The 80s was known as the start of the golden era of basketball and rightly so. But the 90s was the decade in which the sport’s popularity sky-rocketed to being one of the biggest sports worldwide. This was mainly due to the prominence of Michael Jordan, who became the first basketball player to have his own signature shoes. And the Chicago Bulls who won six out of the ten titles in the decade. Let us go back and check out the NBA all-time starting 5 of the 1990’s.
Stockton is probably the best point guard of all-time. He finished his career by leading the all-time list in both steals and assists with 3,265 (steals) and 15,806 (assists). John Stockton was immortalized in a bronze on March 30, 2006. His statue is placed outside the EnergySolutions Arena and depicts as he is making a pass.
Michael Jordan became the first basketball player to have his own signature shoes. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game). Highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). He was named MVP in 1991,1992,1996 and 1998 and was also named Finals MVP in all six years that he won the title. People believe that he is the NBA’s greatest player ever.
Scottie Pippen was the perfect partner for Michael Jordan and proved to be one of the most selfless players. He was and till date is regarded as the most versatile defensive player in NBA history. With Pippen’s defense combining with Jordan’s pure magic, they led the Bulls to six titles in eight years. Pippen led the Bulls during the two seasons that Jordan had retired. He became at the time only the second player to lead his team in all major statistical category.
Nicknamed “The Mailman” for his ability to deliver without fail, Karl Malone is arguably the greatest power forward that ever play Basketball. He broke numerous records during his illustrious career and formed one of the most formidable duos in the league with John Stockton. Malone finished his career as the second highest scorer in NBA history with 36,928 points. He also holds the record for the most number of free throws attempted and made.
Hakeem Olajuwon was the best among the big men back in 90’s. His amazing footwork and athleticism had never been seen before among the big men. After years of mediocre performances in the playoffs, Olajuwon and the Rockets defied odds and won back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995. Olajuwon was the only All-Star on his team during their title runs and was named finals MVP both times.