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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 are playing 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.

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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 are playing 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.
10th Feb '18 6:52:14 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Derrick Rose''' - Point guard for the Bulls until being traded to the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, and now with the Jazz, Rose was picked first overall in the 2008 draft and is widely touted to be the next great point after Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Like [=LeBron=], Rose is also a hometown hero; born, grew up, and played in Chicago on his high school days, although he played for Memphis in college. He didn't disappoint - he became Rookie of the Year in 2008, became the first rookie to win the All-Star Skills Challenge, and the youngest player and one of the only two Chicago Bulls to win the Season MVP Award, the other being Michael Jordan himself. Throughout the 2012 regular season, Rose was plagued with various injuries on his turf toe, his back, his groin, his foot and his ankle. Nevertheless, [[HandicappedBadass Rose managed to play a few games while recovering]], but [[WorfHadTheFlu he was notably rustier]], and he missed the most games from his groin injury. Furthermore, his team managed to play well without him throughout the regular season, but when the playoffs started, Rose suffered a torn ACL in his knee during Game 1 against the 76ers; [[DroppedABridgeOnHim he missed the rest of the playoffs]], and the Bulls [[DecapitatedArmy weren't able to last long without him]]. Rose skipped out the 2012-13 season, and his return the following season only lasted 10 games before [[HereWeGoAgain his other knee gave in and forced Rose out again]]. While he remained a productive player after his return, he sadly never quite got back to the rarefied level he was at before his first knee injury. After the 2016–17 season, he joined [=LeBron=] and the Cavs as a free agent, but truly began showing the effects of his injuries in the 2017–18 season, and wound up being one of many players the Cavs dealt at the 2018 deadline, going to Utah.

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* '''Derrick Rose''' - Point guard for the Bulls until being traded to the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, and now with the Jazz, a free agent, Rose was picked first overall in the 2008 draft and is widely touted to be the next great point after Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Like [=LeBron=], Rose is also a hometown hero; born, grew up, and played in Chicago on in his high school days, although he played for Memphis in college. He didn't disappoint - he became Rookie of the Year in 2008, became the first rookie to win the All-Star Skills Challenge, and the youngest player and one of the only two Chicago Bulls to win the Season MVP Award, the other being Michael Jordan himself. Throughout the 2012 regular season, Rose was plagued with various injuries on his turf toe, his back, his groin, his foot and his ankle. Nevertheless, [[HandicappedBadass Rose managed to play a few games while recovering]], but [[WorfHadTheFlu he was notably rustier]], and he missed the most games from his groin injury. Furthermore, his team managed to play well without him throughout the regular season, but when the playoffs started, Rose suffered a torn ACL in his knee during Game 1 against the 76ers; [[DroppedABridgeOnHim he missed the rest of the playoffs]], and the Bulls [[DecapitatedArmy weren't able to last long without him]]. Rose skipped out the 2012-13 season, and his return the following season only lasted 10 games before [[HereWeGoAgain his other knee gave in and forced Rose out again]]. While he remained a productive player after his return, he sadly never quite got back to the rarefied level he was at before his first knee injury. After the 2016–17 season, he joined [=LeBron=] and the Cavs as a free agent, but truly began showing the effects of his injuries in the 2017–18 season, and wound up being season. He was traded to the Jazz in one of many players the Cavs dealt at the Cavs' 2018 deadline, going to Utah.deadline deals, and was released before playing a game.
8th Feb '18 6:08:58 PM KYCubbie
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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), has played for five teams in his career, but made his name with the Celtics. 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. However, by the end of the 2016–17 season, he was struggling with a hip injury, and eventually had surgery. Thomas was traded to the Cavaliers during the 2017 offseason in a deal that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. Due to his surgery, he didn't actually play for the Cavs until January 2018, and didn't really fit into the team; the Cavs then moved him to the Lakers in one of a series of trade-deadline deals the following month.



* '''Jason Kidd''' is a veteran point guard who played for four different teams throughout his career. Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks on 1994, he was given Rookie of the Year honors along with then-Detroit Piston Grant Hill and played there for three seasons until he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where his point guard skills was widely acknowledged (with Steve Nash, another brilliant point guard, as his backup). But it was with the New Jersey Nets where Kidd established himself as a future NBA legend, turning the once woeful Nets to playoff contenders every season, even reaching the Finals twice in a row, only to lose to the Lakers and Spurs respectively. He returned to the Mavs in 2008 and won his first ring with them in 2011 after 17 years of trying. In the summer of 2012, Kidd signed on with the Knicks, but would retire at the end of the 2012–13 season. In the summer of 2013, he was named the new head coach of the Nets. After a playoff berth in his first season as a head coach, he left to become head coach for the Bucks, with the Nets getting two future second-round picks as compensation.

