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2017 Basketball Eligibles

Allen Iverson rarely was the second best at anything. AI was always the most exciting player on the court and the most controversial player off of it. At his best he was a shot happy guard who practically carried the 76ers on his back to the NBA Finals and won the MVP that year. Three times he was he named to the First Team NBA…
A powerful force in the paint, Antonio McDyess had a very good career going until 2001 when a severe knee injury rendered him only part of the player he used to be. Prior to that, he was really coming into his own with capable blocking and boarding skills and was rewarded with his first All Star appearance and a spot on the American Dream Team.…
The winner of the NBA Three Point Shootout, a three time European Player of the Year and a three time All Star, Peja Stojakovic was part of a talented Sacramento Kings roster that was a badly officiated game from the NBA Finals. The Serbian star was an amazing shooter and was deadly from behind the arc or at the charity stripe. He was also a…
There is a lot that can be criticized about Shaquille O’Neal in terms of his desire to play at his top capacity, but it cannot be disputed that even an unmotivated Shaq was among the best of his day. It was not just his skill, but his immense size. When motivated, he was unstoppable, and he is a four time NBA Champion and former League…
The debate amongst the seven foot six, Yao Ming still continues. With his incredible size, Yao dispelled the stereotype of the supposed smaller Asian athlete, and though he was not a ferocious shot blocker, or expert rebounder, he did hold his own in those categories; something that many basketball experts claimed he would fail to do. What he was able to do was score and…
A longtime member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Zydrunas Ilgauskas brought his tall frame from Lithuania and became one of the top offensive rebounders in the league. He was also adept at blocking and at his prime pumped in a 15 point plus average and was often considered the top part of LeBron James’ supporting cast. The Lithuanian likely won’t make the Hall of Fame, but…

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  • 49. Larry Johnson
    49. Larry Johnson Here is another player more known for his college accomplishments than his pro years. Larry Johnson was the leader of the Runnin Rebels that dominated the first few years of the 90’s. An NCAA title in 1990 was followed by an undefeated year that was trumped by a huge upset by Duke in the Final Four.  Johnson was arguably the greatest…
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