Great NBA guards
At 6’1”, 185 pounds, Isiah Thomas was one of the greatest small guards in the history of the NBA. He could score and pass and was an excellent team leader who attacked the basket with authority. Thomas was an All-American at Indiana University. He led the Hoosiers to a 47-17 record and an NCAA championship in 1981. He was named to the NBA All-Star Team 12 out of the 13 years that he played for the Detroit Pistons. He was named the MVP of the NBA All-Star game in 1984 and 1986. With18,822 career points, Thomas is Detroit’s all-time leading scorer. It ranks as the 34th best in NBA history. He also is the Piston’s all-time assist leader with well over 9,000.
Thomas was named one of the top NBA players in history. He led Detroit to NBA championships in 1989 and 1990 under head coach Chuck Daly. He was named MVP of the 1990 finals and holds the NBA finals single-game record for most points in a quarter with 25. Thomas, the 1982 Rookie of the Year, was named to the All-NBA First Team three times. He ranks fourth in NBA history in assists and ninth in steals. Thomas was the head coach of the Indiana Pacers, compiling a 131-115 record.
The New York Knicks’ Walt ”Clyde” Frazier was very flamboyant. He made his way around the big apple in a Rolls Royce and wore mink coats. As a member of the Knicks from 1967 to 1977, he was the toast of New York City. On the hardwoods, Frazier had the quick hands, he played great defense, and he was a consistent scorer. He was super-cool and always under control on the basketball floor.
Frazier played his college ball at Southern Illinois and was an All-America pick in 1964, 1965 and 1967. He led the Saluki’s to the NIT championship in 1967 and was named tourney MVP. A first-round draft pick of the Knicks, Frazier earned NBA All-Rookie honors. He electrified the crowds at Madison Square Garden with his smooth drives to the hoop and deadly mid-range jumpshot. He scored 15,581 career points for a yearly average of 18.9 points per game. He led the Knicks in scoring five times and dished out 5,040 assists during his career. He led the Knicks in assists 10 straight years, with his passes going to players like Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere and Bill Bradley. Frazier and the Knicks won the NBA championship in 1970 and 1973. Career highlights – Named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team seven times; Selected to seven NBA All-Star games (MVP of 1975 game); averaged 20.7 points in 93 playoff games.
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