History Usefulnotes / NationalBasketballAssociation

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The NBA has 30 teams split into two conferences (Eastern and Western). Each 15-team conference has three five-team divisions. Each conference sends 8 teams to the playoffs; before the 2015–16 season, the three division winners received automatic berths. Starting with the 2015–16 season, seeding in the playoffs is based purely on record, with no automatic berths for division winners at all. So a division winner could be as low as an 8th seed... or even miss the playoffs entirely. This makes the NBA the first major US professional league to eliminate automatic playoff berths for division winners. All playoff games are best-of-seven series.

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 get 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 Gatorade League ([[ProductPlacement corporately rebranded]] from the NBA Development League from 2017–18), known as the G League for short. It has 22 teams in the most recent 2016–17 season, with more on the way. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The G League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the G 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 G League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated G League team outright. Starting in 2017–18, NBA teams are allowed to sign two players to so-called "two-way contracts", allowing them to move the players freely between the NBA and G League without risk of losing rights to them. (Under current rules, which will not change for the bulk of G League players, any NBA team can call up any G League player, regardless of affiliation.) Players under two-way contracts do not count against the NBA team's roster limit, and will also receive a higher salary while in the G League than other players.

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The NBA has 30 teams split into two conferences (Eastern and Western). Each 15-team conference has three five-team divisions. Each conference sends 8 teams to the playoffs; before the 2015–16 season, the three division winners received automatic berths. Starting with since the 2015–16 season, seeding in the playoffs is has been based purely on record, with no automatic berths for division winners at all. So a division winner could be as low as an 8th seed... or even miss the playoffs entirely. This makes the NBA the first major US professional league to eliminate automatic playoff berths for division winners. All playoff games are best-of-seven series.

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]] UsefulNotes/{{MLB|Teams}} 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 get 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 Gatorade League ([[ProductPlacement corporately rebranded]] from the NBA Development League from 2017–18), known as the G League for short. It has 22 teams in the most recent 2016–17 season, with more on the way. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The G League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the G 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 G League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated G League team outright. Starting Almost all players in 2017–18, the G League are under contract to the league, not their individual team, regardless of NBA teams are affiliation. (Before the 2017–18 season, this was the case for all D-League players.) This means that any NBA team can call up any G League player... with one major exception. Each NBA team is now allowed to sign two players to so-called "two-way contracts", allowing them to move the players freely between the NBA and G League without risk of losing rights to them. (Under current rules, which will not change for the bulk of G League players, any NBA team can call up any G League player, regardless of affiliation.) Players under two-way contracts do not count against the NBA team's roster limit, and will also receive a higher salary while in the G League than other players.
players. Also, their salaries (whether in the G League or with the NBA team) do not count against the league's salary cap.



* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston; [[CaptainObvious obviously]] with Houston city's {{NASA}} roots, there was no reason for a name change[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.

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* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston; [[CaptainObvious obviously]] with Houston city's {{NASA}} roots, there was no reason for a name change[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015. The most recent NBA team to have changed ownership, having been sold in the 2017 offseason for $2.2 billion.
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* The original '''Denver Nuggets''' ('''1948-1950''') are Denver's first ''ever'' professional team. Unfortunately, they were probably the worst team they had. In their two years with the NBL/NBA, they ended up getting two losing records, the second of which being the worst. On the plus side, they were a great un-named Denver amateur team back in 1938-48, and they put the city on the map in terms of sports. Just like Baltimore, they shouldn't be confused with the current Denver NBA team of [[NamesTheSame the same name]], albeit ''that'' Denver Nuggets weren't originally named the Nuggets to begin with.

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* The original '''Denver Nuggets''' ('''1948-1950''') are Denver's first ''ever'' top-level professional team. Unfortunately, they were probably the worst team they had. In their two years with the NBL/NBA, they ended up getting two losing records, the second of which being the worst. On the plus side, they were a great un-named Denver amateur team back in 1938-48, and they put the city on the map in terms of sports. Just like Baltimore, they shouldn't be confused with the current Denver NBA team of [[NamesTheSame the same name]], albeit ''that'' Denver Nuggets weren't originally named the Nuggets to begin with.



