Everybody loves a good homecoming story. Just ask LeBron James, who went from the being the most hated player in the NBA to being hated slightly less by the rest of the league when he went back home to Cleveland. Many pundits believed LeBron simply couldn't go anywhere else after leaving the Cavaliers and King James has already delivered one championship and could be on his way to winning back-to-back titles. But if the Cavaliers squad was made up of players solely from Cleveland, they would struggle mightily. Outside of James Posey, who's biggest claim to fame was making the All-Rookie Second Team in 2000, the city hasn't produced too many superstars. Technically speaking, LeBron is from Akron, a 45-minute drive south of Cleveland itself. As is his NBA Finals opponent, Steph Curry.
So what if each NBA team could be composed of just legends? The players of the past who forged the path to success for the like of Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony. Some cities have squads that could easily challenge the USA 1992 Olympic Dream Team, while others would struggle against the tanking Philadelphia 76ers. In fact, some cities don't have enough players to form a starting five, so some legends that were born in the surrounding areas have been included to fill out the roster. We will only be including retired players.
So with that in mind, let's take a look at some NBA rosters with just the hometown legends on the team.
29 29. Atlanta Hawks
Starting lineup: Walt Frazier, World B. Free, Chris Morris, Robert Reid, Gerald Wilkins
A Hall of Famer, seven-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion, six-time All-NBAer, the list of accolades is pretty long for Walt Frazier. Unfortunately, outside of World B. Free, the Atlanta legends team is certainly lacking in firepower. The Frazier averaged double-figures in scoring in all but two seasons in the NBA; his rookie year and his last year in the league. He was instrumental in leading the Knicks to two NBA titles, the only two championship victories in franchise history. Alongside him is the man formerly known Lloyd Bernard Free, who played for five different teams in his 14-year career. In the
Alongside him is the man formerly known Lloyd Bernard Free, who played for five different teams in his 14-year career. In the 1979-80 season, World B. Free averaged 30.2 points per game with the San Diego Clippers, while also shooting an efficient 47 percent from the field. While the rest of the squad might come up short, this dynamic duo could cause nightmares.
28 28. Boston Celtics
Starting lineup: Bill Laimbeer, Dana Barros, Ron Lee, Randell Jackson, John Amaechi
Another lineup sporting two borderline superstars, both Laimbeer and Barros were ahead of their time. Standing at 6'11", Laimbeer was one of the earliest big men to stretch the floor and shoot the three. It was only until later in his career that he began to shoot over 30 percent from downtown but he was an integral part of the squad that brought two NBA titles to Detroit in the late 1980s. While his career never took off with the Cavaliers, Laimbeer averaged a double-double while with the Pistons, scoring 13.5 points per game and grabbing 10.1 rebounds in the process.
Alongside him is sharpshooter Dana Barros, who was one of the better players of the 1990s despite standing at 5'11". His early career in Seattle was largely forgettable before he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he exploded on the court. The increase in minutes led to Barros bump up his scoring by 12.8 points in just two seasons, earning him the Most Improved Player Award as well as an NBA All-Star nod. But like Atlanta, the rest of the squad would largely struggle to hold their own if matchups fell the wrong way.
27 27. Brooklyn Nets
Starting lineup: Michael Jordan, Bernard King, Stephon Marbury, Mark Jackson, Sam Perkins
Easily the best team on this list, who knows how many NBA titles they could've won, even if Michael Jordan still took a brief hiatus to play baseball. Collectively, the starting lineup accounts for 21 All-Star selections and 17 All-NBA nods and could probably challenge the Golden State Warriors in a highly entertaining seven-game series. Having the best player in NBA history certainly helps but the roster is stacked with talent at every position. With so many weapons on the floor, it would be incredibly hard to stop a team like this.
Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson runs the point and should have no problem finding scorers considering he averaged 12.3 assists per game in the 1996-97 season with the Denver Nuggets. Michael Jordan's six rings and five MVP awards really speak for themselves and fellow Hall of Famer Bernard King can handle almost anything inside. He averaged double figures in scoring in all but two seasons, with his 32.9 points per game in the 1984/85 season still amazing fans today.
26 26. Charlotte Hornets
Starting lineup: Bobby Jones, Jeff McInnis, Eugene Kennedy, Haywoode Workman, Junior Burrough
It's fairly safe to say that Charlotte, North Carolina isn't exactly a breeding ground for NBA talent. Sure, it was the home of Steph Curry while he went to high school and who knows if his brother Seth, who was actually born in Charlotte, will become an all-time great NBA player. But one player who certainly stands out from the rather mediocre crowd is Bobby Jones, who played for the Denver Nuggets then made a name for himself with the Philadelphia 76ers. Jones was named to the NBA All-Defensive team 11 times and was an efficient scorer inside. He finished his career with a 55 percent field goal percentage and ranked first in effective field goal percentage for three consecutive years.
A stalwart on the defensive end, Jones was crucial to the success of the 76ers as they took home the Larry O'Brien trophy in 1983. The 6'9" forward averaged 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game while also shooting 85 percent from the free throw line. But perhaps the most impressive statistic is that he led the NBA in defensive box plus-minus for three consecutive years. While the rest of the Charlotte squad is essentially filler, Jones knew how to get it done on the court.
25 25. Chicago Bulls
Starting lineup: Tim Hardaway, Isiah Thomas, Doc Rivers, Nick Anderson, Antoine Walker
Another contender for best squad, this Chicago squad certainly doesn't lack firepower. One of the most well-rounded guards to step onto an NBA court was Isiah Thomas, a two-time NBA champion and twelve-time NBA All-Star. He remains one of the few players in NBA history to play for one team his entire career. The 6'1" guard was a dynamic scorer but could distribute the ball just as well, averaging 13.9 assists in the 1984-85 season. Alongside him is Tim Hardaway who earned himself five selections to the NBA All-Star game. He spent six seasons with the Warriors and six with the Miami Heat, averaging 18.6 points and 8.6 assists per game over the twelve year period.
An elite three-point shooter, Nick Anderson was a key part of the Orlando Magic team that made six consecutive playoff appearances with Shaquille O'Neal. While he was never named and All-Star or got much recognition, Anderson shot 36 percent from behind the arc while attempting just under four shots from downtown per game.
24 24. Cleveland Cavaliers
Starting lineup: Charles Oakley, Earl Boykins, James Posey, Clark Kellogg, Neal Walk
An intriguing lineup containing one of the biggest and toughest players in NBA history alongside one of the shortest players to step onto an NBA court. Charles Oakley, whose most recent claim to fame was, unfortunately, a courtside altercation with the Knicks security staff, was ironically an enforcer for the Knicks in the late 1980s and early 90s. The 6'8" forward played much bigger than his frame, averaging 10.4 points and 10 rebounds while playing in New York. Oakley was tenacious on the boards and led the NBA in defensive rebound percentage from 1986 to 1988, a streak that started in his sophomore year in the league.
Next to Oakley is Earl Boykins and Clark Kellogg. Standing at 5'5", Boykins was one of the shortest players to play in the NBA but never let it stop him from performing. Between 2004 and 2007, Boykins averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists off the bench for Denver and was key to multiple playoff appearances. Kellogg meanwhile looked to have a promising career, averaging 20.1 points per game in his rookie year. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him but it didn't stop Kellogg from leaving his mark on the game.
23 23. Dallas Mavericks
Starting lineup: Grant Hill, Willie Naulls, Spudd Webb, Greg Ostertag, Ricky Pierce
This Dallas Mavericks squad could've given the 2011 NBA champions a run for their money. With a healthy Grant Hill in the mix, anything is possible. Hill's career was plagued by injury and he only featured in all 82 regular season games once in his career. But in his six seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Hill averaged 21.6 points per game along with 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists. To his credit, the seven-time All-Star bounced back from a serious ankle injury to continue scoring in double figures until his last season in the league.
