Basketball is an immensely popular game. It’s watched, enjoyed, and played in a lot of different countries. The game’s birthplace, America, is where it is most popular, though. It’s also worth noting that some of the sport’s most talented players are from there, too.
If you are a fan of basketball, then you probably already know that studying the game style of the sport’s leading figures is an extremely effective way of improving your own skill at it.
In this post, you will find information about seven players who have left an indelible mark on the sport, mainly because of their remarkable styles of playing.
Allen Iverson is a basketball legend. His self-attributed nickname was ‘The Answer’ because many believe he considered himself to be one of the best basketballers to have ever lived. The name endured because people shared his belief he was the ‘answer’ to the sport. In 2008, ESPN named Allen Iverson the fifth greatest shooting guard in basketball history. After he retired, he became a coach. He no longer plays, but still regularly features in basketball video games and media. He likely would have continued playing had he not fallen out with his team.
Michael Jordan is without a doubt one of basketball’s most famous names. Not only was he an incredibly successful player, but he also managed to launch an iconic range of sneakers that are still worn and adored to this day. New variants and models of the Jordan trainer come out on a yearly basis. Some antique ones can sell for thousands, sometimes tens of. The reason that Michael Jordan became so iconic was because of his domineering game style, which endeared him to fans, coaches, and teammates.
LeBron James is certainly up there with Michael Jordan. In fact, he is arguably just as good as Michael Jordan. Many fans of the sport would even go as far as to say that he was better. The topic of whether or not LeBron James is just as good or better than Michael Jordan is a regular source of debate for people who take the sport very seriously. All you need to do is to watch some of his highlights on YouTube or a video streaming platform, and you will quickly see why this is. He too has his own line of sneakers.
Kobe Bryant was a legend whose life was cut short a few years ago in a tragic helicopter accident. Kobe was and still is, adored by fans. He was charming, charismatic, and an incredible player. Kobe Bryant’s play style was incredibly domineering. He was also a very technical, skilled player. He, like many of his contemporaries and forebears listed here, is regularly featured in video games and in basketball media. If you are interested in adopting a very aggressive playstyle, then Bryant’s is one that’s worth checking out. However, due to its technicality, it may be difficult for you to pick it up.
Shaquille O’Neal is a beloved basketballer. He is instantly recognizable because of his immense height and intimidating figure. However, his huge statute belies a gentleness that’s seldom seen in men of his stature. As one might expect from a player of such incredible size, Shaquille O’Neal was an indomitable force in basketball. He could also move very quickly. Because of his fantastic talent and commitment to the sport, he is one of its richest players. He also has his own shoes. What makes his shoes different from LeBron and Michael Jordan’s is that they are budget shoes, designed for people on low incomes.
Magic Johnson, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, is another of the sport’s most talented players. He is arguably one of the best, too. Magic was a point guard and played 13 seasons in the NBA. Unfortunately, a lot of young basketball fans have absolutely no idea who he is because of his age and how long ago it was that he was active. In spite of this, he is still featured in a lot of forms of basketball media and is adored by older fans who were alive at the time that he was playing and leaving an indelible mark on the game.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
It would be impossible to have a list of basketball’s greatest without mentioning Kareem Abdul Jabbar, also of the Los Angeles Lakers. Originally from New York, Jabbar work his way up through the sport, starting at the high school level, and then playing for various teams until he finally became a fixture of the LA Lakers. It is his time in the LA Lakers that he is best known for. Jabbar, like the others here, frequently features in basketball media and games.
Basketball is a great sport, but it wouldn’t be half as popular if it weren’t for the names mentioned here today. The individuals listed in this post have helped to mold and shape the sport into something that’s adored all over the world.