* The '''Waterloo Hawks''' ('''1948-1951''') were the only sports franchise to ever hold a permanent home somewhere in Iowa. The original Hawks team started out as a more-or-less average team when they were in the NBL. When they moved to the NBA, however, they did a horrible job there. When the Hawks finally made it to the NPBL, they actually were a good team, setting out a 32-24 record. Unfortunately for the Hawks (as well as the Packers and the Red Skins), the NPBL failed without a champion truly being awarded, and the Hawks soon folded afterwards.

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* The '''Waterloo Hawks''' ('''1948-1951''') were the only major sports franchise to ever hold a permanent home somewhere in Iowa. The original Hawks team started out as a more-or-less average team when they were in the NBL. When they moved to the NBA, however, they did a horrible job there. When the Hawks finally made it to the NPBL, they actually were a good team, setting out a 32-24 record. Unfortunately for the Hawks (as well as the Packers and the Red Skins), the NPBL failed without a champion truly being awarded, and the Hawks soon folded afterwards.



* '''Giannis Antetokounmpo'''[[note]]Rough pronunciation: YAHN-ees ah-det-oh-KOON-boh. In the standard Greek-to-English transliteration system, "nt" represents the "d" sound, and "mp" represents the "b" sound.[[/note]], the "Greek Freak",[[note]]He was born and raised in Greece, but his parents were immigrants from Nigeria.[[/note]] joined the Bucks in 2013, and with his flashy style soon became a fan favorite even if the team was losing a lot at the time. And even more once they started winning the following year! His game developed to the point that Bucks head coach Jason Kidd announced that Antetokounmpo would see time at ''point guard'' in 2016–17, and just before that season the Bucks signed him to a 4-year, $100 million extension. See [[http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14927328/milwaukee-bucks-f-giannis-antetokounmpo-nba-most-exceptional-body this article]] from ''ESPN The Magazine'' for some astonishing physical facts. A teaser: His hands are even bigger than those of Kawhi Leonard (mentioned below), a player noted for his huge hands. During the 2016–17 season, he took a quantum leap into the league's elite, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish a season in the league's top 20 in total [[MasterOfAll points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks]], and one of only five to lead his team in the same statistics in a single season.

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* '''Giannis Antetokounmpo'''[[note]]Rough pronunciation: YAHN-ees ah-det-oh-KOON-boh. In the standard Greek-to-English transliteration system, "nt" represents the "d" sound, and "mp" represents the "b" sound.[[/note]], the "Greek Freak",[[note]]He was born and raised in Greece, but his parents were immigrants from Nigeria.[[/note]] joined the Bucks in 2013, and with his flashy style soon became a fan favorite even if the team was losing a lot at the time. And even more once they started winning the following year! His game developed to the point that Bucks head coach Jason Kidd announced that the 6'11" (2.11 m) Antetokounmpo would see time at ''point guard'' in 2016–17, and just before that season the Bucks signed him to a 4-year, $100 million extension. See [[http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14927328/milwaukee-bucks-f-giannis-antetokounmpo-nba-most-exceptional-body this article]] from ''ESPN The Magazine'' for some astonishing physical facts. A teaser: His hands are even bigger than those of Kawhi Leonard (mentioned below), a player noted for his huge hands. During the 2016–17 season, he took a quantum leap into the league's elite, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish a season in the league's top 20 in total [[MasterOfAll points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks]], and one of only five to lead his team in the same statistics in a single season.
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** Also noted as being the unwitting trigger for the 2015 sale of the Atlanta Hawks.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In the 2014 offseason, several Hawks executives held a conference call regarding potential free agent signees. During the call, general manager Danny Ferry read from a background report in which a scout used racial stereotypes in reference to Deng. This launched an internal investigation which uncovered an email in which principal owner Bruce Levenson made several racial comments, most notably expressing concern that white fans might be scared away by black fans. Because the email came out during the Donald Sterling controversy, Levenson didn't wait for the NBA to force him to sell his controlling stake in the team, immediately selling out. His other (often-squabbling) partners sold their stakes as well.[[/labelnote]]

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** Also noted as being the unwitting trigger for the 2015 sale of the Atlanta Hawks.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In the 2014 offseason, several Hawks executives held a conference call regarding potential free agent signees. During the call, general manager Danny Ferry read from a background report in which a scout used racial stereotypes in reference to Deng. This launched an internal investigation which uncovered an email in which principal owner Bruce Levenson made several racial comments, most notably expressing concern that white fans might be scared away by black fans. Because the The Levenson email came out during emerged in the middle of the Donald Sterling controversy, controversy; Levenson didn't wait saw the writing on the wall and put his majority stake in the team up for sale before the NBA to could force him to sell his controlling stake in the team, immediately selling out. His other (often-squabbling) partners sold their stakes as well.[[/labelnote]]
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* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston;
obviously with Houston city's {{NASA}} roots, there was no reason for a name change[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.
* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving what was then the most expensive NBA contract... to Mike Conley.