Like Earl Boykins, 5'6' guard Spudd Webb made his presence known in spite of his height. Best known for his dunk contest performances, Webb was also a phenomenal shooter, knocking down an NBA-best 93 percent of his shots from the free throw line in the 1994-95 season. On the wing is Willie Naulls, a relatively unknown player who won three consecutive championships with the Boston Celtics in the mid-60s. Naulls really shined with the Knicks, where he spent seven seasons averaging just under 20 points per game.
22 22. Denver Nuggets
Starting lineup: Chauncy Billups, Darrick Martin, Michael Ruffin, Nick Fazekas, Kaniel Dickens
According to Basketball Reference, a total of just 18 NBA players have come out of the entire state of Colorado, with only seven players coming out of the city of Denver. And this Nuggets team can thank M. and Mrs Billups for Chauncey being born in the state capital, otherwise this team would struggle. An NBA champion with the 2004 "Bad Boy" Pistons, Billups was named an All-Star five times and earned his nickname "Mr Big Shot" by coming through in the clutch on numerous occasions. His best season came in 2005-06, when he averaged 18.5 points per game and 8.6 assists while shooting 43 percent from behind the arc.
While Billups never led the NBA in any major statistical category, his ability to contribute on both ends of the floor ensured that he was selected to the All-Defensive team twice in his career. He was also one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA, finishing his career knocking down 89 percent of his attempts from the line. As previously mentioned, the rest of the side is largely forgettable, so good luck to Mr Big Shot with carrying this team.
21 21. Detroit Pistons
Starting lineup: George Gervin, Jalen Rose, B.J. Armstrong, Chris Webber, Steve Smith
They might not be the best team on this list but certainly among the toughest. Not only was Detroit the birthplace of both Jalen Rose and Chris Webber from the "Fab Five" from the University of Michigan, but it was also home to George "Iceman" Gervin. The Hall of Famer was named an All-Star 12 times in his career and never averaged less than 14 points per game throughout his career. In the 1978-79 season, he averaged an astounding 29.6 points per game, quite the feat considering the NBA hadn't introduced the three-point line yet.
While they may not be on the best of terms now, Jalen Rose and Chris Webber both had respectable careers in the NBA. Rose bounced around the league before exploding in Chicago in the post-Jordan era. Webber meanwhile became one the most dominant big men in the game despite only standing at 6'9". His best season came with the Kings as he averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds and he was an integral part of their playoff runs in the early 2000s.
20 20. Golden State Warriors
Starting lineup: Gary Payton, Paul Pierce, Brian Shaw, Cliff Robinson, Isaiah Rider
A lineup consisting nearly exclusively of Hall of Fame talent. Outside of Isaiah Rider, the other four players are almost locks for Springfield. The most recent to call time on his career was Paul Pierce, who finished his career with the Clippers after successfully bringing an NBA title to the city of Boston in 2008. In the 2001-02 season, he led the league in points and was one of the most versatile players of the 2000s.
Running point for the Oakland-based squad is Gary Payton, known as one of the best defenders in NBA history. He is one of the few guards to take home the Defensive Player of the Year Award and was named an All-Star nine times in his career. In the 1995-96 season, he averaged a league-best 2.9 steals per game, a stat very few players have come close to topping. Rounding out the lineup is Brian Shaw and Cliff Robinson; the former a three-time champion with the Lakers and the latter a rebounding extraordinaire.
19 19. Houston Rockets
Starting lineup: Emeka Okafor, Stephen Jackson, Daniel Gibson, T.J. Ford, Dwight Jones
When it comes to ranking some of the best players to be drafted out of the second round, Stephen Jackson ranks amongst the best. "Captain Jack" never played more than four seasons with any one team but had his best years with the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 19.4 points on 41 percent shooting with the Dubs. He won a title in 2003 with San Antonio and later returned to the team in the twilight of his career in pursuit of another ring.
