My All-Time Starting Five: 1990s

Shamarie By Shamarie, 17th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If I were to put together an all-time 1990s starting five, I would narrow it down to these All-Star players.

"Air" Michael Jordan

"Air" Michael Jordan ruled the NBA in the 1990s. He was a very good basketball player in the 1980s, but exceptional in the 1990s. Michael Jordan played the game with a burning rage that separated him from his peers. Not only was Michael Jordan the face of the NBA during the 1990s, but also the league’s greatest basketball player. He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in that decade, making the Bulls one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. The best way to describe the NBA in the 1990s is “The Jordan Era”.

"Penny" Hardaway

"Penny" Hardaway was a unique basketball player because of his all-around game and great handle of the basketball. Penny Hardaway could score, rebound, and distribute the basketball at an efficient rate. Often compared to LA Lakers great “Magic” Johnson during his tenure with the Orlando Magic because of his size and quickness at the point guard position, Penny Hardaway’s game was fun to watch. He was definitely one of the most popular NBA stars of the decade because of his Nike ad campaign "Lil Penny”.

Grant Hill

Grant Hill was one of the best all-around players in the game during the 1990s. As a “point forward” for the Detroit Pistons, he often led the team in points, rebounds, and assists during his first six years tenure. He was a triple-double machine and an elite player. Most NBA aficionados felt he was the best small forward in the NBA in the mid to late 1990s because of his versatility.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley emerged as one of the elite players in the NBA during the 1990s. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley established himself as a dominating power forward being named the 1991 NBA All-Star Game MVP, competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States men's basketball team. He was voted the league's Most Valuable Player in 1993 when he led the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals the same year.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon was the best center in the NBA during the 1990s. Nicknamed “The Dream” for his grace on and off the court, he redefined the center position with his footwork, quickness, soft touch, and athleticism. Hakeem Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. During the 1994 season, he became the only player in NBA history to win the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season.

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author avatar Carol Roach
18th Oct 2015 (#)

every little boy wanted to be the next Michael Jordan

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author avatar brendamarie
18th Oct 2015 (#)

great pick!! I was a huge basketball fan when I was a kid.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Pity with Hill and Penny their careers marred by injuries!

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author avatar Jeramey
18th Oct 2015 (#)

I'd take a young Shaq over Hakeem, but The Dream was one of the best to ever play.

And maybe even Rodman over Barkley because on such a squad you wouldn't need scoring as much but some more help on defense and the boards.

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author avatar Shamarie
19th Oct 2015 (#)

Good point, Jeramey!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Good Post. Blessings.

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