Basketball Guards

Basketball Guards lead the charge down the court. Guards often call the plays and direct the rest of the team. Guard greats included Jordan, Magic, Gervin, Robertson and Stockton.

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Bill Sharman was the first NBA player to make 50 consecutive free throws. Not only that -- he played pro baseball for five years, too. Read more about Bill Sharman and his basketball career.

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When Pete Maravich was at the top of his game he was smoking out an outrageous 50-points a night. He retired in 1980 and completely withdrew from the public spotlight. He died at the age of 40 in 1988. Read more about the rise and fall of Pete Maravich.

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Tom Gola set an NCAA career rebounding record (2201) that has never been matched. He was a five time NBA All-Star and retired in 1966. He was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame in 1975. Learn more this five-time NBA All-Star and his career averages.

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Michael Jordan is considered to be the greatest basketball player who ever lived. He captured 10 NBA scoring crowns and six NBA titles during his legendary career -- there's really no other player like him.

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Jerry West's coaching has made him a mainstay in the NBA -- he played in nine NBA Finals and 14 All-Star Games as a guard for the Lakers. Learn more about Jerry West's 30-year NBA career.

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Bob Davies's sleight of hand earned him the nickname "the Harrisburg Houdini." He retired in 1955 and had career averages of 3.7 points and 4.9 assists in 10 pro seasons. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1969.

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Clyde Drexler soared into an NBA career in 1983 that would bring him fame, fortune and an NBA championship ring. His best season came in 1991-92 where he averaged 25.0 points and led the Blazers in assists.

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Austin Carr put a football landmark -- the University of Notre Dame -- on the basketball map. However, his professional career never matched his college years because of nagging injuries and playing with weak teams.

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Bob Cousy's sleight-of-hand routines earned him nicknames like "the Houdini of the Hardwood." His signature move was a behind-the-back dribble that allowed him to instantly change directions. Read about this Hall of Fame basketball player.

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John Stockton is one of three players to pass for more than 1000 assists in a season. Though not a flashy player, Stockton often acted as team leader while on the court. Learn more about John Stockton's award-winning NBA career.

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After a fantastic college career and relatively brief time in the majors during the late 1970s and early '80s, David Thompson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. Learn more about his technique and career.

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Dave Bing was one of the first players to blend athletic ability with textbook basketball skills. He scored a career high 54 points in a single game and led the Detroit Pistons in scoring for nine seasons. Read about this Hall of Fame basketball player.

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