Inside the paint is Emeka Okafor, a player who is reportedly looking to make a return to the NBA next season. Drafted second in the 2004 NBA Draft, Okafor immediately made a name for himself by dominating the boards and scoring inside. In his first year out of college he averaged 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds, earning him Rookie of the Year honors. The final key player for this Rockets squad is Daniel "Boogie" Gibson. While he only had a short seven-year stint in the league, Gibson cemented himself as a bonafide threat from behind the arc, shooting an efficient 40 percent from downtown for his entire career.
18 18. Indiana Pacers
Starting lineup: George McGinnis, Louis Dampier, Dick van Arsdale, Randy Wittman, Mike Woodson
More than likely the oldest lineup, the Indianapolis lineup features both Randy Wittman and Mike Woodson, players who are more recognizable for their coaching exploits than their time on the court as players. But even without these two coaches, Hall of Famers George McGinnis, Louie Dampier and three-time All-Star Dick van Arsdale are more than capable of carrying the team forward. McGinnis won two ABA titles with his hometown Pacers and won the MVP award for the 1974-75 season. Over a three-year period, he averaged 21.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, all without a three-point line.
Fellow Hall of Famer Louie Dampier was a phenomenal shooter with the ABA and took was named an All-Star seven times in his career. In his first three seasons playing as a professional, he averaged 23.9 points per game and shot 82 percent from the free throw line. Finally Dick van Arsdale could be the defensive stopper on the team after he was named to the 1973/74 All-Defensive Team; making 1.2 steals per game while still averaging 17.8 points per game.
17 17. Los Angeles Lakers/Clippers
Starting lineup: Michael Cooper, Gail Goodrich, Baron Davis, Gilbert Arenas, Andre Miller
While this Los Angeles squad looks fairly potent, problems will inevitably arise when Michael Cooper realizes that he's the tallest player on the team at 6'5". But this team will have no problem scoring the basketball with three explosive scorers. Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich headlines the team, having won a NBA title with the Lakers in 1972. He was named an All-Star five times in his career and averaged 23.5 points per game between 1972 and 1976. Alongside him is another Lakers legend in Michael Cooper, who won five NBA titles in an eight-year period in the 1980s. While he was never a regular starter with the squad, Cooper was integral off the bench in facilitating the offense and defending the opponent's best player.
Both Baron Davis and Gilbert Arenas proved themselves in the 2000s as two of the most explosive players in the NBA. While they only have five All-Star selections between them, they were both crucial in playoff runs for their respective teams. In the 2002 playoffs, Davis averaged 3.6 steals per game while also pouring in 22.6 points per night. Arenas meanwhile averaged 34 points per game in the 2006 playoffs, an incredible feat considering he attempted 23 shots per game. Finally rounding out the team is Andre Miller, probably the best alley-oop passer in NBA history.
16 16. Memphis Grizzlies
Starting lineup: Anfernee Hardaway, Rich Jones, Johnny Neumann, Rick Roberson, Bingo Smith
Unfortunately for Memphis, the most relevant players to come out of the city are still currently playing in the NBA. For now, their legends squad is certainly a let-down outside of Anfernee Hardaway, commonly known as Penny Hardaway. One of the most dynamic players in NBA history, Penny paved the way for the likes of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. He could play almost any position outside of center and was equally adept in scoring as he was in distributing the ball. Throughout his six seasons in Orlando, Hardaway averaged 19 points along with 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.
One of the best players to never win an NBA title, Hardaway was named to four All-Star teams and three All-NBA squads. The rest of the team falls rather flat in comparison, with Rich Jones the only other player to be named to an All-Star team. Outside of Rick Roberson, the other players managed to average double-digits in scoring but were never substantial players on their respective teams.
