Fat Lever

Taken with 11th pick of the 1982 NBA Draft, by the Portland Trail Blazers, Fat Lever made a fairly solid start to his NBA career averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 assists a game in his Rookie season. His career would take a massive turn though, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 1984.

In Denver, Lever would cement himself as one of the Nuggets greatest all time players. Lever would earn himself the nickname from his teammates as the ‘Triple Double Waiting To Happen’ and he sure lived up to that nickname, in fact he exceeded the nickname by earning himself 43 career triple doubles. He had many great years playing for the Nuggets but his stretch from 1986-1990 was his most impressive. The stats in those years were the following:

1987 he averaged 18.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.5 steals.

1988 he averaged 18.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.7 steals.

1989 he averaged 19.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.7 steals.

1990 he averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.1 steals.

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That will go down as some of the greatest stats any point guard has put up over a stretch of 4 seasons. Fat Lever was a true icon of the game and in many ways is underrated for what he did in his time in the NBA.

Gus Williams

Taken with the 20th pick of the 1975 NBA Draft, by the Golden State Warriors, Gus Williams would become a prolific scorer in the NBA over his short career. Given the nickname ‘The Wizard’ Gus had an offensive arsenal ahead of his time. However his first two seasons in the league didn’t exactly set the world on fire averaging 11.7 and 9.3 points a game for the Warriors.

Subsequently he was let go by the Warriors and given a lifeline by the Seattle Supersonics who signed him in 1977 as a veteran free agent. Here he would shine putting up sensational numbers across 6 seasons with the Sonics. In just his second season at the Sonics he would win an NBA championship in 1978 -79 helping his team by scoring a staggering playoff average of 26.7 points a game. His career best year came in 1982, when he averaged 23.4 points, 6.9 assists and 2.2 steals a game across the whole season.This would see him become an All-Star for the first time. Gus would again be an All-Star the very next season capping off a remarkable few years in Seattle. ‘The Wizard’ had mesmerised the Sonics faithful, but ultimately all good things come to and end and he was traded to the Bullets and then Hawks before his career ended in 1987.

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Gus Williams was a true icon of the game!

Sam Cassell

Taken with the 24th pick on the 1993 NBA Draft, The Houston Rockets had found a hidden gem by the name of Sam Cassell. He would end up having a career that would span over 15 years! Cassell’s Rookie year saw him average 6.7 points and 2.9 assists, but more importantly the Rockets would win the NBA Championship. He would go back to back the very next season, not a bad start at all to what would be a great career in the NBA.

After 3 years at the Rockets, Cassell would find himself at 3 teams over the next few seasons. He was traded to Phoenix, Dallas and New Jersey. None of that would distract Cassell from putting up great numbers. His best amongst that period was when he averaged 19.6 points and 8 assists a game for the Nets in 1998.

Cassell would find his most constant tenure at an NBA team, when he played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1999-2003. He would become a great fit alongside Glenn Robinson and a young Ray Allen. Twice he would average 19.7 points a game in that era with the Bucks. His next destination was the Minnesota Timberwolves where Cassell would become an All-Star for the first time averaging 19.8 points and 7.3 assists in his first year at the Timberwolves in 2004. Cassell would also spend time at the Clippers and the Celtics before his career would end. Fittingly he would win his 3rd NBA ring playing for the Celtics in 2008. Sam Cassell should be remembered as a fantastic player in the NBA, with career averages of 15.7 points and 6 assists he is a true icon for the game of basketball.

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Fun Facts

Sam Cassell wore the numbers #10, #19, #20 and #28 across his career.

Latrell Sprewell

Latrell Sprewell was drafted with the 24th pick of the 1992 NBA Draft, by the Golden State Warriors. He burst onto the scene in his Rookie season, averaging 15.4 points a game, exciting the Warriors faithful with explosive speed and power dunking. In his second season, Sprewell would play an incredible 43.1 minutes a game on average, and lifted his scoring to 21 points a game. He became an All-Star in just his second season.

Sprewell, at the Warriors was a scoring machine, with his best year coming in 1996/97 season where he averaged a career high 24.2 points per game. He would become a 3 x All-Star in his time with the Warriors, and was an extremely popular player amongst the NBA fans. Unfortunately, off the court Sprewell would have one of the most outlandish incidents between a player and coach the league has seen. In a very heated incident during in 1997, Sprewell, choked his coach P.J. Carlesimo, at a Warriors practice. Further incidents and suspensions led to the Warriors trading Sprewell, to the New York Knicks in 1998.

As it often happens with NBA players, who have trouble in their younger days, Sprewell would become a much more mature player at the Knicks. In the 1998/99 shortened season, Sprewell helped lead the Knicks to the NBA Finals, coming from the 8th seed in the East to have the Knicks fans hoping for their first Championship since 1973. Despite Sprewell’s heroics averaging 26 points a game, the Spurs would be too good for the cinderella storied Knicks. Sprewell had certainly won the hearts’ of Knicks fans after his Finals performances, and would become an All-Star the next season for the 4th time in his career, when he averaged 17.7 points per game. Sprewell had some very nice years with the Knicks, and is an iconic jersey for collectors.

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2003/04, Sprewell was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he would play his last two seasons. He still put up good numbers at the Wolves, with 16.8 points a game being his best year of the two. Teams had further interest in signing Sprewell, as his numbers suggested he was still more than valuable to have on a roster, however Sprewell, would not sign for a minimum salary so he decided to retire. Sprewell will be remembered as a competitor and perhaps a villain, but the man who rocked some of the most famous NBA cornrows, is certainly an NBA icon.

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Check out Sprewell’s Top 10 career plays below:

Sprewell Top 10 Plays

Fun Facts:

Sprewell once hit 9/9 three pointers in a game against the Clippers.

Sprewell wore two numbers in his career: #15 and #8.

Walt Frazier

We are going back to the glory days of the Knicks. Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier was taken with the 5th pick of the 1967 NBA Draft, by the New York Knicks. In his Rookie season Frazier averaged 9.0 points per game and 4 assists. With more minutes in his second season, Frazier started to flourish lifting his averages to 17.5 points, 7.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds a game. Frazier had arrived!

The 1969-70 season would see the Knicks win the NBA Championship. Widely regarded as one of the NBA’s greatest ever teams assembled, Frazier at Point-Guard was the general of the team and would become an instant superstar/rockstar of the league. That famous season, he averaged 20.9 points, 8.2 assists and 6 rebounds a game. ‘The Garden’ was jam-packed to watch the Knicks every game, as groupies and fans would swamp Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, to see the latest fashion he would wear to each game.

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Known as one of the most stylish players on and off the court, Frazier continued to become one of the leagues best Point-Guards, and it was in 1971 that the Knicks would acquire via trade, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe. Frazier and Monroe would form one of the greatest ever backcourts, simply dismantling teams with their high basketball IQs and brilliant ball handling skills. The Knicks would again become the NBA Champions of the 1972-73 season, and once again Walt Frazier would have a sensational season averaging 21.1 points, 5.9 assists and 7.3 rebounds a game.

Frazier was a 7x All-Star, and one of the greatest ever Knicks. Surprisingly to Frazier, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977, a move that Frazier did not approve of. Frazier would play 3 years at the Cavs before retiring in 1980. He finished with career numbers of 18.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds. Walt ‘Clyde’ Fazier will be remembered as one of the true greats to ever play the game.

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Watch highlights of Frazier here:

Frazier scores 36 points

Fun facts:

The Knicks retired Frazier’s number #10 Jersey in 1979.

Frazier is still a commentator to this day for the MSG network.