Known as the “Round Mound of Rebound”, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Barkley had exceptional agility considering his build. Barkley – not Michael Jordan – was the top scorer for the US Olympic “Dream Team” which won gold in 1992. Barkley was the league MVP in 1993 and the All-Star Game MVP in 1991. He led the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals. in 1993 and averaged 27.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists against the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds in his career. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jordan dominated the 1990s like few players have dominated a decade in any sport. He won six NBA titles, with two hat-tricks, and was Finals MVP each time. He won four league MVP awards and seven scoring titles during the decade, despite two retirements. His 1995-96 Bulls set a league record with 72 wins. He won his last MVP award at age 35, playing every game this season en route to another NBA title. Although best known for his high-flying dunks, tongue-wagging, baggy shorts and Air Jordan shoes, he was a six-time All-Defensive First-Team selection in the ’90s. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
The man nicknamed “The Mailman”, delivered for nearly two decades in Utah with the help of point guard John Stockton. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward had the strength of a killer center and the agility of a winger. He was a two-time league MVP and twice led the Jazz to the NBA Finals. He was a first-team All-NBA selection every year of the decade. As well as his goalscoring prowess, he was capped in the first team three times while defending. He shared the All-Star Game MVP award with Stockton in 1993. He remains the NBA’s second all-time scorer with 36,928 points and is seventh in rebounds. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
The 7-foot Nigerian center is one of the best two-way players of all time in the league. He led the Houston Rockets to NBA titles in 1994 and 1995, earning Finals MVP honors each time. He was the league MVP in 1994, averaging 27.3 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. He was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in blocks, and he led the league in the category in 1990, 1991, and 1993. As an offensive player, his “Dream Shake” movement and exceptional footwork the helped shoot 51% from the field for his career. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Stockton-to-Malone duo was almost unstoppable. Stockton is the all-time leader in assists, with many of those assists going to Malone for dunks in their dreaded pick-and-roll. Stockton is also the all-time leader in steals and was one of the best defensive guards of his era. Undersized at just 6ft 1in, Stockton made up for it with tenacity, intelligence and skill. He averaged a double-double for 10 straight years in a streak, leading the league in nine assists. He played his entire 19-year career at Utah, and the Jazz made the playoffs every time. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
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