By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
Today we dive into the rich history of the NBA and some of the league’s greatest players. Below are 10 brief descriptions of NBA legends. How many of these players can you identify?
1. This player led North Carolina State to a national championship, became an ABA champion and once scored 73 points in a single NBA game.
2. This player won a high school state championship, an NCAA championship, five NBA championships and an Olympic gold medal. He is currently a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
3. This player starred at Southern Illinois, then helped his NBA team win league titles in 1970 and 1973. He is regarded as one of the greatest defensive guards in NBA history.
4. This player is still the NCAA career scoring leader, and he still holds the Rainbow Classic record for most points in a game (53).
5. This player had a stint with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters before he became of the NBA’s most dominant players ever.
6. This player is the only person to win the MVP Award in both the ABA and NBA.
7. This player was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s inaugural class of inductees. He was also the first commissioner of the ABA.
8. This player won 11 NBA titles and later became the first black head coach in the NBA.
9. This player won five NBA Awards, six NBA Finals MVP Awards and three NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards.
10. This player won three straight NCAA Tournament MVP Awards, then later became the oldest player to be named the NBA Finals MVP.
1. David Thompson
2. Earvin “Magic” Johnson
3. Walt Frazier
4. Pete Maravich
5. Wilt Chamberlain
6. Julius Erving
7. George Mikan
8. Bill Russell
9. Michael Jordan
10. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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