Tuesday

NBA Athlete Number 31 - Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller joined the Indiana Pacers as a first round draft pick out of the storied UCLA basketball program in 1987. 

Miller began his NBA career in Indiana starting in only 1 game during his rookie season.  That would soon change.  His sophomore campaign in the Hoosier State saw him start in 70 NBA regular season games, and scoring over 1,000 points. 

Miller's third season, the 1988-89 campaign, he would take his offensive play into another stratosphere.  Not only would Miller start in all 82 regular season games, but he would score an astounding 2,016 points!  That would be part of a streak of almost 14 consecutive seasons scoring more than 1,000 points (the only reason he didn't have 14 consecutive seasons was due to the 1998-99 lockout shortened season, in which Miller was well on his way to more than 1,000 points, but only had a chance to play in 50 games).

He of course would play his entire career with the Pacers, wearing jersey number 31 the entire time, establishing himself as one of the best shooters of all-time. 
  • 25,279 career points
  • 2,560 career three-pointers (2nd all-time)
  • 6,247 career free-throws
  • 2-time NBA single season leader in three-pointers ('92-'93 and '96-'97)
Did you know..........only two players have played in more NBA games with the same team than Reggie Miller?

sources:  wikipedia.com, basketball-reference.com

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Monday

NBA Athlete Number 30 - Terry Porter

Number 30 is a popular one in the NBA.  Many good, no make that great, athletes to choose from as the best to ever wear the number.  I'm choosing Terry Porter for reasons of athletic prowess, performance, and consistency.

Porter, taken by the Trail Blazers in the first round of the 1985 draft, became a legend in Portland, wearing jersey number 30.  Starting with his sophomore campaign, Porter rattled off eight consecutive seasons of more than 1,000 points.

After being released by Portland in 1985, Porter was quickly signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent.  After three seasons in Minnesota, Porter bounced down to Miami for a season, before winding down his NBA playing career with three seasons in San Antonio. 
  • 15,586 career points
  • 7,160 career assists (12th all-time)
  • 1,297 career three pointers (28th all-time)
  • 1,583 career steals (28th all-time)
Did you know that Porter has coached with four different NBA teams to-date?




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references:  basketball-reference.com, wikipedia.com

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Saturday

NBA Athlete Number 29 - Paul Silas

The number 10 pick in the 1964 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks out of Creighton, Silas wore number 29 for a good portion of his NBA career and is the best NBA athlete to wear that number.

Some of Silas' career NBA highlights from time spent with the Hawks, Suns, Celtics, Nuggets and SuperSonics are as follows:

  • 12,357 rebounds
  • 9.9 rebounds per game
  • 3-time NBA Champion
  • 11,782 points
  • Named 5-times to NBA All-Defensive Team
Did you know................Silas has coached for four NBA franchises?

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Wednesday

NBA Athlete Number 28 - Andrew Lang

Best NBA athlete to wear number 28 goes to Andrew Lang, who wore the number throughout his 12 season NBA career. Lang, a Razorback in college, was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 1988 draft by the Phoenix Suns.

Lang would steadily improve over four seasons spent in Arizona, increasing his minutes played, points scored, and rebounds in each of those seasons.

He would subsequently, and famously, be traded by the Suns along with Jeff Hornacek and Tim Perry to Philadelphia for the "Round Mound of Rebound", Charles Barkley.

His stay in Philly would be brief, as he was released after one season. He then signed on to play in Atlanta where he would spend 2 1/2 seasons as a Hawk. Lang would be involved in the Hawks trade for Christian Laettner, when he was sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He would then bounce between Milwaukee, Chicago and New York, wearing number 28 for each of those teams.

Lang's strength, in addition to rebounding, was blocking shots. Lang currently ranks 26th on the all-time NBA list for blocked shot percentage (4.6).

Did you know.......that Lang was a 1984 McDonald's All-American?

source:  basketball-reference.com


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NBA Athlete Number 27 - Caldwell Jones

Number 27 goes to Mr. Caldwell Jones who played in both the ABA and NBA between 1973 and 1990.  Jones was selected in the second round of the 1973 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers out of Albany State University. 

Jones had been playing in the ABA for the San Diego Conquistadors at the time of his selection by the 76ers.  When the ABA and NBA merged in 1976, Jones would begin his stint in Philadelphia.  For the 1976-77 NBA season, Jones shot a humongous .507 from the field, but his scoring totals were down from his ABA days. 

