On Friday, perhaps the best class ever will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. In tribute to the Class of 2009, here are some jaw-dropping video career highlights of the Big Three honorees, David Robinson, John Stockton and Michael Jordan.
3). David Robinson. The Admiral was a beast for the San Antonio Spurs for 14 seasons. Offensively, he was a terror facing the basket as well as playing with his back to it. On the defensive end, Robinson had surprisingly agile feet for a big man and was a superb shot blocker and rebounder. He played in 10 NBA All-Star games and won two championships.
2). John Stockton. He simply epitomized his position. Smart. Crafty. Relentless. Stockton may be the best point guard ever to play the game. He ended his historic 19-year career with the Utah Jazz as the NBA all-time leader in assists and steals. Unfortunately, Stockton never won a championship ring despite all his contributions to the sport and the league.
1). Michael Jordan. What more can be said? Because of his superior basketball skills and personal charisma, it’s hard to envision another current or future NBA player touching him as the greatest to ever lace up sneakers. His career highlights speak volumes: six NBA titles, five NBA MVP trophies, 14 All-Star appearances and one NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.