15 15. Miami Heat
Starting lineup: Anthony Mason, Otto Moore, Rich Peek, Ricky Blanton, Doug Edwards
Talk about a one-man band. Without Anthony Mason on the court, this team really has no hope of even scoring a basket. And that's putting it nicely because Mason was known to be a defensive stopper and was never the focal point of the offense until his time with the Charlotte Hornets. The 6'7" wing was named to just one All-Star game in his career, which was strangely his only season with the Miami Heat. While with the Charlotte Hornets he averaged 13.4 points and 10 rebounds per game and he led them to three brief playoff appearances in the late 1990s.
In 1997 he was named to the NBA All-Defensive team after averaging one steal per game but also 11.4 rebounds a night. Outside of Mason, this Miami team really doesn't stand a chance against many modern NBA sides. Rich Peek, Ricky Blanton, and Doug Edwards never managed more than five points per game and were likely passengers on their teams and not contributors on the court.
14 14. Milwaukee Bucks
Starting lineup: Latrell Sprewell, Carl Landry, Terry Porter, Chris Mihm, Don Kojis
Another team that would probably be among the worst in the NBA if they competed with the other teams on this list. With probably one of the most recognizable names in the NBA, Latrell Sprewell would be needed to take on the offensive load while still defeding the opponent's best player. During his six seasons with the Warriors, Sprewell averaged 20.1 points along with 2.7 steals which helped him earn All-Defensive honors in 1994. He was an explosive scorer who was rather mediocre from behind the arc, meaning most of his points came from mid-range and inside the paint.
At the other forward spot is Carl Landry, a prototypical NBA big man but in a much smaller body. Landry was waived by the 76ers in 2016 but was a key member of the Rockets and Kings in his prime. He played much bigger than his 6'9" frame but developed a mid-range jumper later in his career. While he never averaged more than six rebounds for an entire season, Landry was undoubtedly one of the toughest players of the early 2010s.
13 13. Minnesota Timberwolves
Starting lineup: Devean George, Don Carlson, Jim Peterson, Royce White, Tony Jaros
Devean George isn't exactly a household name, even amongst the craziest NBA fans. Few will remember him on the Kobe-Shaq led Lakers who won three straight NBA titles, probably because he averaged less than six points off the bench. But still, Devean George has three more rings than Patrick Ewing, Elgin Baylor, and Charles Barkley combined. Quite the feat. Alongside him is another name who won two titles with the Minneapolis Lakers, Don Carlson. In just his rookie season, Carlson averaged 10.7 points per game with Chicago Stags and other than that there really isn't much to the guy.
Finally Royce White makes the squad for having an impressive collegiate career followed by an almost non-existent NBA career. He wasn't sidelined due to injury but rather a fear of flying, which ensured that he only appeared in three NBA games before being released by the Sacramento Kings. At Iowa State, White showed that he had all the tools necessary to develop into a great NBA player. He could score, rebound and distribute the ball but it wasn't meant to be for the Minneapolis native.
12 12. New Orleans Pelicans
Starting lineup: Clyde Drexler, Danny Granger, Avery Johnson, Robert Pack, Aaron James
Finally a team worthy of challenging for a title, this New Orleans squad nearly has the perfect mix of players. The biggest superstar on the team is Clyde Drexler, who likely would've won an NBA title with the Portland Trail Blazers if it wasn't for Michael Jordan. While he later got a ring with the Houston Rockets, he's remembered fondly for his time in Rip City. One of the best all-round players to play the game, "Clyde the Glide" averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per night. Drexler was one of the most durable players in the NBA and ranked inside the top ten in nearly every statistical category at some point in his career. Behind him is Avery Johnson, who was a key contributor one
Behind him is Avery Johnson, who was a key contributor on the 1999 San Antonio side that took home the Larry O'Brien trophy. While he was never the biggest scorer, Johnson's IQ led to him disrupting defenses and eventually earning himself head coaching gigs later in his career with Dallas and Brooklyn. Finally Danny Granger rounds out the squad, a player who was widely regarded as the foil to LeBron in the late-2000s. While his career was later derailed by injuries, his ability to score earned him an All-Star call-up in 2009.