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* '''Jason Kidd''' is a veteran point guard who played for four different teams throughout his career. Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks on 1994, he was given Rookie of the Year honors along with then-Detroit Piston Grant Hill and played there for three seasons until he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where his point guard skills was widely acknowledged (with Steve Nash, another brilliant point guard, as his backup). But it was with the New Jersey Nets where Kidd established himself as a future NBA legend, turning the once woeful Nets to playoff contenders every season, even reaching the Finals twice in a row, only to lose to the Lakers and Spurs respectively. He returned to the Mavs in 2008 and won his first ring with them in 2011 after 17 years of trying. In the summer of 2012, Kidd signed on with the Knicks, but would retire at the end of the 2012–13 season. In the summer of 2013, he was named the new head coach of the Nets. After a playoff berth in his first season as a head coach, he left to become head coach for the Bucks, with the Nets getting two future second-round picks as compensation. Kidd remained in that job until being fired during the 2017–18 season.



* '''Derrick Rose''' - Point guard for the Bulls until being traded to the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, and now one of [=LeBron's=] running mates with the Cavaliers, Rose was picked first overall in the 2008 draft and is widely touted to be the next great point after Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Like [=LeBron=], Rose is also a hometown hero; born, grew up, and played in Chicago on his high school days, although he played for Memphis in college. He didn't disappoint - he became Rookie of the Year in 2008, became the first rookie to win the All-Star Skills Challenge, and the youngest player and one of the only two Chicago Bulls to win the Season MVP Award, the other being Michael Jordan himself. Throughout the 2012 regular season, Rose was plagued with various injuries on his turf toe, his back, his groin, his foot and his ankle. Nevertheless, [[HandicappedBadass Rose managed to play a few games while recovering]], but [[WorfHadTheFlu he was notably rustier]], and he missed the most games from his groin injury. Furthermore, his team managed to play well without him throughout the regular season, but when the playoffs started, Rose suffered a torn ACL in his knee during Game 1 against the 76ers; [[DroppedABridgeOnHim he missed the rest of the playoffs]], and the Bulls [[DecapitatedArmy weren't able to last long without him]]. Rose skipped out the 2012-13 season, and his return the following season only lasted 10 games before [[HereWeGoAgain his other knee gave in and forced Rose out again]].

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* '''Derrick Rose''' - Point guard for the Bulls until being traded to the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, and now one of [=LeBron's=] running mates with the Cavaliers, Jazz, Rose was picked first overall in the 2008 draft and is widely touted to be the next great point after Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Like [=LeBron=], Rose is also a hometown hero; born, grew up, and played in Chicago on his high school days, although he played for Memphis in college. He didn't disappoint - he became Rookie of the Year in 2008, became the first rookie to win the All-Star Skills Challenge, and the youngest player and one of the only two Chicago Bulls to win the Season MVP Award, the other being Michael Jordan himself. Throughout the 2012 regular season, Rose was plagued with various injuries on his turf toe, his back, his groin, his foot and his ankle. Nevertheless, [[HandicappedBadass Rose managed to play a few games while recovering]], but [[WorfHadTheFlu he was notably rustier]], and he missed the most games from his groin injury. Furthermore, his team managed to play well without him throughout the regular season, but when the playoffs started, Rose suffered a torn ACL in his knee during Game 1 against the 76ers; [[DroppedABridgeOnHim he missed the rest of the playoffs]], and the Bulls [[DecapitatedArmy weren't able to last long without him]]. Rose skipped out the 2012-13 season, and his return the following season only lasted 10 games before [[HereWeGoAgain his other knee gave in and forced Rose out again]]. While he remained a productive player after his return, he sadly never quite got back to the rarefied level he was at before his first knee injury. After the 2016–17 season, he joined [=LeBron=] and the Cavs as a free agent, but truly began showing the effects of his injuries in the 2017–18 season, and wound up being one of many players the Cavs dealt at the 2018 deadline, going to Utah.



* '''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), 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—point guards who function best in isolation; slashers with a knack for scoring, especially at the rim; and significant defensive liabilities, with Thomas even more so than Irving due to being 6 inches shorter. Didn't actually play for the Cavs until January 2018 due to a hip injury.



* '''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 Cavaliers 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 Cavaliers Lakers player [[NamesTheSame Isaiah Thomas]], who also gets booed by Knicks fans because his name reminds them of their awful past with him.



* '''Bill Laimbeer''' was a center, and in many ways, the face of the "Bad Boys" era. ''The'' most disliked player of his time. While highly popular among Piston fans, Laimbeer was despised by opposing players and fans for committing hard fouls himself, while seeming to bait officials into calling fouls on opponents by flopping to the ground after slight contact. A four-time All-Star and a two-time champion, Laimbeer finished among the league leaders in rebounding and free throw percentage several times, winning the rebound title in the 1985-86 season. His #40 jersey was retired by the Pistons. He's since gone on to a successful coaching career in the WNBA, coaching the Detroit Shock to three championships.

