These are the Top 13 NBA Players from New York State
At this year's NBA All-Star Game, League officials announced their 75th Anniversary Team. I had the opportunity to be there live in Cleveland went he debuted the team and I couldn't help but notice how many of the players on the 7th Anniversary Team happen to be from New York, which also happens to be the greatest state in America.
That got me thinking, exactly who are the top 13 NBA players who hail from The Empire State?
Hailing from Angola and attending Nichols in North Buffalo, Mr. Laettner is a the top of every Buffaloians list of Top NBA Players from New York.
Mr. Houdini of the Hardwood, who played for 13 seasons and was selected to play in the NBA All-Star games each of those 13 seasons, was born in Manhattan and went to high school in Queens.
Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace
While he may be more infamous, than famous, there is no denying that this Queens-born NBA Champion and Defensive player of the year has earned a stop on this list.
This 10-time NBA All-Star who hails from Brooklyn and attended college in Syracuse is one of New Yorks's finest basketballers and has earned a spot on this list.
There aren't many people who can say they lived down the street from an NBA All-Star, well I am proud to say that Cliff Robinson was my neighbor for a while and he is among the greatest NBA players from New York
Just like there aren't many people who have been neighbors with an NBA great, there also aren't many who say they went to the same high school as one - well I can say that too since 8-time NBA All-Star Bob Lanier went to Bennett High School and I went to Bennett High School. I'm surrounded by greatness, what can I say.
Born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. in Harlem, this 6-time NBA Champion is considered among the best NBA players to have ever stepped foot on a court.
Hailing from Roosevelt, in Long Island, Dr. J has the distinction of having never missed the playoffs during his 16-year career in the ABA and NBA.
While his NBA Career only lasted one season, there is no denying the impact that the New York City-born Shammgod had on basketball. Have you ever been hit with a Shammgod crossover? I have and my ankles can tell you it's not fun to be on the receiving end of this.
Sometimes called Starbury, this 2-time NBA All-Star from Brooklyn was a lethal point guard and would embarrass anyone who would try to line up against him.
Known on the court as 'The Jet', this Queens-born NBA Champion played over 13 seasons and has had an amazing career as a sports commentator.
Not only is he an NBA Legend for his coaching career but this Rome-born NBA Champion played 10 seasons for 3 different teams during his playing career. He also was drafted to play wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys but chose basketball.
This Brooklyn-born NBA Legend is arguably considered the to be the best player in NBA History.
What NBA Players from New York did we miss? Is there a player we should add to this list?