BASKETBALL’S BEST: MAGIC JOHNSON

Few athletes are truly unique, changing the way their sport is played with their singular skills. Earvin “Magic” Johnson was one of them. Just how great a basketball player was Johnson? So great, perhaps, that future generations of hoop fans may wish they...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: DENNIS JOHNSON

For a guy who sat on the bench in his senior year of high school and was barely noticed by college recruiters, Dennis Johnson was an unlikely NBA hero. A born fighter who didn’t have the greatest natural skills, Johnson battled his way from mediocrity as a prep...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: DAN ISSEL

Dan Issel initially didn’t seem to have the physical abilities required for stardom in the NBA. He wasn’t particularly quick on his feet, he wasn’t that strong, and he didn’t have a great vertical leap. Because he wasn’t big enough or...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: DOMINIQUE WILKINS

The most celebrated player to ever put on a Hawks uniform and represented in front of State Farm Arena by an 18,500-pound bronze statue erected in March, 2015, Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins is the Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball and Special Advisor to the...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: TOM HEINSOHN

Known for his hard-nosed style of play, yet possessing a superb shooting touch and good body control, Tom Heinsohn was a vital cog in the Boston Celtics’ dynasty of the 1950s and 1960s. Chosen as NBA Rookie of the Year in 1957, he helped the Celtics win eight...

BASKETBALL’S BEST: JAMES WORTHY

In 12 years with the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, “Big Game” James Worthy was known for his ability to maneuver around opposing players at a dizzying pace. “I just decide I’m going to go around [a defensive opponent] when I’m...