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* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston;
obviously
Houston; [[CaptainObvious obviously]] with Houston city's {{NASA}} roots, there was no reason for a name change[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.
* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}. After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada {{Canada|Eh}} [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving what was then the most expensive NBA contract... to Mike Conley.



!! Future Teams (for the 2017–18 G-League season)

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* The '''Defensive Player of the Year Award''' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Also does not consider playoff performance. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace have the most awards, each with four.

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* The '''Defensive Player of the Year Award''' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Also does not consider playoff performance. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace have the most awards, each with four.



* The '''Most Improved Player of the Year Award''' is also ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Also does not consider playoff performance.

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* The '''Most Improved Player of the Year Award''' is also ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Also does not consider playoff performance.There are no specific guidelines on who can win, but it usually goes to a player who takes a sudden jump from "who the heck is he?" to "he's actually pretty good". Or, as in 2016–17, it goes to a new member of the league's elite.
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* The '''New York Knicks''' are one of the NBA's most valuable franchise in terms of net worth[[note]]Both the Knicks and the Lakers are worth over $2.5 billion[[/note]]. A charter member of the NBA [[note]] The Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66 on 11/1/1946 in what is now considered the first NBA game ever [[/note]]. The Knicks won two titles in 1970 and 1973 led by Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed. In the 90s, the Knicks were led by Patrick Ewing and went to two Finals in 1994 and 1999. More recently, the Knicks have been the victim of several seasons of mismanagement and horrible front office moves which rendered the Knicks into ButtMonkey status. They have tried to shed this image in more recent seasons with Carmelo Anthony and Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis on the court, and Phil Jackson in the front office... but Jackson turned into a front-office disaster, and he and the Knicks parted ways after the 2016–17 season.

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* The '''New York Knicks''' are one of the NBA's most valuable franchise in terms of net worth[[note]]Both the Knicks and the Lakers are worth over $2.5 billion[[/note]]. A charter member of the NBA [[note]] The Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66 on 11/1/1946 in what is now considered the first NBA game ever [[/note]]. The Knicks won two titles in 1970 and 1973 led by Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed. In the 90s, the Knicks were led by Patrick Ewing and went to two Finals in 1994 and 1999. More recently, the Knicks have been the victim of several seasons of mismanagement and horrible front office moves which rendered the Knicks into ButtMonkey status. They have tried to shed this image in more recent seasons with Carmelo Anthony and Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis on the court, and Phil Jackson in the front office... but Jackson turned into a front-office disaster, and he and the Knicks parted ways after the 2016–17 season. Currently play in what in building terms is the oldest arena in the league (Madison Square Garden opened in 1967), but with a comprehensive early 2010s renovation, is a relatively new facility.



* The '''Milwaukee Bucks''' are the former team of Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson, who won a championship in 1971, their third season of existence. The team has been mediocre since then, with some good teams in the mid-80s and a deep run in 2001. The Bucks will play the 2017–18 season in what has become the league's oldest arena[[note]]Despite the fact that the Bradley Center opened in 1988![[/note]], but will move to a new arena after that. The current version of the Milwaukee Bucks are coached by Jason Kidd and are led by Greek swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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* The '''Milwaukee Bucks''' are the former team of Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson, who won a championship in 1971, their third season of existence. The team has been average to mediocre since then, with some good teams in the mid-80s and a deep run in 2001. The Bucks will play the 2017–18 season in what has become the league's oldest unremodeled arena[[note]]Despite the fact that the Bradley Center opened in 1988![[/note]], but will move across the street to a new arena after that. The current version of the Milwaukee Bucks are coached by Jason Kidd and are led by Greek swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo.



* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.

