Larry Bird, SF
A lot of great shooters have played in the NBA. However, whenever it came to pure shooting, Larry Bird couldn't be beat. He had a deadly jump shot that almost always in.
But that was not all Bird could do. He was a good rebounder, a good passer, played great defense, and was as clutch as their was in his time. He was also very confident in himself, and his confidence was evident in his style of play.
He was a very hardworking player as well, and a role model to younger players that were looking to make a name for themselves in the NBA.
Here are some of Larry Legend's accomplishments:
- 3x NBA Champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
- 3x NBA MVP (1984-1986)
- 12x All-Star (1980-1988, 1990-1992)
- 2x NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
- 9x All-NBA First Team Selection (1980-1988)
- 1x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1990)
- 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection (1982-1984)
- 1980 NBA Rookie of the Year
- 1980 NBA All-Rookie Team
- 1x NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982)
- 3x NBA Three-Point Shootout winner (1986-1988)
- NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
- 1979 USBWA College Player of the Year
Paired with Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, the Celtics trio of Bird-McHale-Parish is arguably the greatest frontcourt in NBA history. With Larry Legend draining threes from the perimeter, McHale crashing the boards, and Parish playing aggressive defense, the Celtics were unstoppable.
Larry Bird's career will be remembered as that of a warrior's, a warrior who worked hard to excel in every area of the game. He will always be a role model to young shooters in the NBA.
6. Larry Bird
7. Oscar Robertson
8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajuwon
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