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* '''Bill Laimbeer''' was a center, and in many ways, the face of the "Bad Boys" era. ''The'' most disliked player of his time. While highly popular among Piston fans, Laimbeer was despised by opposing players and fans for committing hard fouls himself, while seeming to bait officials into calling fouls on opponents by flopping to the ground after slight contact. A four-time All-Star and a two-time champion, Laimbeer finished among the league leaders in rebounding and free throw percentage several times, winning the rebound title in the 1985-86 season. His #40 jersey was retired by the Pistons. He's since gone on to a successful coaching career in the WNBA, coaching the Detroit Shock Shock[[note]]now the Dallas Wings[[/note]] to three championships.



* '''Kareem Abdul-Jabbar''' is another one of the players in serious contention for "best ever". He has six [=MVP=] awards, six championships, and is currently the league's all-time leading scorer. He was born Lew Alcindor, but changed his name when he converted to Islam after his second season in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1975, he was traded to the L.A. Lakers, and played there for the remaining 13 years of his career. Best known for the [[SignatureMove "sky hook" shot]], being [[TheJuggernaut nigh-unto-unstoppable]], and playing co-pilot Roger Murdock in Film/{{Airplane}}.

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* '''Kareem Abdul-Jabbar''' is another one of the players in serious contention for "best ever". He has six [=MVP=] awards, six championships, and is currently the league's all-time leading scorer. He was born Lew Alcindor, but changed his name when he converted to Islam during his legendary college career at UCLA, and changed his name after his second season in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1975, he was traded to the L.A. Lakers, and played there for the remaining 13 years of his career. Best known for the [[SignatureMove "sky hook" shot]], being [[TheJuggernaut nigh-unto-unstoppable]], and playing co-pilot Roger Murdock in Film/{{Airplane}}.



* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard who played his entire career with the Heat before joining the Bulls, his hometown team, in the 2016 offseason, and later rejoining his former teammate [=LeBron=] in 2017, this time in Cleveland. Selected fifth overall during the 2003 NBA draft, instantly propelling the Heat into the playoffs, but he was often overshadowed by Carmelo and [=LeBron=]. On the other hand, Wade was the first to deliver a championship to the team that drafted him (unless you count Darko Miličić, but he barely did anything). He was the 2006 Finals MVP for averaging ''34 points'' in the final four games versus the Dallas Mavericks. Since then, he's been one of Miami's best players; in 2009, he led the league in scoring and even placed second in MVP voting, behind only to [=LeBron=] himself. Recognized as one of the premier veterans of the NBA, Wade was easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly didn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader during the latter's four years in Miami. His tendency to receive injuries is a constant concern, however, and old age (he'll turn 36 during the current 2017–18 season) is creeping along his way, but he can still score in double-digits. He's also one of the few sports players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP7U9Er-bE&feature=related who detailed]] his DarkAndTroubledPast, and he admits that he pretty much went through hell during the 2012 playoffs (almost lost his kids, had his knee drained and so forth). He's lauded for his determination and heart as a player, even though it leads to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court.

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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard who [[HesBack returned]] to the Heat in one of the Cavaliers' 2018 trade-deadline deals. [[FanNickname D-Wade]] had played his entire career with the Heat before joining the Bulls, his hometown team, in the 2016 offseason, and later rejoining his former teammate then going to Cleveland to (briefly) rejoin [=LeBron=] in 2017, this time in Cleveland.2017. Selected fifth overall during the 2003 NBA draft, instantly propelling the Heat into the playoffs, but he was often overshadowed by Carmelo and [=LeBron=]. On the other hand, Wade was the first to deliver a championship to the team that drafted him (unless you count Darko Miličić, but he barely did anything). He was the 2006 Finals MVP for averaging ''34 points'' in the final four games versus the Dallas Mavericks. Since then, he's been one of Miami's best players; in 2009, he led the league in scoring and even placed second in MVP voting, behind only to [=LeBron=] himself. Recognized as one of the premier veterans of the NBA, Wade was easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly didn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader during the latter's four years in Miami. His tendency to receive injuries is a constant concern, however, and old age (he'll turn (he turned 36 during the current 2017–18 season) in January 2018) is creeping along his way, but he can still score in double-digits. He's also one of the few sports players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP7U9Er-bE&feature=related who detailed]] his DarkAndTroubledPast, and he admits that he pretty much went through hell during the 2012 playoffs (almost lost his kids, had his knee drained and so forth). He's lauded for his determination and heart as a player, even though it leads to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court.