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* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston[[/note]] Houston;
obviously with Houston city's {{NASA}} roots, there was no reason for a name change[[/note]]
and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.
24th Aug '17 12:19:43 AM KYCubbie
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* '''John Wall''', selected first in the 2010 draft, is an excellent point guard for the Washington Wizards, gaining national recognition when he became the second rookie to record a triple-double with six steals in his first six games. The first? ''Magic Johnson''. He was named 2011 Rookie Game MVP during the 2011 All-Star Weekend, as well as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, from January–April. Furthermore, he finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous selection Blake Griffin ''and'' he was named to the NBA All-Rookie 1st Team. Unfortunately, the Wizards finished near the bottom of the standings in Wall's first two years in the league; some fans were getting worried he may be getting ready to bolt to a winning franchise when he hits the free market agency in 2014. Those worries were eased when he signed a five-year "max" deal with the Wizards for a total of $80 million in the 2013 offseason. He then signed a four-year, $170 million "supermax" extension[[labelnote:Explanation]]The NBA's 2017 collective bargaining agreement allows elite players who meet defined criteria for excellence, are entering their eighth or ninth season in the league, and have played with the same team since the end of their rookie contracts to sign extensions that provide salaries that otherwise would not be allowed until they've been in the league 10 years.[[/labelnote]] in the 2017 offseason that will take effect in 2019–20.

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* '''John Wall''', selected first in the 2010 draft, is an excellent point guard for the Washington Wizards, gaining national recognition when he became the second rookie to record a triple-double with six steals in his first six games. The first? ''Magic Johnson''. He was named 2011 Rookie Game MVP during the 2011 All-Star Weekend, as well as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, from January–April. Furthermore, he finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous selection Blake Griffin ''and'' he was named to the NBA All-Rookie 1st Team. Unfortunately, the Wizards finished near the bottom of the standings in Wall's first two years in the league; some fans were getting worried he may be getting ready to bolt to a winning franchise when he hits the free market agency in 2014. Those worries were eased when he signed a five-year "max" deal with the Wizards for a total of $80 million in the 2013 offseason. He then signed a four-year, $170 million "supermax" extension[[labelnote:Explanation]]The NBA's 2017 collective bargaining agreement allows elite players who meet defined criteria for excellence, are entering their eighth or ninth season in the league, and have played with the same team since the end of their rookie contracts to sign extensions with that team that provide salaries that otherwise would not be allowed until they've been in the league 10 years.[[/labelnote]] in the 2017 offseason that will take effect in 2019–20.
24th Aug '17 12:16:17 AM KYCubbie
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* '''Al Jefferson''' begun his career in the Celtics, before being sent to the Timberwolves in the Kevin Garnett trade. He only began to get some respect after joining the Jazz, and once signed by the Bobcats in 2013 led them to their second ever playoff appearance.

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* '''Al Jefferson''' begun began his career in with the Celtics, before being sent to the Timberwolves in the Kevin Garnett trade. He only began to get some respect after joining the Jazz, and once signed by the Bobcats in 2013 led them to their second ever playoff appearance.



* '''Isaiah Thomas''', [[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] Hall of Fame guard and Hall of Shame executive Isiah Thomas (see the "Detroit Pistons" folder below for more details), arrived from Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade. A point guard out of Washington, he was a three-time All-Pac-10[[note]]now the Pac-12[[/note]] selection, but was the very last pick in the 2011 draft by the Kings, mainly due to his size—or lack thereof (being all of 5'9"/1.75 m). He became a regular with the Kings before being traded to the Suns in 2014. Late in the 2014–15 season, he was dealt again, this time to the Celtics, where he would emerge as an All-Star in 2016 and 2017, as well as second-team All-NBA in 2017. (By comparison, at the time of the deal, Irving was a four-time All-Star, but has the same number of All-NBA selections, with his coming in 2014 on the third team.) Thomas and Irving are very similar in playing style—slashers with a knack for scoring, especially at the rim, and major defensive liabilities, with Thomas even more so than Irving due to being 6 inches shorter.

