Answer: Darko Miličić
Although Serbian player Darko Miličić was fortunate to get drafted onto a Pistons team that won the championship that year, he never came ever remotely close to living up to the expectations of a number-two draft pick, especially one that belonged to such an iconic draft class. In fact Miličić was not even invited to the Rising Stars game as a rookie.
Answer: Michael Jordan
Another financial reason Michael Jordan has stood out amongst his peers is his ability to control the use of his likeness. In 2015, Jordan was awarded an amount of $8.9 million after he filed a lawsuit against an American grocery-store chain for using his name in a steak advertisement without seeking his permission to do so.
Answer: Spud Webb
Standing at approximately 5'7", Spud Webb is widely regarded as one of the shortest players in professional basketball's history. However, he surprised everyone by winning the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. This achievement made him the shortest player to be crowned champion of the NBA slam dunk contest.
Answer: Mychal Thompson
Mychal Thompson, hailing from the Bahamas, was the first foreign-born player to be selected number-one in the NBA Draft, with this occurring in 1978.
Answer: Alonzo Mourning
Few players have displayed the resiliency of center Alonzo Mourning who retired from the NBA in 2003 due to kidney disease, had a transplant in 2004 and then returned to play for the Miami Heat in 2005, helping them win a championship in 2006.
Answer: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose suffered an ACL injury the following season and though remaining a viable player never regained the MVP form of the earlier days of his career, when he set a record at age 22 for youngest MVP ever.
Answer: Ray Allen
In a career defined by setting NBA records in three-pointers made, the biggest shot of Ray Allen's career came near the end of it, in 2013, when the Heat staved off elimination and ultimately won the Championship thanks in large part to his clutch shot in Game 6 of the Finals.
Answer: Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin became an international sensation overnight partially due to his record achievement of scoring 89 points in his first three starts with the New York Knicks in early 2012.
Answer: Chicago Bulls
In 2016 Wade signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls for a whopping $47 million over two years since he felt the Heat lowballed him by offering $40 million for the same duration of time.
In addition to being stars in the NBA during the early part of the 21st century, the Gasol brothers are also mainstays of the Spanish national basketball team.