* '''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 was the first player in NBA history to ''average'' a triple-double for a season (in 1961–62), a feat that would not be matched for over a half-century (Russell Westbrook, 2016–17).[[note]]Robertson lived to see Westbrook match his feat, and despite a reputation for being very prickly, he publicly cheered for Westbrook to do so.[[/note]][[note]]In fact, Robertson averaged a triple-double over his ''first five seasons combined'', although the 1961–62 season was the only one in which he ended with a triple-double average.[[/note]] In his late career, he brought 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 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 oversized 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 was the first player in NBA history to ''average'' a triple-double for a season (in 1961–62), a feat that would not be matched for over a half-century (Russell Westbrook, 2016–17).[[note]]Robertson lived to see Westbrook match his feat, and despite a reputation for being very prickly, he publicly cheered for Westbrook to do so.[[/note]][[note]]In fact, Robertson averaged a triple-double over his ''first five seasons combined'', although the 1961–62 season was the only one in which he ended with a triple-double average.[[/note]] In his late career, he brought the Milwaukee Bucks their only NBA title in the 1970-71 NBA season (with help from Lew Alcindor, who whom you know better as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). However, his playing career, especially during high school in UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} and 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 oversized 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.



* '''Kristaps Porziņģis''' is emerging as the Knicks' star of the future. The 7'3" Latvian, who had been playing for Sevilla in the Spanish league, was the #4 pick in 2015, which drew boos from Knicks fans. He soon turned the boos to cheers with a style of play reminiscent of a more athletic Dirk Nowitzki, complete with legitimate three-point range. While he lost out on Rookie of the Year honors to Karl-Anthony Towns, he became the first NBA player ever with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 blocks, and 75 threes as a rookie. After improving in most key stats in his second season, the sky looks to be the limit for Porziņģis (pun not intended).

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* '''Kristaps Porziņģis''' is emerging as the Knicks' star of the future. The 7'3" Latvian, who had been playing for Sevilla in the Spanish league, was the #4 pick in 2015, which drew boos from Knicks fans. He soon turned the boos to cheers with a style of play reminiscent of a more athletic Dirk Nowitzki, complete with legitimate three-point range. While he lost out on Rookie of the Year honors to Karl-Anthony Towns, he became the first NBA player ever with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 blocks, and 75 threes as a rookie. After improving in most key stats in his second season, the sky looks to be the limit for Porziņģis (pun not intended).intended)... though we'll now have to see how well he recovers from a torn ACL he suffered just before the 2018 All-Star break.



* '''Joel Embiid''' was the Sixers doing again what happened with Noel: a player who did great in college but would sit out from his supposed debut year due to surgery (foot surgery in his case). The Cameroonian wound up missing a ''second'' year due to another surgery on the same foot, and didn't make his debut until the 2016–17 season. He made an immediate impact, and looked to have Rookie of the Year honors locked up... until [[GlassCannon getting hurt again]] (this time a torn meniscus) in January 2017; the Sixers shut him down for the rest of the season after 31 games. (He ultimately lost out on Rookie of the Year honors to the Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon.) Also known for his larger-than-life social media presence (including hitting on Music/{{Rihanna}} and Kim Kardashian on Website/{{Twitter}}) and generally being a huge goofball while's he not on the court.

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* '''Joel Embiid''' was the Sixers doing again what happened with Noel: a player who did great in college but would sit out from his supposed debut year due to surgery (foot surgery in his case). The Cameroonian wound up missing a ''second'' year due to another surgery on the same foot, and didn't make his debut until the 2016–17 season. He made an immediate impact, and looked to have Rookie of the Year honors locked up... until [[GlassCannon getting hurt again]] (this time a torn meniscus) in January 2017; the Sixers shut him down for the rest of the season after 31 games. (He ultimately lost out on Rookie of the Year honors to the Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon.) Also known for his larger-than-life social media presence (including hitting on Music/{{Rihanna}} and Kim Kardashian Creator/KimKardashian on Website/{{Twitter}}) and generally being a huge goofball while's he not on the court.



* '''"Sir" Charles Barkley''' was a power forward noted for his StoutStrength. Nicknamed "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley was noticeably chubbier than most basketball players, but his strength and aggressiveness made him one of the NBA's most dominant rebounders (hence the nickname). A prolific scorer, Barkley had the ability to score from the perimeter and the post, using an array of spin moves and fadeaways, or finishing a fast break with a powerful dunk. A masterful rebounder, Barkley averaged 11 boards in the regular season and 12 boards for the playoffs, totaling 12,546 rebounds for his career and leading in offensive boards for three straight years. One of his {{Signature Move}}s was to grab a defensive rebound, dribble the length of the court and finish at the rim with a powerful dunk. His aggressive, fast-break defensive prowess led to Barkley finishing his career as one of the all-time leaders in blocks and steals. Furthermore, his surprisingly impressive court vision led to Barkley becoming a playmaker who could rack up several assists per night (and giving him a respectable 20 triple-doubles in regular-season play for his career). An eleven-time All-Star, he started off with Philadelphia, but went to Phoenix, where he became the MVP in the same year that he faced UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan in the 1993 NBA Finals. He was often a beacon of controversy, from fights (on/off the court) to various statements and unintentionally abrasive behavior towards fans (e.g. spat on a young girl by mistake). Probably best known for a commercial that he made back when he was in Phoenix, in which he claimed he was not a role model. This created a ton of debate as to whether athletes should be considered role models. He now mostly does basketball analysis/commentary, generally NBA on TNT, in which he is very often the ButtMonkey; on that show, he also has something of a SitcomArchNemesis in another former Suns player, Shaquille O'Neal.

