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** Marc arrived in the US at the same time as Pau; his parents moved from Barcelona to Memphis, bringing Marc and their younger brother[[note]]Adrià, who himself grew to 6'9"/2.06 m, and played at UCLA for a season before returning to Spain[[/note]] along. Marc graduated from high school in Memphis, after which he returned to Spain to play professionally, first at Barça and later at Girona. After being named ACB MVP in the 2007–08 season, he returned to Memphis at the same time Pau left for the Lakers. Marc has since developed into one of the league's best big men, being named Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 (despite NOT being named to the All-Defensive first team) and first-team All-NBA in 2015. He began his NBA career as more of a pure inside player than Pau, but later developed a decent three-point shot, becoming one of an increasing number of "stretch fives"[[note]]much like the "stretch four", except nominally a center instead of a power forward[[/note]] in the league. He remained in Memphis until the 2019 trade deadline, when the Grizzlies decided to blow up their roster and dealt him to the Raptors, then gunning for an NBA Finals spot and trying to persuade Kawhi Leonard to stay with them long-term. Marc got his own championship ring with the Raptors.

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** Marc arrived in the US at the same time as Pau; his parents moved from Barcelona to Memphis, bringing Marc and their younger brother[[note]]Adrià, who himself grew to 6'9"/2.06 m, and played at UCLA for a season before returning to Spain[[/note]] along. Marc graduated from high school in Memphis, after which he returned to Spain to play professionally, first at Barça and later at Girona. After being named ACB MVP in the 2007–08 season, he returned to Memphis at the same time Pau left for the Lakers. Marc has since developed into one of the league's best big men, being named Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 (despite NOT being named to the All-Defensive first team) and first-team All-NBA in 2015. He began his NBA career as more of a pure inside player than Pau, but later developed a decent three-point shot, becoming one of an increasing number of "stretch fives"[[note]]much like the "stretch four", except nominally a center instead of a power forward[[/note]] in the league. He remained in Memphis until the 2019 trade deadline, when the Grizzlies decided to blow up their roster and dealt him to the Raptors, then gunning for an NBA Finals spot and trying to persuade Kawhi Leonard to stay with them long-term. Marc got his own championship ring with the Raptors.Raptors, and followed that up a few months later with a gold medal with Spain in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.



* '''Ricky Rubio''' was a Spanish star point guard for the Timberwolves before being traded to the Jazz in the 2017 offseason, and moving from there to the Suns during the 2019 offseason. Rubio formed a power-duo with his captain, Kevin Love, before Love was traded to Cleveland. Rubio first gained international fame in 2005, when his club put him on the main roster and played him in Spain's top pro league days before his 15th birthday. He would then gain more star power by playing in the Euroleague at 16, and then play for Spain's Olympic team at 17, where he would the respect of Dwyane Wade along the way. He was drafted by Minnesota in 2009, but he decided to wait a few years since he thought he could improve in Spain. In spite of returning in a lockout season, it appeared to have been a wise decision since he impressed the league with a style that's similar to that of Steve Nash or Jason Kidd. Rubio has one major weakness as a player, however—despite his savant-level passing skills and solid defense, he's one of the league's worst shooters.

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* '''Ricky Rubio''' was a Spanish star point guard for the Timberwolves before being traded to the Jazz in the 2017 offseason, and moving from there to the Suns during the 2019 offseason. Rubio formed a power-duo with his captain, Kevin Love, before Love was traded to Cleveland. Rubio first gained international fame in 2005, when his club put him on the main roster and played him in Spain's top pro league days before his 15th birthday. He would then gain more star power by playing in the Euroleague at 16, and then play for Spain's Olympic team at 17, where he would the respect of Dwyane Wade along the way. He was drafted by Minnesota in 2009, but he decided to wait a few years since he thought he could improve in Spain. In spite of returning in a lockout season, it appeared to have been a wise decision since he impressed the league with a style that's similar to that of Steve Nash or Jason Kidd. Internationally, he's led ''[[FanNickname La ÑBA]]'' to two Olympic medals (silver in 2008, bronze in 2016), four medals at [=EuroBasket=] (including two golds), and a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, also being named World Cup MVP. Rubio has one major weakness as a player, however—despite his savant-level passing skills and solid defense, he's one of the league's worst shooters.a quite limited shooter by NBA standards.


* '''Scottie Pippen''' was TheLancer to Michael Jordan during his golden years, their second-leading scorer and led the team through the two seasons of Jordan's first retirement. Though largely known as Jordan's NumberTwo, Pippen was one of the most versatile small forwards the league had ever seen. He came to in the 1993-94 season, the first year without Jordan, when he was named to the All-NBA First Team, won the All-Star Game MVP award, and led the Bulls to a 55-win season, only two less wins than in 92-93. After the Bulls' second three-peat, Pippen left to play for the Rockets and Trail Blazers (where he made a trip to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Shaq-Kobe Lakers) before returning to Chicago to retire.
* '''Dennis Rodman''' was a small forward famous for his [[DyeHard daily]] [[MulticoloredHair hair color changes]], non-conformist persona and controversial off-the-court antics. His nickname was "The Worm". Despite his antics, [[BunnyEarsLawyer he is among the greatest defensive players in league history]] and constantly led the league in rebounding. He's most famous for helping to win three championships with the Bulls, although he started off as a member of the "Bad Boy" Pistons. Won two rings with Detroit before bouncing around the league and ultimately joining Chicago. Later became an ambassador to North Korea, largely because Kim Jong-Un is a fan of his.

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* '''Scottie Pippen''' was TheLancer to Michael Jordan during his golden years, their second-leading scorer and led the team through the two seasons of Jordan's first retirement. Though largely known as Jordan's NumberTwo, Pippen was one of the most versatile small forwards in the history of the league had ever seen.an an elite defender. He came to in the 1993-94 season, the first year without Jordan, when he was named to the All-NBA First Team, won the All-Star Game MVP award, and led the Bulls to a 55-win season, only two less wins than in 92-93. After the Bulls' second three-peat, Pippen left to play for the Rockets and Trail Blazers (where he made a trip to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Shaq-Kobe Lakers) before returning to Chicago to retire.
* '''Dennis Rodman''' Rodman''', aka "The Worm", was a small power forward famous for his [[DyeHard daily]] [[MulticoloredHair hair color changes]], non-conformist persona and controversial off-the-court antics. His nickname was "The Worm".antics. Despite his antics, [[BunnyEarsLawyer he is among the greatest defensive players in league history]] and constantly led the league in rebounding. He's most famous for helping to win three championships with the Bulls, although he started off his time as a member of the "Bad Boy" Pistons. Won two rings with Detroit before bouncing around the league Piston and ultimately joining Chicago.Jordan and Pippen on their second three-peat, winning five championships during his career. Later became an ambassador to North Korea, largely because Kim Jong-Un is a fan of his.