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* '''Isaiah Thomas''', [[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] Hall of Fame guard and Hall of Shame executive Isiah Thomas (see the "Detroit Pistons" folder below for more details), arrived from Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade. A point guard out of Washington, he was a three-time All-Pac-10[[note]]now the Pac-12[[/note]] selection, but was the very last pick in the 2011 draft by the Kings, mainly due to his size—or lack thereof (being all of 5'9"/1.75 m). He became a regular with the Kings before being traded to the Suns in 2014. Late in the 2014–15 season, he was dealt again, this time to the Celtics, where he would emerge as an All-Star in 2016 and 2017, as well as second-team All-NBA in 2017. (By comparison, at the time of the deal, Irving was a four-time All-Star, but has the same number of All-NBA selections, with his coming in 2014 on the third team.) Thomas and Irving are very similar in playing style—slashers style—point guards who function best in isolation; slashers with a knack for scoring, especially at the rim, rim; and major defensive liabilities, with Thomas even more so than Irving due to being 6 inches shorter.
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* '''Isaiah Thomas''', [[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] Hall of Fame guard and Hall of Shame executive Isiah Thomas (see the "Detroit Pistons" folder below for more details), arrived from Boston as the centerpiece of the Kyrie Irving trade. A point guard out of Washington, he was a three-time All-Pac-10[[note]]now the Pac-12[[/note]] selection, but was the very last pick in the 2011 draft by the Kings, mainly due to his size—or lack thereof (being all of 5'9"/1.75 m). He became a regular with the Kings before being traded to the Suns in 2014. Late in the 2014–15 season, he was dealt again, this time to the Celtics, where he would emerge as an All-Star in 2016 and 2017, as well as second-team All-NBA in 2017. (By comparison, at the time of the deal, Irving was a four-time All-Star, but has the same number of All-NBA selections, with his coming in 2014 on the third team.)

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* '''Isaiah Thomas''', [[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] Hall of Fame guard and Hall of Shame executive Isiah Thomas (see the "Detroit Pistons" folder below for more details), arrived from Boston as the centerpiece of in the Kyrie Irving trade. A point guard out of Washington, he was a three-time All-Pac-10[[note]]now the Pac-12[[/note]] selection, but was the very last pick in the 2011 draft by the Kings, mainly due to his size—or lack thereof (being all of 5'9"/1.75 m). He became a regular with the Kings before being traded to the Suns in 2014. Late in the 2014–15 season, he was dealt again, this time to the Celtics, where he would emerge as an All-Star in 2016 and 2017, as well as second-team All-NBA in 2017. (By comparison, at the time of the deal, Irving was a four-time All-Star, but has the same number of All-NBA selections, with his coming in 2014 on the third team.)) Thomas and Irving are very similar in playing style—slashers with a knack for scoring, especially at the rim, and major defensive liabilities, with Thomas even more so than Irving due to being 6 inches shorter.
22nd Aug '17 10:35:46 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Kyrie Irving''', a point guard out of Duke, was the first overall draft pick in 2011, and won the Rookie of the Year award in 2012. When he plays isolation (one-on-one plays), he's more effective, but he's at best an average one-on-one defender (still a major improvement from early in his career). Born in Australia, as his dad was playing in the country's pro basketball league at the time—but his parents returned stateside when he was two years old, and he's played for Team USA at both youth and senior level. Named MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. During the 2017 offseason, he stunned the league by reportedly demanding a trade, and it looks more and more like his Cleveland career will be over sooner if not later.

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* '''Kyrie Irving''', a point guard out of Duke, was the first overall draft pick in 2011, and won the Rookie of the Year award in 2012. When he plays isolation (one-on-one plays), he's more effective, but he's at best an average one-on-one defender (still a major improvement from early in his career). Born in Australia, as his dad was playing in the country's pro basketball league at the time—but his parents returned stateside when he was two years old, and he's played for Team USA at both youth and senior level. Named MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. During the 2017 offseason, he stunned the league by reportedly demanding a trade, and it looks he soon got his wish, being dealt to the Celtics that August.
* '''Isaiah Thomas''', [[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] Hall of Fame guard and Hall of Shame executive Isiah Thomas (see the "Detroit Pistons" folder below for
more details), arrived from Boston as the centerpiece of the Kyrie Irving trade. A point guard out of Washington, he was a three-time All-Pac-10[[note]]now the Pac-12[[/note]] selection, but was the very last pick in the 2011 draft by the Kings, mainly due to his size—or lack thereof (being all of 5'9"/1.75 m). He became a regular with the Kings before being traded to the Suns in 2014. Late in the 2014–15 season, he was dealt again, this time to the Celtics, where he would emerge as an All-Star in 2016 and more like 2017, as well as second-team All-NBA in 2017. (By comparison, at the time of the deal, Irving was a four-time All-Star, but has the same number of All-NBA selections, with his Cleveland career will be over sooner if not later.coming in 2014 on the third team.)