11 11. New York Knicks
Starting lineup: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Cousy, Chris Mullin, Nate Archibald, Brendan Haywood
The Big Apple rarely disappoints and this team is no exception. With four out of the five starters already in the Hall of Fame, this squad should be favorites to win any title put before them. The squad boasts an incredible 43 All-Star selections between them and 36 All-NBA nods. Holding down the middle is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who once averaged 34.8 points and 16.6 rebounds per game for an entire season. He won a total of six NBA titles, five with the Lakers and one with the Bucks in just his second year in the league. Running point is Nate "Tiny" Archibald, who was a dominant force before an Achilles injury slowed him down. Astonishingly, Archibald held the record for most points and assists in a single season before James Harden broke the record this year.
Chris Mullin and Bob Cousy are the other two Hall of Famers on the squad with both proving to be potent scorers. Cousy, who's a six-time champion, led the league in assists for eight consecutive seasons. Mullin meanwhile was a workhorse on both ends of the floor and played just under 1,000 games in his career. He spent 13 seasons with the Golden State Warriors and averaged 20.1 points per game on 51% shooting, an incredibly high number considering he was predominantly an outside shooter.
10 10. Oklahoma City Thunder
Starting lineup: Ron Boone, Daniel Orton, Shelden Williams, Tracey Moore, Mike Farmer
Ron Boone might have a rather generic name but his career was anything but. The 6'2" guard was named to four All-Star teams in his career and also was an integral part of the team who took home the 1971 title. During his prime, he averaged 23.2 points per game despite picking up around three fouls per game. While he isn't a household name like some other players from the same era, Boone was one of the best scorers to play.
Alongside him is Daniel Orton, who many touted to be the heir to Dwight Howard in Orlando. Little did the Magic know that Howard would pack up his bags so soon, forcing Orton to be thrown into the starting lineup prematurely. His time in the spotlight didn't last long as he bounced between three different teams in his short three-year career. Looks like this Thunder team would be crushed by the squad they have today.
9 9. Orlando Magic
Starting lineup: Chris Johnson, Darryl Dawkins, Chucky Atkins, Tracy McGrady, Amar'e Stoudemire
One of the few teams to actually have less than five players be born in the city of Orlando, the Magic only have a decent team because of McGrady and Stoudemire's inclusion from out of town. While Darryl Dawkins was a legend in his own right, he was never an offensive juggernaut. But that doesn't mean he didn't have a successful career with the 76ers and later the Nets. The big man averaged 12 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game and was a quick defender despite his 6'11" frame. Next to him is Chucky Atkins, who played for eight different teams in his 14-year career. His best season came with the Lakers in 2004-05, where he averaged 13.6 points while starting all 82 games in the regular season.
As previously mentioned both McGrady and Stoudemire weren't technically born in Orlando; T-Mac is from Bartow and Stoudemire from Lake Wales. But their inclusion in the team makes the substantially more potent on both ends of the floor. While Amar'e was never known to be a great defender, he was one of the most explosive offensive players of the 2000s. Before his injuries sidelined him in New York, he formed one of the deadliest pick-and-roll tandems of all time with Steve Nash. McGrady's accomplishments do the speaking for him; Hall of Fame inductee, seven-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA.
8 8. Philadelphia 76ers
Starting lineup: Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Rasheed Wallace, Earl Monroe, Paul Arizin
A city that's rich with American history is also rich with NBA talent. With ten NBA championships between them, this 76ers team is the antithesis of the current squad. Never one to back down from a challenge, the word "tanking" isn't in the vocabulary of Kobe Bryant. The 18-time All-Star is widely regarded as the best shooting guard to play, not named Michael Jordan. While Kobe was a juggernaut on offense, his efforts on the defensive end are often forgotten by fans. Kobe was selected to the All-Defensive team an astounding 12 times, a figure which flew under the radar for the majority of his career.