* '''Yao Ming''' was drafted first in the 2002 Draft due to his championship winning performance with the CBA's Shanghai Sharks, and he played rather well for a few years until various leg injuries sidelined him for the second half of his career, ultimately causing his retirement in 2011 due to a [[GameBreakingInjury game-breaking]], [[WoundThatWillNotHeal career-ending]] foot injury. However, his mere ''presence'' in the NBA dramatically increased basketball's popularity in his native China (with many Chinese people being fans of the Houston Rockets [[FollowTheLeader for obvious reasons]]), and has done massive amounts of charity work after major Chinese disasters. Most star centers in the league have been 6'9" to 7'2" - the 7'6" (2.29 m) Yao might have actually been ''too'' tall to be truly great at basketball, as despite being much more mobile and less awkward than any previous players in his height range, his feet and leg joints just didn't seem to be able to take all the stress resulting from his size. These physical problems have been used to criticizes China's sport-academy system (for more, see below). Yao retired in 2011; because of his extensive humanitarian work and his major role in the growth of the game in China, he was touted as a potential entrant into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor, before he became eligible for induction as a player 5 years after retirement. After a change in the Hall's induction rules to effectively trim a year off the induction process for all former players, making Yao eligible for the 2016 class instead of the 2017 class, he was elected to the Hall as a player that year.[[note]]The Hall shortened its waiting period even further with the 2018 class; it's now three years.[[/note]] He's now the president of the Chinese Basketball Association... [[NamesTheSame and the Chinese Basketball Association]]. (One is the country's governing body for the sport, and the other is its top men's professional league.)

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* '''Yao Ming''' was drafted first in the 2002 Draft due to his championship winning performance with the CBA's Shanghai Sharks, and he played rather well for a few years until various leg injuries sidelined him for the second half of his career, ultimately causing his retirement in 2011 due to a [[GameBreakingInjury game-breaking]], [[WoundThatWillNotHeal career-ending]] foot injury. However, his mere ''presence'' in the NBA dramatically increased basketball's popularity in his native China (with many Chinese people being fans of the Houston Rockets [[FollowTheLeader for obvious reasons]]), and has done massive amounts of charity work after major Chinese disasters. Most star centers in the league have been 6'9" to 7'2" - the 7'6" (2.29 m) Yao might have actually been ''too'' tall to be truly great at basketball, as despite being much more mobile and less awkward than any previous players in his height range, his feet and leg joints just didn't seem to be able to take all the stress resulting from his size. These physical problems have been used to criticizes China's sport-academy system (for more, see below). Yao retired in 2011; because of his extensive humanitarian work and his major role in the growth of the game in China, he was touted as a potential entrant into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor, before he became eligible for induction as a player 5 years after retirement. After a change in the Hall's induction rules to effectively trim a year off the induction process for all former players, making Yao eligible for the 2016 class instead of the 2017 class, he was elected to the Hall as a player that year.[[note]]The Hall shortened its waiting period even further with the 2018 class; it's now three years.[[/note]] He's now the president of the Chinese Basketball Association... [[NamesTheSame and the Chinese Basketball Association]]. (One Association]][[note]]One is the country's governing body for the sport, and the other is its top men's professional league.)league[[/note]].
* '''Tracy [=McGrady=]''' was a swingman whose best years were with the Magic, though he's most well-known for his tenure with the Rockets, which included [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-8FksMVAdU a 13-point comeback in the last 33 seconds of a game]]. A prep-to-pro whose early years were wasted on the Raptors bench, [=McGrady=] signed with the Magic to escape the shadow of his cousin Vince Carter and became an All-Star, earning the Most Improved award in his first year in Orlando. When he was traded to the Rockets, [[RedBaron T-Mac]] formed a formidable duo with Yao Ming, though injuries to the both of them prevented Houston from getting out of the first round. Afterwards, he bounced around the league and even played in China, before retiring as a member of the 2013 Spurs who lost in the Finals; it was the only time he played outside of the first round. Was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.


* The '''Toronto Raptors''' are one of the youngest franchises in the NBA, and are the only team based in {{Canada|Eh}} - by the late 2000s they started to focus on that aspect, trading their primary color from purple to red, and coining the slogan "We the North". Started playing in 1995, the Raptors are best known for the teams that featured Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. After many stretches as TheChewToy, only in 2016, led by Kyle Lowry and [=DeMar DeRozan=], the Raptors had a major winning breakthrough in the playoffs, going all the way to the Conference Finals. Despite this, they were never good enough to beat [=LeBron=] and the Cavaliers, which reached its apex in 2018 when the Cavs swept the Raps in the second round despite the latter team having home-court advantage in their series, leading to the [[EmbarrassingNickname moniker LeBronto]]. This forced a minor rebuilding process in 2019, the centerpiece of which was trading franchise star [=DeMar DeRozan=] for former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard; the risk was worth it, as the Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship over the Milwaukee Bucks, advancing to their first-ever NBA Finals and in the process, becoming the first team/city outside the UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to win the NBA championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors (who themselves were in their fifth consecutive NBA Finals) in six games and earning Leonard his second Finals MVP and NBA trophies. However, the Raptors are now facing something of a rebuild following Leonard's departure for the Clippers in the 2019 offseason. ''Film/JurassicPark'' not only inspired the team name, but became the nickname of Maple Leaf Square during public viewings of the team's games.

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* The '''Toronto Raptors''' are one of the youngest franchises in the NBA, and are the only team based in {{Canada|Eh}} - by the late 2000s they started to focus on that aspect, trading their primary color from purple to red, and coining the slogan "We the North". Started playing in 1995, the Raptors are best known for the teams that featured Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. After many stretches as TheChewToy, only in 2016, led by Kyle Lowry and [=DeMar DeRozan=], the Raptors had a major winning breakthrough in the playoffs, going all the way to the Conference Finals. Despite this, they were never good enough to beat [=LeBron=] and the Cavaliers, which reached its apex in 2018 when the Cavs swept the Raps in the second round despite the latter team having home-court advantage in their series, leading to the [[EmbarrassingNickname moniker LeBronto]]. This forced a minor rebuilding process in 2019, the centerpiece of which was trading franchise star [=DeMar DeRozan=] [=DeRozan=] for former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard; the risk was worth it, as the Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship over the Milwaukee Bucks, advancing to their first-ever NBA Finals and in the process, becoming the first team/city outside the UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to win the NBA championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors (who themselves were in their fifth consecutive NBA Finals) in six games and earning Leonard his second Finals MVP and NBA trophies. However, the Raptors are now facing something of a rebuild following Leonard's departure for the Clippers in the 2019 offseason. ''Film/JurassicPark'' not only inspired the team name, but became the nickname of Maple Leaf Square during public viewings of the team's games.


* '''Dominique Wilkins''', "The Human Highlight Film," was a forward known for his thunderous dunks, usually on opposing players. Won the Slam Dunk contest twice; his notable Slam Dunk contest losses were to Spud Webb and to a tightly contested final against UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan.

