PG SG SF PF C
Chauncey Billups Sidney Moncrief Chris Mullin Dan Roundfield David Robinson
Quinn Buckner Allan Houston Bobby Jones Jack Sikma Jack Sikma
Craig Hodges Bruce Bowen Bruce Bowen Bobby Jones Raef LaFrentz
Chauncey Billups Allan Houston Raef LaFrentz Dan Roundfield
Writer, Coach, and Players Quotes with Highlight Videos!:
Popovich: "He's Nash-like: He's distributing the basketball just as well as he's scoring points when they need them," says Popovich . "He's keeping it all together, he plays D and his team exhibits unbelievable confidence in allowing him to run the whole damn thing."
Michael Jordan: "When you play against Moncrief, you're in for a night of all-around basketball. He'll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court. You just expect it."
"When God made basketball," Magic Johnson says, "He just carved Chris Mullin out and said, This is a player.' "
NBA.com: Regarded as one of the top centers of his era, if not of all time, David “the Admiral” Robinson was a marvel of a basketball player and a respected figure off the court. A lean, muscular 7-foot-1 athlete, he was fast, strong and agile.
Bruce Newman: The inside pivot is now referred to by basketball people simply as the Sikma Move, and big men are schooled in its intricacies the same way that young ballroom initiates were once taught the lindy hop.
Game 7, 78 Finals:
Curry Kirkpatrick: Bobby Jones is the perfect defensive forward for a Brown-coached team. He can run with Rick Barry and John Havlicek, jump with Julius Erving and George McGinnis, and shoot like nobody else—he has the best two-year shooting percentage in the league.
Jackie MacMullan: "Here's why Houston is so coveted: He's only 26, has good size (6'6", 200 pounds), is sound defensively, makes intelligent decisions, steers clear of trouble off the court and, despite his placid demeanor, competes ferociously. He's also locked up for another five seasons at $8 million per, an eminently reasonable sum in today's NBA . What's more, Houston has shown he can rise to the occasion. In the playoffs he has scored 20.7 points per game, 6.3 more than his career regular-season average."
Alexander Wolff: "By swapping the retired 34-year-old Dave Cowens to Milwaukee for Quinn Buckner , a first-rate 28-year-old guard, Auerbach , Boston 's president and general manager, undoubtedly improved his team—and its 63-19 record was the league's best last season. Buckner is a defensive stopper a la Don Chaney and K.C. himself"
Ray Allen: "He pulls on you, he grabs on you, he hits your elbow every time you shoot. Whenever you've got the basketball, he'll shove you--then he'll fall. He's put out on the floor to harass me. Pop [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ] knows what [ Bowen 's] doing out there: They think he's playing defense, but anybody in the league will tell you he's one guy you can't stand because of the way he's playing defense."
Raef LaFrentz Mark Bechtel: "His ability to step back and hit the three creates matchup nightmares."
Jack McCallum: "One thing is for sure: Hodges and the retired Larry Bird (who won the first three shoot-outs, in 1986, '87 and '88) have given the contest its finest moments. Hodges is the only player to have competed in all seven, holds the single-round record of 25 baskets (of 30) and made a record 19 in a row two years ago. He is truly the game's three-point king." Highlight Reel:
Awards, Achievements and Notes:
1. Chauncey Billups
05-06: All-NBA 2nd Team, All-Defense 2nd Team, All-Star, 5th in MVP voting, 1st in ORtg
Career: x1 NBA Champ, Finals MVP, 3 Time All-Star, x1 All-NBA 3rd Team, x1 All-NBA 2nd Team
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