* '''Kenneth Faried'''



* '''Isiah Thomas''', the leader of the Detroit "Bad Boy" Pistons, was a very controversial figure. While initially lauded for his determination and playmaking, his popularity took a huge hit when he said that Larry Bird would be "just another guy" if he weren't white and refused to back down from his statements. [[FaceHeelTurn He accepted his new villain role with open arms]] and became the general for the Bad Boys' aggressive style of play. He was infamous for his HairTriggerTemper, his rambunctious competitiveness, his trash-talking swagger and his dirty plays. He would often overreact to calls that went against him, commit hard-to-flagrant fouls on others and leave the court without shaking his opponents' hands; he was snubbed from the Dream Team due to his unpleasant on-court demeanor. Nevertheless, Isiah was the man who kept ''Michael Jordan'' from winning a championship ''three years in a row'', from 1988 through 1990, twice in the conference finals. Isiah took his Bad Boys to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two consecutive titles in 1989-1990 against Clyde Drexler and the Lakers (though they were without Magic Johnson), the latter of whom defeated the Pistons in 1988. However, they were eventually eclipsed by Jordan's Bulls in 1991 through 1993; Isiah himself retired soon after tearing his Achilles tendon in 1994. After retiring, earned [[NeverLiveItDown an infamous reputation]] [[ThePeterPrinciple as a bad coach, and even worse executive with plenty of boneheaded decisions]]. He's also not to be mixed up with current Boston Celtics player [[NamesTheSame Isaiah Thomas]], who also gets booed by Knicks fans because his name reminds them of their awful past with him.

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* '''Isiah Thomas''', the leader of the Detroit "Bad Boy" Pistons, was a very controversial figure. While initially lauded for his determination and playmaking, his popularity took a huge hit when he said that Larry Bird would be "just another guy" if he weren't white and refused to back down from his statements. [[FaceHeelTurn He accepted his new villain role with open arms]] and became the general for the Bad Boys' aggressive style of play. He was infamous for his HairTriggerTemper, his rambunctious competitiveness, his trash-talking swagger and his dirty plays. He would often overreact to calls that went against him, commit hard-to-flagrant fouls on others and leave the court without shaking his opponents' hands; he was snubbed from the Dream Team due to his unpleasant on-court demeanor. Nevertheless, Isiah was the man who kept ''Michael Jordan'' from winning a championship ''three years in a row'', from 1988 through 1990, twice in the conference finals. Isiah took his Bad Boys to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two consecutive titles in 1989-1990 against Clyde Drexler and the Lakers (though they were without Magic Johnson), the latter of whom defeated the Pistons in 1988. However, they were eventually eclipsed by Jordan's Bulls in 1991 through 1993; Isiah himself retired soon after tearing his Achilles tendon in 1994. After retiring, earned [[NeverLiveItDown an infamous reputation]] [[ThePeterPrinciple as a bad coach, and even worse executive with plenty of boneheaded decisions]]. He's also not to be mixed up with current Boston Celtics Cavaliers player [[NamesTheSame Isaiah Thomas]], who also gets booed by Knicks fans because his name reminds them of their awful past with him.



** His son Luke played 10 seasons in the league, mostly with the Lakers. He then went into coaching, landing with the Warriors as an assistant for their 2015 championship and record-setting 2016 team. He was named the Lakers' new head coach in the 2016 offseason.

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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 as an assistant for their 2015 championship and record-setting 2016 team. He was named Right after the Dubs' loss to the Cavs in the 2016 Finals, he became the Lakers' new head coach in the 2016 offseason.coach.



* '''David Robinson''' is widely regarded as one of the greatest centers in the league. He's a one-time MVP, 10-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA player and eight-time Defensive Team member, as well as a Rookie of the Year and a two-time NBA champion with Tim Duncan; the pair was known as the "Twin Towers". He's also notable for having been drafted out of Annapolis and serving two years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his basketball career. That two year gap meant he was still an "amateur" in 1988, allowing him to play for the bronze medal-winning Olympic team that year, which made his membership in the Dream Team in 1992 MyGreatestSecondChance.

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* '''David Robinson''' is widely regarded as one of the greatest centers in the league. He's a one-time MVP, 10-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA player and eight-time Defensive Team member, as well as a Rookie of the Year and a two-time NBA champion with Tim Duncan; the pair was known as the "Twin Towers". He's also notable for having been drafted out of Annapolis and serving two years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his basketball career. That two year two-year gap meant he was still an "amateur" in 1988, allowing him to play for the bronze medal-winning Olympic team that year, which made his membership in the Dream Team in 1992 MyGreatestSecondChance.