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* '''Dominique Wilkins''', "The Human Highlight Film," was a forward known for his thunderous dunks, usually on opposing players. Won the Slam Dunk contest twice; his notable Slam Dunk contest losses were to Spud Webb and to a tightly contested final against UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan. He was also a scoring machine, winning the scoring title in 1986 and having a career average of 24.8 ppg, and is one of the few players to recover relatively well from from torn Achilles, normally a death sentence for most.



* '''Larry Johnson''', the first pick on the 1991 Draft. Also known as "Grandmama" for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thbUkBW_ftM dressing as his grandma in a commercial]]. In 1996 was traded to the Knicks, where he played the 1999 Finals.

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* '''Larry Johnson''', the first pick on the 1991 Draft. Also known as "Grandmama" for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thbUkBW_ftM dressing as his grandma in a commercial]]. He was a great payer in his early years, winning ROTY and making two All-Star teams, but was never the same after a back injury. In 1996 was traded to the Knicks, where he played the 1999 Finals.



* '''Craig Ehlo''' was a [[SoAverageItsOkay decent]] player for the Cavaliers between '86 and '93 sporting EightiesHair. However, he is mostly remembered for being a Guard, and as such having defensive duties on opposing Guards, including the Bulls' one whose name [[UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan you already know]], and for regularly ''failing'' to stop him. Notably the guy that took [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5WUOnTxwPw The Shot]] in the face.
* '''Žydrūnas Ilgauskas''', "The Big Z", is the Cavaliers' leader in games played, rebounds, and blocks, playing from 1996 to 2010. After a career year in the season before [=LeBron=]'s arrival, became one of his wingmen and got to the 2007 Finals, and even after deciding to retire in 2010 tried to get a title by following LBJ to the Heat (losing the 2011 Finals as well made Ilgauskas call it quits). His number 11 was retired, making him only the third European with his honor. One of the best Lithuanians who wasn't a fixture for the country's powerhouse national team (he only played in three international matches, all before he came to the NBA; the Cavs vetoed his participation in the 2008 Olympics).



* '''Anderson Varejão''' was an EnsembleDarkhorse in Cleveland from 2004 to 2016, earning the nickname "Wild Thing" because of his WildHair (that at times would be homaged by wig giveouts) and energetic and relentless style of play, that earned him an All-Defensive Second Team selection once. First Brazilian to play in the NBA Finals, when the Cavs lost in 2007 to the Spurs. With limited play and the Cavs needing cap space for new signings, was traded halfway through 2015-16, and eventually signed with the Warriors, which like the Cavs got all the way to the Finals, making Varejão the first guy who played for both finalists the same season. (Incidentally the cruel twist about it is that Varejão played for the also-rans in those 2015 & 2016 Finals.)



* '''Craig Ehlo''' was a [[SoAverageItsOkay decent]] player for the Cavaliers between '86 and '93 sporting EightiesHair. However, he is mostly remembered for being a Guard, and as such having defensive duties on opposing Guards, including the Bulls' one whose name [[UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan you already know]], and for regularly ''failing'' to stop him. Notably the guy that took [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5WUOnTxwPw The Shot]] in the face.
* '''Žydrūnas Ilgauskas''', "The Big Z", is the Cavaliers' leader in games played, rebounds, and blocks, playing from 1996 to 2010. After a career year in the season before [=LeBron=]'s arrival, became one of his wingmen and got to the 2007 Finals, and even after deciding to retire in 2010 tried to get a title by following LBJ to the Heat (losing the 2011 Finals as well made Ilgauskas call it quits). His number 11 was retired, making him only the third European with his honor. One of the best Lithuanians who wasn't a fixture for the country's powerhouse national team (he only played in three international matches, all before he came to the NBA; the Cavs vetoed his participation in the 2008 Olympics).
* '''Anderson Varejão''' was an EnsembleDarkhorse in Cleveland from 2004 to 2016, earning the nickname "Wild Thing" because of his WildHair (that at times would be homaged by wig giveouts) and energetic and relentless style of play, that earned him an All-Defensive Second Team selection once. First Brazilian to play in the NBA Finals, when the Cavs lost in 2007 to the Spurs. With limited play and the Cavs needing cap space for new signings, was traded halfway through 2015-16, and eventually signed with the Warriors, which like the Cavs got all the way to the Finals, making Varejão the first guy who played for both finalists the same season. (Incidentally the cruel twist about it is that Varejão played for the also-rans in those 2015 & 2016 Finals.)



* '''Rasheed Wallace''' was a power forward/center first drafted by Washington before going to Portland, Atlanta, and Detroit before winning his first title in 2004. Known for his colorful personality, shooting range, post moves, and propensity for technical fouls (ironically, he was one of the players who tried to break up the infamous "malice at the Palace" brawl). The phrase "ball don't lie" (aka if a disputed foul call was made by the referees, the player will miss the free throws, because while the referees may lie, the ball doesn't) was made famous by him. Retired for a few years after a stint in Boston before finishing his playing career in New York, and was hired as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-14 season.
* '''Chauncey Billups''' bounced around the league before joining the Pistons in 2002. There he became a respected player, that lead the Pistons to the 2004 title as Finals MVP, as well as six straight conference finals. After being traded to his hometown Nuggets and reaching yet another Conference Final (Billups is the only non-Celtics or Lakers player to get there seven years in a row), begun to get frequent injuries during the 2011 season in the Knicks, and helped the Clippers emergence before returning to the Pistons in 2013. He retired at the end of the 2013–14 season.



* '''Chauncey Billups''' bounced around the league before joining the Pistons in 2002. There he became a respected player, that lead the Pistons to the 2004 title as Finals MVP, as well as six straight conference finals. After being traded to his hometown Nuggets and reaching yet another Conference Final (Billups is the only non-Celtics or Lakers player to get there seven years in a row), begun to get frequent injuries during the 2011 season in the Knicks, and helped the Clippers emergence before returning to the Pistons in 2013. He retired at the end of the 2013–14 season.



* '''Rasheed Wallace''' was a power forward/center first drafted by Washington before going to Portland, Atlanta, and Detroit before winning his first title in 2004. Known for his colorful personality, shooting range, post moves, and propensity for technical fouls (ironically, he was one of the players who tried to break up the infamous "malice at the Palace" brawl). The phrase "ball don't lie" (aka if a disputed foul call was made by the referees, the player will miss the free throws, because while the referees may lie, the ball doesn't) was made famous by him. Retired for a few years after a stint in Boston before finishing his playing career in New York, and was hired as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-14 season.



* '''Andre Iguodala''' is a small forward/shooting guard who was [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg the role player]], [[OvershadowedByAwesome relatively speaking]], of the Warriors dynasty's starting lineup. Iguodala started the first eight years of his career with the Sixers, where he earned himself an All-Star selection and two All-Defensive selections. Afterwards, he had a brief stint on the Nuggets before being traded to the Warriors. In his second season with Golden State, Iguodala was relegated to the bench for the first time in his career, but was promoted to a starting position in the Finals, where he successfully defended against [=LeBron=] and won Finals MVP, becoming the first regular season-long bench player to win the award. [=LeBron=] got his revenge, however, in the next Finals, where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zd62MxKXp8 he made a decisive block on Iguodala's layup]], which ultimately cost the Warriors another title. In the 2019 offseason, Iguodala was traded to the Grizzlies.