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* '''"Sir" Charles Barkley''' was a power forward noted for his StoutStrength. Nicknamed "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley was noticeably chubbier than most basketball players, but his strength and aggressiveness made him one of the NBA's most dominant rebounders (hence the nickname). A prolific scorer, Barkley had the ability to score from the perimeter and the post, using an array of spin moves and fadeaways, or finishing a fast break with a powerful dunk. A masterful rebounder, Barkley averaged 11 boards in the regular season and 12 boards for the playoffs, totaling 12,546 rebounds for his career and leading in offensive boards for three straight years. One of his {{Signature Move}}s was to grab a defensive rebound, dribble the length of the court and finish at the rim with a powerful dunk. His aggressive, fast-break defensive prowess led to Barkley finishing his career as one of the all-time leaders in blocks and steals. Furthermore, his surprisingly impressive court vision led to Barkley becoming a playmaker who could rack up several assists per night (and giving him a respectable 20 triple-doubles in regular-season play for his career). An eleven-time All-Star, he started off with Philadelphia, but went to Phoenix, where he became the MVP in the same year that he faced UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan in the 1993 NBA Finals. He was often a beacon of controversy, from fights (on/off the court) to various statements and unintentionally abrasive behavior towards fans (e.g. spat on a young girl by mistake). Probably best known for a Nike commercial that he made back when he was in Phoenix, in which he claimed he was not a role model. This created a ton of debate as to whether athletes should be considered role models. He now mostly does basketball analysis/commentary, generally NBA on TNT, in which he is very often the ButtMonkey; on that show, he also has something of a SitcomArchNemesis in another former Suns player, Shaquille O'Neal.



* '''Gordon Hayward''', a 6-8 (white) small forward, became the face of the Jazz in the mid-10s before opting out of the final year of his contract in 2017 and jumping ship to the Celtics (where he's now reunited with his college coach, Brad Stevens). Hayward first entered the national consciousness as a college player at [[UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} Butler]], where he led the Bulldogs to [[DownToTheLastPlay within an eyelash]] of a national title in 2010. He then declared for the NBA draft that spring, going to the Jazz as a lottery pick, and has steadily gone from good player to All-Star level. Notably, he has improved his scoring average in each season he's been in the league. Sadly, he suffered a gruesome leg injury in the Celtics' 2017–18 season opener in Cleveland, dislocating an ankle and breaking the tibia in the same leg. Also OneOfUs, as he's a gaming enthusiast, even dabbling in [[UsefulNotes/ProfessionalGaming professional e-sports]].

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* '''Gordon Hayward''', a 6-8 (white) small forward, became the face of the Jazz in the mid-10s before opting out of the final year of his contract in 2017 and jumping ship to the Celtics (where he's now reunited with his college coach, Brad Stevens). Hayward first entered the national consciousness as a college player at [[UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} Butler]], where he led the Bulldogs to [[DownToTheLastPlay within an eyelash]] of a national title in 2010. He then declared for the NBA draft that spring, going to the Jazz as a lottery pick, and has steadily gone from good player to All-Star level. Notably, he has improved his scoring average in each season he's he had been in the league. Sadly, he suffered league... until suffering a gruesome leg injury in the Celtics' 2017–18 season opener in Cleveland, dislocating an ankle and breaking the tibia in the same leg. Also OneOfUs, as he's a gaming enthusiast, even dabbling in [[UsefulNotes/ProfessionalGaming professional e-sports]].
2nd Feb '18 6:16:28 PM nombretomado
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* The '''Toronto Huskies''' ('''1946-47''') were the NBA's first attempt at bringing in a Canadian basketball team, as well as being an original 11 NBA team. They were the losing team of the first ever NBA game, they played at the [[{{NHL}} Maple Leaf Gardens]], and they ended up holding four different coaches in their only season, one of which didn't win a game ''at all''. They also had a famous promotion gimmick in the first game ever played by giving anyone who was taller than the Huskies' tallest player (6' 8" C George Nostrand) free admission. With a lack of organization, a lack of talented players, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and odd promotions found]] (i.e., free stockings for all women in attendance), the franchise ended up folding after their only season. Despite the flaws, they're still remembered just like the Chicago Stags by having the Toronto Raptors wear the Huskies' old jerseys for 6 games in the 2009-2010 season. However, unlike the Stags, the Huskies have a movement where loyal Huskies fans want to see the Raptors abolished and replaced with the old Huskies name, and they apparently made a bit of a mark with the Raptors keeping the retro jerseys beyond that season, the Raptors' official website holding a Toronto Huskies banner, and one game even had the team referred to as the Huskies instead of the Raptors.

