''[[UngratefulBastard still]]'' wanted out, so they dealt him to the Lakers after months of trade rumors. The underwhelming season - his recovery from back surgery plus an injured shoulder hindered his game, and most Lakers got injured to make the team even more underperforming - led Howard to play shop again in 2013. He eventually signed with the Rockets on a 4-year, $88 million deal, becoming the first star player to leave the Lakers in his prime through free agency.



* '''Oscar Robertson''' was a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard, twelve-time All-Star, eleven-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in fourteen professional seasons. He is the only player in NBA history to ''average'' a triple-double for a season, subsequently bringing the Milwaukee Bucks their only NBA title in the 1970-71 NBA season (with help from Lew Alcindor, who you know better as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). However, his playing career, especially during high school and college, was plagued by racism. He was the lead plaintiff in a 1970 lawsuit that became known as the "Oscar Robertson suit", which led to an extensive reform of the league's strict free agency and draft rules and, subsequently, to higher salaries for all players. Robertson is recognized by the NBA as the first legitimate "big guard", paving the way for other over-sized backcourt players like Magic Johnson. Furthermore, he is also credited to have invented the head fake and the fadeaway jump shot, a shot which UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan later became famous for.

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* '''Oscar Robertson''' was a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard, twelve-time All-Star, eleven-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in fourteen professional seasons. He is the only player in NBA history to ''average'' a triple-double for a season, subsequently bringing the Milwaukee Bucks their only NBA title in the 1970-71 NBA season (with help from Lew Alcindor, who you know better as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). However, his playing career, especially during high school in UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} and college, college at the University of Cincinnati, was plagued by racism. He was the lead plaintiff in a 1970 lawsuit that became known as the "Oscar Robertson suit", which led to an extensive reform of the league's strict free agency and draft rules and, subsequently, to higher salaries for all players. Robertson is recognized by the NBA as the first legitimate "big guard", paving the way for other over-sized backcourt players like Magic Johnson. Furthermore, he is also credited to have invented the head fake and the fadeaway jump shot, a shot which UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan later became famous for.for.
* '''Sidney Moncrief''' was a 6-4 guard out of Arkansas who played all but the last of his 11 NBA seasons with the Bucks (finishing in 1990 with the Hawks). Picked by the Bucks in the first round in 1979, he quickly established himself as a solid scorer and one of the league's best defenders, with none other than Michael Jordan saying, "He'll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court." Made five All-Star appearances and five All-NBA teams[[note]]first team once, second team the other four times[[/note]], and won the first two Defensive Player of the Year awards[[note]]first presented at the end of the 1982–83 season[[/note]].
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* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''' (formerly the New Orleans Hornets) were the original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]Thanks to a deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets, 2002 is recognized as the Pelicans' establishing year[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. More recently the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, leading us to...

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* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''' (formerly the New Orleans Hornets) were the de facto original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]Thanks to a [[note]]A deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets has officially deemed the Pelicans as though they have never been the Charlotte Hornets, having been founded in 2002 is recognized as instead of 1988(the year the Pelicans' establishing year[[/note]].Charlotte Hornets was founded.)[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. More recently the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, leading us to...
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