* '''Andre Iguodala''' is a small forward/shooting guard who was [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg the role player]], [[OvershadowedByAwesome relatively speaking]], of the Warriors dynasty's starting lineup. Iguodala started the first eight years of his career with the Sixers, where he earned himself an All-Star selection and two All-Defensive selections. Afterwards, he had a brief stint on the Nuggets before being traded to the Warriors. In his second season with Golden State, Iguodala was relegated to the bench for the first time in his career, but was promoted to a starting position in the Finals, where he successfully defended against [=LeBron=] and won Finals MVP, becoming the first regular season-long bench player to win the award. [=LeBron=] got his revenge, however, in the next Finals, where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zd62MxKXp8 he made a decisive block on Iguodala's layup]], which ultimately cost the Warriors another title. In the 2019 offseason, Iguodala was traded to the Grizzlies.



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

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



* '''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 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, 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...

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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 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, 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...



* '''Dwyane Wade''' is perhaps the greatest player in Heat history, a shooting guard who spent most of his career with Miami, starting out by playing there from 2003 to 2016. He then went to his hometown team, the Bulls, in 2016, briefly rejoined [=LeBron=] in Cleveland in 2017, and finally [[HesBack returned]] to the Heat in one of the Cavaliers' 2018 trade-deadline deals, retiring at the end of the 2018–19 season. Selected fifth overall out of [[UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Marquette]] during the 2003 NBA draft, [[FanNickname D-Wade]] instantly propelled 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 was one of Miami's best players (except, obviously, in his brief stints elsewhere); 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 was a constant concern, however, and old age crept along his way, but he could still score in double digits right to the end. The last two games of his career illustrated this—he first lit up the Sixers for 30 in his final regular-season home game, and then ended his career with a triple-double in Brooklyn. Retroactively, he's become known as TheRival to Dirk Nowitzki; both of Dirk's Finals appearances were against Wade, trading wins with each other, and they left the league the same year. He's also one of the few sports players [[https://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 led to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court. D-Wade is all but certain to enter the Hall of Fame in 2023.
* '''Chris Bosh''' is a power forward and center who last played for the Heat, [[MemeticMutation famous]] for his resemblance to an ostrich or a [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'avi]] and his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0RVcOKdX9Q weird]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNE2bdTOcU&feature=related on]]-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxgv66ErBao court]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOiSAYKfgd8 antics]]. He was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors during the 2003 draft, right behind [=LeBron=] James and Carmelo Anthony, but before Dwyane Wade. Quickly emerging as one of the league's premier players, he emerged as the face and leader of the Raptors; he remains Toronto's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, double-doubles, free throws and minutes. A seven-time NBA All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist (along with Wade and James), Bosh led the Raptors to their first division title during the 2007 season, but they never made it past the first round of the playoffs, even as they overhauled the roster, prompting Bosh to sign with the Heat, with whom he finally won a championship. During his early career with the Heat, Bosh was often viewed as little more than "That Third Guy" (the Big 2 and a half, it was once called), due to people considering him to be "soft". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmz5Y2zonUY&feature=related Even the media treated him that way]]. It took straining an abdominal during the 2012 playoffs versus Indiana that people ''finally'' started recognizing how important Bosh was to the Heat. He would later return for the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Boston and the NBA Finals with the Thunder. As a player, Bosh is particularly noted for his ability to drive to the basket and finish strong or get to the free throw line, but he's especially deadly with his trademark jump shot, thereby forcing opposing players to double-team (while with Toronto) or spread the floor (leaving Wade and James open) in response. Sadly, his career was cut short when he was found to have a blood-clot disorder during the 2015–16 season. After an NBA doctor deemed Bosh's condition career-ending in 2017, the Heat released him in the offseason, though he fought to play again until 2019, the same year they retired his jersey.


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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is perhaps the greatest player in Heat history, a shooting guard who spent most of his career with Miami, starting out by playing there from 2003 to 2016. He then went to his hometown team, the Bulls, in 2016, briefly rejoined [=LeBron=] in Cleveland in 2017, and finally [[HesBack returned]] to the Heat in one of the Cavaliers' 2018 trade-deadline deals, retiring at the end of the 2018–19 season. Selected fifth overall out of [[UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Marquette]] during the 2003 NBA draft, [[FanNickname D-Wade]] instantly propelled 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 was one of Miami's best players (except, obviously, in his brief stints elsewhere); 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 was a constant concern, however, and old age crept along his way, but he could still score in double digits right to the end. The last two games of his career illustrated this—he first lit up the Sixers for 30 in his final regular-season home game, and then ended his career with a triple-double in Brooklyn. Retroactively, he's become known as TheRival to Dirk Nowitzki; both of Dirk's Finals appearances were against Wade, trading wins with each other, and they left the league the same year. He's also one of the few sports players [[https://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 led to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court. D-Wade is all but certain to enter the Hall of Fame in 2023.
* '''Chris Bosh''' is a power forward and center who last played for the Heat, [[MemeticMutation famous]] for his resemblance to an ostrich or a [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'avi]] and his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0RVcOKdX9Q weird]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNE2bdTOcU&feature=related on]]-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxgv66ErBao court]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOiSAYKfgd8 antics]]. He was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors during the 2003 draft, right behind [=LeBron=] James and Carmelo Anthony, but before Dwyane Wade. Quickly emerging as one of the league's premier players, he emerged as the face and leader of the Raptors; he remains Toronto's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, double-doubles, free throws and minutes. A seven-time NBA All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist (along with Wade and James), Bosh led the Raptors to their first division title during the 2007 season, but they never made it past the first round of the playoffs, even as they overhauled the roster, prompting Bosh to sign with the Heat, with whom he finally won a championship. During his early career with the Heat, Bosh was often viewed as little more than "That Third Guy" (the Big 2 and a half, it was once called), due to people considering him to be "soft". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmz5Y2zonUY&feature=related Even the media treated him that way]]. It took straining an abdominal during the 2012 playoffs versus Indiana that people ''finally'' started recognizing how important Bosh was to the Heat. He would later return for the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Boston and the NBA Finals with the Thunder. As a player, Bosh is particularly noted for his ability to drive to the basket and finish strong or get to the free throw line, but he's especially deadly with his trademark jump shot, thereby forcing opposing players to double-team (while with Toronto) or spread the floor (leaving Wade and James open) in response. Sadly, his career was cut short when he was found to have a blood-clot disorder during the 2015–16 season. After an NBA doctor deemed Bosh's condition career-ending in 2017, the Heat released him in the offseason, though he fought to play again until 2019, the same year they retired his jersey.