From a future Hall of Famer to one of the most iconic players of all time, Wilt Chamberlain's stats never cease to amaze fans who look back on him. In his first five years in the league, Chamberlain averaged 41.7 points per game along with 25.3 rebounds. While the game was certainly different during this era, there's no denying his profound impact on the league in it's infant years. Finally, one of the most recognizable players to step on the court, Rasheed "Ball Don't Lie" Wallace. The big man won the 2004 title with the Bad Boy Pistons but many forget that Wallace still averaged 20 points per night with the Hawks before joining Detroit.
7 7. Phoenix Suns
Starting lineup: Mark Alarie, Steve Colter, Ron Davis, Bernard Thompson, Sean Elliot
Another squad with less than five retired players to be born in the city, this Suns squad could rival the Charlotte Bobcats for the lowest winning percentage in a season. Outside of Sean Elliot, who was actually born in Tucson and not Phoenix itself, the squad's best player is Mark Alarie, who averaged 7.5 points per game on an impressive 48 percent from the field. The 6'8" forward had a successful college career in Duke, scoring 16.1 points per game while grabbing 6.3 rebounds a night but couldn't translate that success to the NBA.
An NBA champion witht he 1999 San Antonio squad, Sean Elliot is easily the best player to come out of Arizona. He was named an All-Star twice in his career and is one of the few players to have only featured for one franchise in his career. Elliot was crucial to the passing of the torch from David Robinson to Tim Duncan but still found a way to hold his own despite the two legends. In the 1995-96 season, he averaged 20 points per game while shooting an impressive 41 percent from three. Elliot developed into a sharpshooter, knocking down 43 percent of his three-pointers in his final season with the Spurs.
6 6. Portland Trail Blazers
Starting lineup: A.C. Green, Damon Stoudamire, Chic Vaughn, Mike Newlin, Dave Gambee
A decent squad featuring a three-time NBA champion who might not make the Hall of Fame but was still instrumental in his team's success. A.C. Green won his first two titles with the Lakers in the late-1980s before returning for his third ring with the team in 2000. While he was never a fantastic scorer, Green's length and quickness allowed him to be one of the better defenders of his time. He was named 1988-89 All-Defensive team and averaged just under a steal per game in throughout his first eight seasons in the league. While he'll never be held in the same regard as Kobe or Shaq, he was still a serviceable third option for the Lakers.
An efficient shooter from behind the arc, Damon Stoudamire enjoyed a strong eight seasons for his hometown Portland Trail Blazers before bouncing between a number of teams prior to retiring. He was deservingly named Rookie of the Year in 1996 after averaging 19 points and 9.3 assists per game and led the Trail Blazers to the playoffs just two seasons later. Never afraid to let it fly from deep, Stoudamire recorded three seasons where he attempted five or more three-pointers per game. To put things in perspective, Curry didn't eclipse that mark until his fourth year in the league.
5 5. Sacramento Kings
Starting lineup: Kevin Johnson, Jim Eakins, Darnell Hillman, Mel Hutchins, John Greig
It's not often a top 10 draft pick gets traded away by his team less than two seasons into his time with them, but that's exactly what happened to Kevin Johnson. Drafted seventh by the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was shipped to the Phoenix Suns where his career exploded. Johnson went on to average 17.9 points per game and grabbed 9.1 rebounds, a ridiculous number considering he was a point guard who stood at a meagre 6'1". Johnson was never an adept three-point shooter, only knocking down 31 percent of his shots for his career.