Caldwell's strength in the NBA would be his rebounding and shot-blocking abilities.  During his time spent in the NBA, Jones would pull down 7,663 boards, and block 1,517 shots.  He would average 1.4 blocks per game with his time spent in Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Portland and San Antonio.

Did you know.............Caldwell Jones is one of four brothers who played in the NBA?

For more information and stats see: wikipedia.com or basketball-reference.com

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Madden 12 Jersey Numbers to be Larger

Madden NFL 12Madden fans have spoken, and EA Sports has listened and taken action for Madden 12.  The jersey   numbers will be larger according to a post on the EA Sports message board.

Here is the link to the screenshot of the new jersey numbers.  And see more Madden images on the official EA Sports website.

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Friday

NBA Athlete Number 26 - Kyle Korver

Number 26 is a two-handed stuff for Kyle Korver.  26 has not been worn as frequently as many other numbers and Korver, in my opinion, is the best NBA athlete to wear this jersey number, far and away. 

Korver was taken in the second round of the NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets.  The Nets sold his rights to the 76ers.  They should have kept those rights.  In just his second NBA season, Korver led the NBA in three-pointers with 226. 

His three-point total fell the following season to "just" 184 the following season.  His accuracy did not fall.  He improved in trey percentage from .405 to .420.  And one year later he led the NBA in free-throw percentage with a .914 mark. 

For his career to-date, spanning the 2003-04 to 2010-11 seasons with the 76ers, Jazz and Bulls, Korver has made the following marks.
  • .431 field goal percentage
  • .411 three point percentage
  • 1,016 career three-pointers
  • 5,778 career points
Did you know................Korver was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year twice? 

sources:  basketball-reference.com, wikipedia.com

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NBA Athlete Number 25 - Gail Goodrich

Number 25 wasn't worn by Gail Goodrich for his entire NBA career.  But he did wear number 25 for the large majority of his career, between the years 1969 and 1979. 

Goodrich was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1965.  He had a decent rookie season, scoring 509 points in 65 games.  But he really broke through the following season, scoring 957 in 77 games.  Over the next 9 NBA seasons, he would not score less than 1,000 points in any single season. 

Some of Goodrich's more notable achievements:
  • 1972 NBA Champion
  • 19,181 career points
  • Led NBA in free-throws in 1972-73 with 508
  • Jersey Number 25 retired by L.A. Lakers
  • Basketball Hall of Fame (1996)
  • 4,805 career assists
  • 4,319 career free-throws
  • 18.6 career points per game
Did you know...........................that Goodrich won 2 NCAA National Championships at UCLA?

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Thursday

NBA Athlete Number 24 - Rick Barry

Rick Barry wore jersey number 24 for the large majority of his pro basketball career spent in the NBA and ABA.  Barry was taken with the second overall pick in the 1965 NBA draft by the San Francisco Warriors out of the University of Miami.

Barry was an immediate success as a rookie.  Playing in a full slate of 80 regular season games, Barry put up a tremendous 2,059 points.   That point total put him behind only Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson for the 1965-66 season.  It was more than enough to earn him the Rookie of the Year award.  He averaged 25.7 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game in his first NBA season.

His second NBA season would be more impressive than his first in some ways.  In particular, he led the NBA in scoring with 2,775 regular season points, as well as leading in free-throws with 753.  He would also help lead his Warriors into the NBA finals, losing in six games to the Philadelphia 76ers.

After two seasons spent in the NBA with the Warriors, Barry next moved onto the ABA and the Oakland Oaks.  He would play one season in Oakland before that franchise moved to Washington D.C. as the Washington Caps, who then became the Virginia Squires.

After being traded to the New Jersey Nets and spending two season with that team, Barry was back in the NBA, signing with the Golden State Warriors.  He would spend the next six seasons with that team, leading the NBA in free-throw percentage for three separate seasons, and once leading the league in steals. 

Barry would close out his NBA career with two season in Houston, and he would lead the league in free-throw percentage in both of those two seasons.

Some of Barry's combined NBA / ABA accomplishments:
  • 1965-66 NBA Rookie of the Year
  • 1974-75 NBA Finals MVP
  • 9,695 career field goals
  • .893 career free-throw percentage
  • 25,279 career points
  • 1,104 career steals
  • Jersey number 24 retired by the Warriors
  • Basketball Hall of Famer (1987)
Did you know...............Barry scored 64 points against the Trailblazers in 1974?

sources:  basketball-reference.com, wikipedia.com

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