All-time NBA Superstars
members of teams ranging from the dominant Boston Celtics of
the 1950s and 1960s to the 2001 defending champion Los Angeles
Lakers, New Jersey players have made a huge impact on the National
Basketball Association (NBA).
of Famer Tommy Heinsohn was one of New Jersey's first
pro basketball stars. The Union City native won ten championships
with the Celtics. Heinsohn played on eight of the championship
teams and coached the other two.
the early 1970s, Hall of Famer Bill Bradley of the New
York Knicks won two NBA titles. Before joining the Knicks,
Bradley attended Princeton University and was one of college
basketball's all-time greats. After his playing days were
over, Bradley became a U.S. Senator for New Jersey. Bradley
ran for president in 2000 but lost to Al Gore in the Democratic
Grove's Willis Reed was captain of those New York Knicks
teams with Bradley. The Hall of Famer made one of the most
dramatic returns in NBA history. Hobbled by injury, Reed limped
onto the court for Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. While he
scored only four points, he inspired his team to victory. Reed
coached the New Jersey Nets in 1988 and was Senior Vice President
of Basketball Operations for the team.
Attles, who starred at Weequahic High School, had an
outstanding career with the Philadelphia/Golden State Warriors.
He played for the Warriors for 11 years and coached for 14
years. Attles coached the Warriors to the NBA Championship
of Famer Rick Barry, a graduate of Roselle Catholic
High School, was the playoff's Most Valuable Player during
that Warriors championship season (1974-75). The 12-time All-Star
was the only player to lead the NCAA, ABA, and NBA in scoring.
sixteen players born in
New Jersey are on NBA rosters. Born in Cherry Hill, Mike
Bibby of the Sacramento Kings is among the league's top
point guards. The Indiana Pacers' Al Harrington, who
won a state championship at St. Patrick's in Elizabeth, successfully
made the jump to the NBA straight from high school. Paterson's Tim
Thomas of the Milwaukee Bucks is one of the NBA's top sixth
there is New Jersey's most famous basketball player, Shaquille
O'Neal of the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Shaq,
who was born in Newark, has been the league's leading scorer,
NBA MVP, Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP, and Rookie of the Year.
These are just some of his many accomplishments. Shaq is recognized
as one of the most outstanding players ever to play the game.
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