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7. Mark Price

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William Mark Price (born February 15, 1964 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma)

Mark Price has been drafted at 1986 by the Cleveland Cavaliers at number 25 of the 2nd round of the NBA Draft. Even though he was a high second round draft pick he proved his basketball value to everyone and pretty early in his NBA career.

Lenny Wilkens entrusted to him the on court lead of the team and he never regreted it. Price evolved into an all-star calibre player from his second NBA season and then at his third season (1988-89) he has been named an all-star for the East.

Price was an all-star, three more times in his career, all of them during the 90s. He was really focused and he was leading the talented Cavaliers team with exemptional success. At their best season, the Cavaliers, lost to the Chicago Bulls at the Eastern Conference Finals at 1992 and Price averaged 19.2 ppg. and 7.5 ast. throughout the Play-offs, that year.

Mark Price was the eastern version of John Stockton during the 90s although he never reached Stockton’s ability he always enjoyed respect from the other point guards of the league and from the NBA as well, because of his character and his abilities, and this resulted in his selection for the “Dream Team II” squad that played at 1994 World Championship at Toronto. 

I do remember him being a really fast and smart point guard and another thing that made him special was his shooting. He was a great three-point shooter but his free-throw percentage was unbelievable. He has only recently been passed by Steve Nash as the best free-throw shooter that ever played in the NBA (90.39%).

Unfortunatelly Mark Price got hurt at 1994-95 season which actually meant the end of his career as he was traded to the Washinghton Bullets, next year to the Golden State Warriors and finished his career as a player coming from the bench or starting ocassionaly for the Orlando Magic.

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 15.2 2.6 6.7 1.2 0.1
1989-90 19.6 3.4 9.1 1.6 0.1
1989-1998 15.7 2.7 7.1 1.2 0.1

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8. Mark Jackson

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Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York)

Mark Jackson was drafted at 1987 by the New York Knicks, at number 18 and played for them for five seasons. He was named Rookie of the Year for averaging 13,6ppg. 10,6ast. 4,8rpg. and 2,5stl..

Jackson played for the Knicks, the Clippers, the Nuggets and the Pacers through the 90s. His performance never dropped, he was one of the most consistent point guards of his era.

Mark Jackson was the definition of the playmaker, an unselfish player that knew how to run a team on the court. He was one of top players in assists per game every year that he played and he was able to take the best of his teammates. He knew where, when and how to find them on the court. So, it is not a surprise that he ranks third in all-time assists leaders with 10334 behind only John Stockton and Jason Kidd.

Reggie Miller, was Jackson’s teammate at the Pacers team and he was ecstatic about the accuracy and the way that Jackson used to pass him the ball. So, at a weird season (1996-97) that Jackson was traded from Pacers to Nuggets and then back again to the Pacers, he was the leader of the NBA in assists per game with 11,4 dimes per night.

Jackson never made the All-Star team during the 90s (he was an All-Star at 1988-89 season) and in general I could say that he was underrated, mostly because of the way he was playing the game. He wasn’t fancy although his passes were like razor blades, he wasn’t a scorer and that overshadowed the fact the he could play on a mediocre team and lead them to the later stages of the play-offs.

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 9.6 3.8 8.0 1.2 0.1
1992-93 14.4 4.7 8.8 1.7 0.1
1989-1999 10.0 4.0 8.3 1.3 0.1

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jacksma01.html

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9. Kenny Anderson

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Kenneth “Kenny” Anderson (born October 9, 1970 in Queens, New York)

Kenny Anderson was a great talent, a player that the NBA expected a lot and on the other hand an underrated player that most of the people used to forget when they were talking about the best point guards of the game at 90s. He was a basketball prodigy and a basketball legend of the New York city from his high school years. This is a huge accomplishment for a basketball player. But his NBA career was not exactly what it was expected from him.

He has been drafted by the New Jersey Nets at number 2 of the 1991 NBA draft and played for them until 19 January 1996 when he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets. At the summer of 1996 he signed, as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers where he played until 1998. The last team that Kenny Anderson played during the 90s was the Boston Celtics.  

Anderson was a natural point guard, he could lead his team, but he never became a superstar and I believe in some point it was a matter of character and not of talent maybe even the fact that he never played for a contender. I believe though that it was mostly his suicidal attitude. He had the talents, more than most of the point guards of his era, but that was not enough. He had a lot of fun during his NBA career and he end up broke. It is really encouraging to read that he found his way to get over it and move on.

His NBA career highlights can be summarized in an all star appearance (1994) and a second place in assists per game during the 1994-95 season. In his best season (1993-94) he averaged 18,8 ppg. 9,6 ast. and 1,9 stl. as a player of the New Jersey Nets.

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 12.6 3.1 6.1 1.5 0.1
1993-94 18.8 3.9 9.6 1.9 0.2
1991-1999 15.1 3.4 7.3 1.6 0.2

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10. Mookie Blaylock

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Daron Oshay “Mookie” Blaylock (born March 20, 1967 in Garland, Texas)

I have chosen Mookie Blaylock as the 10th best point guard of the 90s, mostly, because of his unselfishness and his ability to defend. He has been selected at number 12 of the 1989 NBA Draft from the New Jersey Nets. He played for the Nets from 1989 to 1992 and then he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where he played from the 1992-93 season to the 1998-99 season.

He has been named at the NBA All-Defensive Team two times (1993-94, 1994-95) and four times (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99) at the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He was selected as reserve for eastern squad at the 1994 NBA All Star Game and he led the NBA in Steals per game for two consecutive seasons (1996-97, 1997-98). He was also a great rebounder,  considering that he was only 6-1.

Mookie Blaylock was the starting point guard of Atlanta Hawks during their two best seasons, during the 90s (1993-94 and 1996-97), where they recorder 57-25 and 56-26 respectively but eliminated at the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, both of the times.

Blaylock was not a fancy player, I don’t remember any of us, young kids back then, picking Blaylock as our favourite player. He was a guy that was doing his job night in night out. But when I started thinking of making a list with the top players of my basketball era, as I like to call the 90s, Mookie’s name was one of the first that came to my mind. It was a difficult dessicion and I gave it a lot of thought before I decide to rank him at number 10. Initialy I thought of him as number 8, however I believe that he deserves to be considered as one of the top ten point guards and that is what it counts.

One more thing that I would like to say about Mookie is about a crazy story involving Mookie’s Blaylock name and this is of course (for those of you that are aware of the story) the original name of the Pearl Jam rock band. Guess what? Their original name was Mookie Blaylock paying tribute to Mookie himself. They were finally forced to change the name but they named one of their albums ‘Ten” from Blaylock’s jersey number. 

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 13.5 4.1 6.7 2.3 0.3
1996-97 17.4 5.3 5.9 2.7 0.3
1989-1999 14.4 4.3 6.9 2.5 0.4

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