An exquisite and extremely talented tier of those involved in the NBA will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame at 6:30 ET tonight. The NBA is blessed to have had these people involved in their association, and should be honored just to be in their presence. They all changed the game in many unique ways, doing what they can to make the NBA, and the world, a much better and friendlier environment. These individuals are named and explained for you.
John Stockton was an exceptionally quick player, with the best passing ability of his or anyone else's time. He was also a decent scorer. He averaged a lifetime 13.1 points, 10.5 assists, and 2.2 steals per game through his 19 season career.
He and Karl Malone combined to have the most impressive duo, scoring a combined 46.2 points per game in the 1990-91 season. The only thing that he could not accomplish in his long and successful career was to lead his team to a championship win.
Even though he made it to the finals twice, he could not finish the job, which should not slight him from being one of the best point guards to ever play. He is very worthy of this honor, and deserves all of the credit.
Even though Jerry Sloan was a decent player who averaged a lifetime 14.8 points, and 7.9 rebounds per game, he was even better at coaching. He won about 60% of the games that he coached throughout his 24 year career, and more yet to come.
He has only coached two different teams: the Chicago Bulls, and the Utah Jazz. He is a very intelligent coach who knows exactly what he is doing, and brought his team to the finals in back to back years, but sadly they could not come through either year. He had put his heart and soul into the Utah Jazz, and has played a key role in their success.
"The Admiral" is one of the best centers who has ever been in the NBA, and proved that in every one of his 14 seasons. The Naval Academy groomed a fine player in Robinson, creating a monster who averaged a lifetime 21.1 points, and 10.6 rebounds per game. He also averaged a whopping 3 blocks per game in his lifetime, which ranks among the highest ever!
He successfully led his San Antonio Spurs to two championships; one in 1999, and the other one in 2003. This upgrades his status even higher than it already was, making him one of the best to ever step on the court.
Michael Jordan, just when you think he can't suprise you anymore, he does it again. He would keep you on the edge of your chairs in every game he was in. It's almost like you could expect him to score 50 points every game, and it would be nothing.
The prestigious number 23 was arguably the best player to ever play the game. In his wondrous 15 year career, he managed to maintain an average of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.
This remarkable man played for the Chicago Bulls for 13 years, and brought them six championships, but he was not alone. He had the great supporting class, which included Dennis Rodman, and Scottie Pippen, which combined to make the best trio in basketball history. Michael Jordan was too good for his time, and was the most exciting basketball player that you could ever watch.