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My Top 5 Fave NBA Players of the 90's

In this article I will be discussing my top 5 favorite NBA players of the 90's, based on pop culture impact and talent.


5. Shaq

7' 1"
325 pounds
Shaq was probably only the 2nd or 3rd best center in the 90's on the court. But he was fun to watch when he was with the Orlando Magic. He could run the floor pretty well, but in the low post he was unstoppable because of his size, strength, and speed. Once he got in position, you might as well put up 2 points. But that wasn't the only reason I liked him as a kid. His effect on pop culture was great. The guy was good friends with Hulk Hogan. As a kid that was also a wrestling fan, that earned some major points with me at the time. And he was Kazaam and Steel, both horrible movies but with the kid goggles on not so bad. Even now that I am a mature adult, I still watch these movies sometimes.

4.Dennis Rodman 

220 pounds

Dennis Rodman has a ton of problems, but he makes the list for being a great defender and easily the best rebounder of his era. I mean, he averaged 18 rebs a game at 6'7, when the next closest to him was Hakeem. A guy who was a good 5 inches taller and a great rebounder in his own right, yet was 5 rebs per game behind him. That is crazy to me, and watching how he would get the rebounds over all the giants through jumping ability and great timing, was crazy. And his stunts on the court were better than a hockey fights.

Charles Barkley 

252 pounds
Sir Charles, the "Round Mound of Rebound", the leaning tower of pizza. He was, in my opinion, the best power forward ever. Here was another undersized power forward who would rebound with the big guys and trade licks with anyone. Just a lot of toughness on the court and all around good player. He could rebound and score in the low post like any other great PF but he could also run the floor and pass very well, and even shoot the three when most PFs couldn't. That versatility and toughness is what makes him the best PF ever, but what gets him on the list is his post game interviews. He was always funny and spoke his mind, not caring whether anyone liked it or not.

2. Scottie Pippin

228 pounds

Scottie Pippen was one of the most underrated basketball players ever. He did a little bit of everything. He would score, rebound, assist, and most importantly defend. Scottie was probably the single best on ball defender of all time. He could guard 4 positions and would harass the best player on the other team to the point of insanity. And he was always "reliabull", lol. I'm so sorry for that, but I had to do it. He did what Jordan didn't. If Mike needed that little extra scoring because he was sick or hurt, Pippen brought that. If Jordan needed to focus on scoring, Pippen would guard the best player on the other team so Mike would not wear himself out on defense. He always knew his spot on the team and played it well.

1. Micheal Jordan

216 pounds

Oh who else could it have been. The greatest of all time. The guy beat a team of aliens with Bill Murray and Bugs Bunny! And he was the most popular athlete of his era, if not all time. The only thing bigger than his effect on pop culture was his effect on the game of basketball. He brought it to new heights. We had never seen it before. He was almost as good on defense as he was on offense and played with unbeatable heart and drive to win. He was the most clutch and he embarrassed the league when it was at it's peak. Well, right after it was at it's peak, but still a tough era of basketball. He dominated the game left, for 18 months, came back and did it again, then he walked away for 3 years, came back and averaged 20 ppg at 40 years old, and was the oldest player to ever score 50 pts at that age. He was the only player to ever score 40 pts after the age of 40 and after he retired he said he was holding back with his run with the Wizards. I would have liked to see him try harder, if that's true.
But, anyways, that's the list. Agree? Disagree?

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Frankayy81 Posted on May 28, 2015 at 03:57 PM

I am totally with you on this list one HUNDRED percent! Nice job.

Vaporman87 Posted on May 28, 2015 at 12:07 AM

That's just messed up Hoju. LOL

Hoju Koolander Posted on May 27, 2015 at 10:09 PM

These guys were so much more than basketball players, they were pop icons, that's what allowed me to relate to this list. I made comic with a friend in high school called "The Vengeance of Hakeem", where Hakeem's Dad was secretly murdering all the competition to elevate his son's status. I had never even seen the guy play, but adapting him to my twisted comic stylings at my buddy's suggestion made him immortal in my eyes.

Vaporman87 Posted on May 23, 2015 at 06:15 PM

Yeah, Nique and Hakeem were just amazing. The way "The Dream" could move would fool a chump right out of his sneakers LOL. Looks like Glen Rice gets a lot of love from RetroDaze folks. He's a much overlooked talent. Mitch Richmond also getting lots of love.

comic_book_fan Posted on May 22, 2015 at 02:55 PM

iam a bulls fan

OldSchool80s Posted on May 22, 2015 at 02:17 PM

I get Shaq, Barkley and Jordan, but not a Pippen or Rodman fan personally. I would have Dominique Wilkins on my list for sure. I think I would have to have Tim Hardaway on my list as well. Tough to leave off lots of others like Olajuwan, the Admiral, Grant Hill, Glen Rice, Penny Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Shawn Kemp, Alonzo, the Mailman, so many.

comic_book_fan Posted on May 12, 2015 at 10:48 PM

well i was right about my guess of where you were from but my guess of teams for you were far off i would have guest from your hatred of jordan that you were a caves fan or a celtics fan judging by the growing up in the 80's and not liking arrogant players but you were a laker's fan and didn't like arrogent players.

Vaporman87 Posted on May 12, 2015 at 10:36 PM

Born, raised, and still hanging in there in Ohio. And no, I was never a fan of the Cavaliers. I watched two teams in all my time as a basketball fan... the Lakers and the Warriors.

comic_book_fan Posted on May 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

vaporman87 where are you from.

massreality Posted on May 12, 2015 at 09:05 PM

@Vaporman87 It was those three years of living in Orlando. I moved there the year Shaq was drafted. It was a great time to be around the Magic.

Vaporman87 Posted on May 12, 2015 at 06:41 PM

Crow is right. Jordan was an amazing player, maybe the best ever. But he sucks. Sorry. He sucks. LOL

@massreality: Nick Anderson? Dennis Scott? Somebody liked the Orlando Magic in the 90's. Nice to see you add Hardaway there. I liked him too. Now we have successfully added all of "RUN TMC" to this list. ;)

Mr Magic Posted on May 12, 2015 at 02:58 AM

Don't get Vapor started on Michael Jordon lol.

massreality Posted on May 12, 2015 at 01:39 AM

I love the list. Man, does it bring back some memories. I don't know if if I could design a better top five, but I do have some alternate players I was a fan of. That list would include: Nick Anderson, Larry Johnson, Jerry Stackhouse, Tim Hardaway, Dennis Scott, and Glen Rice.

I miss the NBA in the 90's so bad. Its probably one of the things I wish I could revive. I had so many great memories back then. I feel like all that died when Jordan retired (for the second time).

Vaporman87 Posted on May 11, 2015 at 07:09 PM

A nice list here, but far from my own personal favorites. LOL. Mine would likely start AND end with some lesser known players. Guys who worked harder than anyone, but never had the chance to shine. Guys like Dan Majerle, Glen Rice, and Mitch Richmond. And it would be rounded out by two top tier players who deserve more attention, but because they didn't play for the Bulls or Lakers or Celtics, never will. I'm talking about Clyde Drexler and Chris Mullin. Drexler had Jordanesque skill and talent to go along with a humble demeanor. Jordan was far from humble, and that made me dislike him and his team even more. And nobody worked harder than Mullin. NOBODY. His gym rat work ethic is legendary. But only slightly more impressive than his shooting ability. If he got going, it was lights out. A 20 footer might as well have been a layup for him. And he was easily one of the better three point and free throw shooters of the decade.

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