Former professional basketball player, Allen Iverson, is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential basketball players of all time. He retired after playing 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for various teams. At the time of his retirement, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star. A popular star, he has made a few cameo appearances in films.
Basketball player Jerry West, also known as Mr. Clutch, for his ability to snatch games in clutch situations, is known for his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He was part of the US squads that won an Olympic gold in 1960 and a Pan American Games gold in 1959.
A star basketball player currently with Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony was first drafted by Denver Nuggets and played eight seasons with them. Amongst the most prolific scorers in the NBA history, he played another seven season with New York Knicks. At the Olympics, Anthony was part of the teams that won a bronze medal in 2004 and a goldmedal in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Nate Robinson is a former professional basketball player who has played in the NBA for the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls. He went professional in 2005 and became the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion in 2010. He retired in 2018. He now runs a restaurant in Rainier Beach.
Jim Thorpe was an American athlete who was counted among the most versatile athletes of the modern era. Jim Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and became the first Native American to give the United States an Olympic gold. He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. He was memorialized in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American.
Retired Serbian basketball player Darko Miličić scripted history as the youngest foreign NBA player and the youngest player to win an NBA Championship, having won the 2004 NBA finals with the Detroit Pistons. He was also part of the U-16 gold-winning Yugoslavian squad at the 2001 European Championship for Cadets.
Finnish basketball player Lauri Markkanen is best known for his present stint with the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers. The 3-time Finnish Player of the Year has also played for the Chicago Bulls earlier. Known for his near-7-foot frame, he has also been an NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2018.
Serbian basketball executive Peja Stojaković had a successful 13-year NBA career and was a star player of the Sacramento Kings, a team with which he spent 8 years. He also won an NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks and later served as the assistant general manager for the Sacramento Kings.
As a basketball player, Earl Watson had a successful stint with teams such as the Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz. Owing to his mother’s Mexican roots, he qualified to play for the Mexican national team but chose NBA instead. Now a coach, he is associated with the Canadian team Toronto Raptors.
Former player and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt has also worked as a successful basketball executive for the New York Knicks. He has won multiple European titles, such as the EuroCup with the Russian team Dynamo Saint Petersburg and the Euroleague with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
In her 19-year stint as a basketball player, Penny Taylor has mostly represented the WNBA team Phoenix Mercury. She also won gold medals as part of the Australian women’s national team. Though she had a heterosexual marriage earlier, she is now openly lesbian and married to fellow basketball player Diana Taurasi.