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Up to now, the NBA has officially entered the eighth decade. This tournament has never lacked the top stars of world basketball, even though the starting point is merely the National Basketball Federation.
Late 1940s – 50s: George Mikan
NBA was formed based on the merger between the two biggest basketball management organizations in North America at that time, the NBA and ABA. The NBA was born in 1947, and still exists in parallel with it is still the ABA. The brightest star of this era is Mikan – number 99 of the Minneapolis Lakers – who helped the L.A Laker’s predecessor team get five consecutive championships. His influence was enormous because, with early basketball, Mikan was able to play in many positions and score many points.
The 1950s – Late 60s: Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain
This period was the dominance of the Boston Celtics with 11 championships in 15 years. The legendary roster was played together for a very long time and there was not much change. Contributing to the success of that championship is none other than Bill Russell – who holds the record 11 times NBA championship as a player. Against him are Wilt Chamberlain of San Francisco / Philadelphia Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers – who still holds a record 100 points in a match. In addition, it can be said that Jerry West, a great PG – the only person ever to win the MVP Finals title even when his team lost in the NBA Finals.
The 70s: Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Famous striker Lew Alcindor leaves the Milwaukee Bucks for the L.A Lakers with the back of two NBA championships. His role at this point is not very clear, partly because the quality of the NBA at this stage has dropped to alarming levels following the US team’s defeat to the Soviet Union at the 1972 Olympics. Note like Julius “Dr.J” Erving or Bill Walton is really only worth mentioning in the second half of the 70s.
The 1980s: Magic Johnson – Larry Bird
Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry “Legend” Bird entered the NBA in the late 70s and 80s, with three meetings in the NBA Finals enough to speak the impact of the duo “saving the tournament. “Hey. Two opposing personalities have a strong impact on two rival teams, each with their own success and enough to bring the NBA back to its original position. In addition, the 1980s also noted another player, which was Isiah Thomas – the talented captain of the Detroit Pistons.
The 90s: Michael Jordan
With an impact from many aspects, basketball and especially American basketball has spread around the world, and of course “the king of basketball” is Michael Jordan. What he did to popularize the tournament followed in the footsteps of the Bird – Magic of the last decade and ushered in the commercialization of basketball with super-lucrative deals. Apparently, Mike and the NBA won both on the field and in the marketplace.
The 2000s: Kobe – Shaq
The 5-ring champion and 1 MVP, who has 4 championship rings and 2MVP, the scary Kobe-Shaq pair brings all the emotions and joys to the post-Jordan NBA. From friends together winning 3 championships in a row, to off-field trouble and enmity to eventually heal old friendships. Tim Duncan with three championships and mature style or Allen Iverson with skillful reversals are other highlights of this decade.
It is not too difficult to choose the top 10, top 20 best players in the past 10 years, but the top best players in the NBA in the past 10 years, the following three names cannot be ignored. LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook.
Whether LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, or Russell Westbrook who will be the star of the next decade or not? Let’s wait and see!