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* The '''Toronto Huskies''' ('''1946-47''') were the NBA's first attempt at bringing in a Canadian basketball team, as well as being an original 11 NBA team. They were the losing team of the first ever NBA game, they played at the [[{{NHL}} [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Maple Leaf Gardens]], and they ended up holding four different coaches in their only season, one of which didn't win a game ''at all''. They also had a famous promotion gimmick in the first game ever played by giving anyone who was taller than the Huskies' tallest player (6' 8" C George Nostrand) free admission. With a lack of organization, a lack of talented players, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and odd promotions found]] (i.e., free stockings for all women in attendance), the franchise ended up folding after their only season. Despite the flaws, they're still remembered just like the Chicago Stags by having the Toronto Raptors wear the Huskies' old jerseys for 6 games in the 2009-2010 season. However, unlike the Stags, the Huskies have a movement where loyal Huskies fans want to see the Raptors abolished and replaced with the old Huskies name, and they apparently made a bit of a mark with the Raptors keeping the retro jerseys beyond that season, the Raptors' official website holding a Toronto Huskies banner, and one game even had the team referred to as the Huskies instead of the Raptors.
2nd Feb '18 6:03:41 PM nombretomado
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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 '''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}} UsefulNotes/{{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.
1st Feb '18 3:05:12 PM KYCubbie
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* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' have been ridiculed as being the worst franchise in all American major sports. Born as the Buffalo Braves and later on, the San Diego Clippers, they're historically known as one of the league's [[ButtMonkey joke teams]], with arguably one of the worst owners in professional sports in Donald Sterling. After 33 years of existence, however, things are ''finally'' looking up for the Clippers as they won their first Division Championship in 2013. Once lacking in decent players, they also boasted a respectable squad spearheaded by phenom Blake Griffin, who in just three months during his rookie season became a superstar and a fan-favorite[[note]](even getting into the Rookie-Sophomore game ''and'' the All-Star game in the same year)[[/note]], and All-Star point guard Chris Paul, before the Clips traded Paul to the Rockets in the 2017 offseason. Moreover, when audio of racist comments made by Sterling became public, the NBA forced a $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Despite this huge reversal of fortune, the Clippers have [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut yet to win a conference or a league title to this day, and have gained a reputation for choking in the playoffs]]. They are also the only team who shares their NBA home with another team, which makes matters worse since, even if the Clippers are the more dominant team of the two in the current era, the city of Los Angeles and the Staples Center will almost always be known for being home to...

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* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' have been ridiculed as being the worst franchise in all American major sports. Born as the Buffalo Braves and later on, the San Diego Clippers, they're historically known as one of the league's [[ButtMonkey joke teams]], with arguably one of the worst owners in professional sports in Donald Sterling. After 33 years of existence, however, things are ''finally'' looking up for the Clippers as they won their first Division Championship in 2013. Once lacking in decent players, they also boasted a respectable squad spearheaded by phenom Blake Griffin, who in just three months during his rookie season became a superstar and a fan-favorite[[note]](even getting into the Rookie-Sophomore game ''and'' the All-Star game in the same year)[[/note]], and All-Star point guard Chris Paul, before the Clips traded Paul to the Rockets in the 2017 offseason.offseason and Griffin to the Pistons during the 2017–18 season. Moreover, when audio of racist comments made by Sterling became public, the NBA forced a $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Despite this huge reversal of fortune, the Clippers have [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut yet to win a conference or a league title to this day, and have gained a reputation for choking in the playoffs]]. They are also the only team who shares their NBA home with another team, which makes matters worse since, even if the Clippers are the more dominant team of the two in the current era, the city of Los Angeles and the Staples Center will almost always be known for being home to...



* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}. After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in {{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.

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* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}. After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in {{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.[[note]]In Conley's and the Grizzlies' defense, Conley is a very good point guard in a conference of [[OvershadowedByAwesome awesome]] ones—Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Tony Parker, just to name a few.[[/note]]



* '''UsefulNotes/StephenCurry''' [[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 set a new one in each of the next three seasons, 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, becoming the 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."

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* '''UsefulNotes/StephenCurry''' [[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 set a new one in each of the next three seasons, 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, becoming the 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."league".