* '''Jeremy Lin''', a point guard who has been with ''eight'' NBA teams and is now with the Raptors, is listed with the Knicks because that's where he took the national stage—even though he spent only the 2010–11 season in Manhattan. The first Harvard graduate to play in the NBA in 60 years, and also the first Chinese American ever in the league, Lin was cut from two NBA teams (one of which he didn't even play for during the regular season) and eventually landed with New York. Once injuries to Carmelo and Amar'e allowed him to play, Lin unexpectedly dominated on offense, scoring a combined 136 points in his first five career starts, the most by ''any'' player since the NBA-ABA merger. Led the Knicks to a seven game winning streak, sparking a huge cultural phenomenon known as "Linsanity", when he became the focus of the American sports media. Famous for scoring the game-winner against the Toronto Raptors, before the Miami Heat held him down to eight points and eight turnovers. Just prior to the playoffs, Lin suffered a small meniscus tear in his left knee, and the resulting surgery [[DroppedABridgeOnHim forced him to miss out on the postseason]]. As a restricted free agent, Lin signed an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets (the same team that cut him before he landed on New York). It was a three-year, $25 million deal, which the Knicks chose ''not'' to match. Most likely, they did it because they didn't want to risk paying ''$15,000,000'' for him in his final year... which would have cost them more than $25 million ''on top of that'' due to new salary cap/luxury tax rules that took effect in 2013–14. After the 2013–14 season, the Rockets dealt him to the Lakers, which were interested mainly in his expiring contract (which "only" cost them about $8 million or so in cap space) and the 2015 first-round draft pick that came with the deal. His marketing potential among Asian fans, especially in China, didn't hurt either. He didn't break into the rotation in L.A., despite having become a good finisher at the rim, and went to Charlotte after the 2014–15 season, spending one season there before heading back to the city where he first achieved fame, though with the Nets instead of the Knicks. He had one productive season in Brooklyn, but missed almost the entire 2017–18 season with a ruptured patellar tendon, and was traded to the Hawks after that season. The Hawks bought Lin out of his contract during the 2018–19 season in a salary cap move, and he almost immediately signed with the Raptors, where he mainly played off the bench but did get a championship ring.

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* '''Jeremy Lin''', a point guard who has been with ''eight'' NBA teams and is now with the Raptors, playing in China, is listed with the Knicks because that's where he took the national stage—even though he spent only the 2010–11 season in Manhattan. The first Harvard graduate to play in the NBA in 60 years, and also the first Chinese American ever in the league, Lin was cut from two NBA teams (one of which he didn't even play for during the regular season) and eventually landed with New York. Once injuries to Carmelo and Amar'e allowed him to play, Lin unexpectedly dominated on offense, scoring a combined 136 points in his first five career starts, the most by ''any'' player since the NBA-ABA merger. Led the Knicks to a seven game winning streak, sparking a huge cultural phenomenon known as "Linsanity", when he became the focus of the American sports media. Famous for scoring the game-winner against the Toronto Raptors, before the Miami Heat held him down to eight points and eight turnovers. Just prior to the playoffs, Lin suffered a small meniscus tear in his left knee, and the resulting surgery [[DroppedABridgeOnHim forced him to miss out on the postseason]]. As a restricted free agent, Lin signed an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets (the same team that cut him before he landed on New York). It was a three-year, $25 million deal, which the Knicks chose ''not'' to match. Most likely, they did it because they didn't want to risk paying ''$15,000,000'' for him in his final year... which would have cost them more than $25 million ''on top of that'' due to new salary cap/luxury tax rules that took effect in 2013–14. After the 2013–14 season, the Rockets dealt him to the Lakers, which were interested mainly in his expiring contract (which "only" cost them about $8 million or so in cap space) and the 2015 first-round draft pick that came with the deal. His marketing potential among Asian fans, especially in China, didn't hurt either. He didn't break into the rotation in L.A., despite having become a good finisher at the rim, and went to Charlotte after the 2014–15 season, spending one season there before heading back to the city where he first achieved fame, though with the Nets instead of the Knicks. He had one productive season in Brooklyn, but missed almost the entire 2017–18 season with a ruptured patellar tendon, and was traded to the Hawks after that season. The Hawks bought Lin out of his contract during the 2018–19 season in a salary cap move, and he almost immediately signed with the Raptors, where he mainly played off the bench but did get a championship ring. He became a free agent at the end of that season, drew no interest from NBA teams, and ended up signing with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association.


** Ewing's selection is the subject of one of the most enduring conspiracy theories in sports. Many fans claim to this day, with no evidence backing them up, that the NBA rigged the lottery to give the Knicks the first pick that enabled them to select Ewing. The most popular theory is the "frozen envelope", claiming that the envelope containing the Knicks logo had been frozen shortly before it was placed in the hopper, allowing Stern to distinguish it from the others.

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** Ewing's selection is the subject of one of the most enduring conspiracy theories in sports. Many fans claim to this day, with no evidence backing them up, that the NBA rigged the lottery to give the Knicks the first pick that enabled them to select Ewing. The most popular theory is the "frozen envelope", claiming that the envelope containing the Knicks logo had been frozen shortly before it was placed in the hopper, allowing league commissioner David Stern to distinguish it from the others.others when he reached into the hopper to pull out the first one.

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** Ewing's selection is the subject of one of the most enduring conspiracy theories in sports. Many fans claim to this day, with no evidence backing them up, that the NBA rigged the lottery to give the Knicks the first pick that enabled them to select Ewing. The most popular theory is the "frozen envelope", claiming that the envelope containing the Knicks logo had been frozen shortly before it was placed in the hopper, allowing Stern to distinguish it from the others.


* '''Dwyane Wade''' is perhaps the Heat's greatest player, a shooting guard who spent most of his career with Miami, starting out by playing in Miami from 2003 to 2016. He then went to his hometown team, the Bulls, in 2016, briefly rejoined [=LeBron=] in Cleveland in 2017, and finally [[HesBack returned]] to the Heat in one of the Cavaliers' 2018 trade-deadline deals, retiring at the end of the 2018–19 season. Selected fifth overall out of [[UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Marquette]] during the 2003 NBA draft, [[FanNickname D-Wade]] instantly propelled 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 was one of Miami's best players (except, obviously, in his brief stints elsewhere); 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 was a constant concern, however, and old age crept along his way, but he could still score in double digits right to the end. The last two games of his career illustrated this—he first lit up the Sixers for 30 in his final regular-season home game, and then ended his career with a triple-double in Brooklyn. Retroactively, he's become known as TheRival to Dirk Nowitzki; both of Dirk's Finals appearances were against Wade, trading wins with each other, and they left the league the same year. He's also one of the few sports players [[https://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 led to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court. D-Wade is all but certain to enter the Hall of Fame in 2023.

