Already a household name in New Orleans, Anthony Davis was the number one pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, picked up by the Hornets. Davis hails from Chicago, and played college ball at Kentucky, where he led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division 1 Championship in 2012.
Davis played one year of college ball, which was enough to catapult him to the prospective number 1 pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. Playing power forward and centre, he was named the NCAA tournament most outstanding player, and won the Oscar Robertson trophy, the Adolph Rupp trophy, the Naismith Award and a series of other awards and accolades. He was the unanimous player of the year in college basketball. Anthony is already an Olympic gold medal winner, after he was included in the U.S Men’s basketball team that won gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
The youngster, who started off as a shooting guard but then switched to a power forward after growing by seven inches in a year, is all set to start his first season in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets in two week’s time from now.
Antoine Walker was already a star before he made it to the NBA, winning the NCAA Division 1 championship with the Kentucky Wildcats in 1996. After winning the championship and playing two seasons with the Wildcats, Walker declared himself for the 1996 NBA draft and was picked up by the Boston Celtics with their 6th overall pick.
In his first season, Walker led the team in scoring and rebounds, and made it to the All-Rookie first time. After the Celtics picked Paul Pierce in the 1998 NBA Draft, Walker and Pierce became the core of the Celtics team and led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002, which was the first playoff appearance for the Celtics in seven years. The Celtics lost the Finals to the New Jersey Nets.
Walker played for the Miami Heat in the 2005-06 NBA season and proved to be a valuable player in the line-up during the playoffs. He won his first and only NBA championship with the Heat that season. During the later part of his career, Walker was traded to a number of different teams, before deciding to play for the Idaho Stampede in the D-League in 2010. He retired from basketball in 2012.
Dwyane Wade is one of the most famous and successful basketball players of our time, who has played his entire NBA career with the Miami Heat. After playing basketball for Marquette from 2001-2003, Wade was drafted by the Miami Heat with their 5th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and went on to become the leading scorer in franchise history and an 8 time NBA All Star, from 2005-2012.
Wade led the Heat to the 2005-06 NBA championship, the first championship in franchise history, and was named the NBA Finals MVP that season, as well as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Sporting News Sportsman of the Year for 2006. The sharp shooter has 7 All NBA team nominations and 3 All Defensive second team nominations to his name, and was the leading scorer in the league for the 2008-09 NBA season.
In 2010, Wade was joined by LeBron James and Chris Bosh at the South Beach and that pretty much made Miami Heat the most talked about basketball franchise. Together, they went on the win the 2012 NBA championship, the second in Wade’s career. Besides being a successful basketball player, Wade is a well known celebrity and a fashion icon.
Regarded as one of the greatest basketball players to have stepped foot on the NBA court, Isiah Thomas played 13 seasons for the Detroit Pistons, leading them to back-to-back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.
Thomas played college ball at Indiana University from 1979 to 1981, and was named the NCAA Final Four most outstanding player in 1981 as he marshalled his team to the 1981 NCAA championship.
Picked number 2 in the 1981 NBA draft by the Pistons, Thomas went on to be named on the All Star team 12 times, and received 5 All NBA team nominations over the course of his career. He was nominated for the All Rookie first team in 1982, and won two All Star Game MVP awards in 1984 and 1986. Thomas was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and was named as one of the 50 greatest basketball players of all time.
After he retired from basketball, Thomas went on to hold different coaching and executive positions with different team in the NBA as well as college basketball, and was most recently the Head Coach of Florida International University from 2009 to 2012.
The young Chicago Bulls star has taken the NBA by storm, and holds the record for being the youngest player ever to have won the regular season Most Valuable Player award, doing so at the age of 22 in the 2010-2011 NBA season.
Rose played college ball with the Memphis Tigers, and reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008. Shortly after that, he declared himself for the 2008 NBA Draft and was picked up by his home team, the Chicago Bulls, as their number 1 pick.
In his first season, Rose led the Bulls to the playoffs and won the rookie of the year award and was nominated into the All-Rookie first team. In his second year, Rose earned his first All Star game selection, and represented team USA in the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championships, which the team won.
His third season was by far the best of his career, earning him the regular season MVP award at the age of 22, and helping the Chicago Bulls finish with the best record in the league for that season. Rose also became the third person in thirty years after Michael Jordan and LeBron James to record 2000 points and 600 assists in one season. During the 2012 playoffs, Rose tore the ACL in his left knee which ended his season. He is scheduled to be out for 8 to 12 months, and will be back sometime next year for the Chicago Bulls.