* '''Gary Payton''' was a point guard with the Sonics, known for [[JerkAss mocking]] his direct opponent (which he [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating almost always beat]]). The 6’4” point guard averaged more than 20 points per game in seven different seasons with the Sonics, and he was always a reliable facilitator, having finished his career with a 6.7 assist-per-game average despite fading numbers in his final years. The defensive end is where Payton earned his nickname, “The Glove.” He was about as tenacious a defender as the league has ever seen (in Game 6 of the 1996 Finals, he held ''Michael Jordan'' to 22 points on 5 of 19 shooting, arguably Jordan's worst Finals game ever), and his willingness to talk trash and get inside his opponent's head was unmatched. Oh, in addition, in 13 seasons, Payton missed a total of ''five regular season games''. In the twilight of his career, he won his only ring with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in 2006.

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* '''Gary Payton''' was a point guard with the Sonics, known for [[JerkAss mocking]] his direct opponent (which he [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating almost always beat]]). The 6’4” point guard averaged more than 20 points per game in seven different seasons with the Sonics, and he was always a reliable facilitator, having finished his career with a 6.7 assist-per-game average despite fading numbers in his final years. The defensive end is where Payton earned his nickname, “The Glove.” "The Glove". He was about as tenacious a defender as the league has ever seen (in Game 6 of the 1996 Finals, he held ''Michael Jordan'' to 22 points on 5 of 19 shooting, arguably Jordan's worst Finals game ever), and his willingness to talk trash and get inside his opponent's head was unmatched. Oh, in addition, in 13 seasons, Payton missed a total of ''five regular season games''. In the twilight of his career, he won his only ring with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in 2006.



* '''John Wall''', selected first in the 2010 draft, is an excellent point guard for the Washington Wizards, gaining national recognition when he became the second rookie to record a triple-double with six steals in his first six games. The first? ''Magic Johnson''. He was named 2011 Rookie Game MVP during the 2011 All-Star Weekend, as well as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, from January–April. Furthermore, he finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous selection Blake Griffin ''and'' he was named to the NBA All-Rookie 1st Team. Unfortunately, the Wizards finished near the bottom of the standings in Wall's first two years in the league; some fans were getting worried he may be getting ready to bolt to a winning franchise when he hits the free market agency in 2014. Those worries were eased when he signed a five-year "max" deal with the Wizards for a total of $80 million in the 2013 offseason.