But he still found ways to score at the rim, scoring on more than half of his shots from inside the arc. He was named an All-Star three times and joined the All-NBA team on five occasions but was never able to bring a title to Phoenix. He went on to later serve as the 55th Mayor of Sacramento but was most recently hit with a pie to the face. Literally.
4 4. San Antonio Spurs
Starting lineup: Michael Doleac, David Wesley, Bo Outlaw, Jeff Foster, Courtney Fortson
Even under the legendary Gregg Popovich, this team would probably struggle to make the playoffs. Out of the five players on the roster, only Courtney Fortson and Jeff Foster played on less than two teams throughout their respective careers. Even then, Fortson played on two different teams in a short two-year career. But the best player of the bunch is easily Michael Doleac, who was named to the 1999 All-Rookie team and was a member of the Miami Heat squad who took home the 2006 NBA title. Throughout the playoffs, Doleac averaged nine minutes per game and scored a total of 16 points en route to earning a ring.
The only other notable player is David Wesley, who averaged 14.4 points per game across a nine year period. Despite being in the starting lineup for the majority of his career, Wesley didn't have any stats that stood out and was never a fantastic distributor.
3 3. Toronto Raptors
Starting lineup: Rick Fox, Jamaal Magloire, Leo Rautins....
Of the nine players to come out of Toronto and feature in the NBA, five are still active in the league. And while he has enjoyed success overseas with Fenerbahce, Anthony Bennett won't be making this list. The most well-known player to come out of Toronto is Rick Fox, a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers. Of the 58 playoff games from 2000 to 2003, Fox started in 35 of them, averaging just under 10 points per game while shooting 33 percent from downtown. Fox has now successfully made himself into a viable commentator for a variety of outlets.
Alongside him is Jamaal Magloire, a big man who peaked early and was named an All-Star in just his fourth year in the league. Magloire averaged 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game that season but the call-up was a curse in disguise. The 6'11" big man would go on to play a full 82 game season just once after that and bounced between a number of teams before retiring at 33.
2 2. Utah Jazz
Starting lineup: Travis Knight, Ariel Maughan, Pace Mannion, Jeff Judkins, Britton Johnsen
If you've made it this far and can still recognize some of the players on this list, well done. Another city which has struggled to produce NBA talent, Salt Lake City has seen just 21 players go on to play at the highest level. The best of the bunch was Travis Knight, a big man who featured on the Lakers side who won the 2000 NBA title. While he was never the flashiest player, he did well to score 4.8 points and grab 4.5 rebounds per night in his rookie year, while player just 16 minutes per game. Unfortunately for Knight his role was further reduced when the Lakers made the playoffs but he'll still go down in history as an NBA champion.
Alongside him are a myriad of players who featured on a number of different teams. While Ariel Maughan, Pace Mannion, Jeff Judkin and Britton Johnsen never had the biggest numbers or made the flashiest plays, their respective Per 36 numbers are still respectable. If they had gotten their chance to perform, who knows how we would see them now.
1 1. Washington Wizards
Starting lineup: Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Adrian Dantley, Roger Mason, John Thompson
Featuring four Hall of Famers, this Washington squad would be a competitive matchup for Michael Jordan's Brooklyn Nets. With Elgin Baylor, an 11-time All-Star and 10-time All-NBA player running the point, the Wizards shouldn't have any problem scoring the ball. Baylor never had the greatest assist numbers, at best he 5.4 per game in the 1968/69 season. But he had a strange knack for grabbing rebounds, averaging 13.5 per game for his career.
Fellow Hall of Famers Dave Bing and Adrian Dantley both averaged over 20 points per game but neither were able to bring home an NBA title. Bing spent the majority of his career with the Detroit Pistons and led the league in free throw and free throw attempts in the 1970-71 season. Dantley also had a similar knack for getting to the charity stripe as he led the league in free throws in four separate seasons. While the pair do damage inside, Roger Mason is more than capable of knocking down the three from outside having shot 38 percent from downtown for his career.
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