* '''Blake Griffin''' was the first pick of the 2009 draft, but a [[GameBreakingInjury knee injury]] kept him out of the ground for a whole season. But then came his first game. And his first dunk. And many others after that, which helped turn his Los Angeles Clippers from the league's ButtMonkey into a team that actually fills the arena every game. His spectacular dunks earned him an All-Star spot in his first season in the league — even [=LeBron=] wasn't one for his rookie season. Griffin has continued to make All-Star teams, regularly in the starting lineup, and become a more versatile player with a reliable jump shot. (But his dunks have a tendency to show up on ''Series/SportsCenter'' every night the Clippers play.) If Durant could be considered Kobe's heir, Griffin is believed by some to be Shaq's. It helped that until recently he had a reliable point guard in...

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* '''Blake Griffin''' was the first pick of the 2009 draft, but a [[GameBreakingInjury knee injury]] kept him out of the ground for a whole season. But then came his first game. And his first dunk. And many others after that, which helped turn his Los Angeles Clippers from the league's ButtMonkey into a team that actually fills the arena every game. His spectacular dunks earned him an All-Star spot in his first season in the league — even [=LeBron=] wasn't one for his rookie season. Griffin has continued to make All-Star teams, regularly in the starting lineup, and become a more versatile player with a reliable jump shot. However, the Clips decided to blow up their roster during the 2017–18 season, trading Griffin to the Pistons. (But his dunks have a tendency to show up on ''Series/SportsCenter'' every night the Clippers Clippers, or now the Pistons, play.) If Durant could be considered Kobe's heir, Griffin is believed by some to be Shaq's. It helped that until recently he had a reliable point guard in...



* '''Kobe Bryant''' is a very skilled guard who played his entire career for the Lakers. Heralded as the heir to UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, Bryant won five championship rings. When he was a rookie after being traded from the Charlotte Hornets, Kobe had a very strained relationship with Shaq, but they [[TeethClenchedTeamwork managed to achieve three consecutive championships]], the first in modern years since Michael Jordan. During the short time where he had to lead the team on his own, he ended up scoring the second-largest amount of points for an NBA player with 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. And some believe that that wasn't even his most impressive performance of the season, with the time he went OneManArmy by singlehandedly outscoring the eventual Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks 62-61 through three quarters rivaling it. [[RedBaron Nicknamed the Black Mamba]], Kobe became the leader and the face of the Lakers, winning two more rings in 2009 and 2010 with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest. Kobe owned a lot of the league's "youngest-to" records, until [=LeBron=] arrived in the league. His final season of 2015–16 marked his 20th with the Lakers, breaking the league record for longest single-team tenure previously held by John Stockton with the Jazz (see below). While the Lakers went through the franchise's worst season ever, Kobe continued to put on a show, going out in style with a 60-point performance in his final game. Bryant is also the first player in the history of ''any'' sport to have ''two separate numbers'' retired—in December 2017, the Lakers retired the #8 he wore for his first 10 seasons and the #24 he wore for his last 10.

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* '''Kobe Bryant''' is a very skilled guard who played his entire career for the Lakers. Heralded as the heir to UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, Bryant won five championship rings. When he was a rookie after being traded from the Charlotte Hornets, Kobe had a very strained relationship with Shaq, but they [[TeethClenchedTeamwork managed to achieve three consecutive championships]], the first in modern years since Michael Jordan. During the short time where he had to lead the team on his own, he ended up scoring the second-largest amount of points for an NBA player with 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. And some believe that that wasn't even his most impressive performance of the season, with the time he went OneManArmy by singlehandedly outscoring the eventual Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks 62-61 through three quarters rivaling it. [[RedBaron Nicknamed the Black Mamba]], Kobe became the leader and the face of the Lakers, winning two more rings in 2009 and 2010 with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest. Kobe owned a lot of the league's "youngest-to" records, until [=LeBron=] arrived in the league. His final season of 2015–16 marked his 20th with the Lakers, breaking the league record for longest single-team tenure previously held by John Stockton with the Jazz (see below). While the Lakers went through the franchise's worst season ever, Kobe continued to put on a show, going out in style with a 60-point performance in his final game. Bryant is also the first player in the history of ''any'' sport to have ''two separate numbers'' retired—in retired ''by the same team''—in December 2017, the Lakers retired the #8 he wore for his first 10 seasons and the #24 he wore for his last 10.
31st Jan '18 4:59:59 AM Cryoclaste
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* The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton, Karl "The Mailman" Malone, and longtime head coach Jerry Sloan. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore. [[note]]It's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''Film/MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees).[[/note]]

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* The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton, Karl "The Mailman" Malone, and longtime head coach Jerry Sloan. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} UsefulNotes/{{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore. [[note]]It's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''Film/MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees).[[/note]]
13th Jan '18 8:28:03 PM Gsueagle31049
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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 (East Moline, Illinois eventually joined in to make it the Quad 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. They had been one of the East's more solid teams in the late 2000s though the mid 2010s; however, the team has now gone into rebuilding mode, both figuratively, and the in the case of the Hawks' home court of Philips Arena, literally. 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 (East Moline, Illinois eventually joined in to make it the Quad 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. They had been one of the East's more solid teams in the late 2000s though the mid 2010s; however, the team has now gone into rebuilding mode, both figuratively, figuratively and the in the case of literally, with the Hawks' home court of Philips Arena, literally.Arena undergoing renovations. 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.
3rd Jan '18 11:34:36 AM KYCubbie
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* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors [[note]] Including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur (and former minority owner of the Golden State Warriors) bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. Nowadays, the Kings are trying to build a playoff-contending team, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded front office choices (drafting Thomas Robinson [[note]] over Damian Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], AND trading away [=DeMarcus=] Cousins for virtually nothing) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.