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* '''John Wall''', selected first in the 2010 draft, is an excellent point guard for the Washington Wizards, gaining national recognition when he became the second rookie to record a triple-double with six steals in his first six games. The first? ''Magic Johnson''. He was named 2011 Rookie Game MVP during the 2011 All-Star Weekend, as well as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, from January–April. Furthermore, he finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous selection Blake Griffin ''and'' he was named to the NBA All-Rookie 1st Team. Unfortunately, the Wizards finished near the bottom of the standings in Wall's first two years in the league; some fans were getting worried he may be getting ready to bolt to a winning franchise when he hits the free market agency in 2014. Those worries were eased when he signed a five-year "max" deal with the Wizards for a total of $80 million in the 2013 offseason. He then signed a four-year, $170 million "supermax" extension[[labelnote:Explanation]]The NBA's 2017 collective bargaining agreement allows elite players who meet defined criteria for excellence, are entering their eighth or ninth season in the league, and have played with the same team since the end of their rookie contracts to sign extensions that provide salaries that otherwise would not be allowed until they've been in the league 10 years.[[/labelnote]] in the 2017 offseason that will take effect in 2019–20.
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* '''Kevin Durant''' is the heir apparent to Kobe and [=LeBron=], a four-time leading scorer (three of them consecutively). Also the heir apparent to [=LeBron=] in another way, as we'll soon see. Playing with the Seattle [=SuperSonics=] for his first season, and then the following eight with the team after it became the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant is the youngest PPG leader in a season in the NBA's history, praised for his humble demeanor, his sharpshooting accuracy, his scoring efficiency and his public affection for his mother. As the franchise superstar in OKC, Durant's prowess was a major reason as to why the Thunder [[TookALevelInBadass took a major leap forward in their development]], along with his then-teammates in Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka. Ironically, prior to his inception into the NBA, Durant's lanky figure prompted many to view him as a draft bust, whereas the guy drafted before him, Greg Oden, was an athletic big man (a rarity in this day and age). Ultimately, Oden had a GameBreakingInjury, and is now viewed as the bust instead. In his earlier years, Durant went through a TrainingFromHell ''so'' vicious that he [[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/04/26/kevin.durant/index.html actually considered quitting basketball]] ''twice''; his trainer often put him in situations that didn't involve basketball, and for all that, he was repeatedly overlooked by scouts and recruiters, apparently due to his lanky figure. The only reason he even stayed was because his mother pushed him to stick with it, who taught him the work ethic he has now. He wears the "35" number on his jersey as a tribute to his AAU[[note]]i.e., youth basketball—the AAU, or Amateur Athletic Union, organizes major summer competitions, outside of the high school season[[/note]] coach, who was murdered prior to seeing Durant drafted to the NBA. Throughout his time as a Thunder player, Durant and Westbrook are largely seen as a RedOniBlueOni dynamic, with Durant as Blue and Westbrook as Red. Also a FriendlyEnemy of [=LeBron=] James; the two trained in the offseason during the 2011 lockout, though Durant admits that he's uncomfortable playing with [=LeBron=] in the 2012 Olympics, since he's still reeling from his loss to the Heat in the 2012 Finals. In the 2012–13 season, Durant became the seventh player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club; at the time, Steve Nash (since retired) and Dirk Nowitzki (still active) were members among active players. When he became a free agent at the end of the 2015–16 season, he took a page from [=LeBron's=] book, leaving his first NBA team for one of the league's strongest. Durant has now become the league's designated villain, much like [=LeBron=] during his time in Miami... ''especially'' to fans in OKC.

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* '''Kevin Durant''' is the heir apparent to Kobe and [=LeBron=], a four-time leading scorer (three of them consecutively). Also the heir apparent to [=LeBron=] in another way, as we'll soon see. Playing with the Seattle [=SuperSonics=] for his first season, and then the following eight with the team after it became the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant is the youngest PPG leader in a season in the NBA's history, praised for his humble demeanor, his sharpshooting accuracy, his scoring efficiency and his public affection for his mother. As the franchise superstar in OKC, Durant's prowess was a major reason as to why the Thunder [[TookALevelInBadass took a major leap forward in their development]], along with his then-teammates in Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka. Ironically, prior to his inception into the NBA, Durant's lanky figure prompted many to view him as a draft bust, whereas the guy drafted before him, Greg Oden, was an athletic big man (a rarity in this day and age). Ultimately, Oden had a GameBreakingInjury, and is now viewed as the bust instead. In his earlier years, Durant went through a TrainingFromHell ''so'' vicious that he [[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/04/26/kevin.durant/index.html actually considered quitting basketball]] ''twice''; his trainer often put him in situations that didn't involve basketball, and for all that, he was repeatedly overlooked by scouts and recruiters, apparently due to his lanky figure. The only reason he even stayed was because his mother pushed him to stick with it, who taught him the work ethic he has now. He wears the "35" number on his jersey as a tribute to his AAU[[note]]i.e., youth basketball—the AAU, or Amateur Athletic Union, organizes major summer competitions, outside of the high school season[[/note]] coach, who was murdered prior to seeing Durant drafted to the NBA. Throughout his time as a Thunder player, Durant and Westbrook are largely seen as a RedOniBlueOni dynamic, with Durant as Blue and Westbrook as Red. Also a FriendlyEnemy of [=LeBron=] James; the two trained in the offseason during the 2011 lockout, though Durant admits that he's uncomfortable playing with [=LeBron=] in the 2012 Olympics, since he's still reeling from his loss to the Heat in the 2012 Finals. In the 2012–13 season, Durant became the seventh player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club; at the time, Steve Nash (since retired) and Dirk Nowitzki (still active) were members among active players. When he became a free agent at the end of the 2015–16 season, he took a page from [=LeBron's=] book, leaving his first NBA team for one of the league's strongest. Durant has now become the league's designated villain, much like [=LeBron=] during his time in Miami... ''especially'' to fans in OKC. [[Main/NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth generation]] Franchise/{{Pokemon}} of the same name.
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