BASKETBALL’S BEST: SPENCER HAYWOOD

On the court, Spencer Haywood was such a devastating force in his prime that no opponent could defend him or keep him off the boards. Off the court, he had a lasting effect on the game of basketball, largely because he provided the 1970 legal test case that opened the...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: ELVIN HAYES

One of the most talented power forwards ever to play the game, Elvin Hayes used his trademark turnaround jumper and aggressive defense to win a secure place in the NBA record books. Fifth on the all-time list in games (1,303) and third in minutes played (50,000), he...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: CONNIE HAWKINS

Connie Hawkins’ career holds as much mystique as that of any other NBA Hall of Famer. A man of remarkable talent who played much of his career in the shadows, he didn’t put up legendary numbers during his seven years in the NBA: only 16.5 points and 8.0...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: JOHN HAVLICEK

“On stamina alone, he’d be among the top players who ever played the game,” longtime New York Knicks coach Red Holzman once said of John “Hondo” Havlicek. “It would’ve been fair to those who had to play him or those who had to...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: HAL GREER

“Consistency,” Hal Greer once told the Philadelphia Daily News. “For me, that was the thing…I would like to be remembered as a great, consistent player.” Over the course of the 15 NBA seasons turned in by the slight, soft-spoken Hall of...