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* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors [[note]] Including including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur (and former minority owner of the Golden State Warriors) bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. Nowadays, the Kings are trying to build a playoff-contending team, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded front office choices (drafting Thomas Robinson [[note]] over Damian Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], AND trading away [=DeMarcus=] Cousins for virtually nothing) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.



* 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]]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 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets were 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. Through 2012 and 2013, 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, and eventually moved the team out of Seattle, renaming them the Thunder.

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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]]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 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets were 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 guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. Through 2012 and 2013, 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, and eventually moved the team out of Seattle, renaming them the Thunder.



* Raptors 905 (Raptors): 905 is the main area code for the Greater Toronto Area outside of the city of Toronto proper[[note]]905 is now one of three area codes that all cover suburban Toronto and the Niagara Peninsula, but it was the first one in use[[/note]] - the team plays in Mississauga, and like the parent company, it is currently the only team in Canada.

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* Raptors 905 (Raptors): 905 is the main area code for the Greater Toronto Area outside of the city of Toronto proper[[note]]905 is now one of three area codes that all cover suburban Toronto and the Niagara Peninsula, but it was the first one in use[[/note]] use, and locals now generally call suburban Toronto "The 905"[[/note]] - the team plays in Mississauga, and like the parent company, it is currently the only team in Canada.



* Capital City Go-Go (Wizards): An expansion team that will be owned by the Wizards and will play in a new facility being built in southeast D.C. which will include an arena that will also house the WNBA's Mystics, plus a new practice facility for the Wizards. The team is named for the R&B music genre that originated in DC’s African American community in the ‘60s and ‘70s.


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* Capital City Go-Go (Wizards): An expansion team that will be owned by the Wizards and will play in a new facility arena being built in southeast D.C. which will include an arena that will also house the DC. The WNBA's Mystics, plus a new Mystics will share the arena, and the Wizards' practice facility for the Wizards. will be attached to it. The team is named for the R&B music genre that originated in DC’s African American community in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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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 during his career with the Cavs his defense started out as pathetic and improved to mediocre. 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 he soon got his wish, being dealt to the Celtics that August. With the Celtics, he showed vast improvement on the defensive end, though he still has trouble defending pick-and-rolls.
* '''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), 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—point guards who function best in isolation; slashers with a knack for scoring, especially at the rim; and significant defensive liabilities, with Thomas even more so than Irving due to being 6 inches shorter. Has yet to actually play for the Cavs due to a hip injury; he’s currently scheduled to return in January 2018.

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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 during his career with the Cavs his defense started out as pathetic and improved to mediocre. 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 he soon got though it later came out that the Cavs had been shopping him around before his wish, being supposed "request". Irving was dealt to the Celtics that August. With the Celtics, he showed vast improvement on the defensive end, though he still has trouble defending pick-and-rolls.
* '''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), 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—point guards who function best in isolation; slashers with a knack for scoring, especially at the rim; and significant defensive liabilities, with Thomas even more so than Irving due to being 6 inches shorter. Has yet to Didn't actually play for the Cavs until January 2018 due to a hip injury; he’s currently scheduled to return in January 2018.injury.
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* Long Island Nets (Nets): Currently plays in the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, the former one-time home of the Nets as well as the former long time home of the NHL's Islanders.

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* Long Island Nets (Nets): Currently plays in the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, the former one-time home of the Nets as well as the former long time home of the NHL's Islanders. The G League team uses the Nets' old color scheme of red, white, and blue rather than the current black and white.



* Memphis Hustle (Grizzlies): Another 2017 entry, an expansion team purchased by the Grizzlies after their former affiliate, then the Iowa Energy, was bought by the Timberwolves. Playing in the Memphis suburb of Southaven, Mississippi.

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* Memphis Hustle (Grizzlies): Another 2017 entry, an expansion team purchased by the Grizzlies after their former affiliate, then the Iowa Energy, was bought by the Timberwolves. Playing in the Memphis suburb of Southaven, Mississippi. Unlike most G League teams owned directly by their parent club, the Hustle uses a radically different color scheme (red, silver, and white) than the Grizzlies (dark blue, light blue, and gold).
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