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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is perhaps the Heat's greatest player, player in Heat history, a shooting guard who spent most of his career with Miami, starting out by playing in Miami there from 2003 to 2016. He then went to his hometown team, the Bulls, in 2016, briefly rejoined [=LeBron=] in Cleveland in 2017, and finally [[HesBack returned]] to the Heat in one of the Cavaliers' 2018 trade-deadline deals, retiring at the end of the 2018–19 season. Selected fifth overall out of [[UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Marquette]] during the 2003 NBA draft, [[FanNickname D-Wade]] instantly propelled 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 was one of Miami's best players (except, obviously, in his brief stints elsewhere); 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 was a constant concern, however, and old age crept along his way, but he could still score in double digits right to the end. The last two games of his career illustrated this—he first lit up the Sixers for 30 in his final regular-season home game, and then ended his career with a triple-double in Brooklyn. Retroactively, he's become known as TheRival to Dirk Nowitzki; both of Dirk's Finals appearances were against Wade, trading wins with each other, and they left the league the same year. He's also one of the few sports players [[https://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 led to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court. D-Wade is all but certain to enter the Hall of Fame in 2023.


* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard who spent most of his career with the Heat, starting out by playing in Miami from 2003 to 2016. He then went to his hometown team, the Bulls, in 2016, briefly rejoined [=LeBron=] in Cleveland in 2017, and finally [[HesBack returned]] to the Heat in one of the Cavaliers' 2018 trade-deadline deals, retiring at the end of the 2018–19 season. Selected fifth overall out of [[UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Marquette]] during the 2003 NBA draft, [[FanNickname D-Wade]] instantly propelled 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 was one of Miami's best players (except, obviously, in his brief stints elsewhere); 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 was a constant concern, however, and old age crept along his way, but he could still score in double digits right to the end. The last two games of his career illustrated this—he first lit up the Sixers for 30 in his final regular-season home game, and then ended his career with a triple-double in Brooklyn. He's also one of the few sports players [[https://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 led to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court. D-Wade is all but certain to enter the Hall of Fame in 2023.
* '''Chris Bosh''' is a power forward and center who last played for the Heat, [[MemeticMutation famous]] for his resemblance to an ostrich or a [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'avi]] and his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0RVcOKdX9Q weird]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNE2bdTOcU&feature=related on]]-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxgv66ErBao court]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOiSAYKfgd8 antics]]. He was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors during the 2003 draft, right behind [=LeBron=] James and Carmelo Anthony, but before Dwyane Wade. Quickly emerging as one of the league's premier players, he emerged as the face and leader of the Raptors; he remains Toronto's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, double-doubles, free throws and minutes. A seven-time NBA All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist (long with Wade and James), Bosh led the Raptors to their first division title during the 2007 season, but they never made it past the first round of the playoffs, even as they overhauled the roster, prompting Bosh to sign with the Heat, with whom he finally won a championship. As a player, Bosh is particularly noted for his ability to drive to the basket and finish strong or get to the free throw line, but he's especially deadly with his trademark jump shot, thereby forcing opposing players to double-team (while with Toronto) or spread the floor (leaving Wade and James open) in response.
** During his early career with the Heat, Bosh was often viewed as little more than "That Third Guy" (the Big 2 and a half, it was once called), due to people considering him to be "soft". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmz5Y2zonUY&feature=related Even the media treated him that way]]. It took straining an abdominal during the 2012 playoffs versus Indiana that people ''finally'' started recognizing how important Bosh was to the Heat. He would later return for the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Boston and the NBA Finals with the Thunder. Sadly, it now looks more and more like his career is over, as he was found to have a blood-clot disorder during the 2015–16 season and hasn't played since. After an NBA doctor deemed Bosh's condition career-ending in 2017, the Heat released him in the offseason, retiring his #1 jersey in the process.

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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is perhaps the Heat's greatest player, a shooting guard who spent most of his career with the Heat, Miami, starting out by playing in Miami from 2003 to 2016. He then went to his hometown team, the Bulls, in 2016, briefly rejoined [=LeBron=] in Cleveland in 2017, and finally [[HesBack returned]] to the Heat in one of the Cavaliers' 2018 trade-deadline deals, retiring at the end of the 2018–19 season. Selected fifth overall out of [[UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Marquette]] during the 2003 NBA draft, [[FanNickname D-Wade]] instantly propelled 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 was one of Miami's best players (except, obviously, in his brief stints elsewhere); 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 was a constant concern, however, and old age crept along his way, but he could still score in double digits right to the end. The last two games of his career illustrated this—he first lit up the Sixers for 30 in his final regular-season home game, and then ended his career with a triple-double in Brooklyn. Retroactively, he's become known as TheRival to Dirk Nowitzki; both of Dirk's Finals appearances were against Wade, trading wins with each other, and they left the league the same year. He's also one of the few sports players [[https://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 led to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court. D-Wade is all but certain to enter the Hall of Fame in 2023.
* '''Chris Bosh''' is a power forward and center who last played for the Heat, [[MemeticMutation famous]] for his resemblance to an ostrich or a [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'avi]] and his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0RVcOKdX9Q weird]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNE2bdTOcU&feature=related on]]-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxgv66ErBao court]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOiSAYKfgd8 antics]]. He was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors during the 2003 draft, right behind [=LeBron=] James and Carmelo Anthony, but before Dwyane Wade. Quickly emerging as one of the league's premier players, he emerged as the face and leader of the Raptors; he remains Toronto's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, double-doubles, free throws and minutes. A seven-time NBA All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist (long (along with Wade and James), Bosh led the Raptors to their first division title during the 2007 season, but they never made it past the first round of the playoffs, even as they overhauled the roster, prompting Bosh to sign with the Heat, with whom he finally won a championship. As a player, Bosh is particularly noted for his ability to drive to the basket and finish strong or get to the free throw line, but he's especially deadly with his trademark jump shot, thereby forcing opposing players to double-team (while with Toronto) or spread the floor (leaving Wade and James open) in response.
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During his early career with the Heat, Bosh was often viewed as little more than "That Third Guy" (the Big 2 and a half, it was once called), due to people considering him to be "soft". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmz5Y2zonUY&feature=related Even the media treated him that way]]. It took straining an abdominal during the 2012 playoffs versus Indiana that people ''finally'' started recognizing how important Bosh was to the Heat. He would later return for the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Boston and the NBA Finals with the Thunder. As a player, Bosh is particularly noted for his ability to drive to the basket and finish strong or get to the free throw line, but he's especially deadly with his trademark jump shot, thereby forcing opposing players to double-team (while with Toronto) or spread the floor (leaving Wade and James open) in response. Sadly, it now looks more and more like his career is over, as was cut short when he was found to have a blood-clot disorder during the 2015–16 season and hasn't played since. season. After an NBA doctor deemed Bosh's condition career-ending in 2017, the Heat released him in the offseason, retiring though he fought to play again until 2019, the same year they retired his #1 jersey in the process.jersey.


* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr. J himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]] After three good seasons in Brooklyn, the aging\expensive roster combined with a lack of draft picks saw them bottom out in 2015-16 and 2016-17. They've since climbed out of the abyss, and then signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the 2019 offseason, making them potential title contenders in the near future—though Durant will miss the entire 2019–20 season to a torn Achilles. Notably one of three teams with non-white majority owners; Joseph Tsai, the Taiwanese–Canadian cofounder of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, is set to finalize his purchase of the 51% of the team he didn't already own in August 2019. He spent $2.35 billion in all to buy complete control, the highest price to date for an NBA franchise.

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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr. J himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]] After three good seasons in Brooklyn, the aging\expensive roster combined with a lack of draft picks saw them bottom out in 2015-16 and 2016-17. They've since climbed out of the abyss, and then signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the 2019 offseason, making them potential title contenders in the near future—though Durant will miss the entire 2019–20 season to a torn Achilles. Notably one of three teams with non-white majority owners; Joseph Tsai, the Taiwanese–Canadian cofounder of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, is set to finalize his purchase of the 51% of the team he didn't already own in August 2019.September 2019, pending expected league approval. He spent $2.35 billion in all to buy complete control, the highest price to date for an NBA franchise.


* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr. J himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]] After three good seasons in Brooklyn, the aging\expensive roster combined with a lack of draft picks saw them bottom out in 2015-16 and 2016-17. They've since climbed out of the abyss, and then signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the 2019 offseason, making them potential title contenders in the near future—though Durant will miss the entire 2019–20 season to a torn Achilles.

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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr. J himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]] After three good seasons in Brooklyn, the aging\expensive roster combined with a lack of draft picks saw them bottom out in 2015-16 and 2016-17. They've since climbed out of the abyss, and then signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the 2019 offseason, making them potential title contenders in the near future—though Durant will miss the entire 2019–20 season to a torn Achilles. Notably one of three teams with non-white majority owners; Joseph Tsai, the Taiwanese–Canadian cofounder of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, is set to finalize his purchase of the 51% of the team he didn't already own in August 2019. He spent $2.35 billion in all to buy complete control, the highest price to date for an NBA franchise.



* The '''Toronto Raptors''' are one of the youngest franchises in the NBA, and are the only team based in {{Canada|Eh}} - by the late 2000s they started to focus on that aspect, trading their primary color from purple to red, and coining the slogan "We the North". Started playing in 1995, the Raptors are best known for the teams that featured Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. After many stretches as TheChewToy, only in 2016, led by Kyle Lowry and [=DeMar DeRozan=], the Raptors had a major winning breakthrough in the playoffs, going all the way to the Conference Finals. Despite this, they were never good enough to beat [=LeBron=] and the Cavaliers, which reached its apex in 2018 when the Cavs swept the Raps in the second round despite the latter team having home-court advantage in their series, leading to the [[EmbarrassingNickname moniker LeBronto]]. This forced a minor rebuilding process in 2019, the centerpiece of which was trading franchise star [=DeMar DeRozan=] for former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard; the risk was worth it, as the Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship over the Milwaukee Bucks, advancing to their first-ever NBA Finals and in the process, becoming the first team/city outside the UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to win the NBA championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors (who themselves were in their fifth consecutive NBA Finals) in six games and earning Leonard his 2nd Finals MVP and NBA trophies. ''Film/JurassicPark'' not only inspired the team name, but became the nickname of Maple Leaf Square during public viewings of the team's games.

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* The '''Toronto Raptors''' are one of the youngest franchises in the NBA, and are the only team based in {{Canada|Eh}} - by the late 2000s they started to focus on that aspect, trading their primary color from purple to red, and coining the slogan "We the North". Started playing in 1995, the Raptors are best known for the teams that featured Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. After many stretches as TheChewToy, only in 2016, led by Kyle Lowry and [=DeMar DeRozan=], the Raptors had a major winning breakthrough in the playoffs, going all the way to the Conference Finals. Despite this, they were never good enough to beat [=LeBron=] and the Cavaliers, which reached its apex in 2018 when the Cavs swept the Raps in the second round despite the latter team having home-court advantage in their series, leading to the [[EmbarrassingNickname moniker LeBronto]]. This forced a minor rebuilding process in 2019, the centerpiece of which was trading franchise star [=DeMar DeRozan=] for former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard; the risk was worth it, as the Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship over the Milwaukee Bucks, advancing to their first-ever NBA Finals and in the process, becoming the first team/city outside the UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to win the NBA championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors (who themselves were in their fifth consecutive NBA Finals) in six games and earning Leonard his 2nd second Finals MVP and NBA trophies.trophies. However, the Raptors are now facing something of a rebuild following Leonard's departure for the Clippers in the 2019 offseason. ''Film/JurassicPark'' not only inspired the team name, but became the nickname of Maple Leaf Square during public viewings of the team's games.



* The '''Charlotte Hornets''' have an... [[ContinuitySnarl interesting history]]. The original Charlotte Hornets were founded in 1988 and were one of the most exciting and popular teams of the 90s. However, falling attendance, uninspired play and a souring relationship between the fans and the owner prompted the Hornets to move to New Orleans. In the aftermath of the Hornets move, the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion team for the 2004-05 season, giving the league an even 30 teams. So the Charlotte Bobcats were born. In their 10 seasons as the Bobcats, they only made the playoffs twice and became known for [[JokeCharacter some really bad basketball]].[[note]] The strike-shortened 2011-12 season saw the Bobcats log the worst winning percentage in NBA history![[/note]] In 2013, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans, thus opening the door for the Bobcats to "return" the Hornets back to Charlotte. In addition, by agreement with the NBA and the Pelicans, the team also [[RetCon regained the rights to the history and records of the original Charlotte Hornets.]] Oh yeah. The team is owned by Michael Jordan. As of the 2018–19 season, they are the only Eastern team to have yet to make the Finals.

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* The '''Charlotte Hornets''' have an... [[ContinuitySnarl interesting history]]. The original Charlotte Hornets were founded in 1988 and were one of the most exciting and popular teams of the 90s. However, falling attendance, uninspired play and a souring relationship between the fans and the owner prompted the Hornets to move to New Orleans. In the aftermath of the Hornets move, the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion team for the 2004-05 season, giving the league an even 30 teams. So the Charlotte Bobcats were born. In their 10 seasons as the Bobcats, they only made the playoffs twice and became known for [[JokeCharacter some really bad basketball]].[[note]] The strike-shortened 2011-12 season saw the Bobcats log the worst winning percentage in NBA history![[/note]] In 2013, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans, thus opening the door for the Bobcats to "return" the Hornets back to Charlotte. In addition, by agreement with the NBA and the Pelicans, the team also [[RetCon regained the rights to the history and records of the original Charlotte Hornets.]] Oh yeah. The team is owned by Michael Jordan. They were also the first NBA team with a non-white majority owner; Jordan's predecessor, founding owner Robert Johnson, is also African-American. As of the 2018–19 season, they are the only Eastern team to have yet to make the Finals.



* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' are one of two teams in Los Angeles, both of which share an arena for now. Born as the Buffalo Braves, they then became the San Diego Clippers, then moved to LA in 1984, where for a long time they became regarded as [[ButtMonkey the worst team in the league]], if not in all four major sports leagues. This was largely due to the ineptitude of longtime owner Donald Sterling, though a lack of talent (either due to draft busts or not just having All-Star talent in general) and the raving success of the crosstown Lakers didn't help matters. Things started to look up for them in the 2010s when they drafted Blake Griffin, acquired Chris Paul, and Sterling was banned from league operations thanks to his history of racist comments, giving up the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The Lob City era was born, named as such because of Paul's skillful passing and Griffin's awe-inspiring dunks, and the Clippers became perennial playoff contenders. The team's fortunes continued to improve at the end of the decade when they obtained Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and All-Star Paul George, though only time will tell if they can take the franchise past the second round for the first time. Shortly after Kawhi and PG came on board, the team announced plans to build a new arena in Inglewood next to the new stadium being built for the NFL's Rams and Chargers. The new building is set to open in 2024.

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* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' are one of two teams in Los Angeles, both of which share an arena for now. Born as the Buffalo Braves, they then became the San Diego Clippers, then moved to LA in 1984, where for a long time they became regarded as [[ButtMonkey the worst team in the league]], if not in all four major sports leagues. This was largely due to the ineptitude of longtime owner Donald Sterling, though a lack of talent (either due to draft busts or not just having All-Star talent in general) and the raving success of the crosstown Lakers didn't help matters. Things started to look up for them in the 2010s when they drafted Blake Griffin, acquired Chris Paul, and Sterling was banned from league operations thanks to his history of racist comments, giving up the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The Lob City era was born, named as such because of Paul's skillful passing and Griffin's awe-inspiring dunks, and the Clippers became perennial playoff contenders. The team's fortunes continued to improve at the end of the decade when they obtained two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and All-Star Paul George, though only time will tell if they can take the franchise past the second round for the first time. Shortly after Kawhi and PG came on board, the team announced plans to build a new arena in Inglewood next to the new stadium being built for the NFL's Rams and Chargers. The new building is set to open in 2024.



* 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. Immense luck in the lottery in 2017 and 2018 have given the Kings a beginning of a core, with De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III leading the Kings to their best season in over a decade.

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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. Incidentally, this transaction made the Kings the second NBA team with a non-white majority owner, as said entrepreneur Vivek Ranadivé is originally from India. 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. Immense luck in the lottery in 2017 and 2018 have given the Kings a beginning of a core, with De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III leading the Kings to their best season in over a decade.



* 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 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 and finishing the 2017–18 regular season with the league's best record. And then, during the 2019 offseason, they traded for Russell Westbrook, sending Chris Paul and several future draft picks to OKC. 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; obviously with Houston city's 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 and finishing the 2017–18 regular season with the league's best record. And then, during the 2019 offseason, they traded for Russell Westbrook, sending Chris Paul and several future draft picks to OKC. The most recent NBA team to have changed ownership, having been sold in the 2017 offseason for $2.2 billion.


* The '''Portland Trail Blazers''' date back to 1970 and are the former team of Clyde Drexler (who led Portland to the Finals in 1990 and '92) and Bill Walton (who won their only championship in 1977). The Blazers are also unfortunately associated with not one but TWO drafts which they passed up picking a superstar in favor of a player whose career got cut short due to injuries, Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984, and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2007. [[note]]There were legitimate basketball reasons why Portland chose the way they did, but the rest of the NBA will [[NeverLiveItDown never, ever let Portland forget]].[[/note]] In recent years, the Blazers have overcome setbacks after setbacks to try to stay competitive in the Western Conference, thanks in large part to the exploits of Damian Lillard.

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* The '''Portland Trail Blazers''' date back to 1970 and are the former team of Clyde Drexler (who led Portland to the Finals in 1990 and '92) and Bill Walton (who won their only championship in 1977). The Blazers are also unfortunately associated with not one but TWO drafts which they passed up picking a superstar in favor of a player whose career got cut short due to injuries, Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984, and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2007. [[note]]There were legitimate basketball reasons why Portland chose the way they did, but the rest of the NBA will [[NeverLiveItDown never, ever let Portland forget]].[[/note]] In recent years, the Blazers have overcome setbacks after setbacks to try to stay competitive in the Western Conference, thanks in large part to the exploits of Damian Lillard. With the moving of the [=SuperSonics=], the Blazers are the only NBA team that's actually ''in'' the Pacific Northwest.


* 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 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. Immense luck in the lottery in 2017 and 2018 have given the Kings a beginning of a core, with De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III leading the Kings to their best season in over a decade.


* Maine Red Claws (Celtics): Based in Portland, Maine, it is one of the few G League teams not directly owned by their affiliate.

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* Maine Red Claws (Celtics): Based in Portland, Maine, it is one of the few G League teams not directly Maine. The Red Claws had been an independently owned by their affiliate.team affiliated with the Celtics since 2012, however, the Celtics bought the Red Claws in July 2019.



* Texas Legends (Mavericks): Began as the Colorado 14ers in 2006, before the Mavs purchased them and relocated to the DFW city of Frisco in 2009. Also notable for being the first men's professional basketball team to hire a woman as head coach.

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* Texas Legends (Mavericks): Began as the Colorado 14ers in 2006, before the Mavs purchased them and relocated to the DFW city of Frisco in 2009. Also notable Notable for being the first men's professional basketball team to hire a woman as head coach.



* Erie [=BayHawks=] (III) (Pelicans): In October 2018, the Pelicans announced plans to launch their G League team in Birmingham, Alabama after earlier efforts to start a team in the Gulf Coast region stalled. As the team's intended home venue, Legacy Arena, requires renovations, the Pelicans are temporarily placing their team in Erie, Pennsylvania, taking over the [=BayHawks=] identity after the Hawks' G League affiliate, since branded as the Skyhawks, moves to their new arena in suburban Atlanta for the 2019-20 season as planned. The Pelicans plan to move the team to Alabama for the 2022-23 season after the arena renovations are complete.

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* Erie [=BayHawks=] (III) (Pelicans): In October 2018, the Pelicans announced plans to launch their G League team in Birmingham, Alabama after earlier efforts to start a team in the Gulf Coast region stalled. stalled, partly due to the death of Pelicans owner Tom Benson in March. As the team's intended home venue, Legacy Arena, requires renovations, the Pelicans are temporarily placing their team in Erie, Pennsylvania, taking over [[RuleOfThree becoming the [=BayHawks=] identity third team to assume the BayHawks identity]] after the Hawks' Hawks-owned G League affiliate, since branded rebranded as the Skyhawks, moves to their new arena in suburban Atlanta for the 2019-20 season as planned.season. The Pelicans plan to move the team to Alabama for the 2022-23 season after the arena renovations are complete.

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