Daniel Lewis Majerle (born September 9, 1965 in Traverse City, Michigan).
Dan Majerle was the type of player the flourish in the 90s, the hard-working type, an unknown guy that nobody cared about or looking forward to watch him play. The 90s was the era where the players used to work really hard in order to get the big bucks and in order to become better players. This is not happening anymore, high-school kids get paid with astronomic amounts of money and this is not good for the game itself, as they lose interest and are treating the game just as a career in accounting, if you know what I mean.
Majerle was drafted by the Phoenix Suns at number 14 overall of the 1988 NBA Draft. He played for the Suns, the Cavaliers and the Heat during the 90s. He was a really tough guy, a great defender and he was deadly beyond the three-point line. Many of his opponents made the mistake and let him unguarded and of course they paid, as Majerle led the league in three-points attempted and made for two consecutive seasons (1992-93 and 1993-94) and he tied with Mookie Blaylock for the second place in three-points made the year after (1994-95) where John Starks was number one. He was not just a good three-point shooter he was explosive and made some really powerful dunks as well, I could say that he was a complete shooting guard.
Majerle has been named an All-Star three times in the 90s (1992,1993,1995) all them with the West squad and he was a starter in one of them (1995) which is something that shows the appreciation and respect of the fans for his game back then. He has also been named in the second all-defensive team twice (1990-91, 1992-93) and was a member of ‘Dream Team II’ in 1994.
I will never forget Dan Majerle’s passion when he was trying to guard Michael Jordan in 1993 NBA Finals and the fact that neither him or his teammate Kevin Johnson could do anything to stop MJ. Dan played really well during that series but to guard MJ was an unaccomplished task and nobody will ever blame him for that as nobody has ever done it. I would say that Majerle was the type of player that you enjoyed watch him evolve as he became an all-star through his hard work and not depending just on his talents. This type of players are missing from today’s NBA.