Loyalty is a lost value nowadays in the NBA, as the greatest players in the world often prefer to chase a ring and pursue their dream of becoming NBA champions, or they’d rather play for a bigger market in order to become one of the main guys in the league.
Nonetheless, over the course of the years, some guys have always stayed put on the teams that originally trusted them enough to draft them, winning the undisputable respect of fans and colleagues from all over the world and leaving behind a huge legacy in their respective institutions.
Today, we’ll honor these loyal and faithful guys as they deserve to be honored, listing the top 10 NBA Superstars who only played for one team throughout their entire career in the best league in competitive basketball.
Reggie Miller spent his full 18 seasons as a member of an Indiana Pacers squad that didn’t have much of a supporting cast for the sharpshooter, and the shooting guard will definitely be remembered as the best player in franchise history.
Sadly, he was never able to lead them to a championship due to many of the competitors he had to fight in the Eastern Conference, especially a team you may have heard of, Michael Jordan’s Bulls.
The best player in Mavericks history and probably the best foreign player to ever lace them up in the NBA definitely earned a spot on this list after 18 full seasons (And counting) as a member of the Mavs, being just the 6th player to score 30 thousand points or more.
Even if he had a lot of help with a great team, Dirk was the ultimate leader and the main reasons why they won the championship against LeBron James and his Miami Heat, and we’re all very glad he announced that he’ll come back for at least one extra season under Carlisle’s tutelage.
Stockton spent his entire 19-year career as a member of the Utah Jazz, and even if he had to come off the bench during the first few years of his career, he still managed to become arguably the best point guard in the history of the league with his pass-first mentality, fast-paced style of play and great perimeter defense.
The ultimate passer in history had a shot at a couple of championships alongside Karl Malone, but Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen managed to demolish their hopes and dreams over and over. Still, that didn’t stop Stockton from staying put in Utah instead of chasing rings with other superstars like Malone did.
The 5th leading scorer in NBA history with 30,026 points through his entire career, and even if he did play for a couple of extra teams during his ABA stint, his passage through the NBA was entirely with the Philadelphia 76ers, making it as an All-Star in all 11 seasons.
Besides, the small forward led the sixers to an NBA championship, as well as winning the MVP award in 1981. With lifetime averages of 24.2 points, 8.5 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game, Dr. J became one of the best overall players this game has ever seen.
Jerry West was one of the most important pieces in a team that also featured Wilt Chamberlain, so you know he had to be pretty good. The Logo spent his entire 14-year career as a member of Los Angeles Lakers before also working as a coach and a general manager for the same franchise.
Being the man responsible for the acquisition of Kobe Bryant, the clutch player was also the lone Finals MVP winner to earn the distinction despite being on the losing team, thanks to his career averages of 27 points, 5.8 boards and 6.7 assists per game.
If it wasn’t for Bill Russell, Larry Bird would definitely go down as the best player in Boston Celtics history after spending 13 seasons in the TD Garden since being drafted 6th overall in 1978 and until the very day he retired in 1992.
Winner of the Rookie of the Year and 3 NBA Championships as well as 3 MVPs and 2 Finals MVPs, the 12-time All-Star was one of the most versatile and prolific scorers in NBA history with his ability to stretch the floor and score with both hands, averaging 24.3 points and 10 rebounds for his entire career.
The Black Mamba was the ultimate definition of loyalty through his entire career, although there have been several rumors that point towards the fact that he was very close to joining the Bulls at one point in his career, but the move obviously didn’t come through.
Spending 20 years as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, the 5-time NBA champion will go down as the best player in Lakers history despite his detractors and his questionable ethic as a teammate, being the second best shooting guard in NBA history behind Michael Jordan.
Tim Duncan is really the face of the Spurs other than Gregg Popovich, and the future Hall of Famer is definitely one of the biggest reasons why this franchise has been so successful over the last couple of decades with his great presence, mentorship, and style of play on both ends of the floor.
The Big Fundamental spent all 20 years of his career with San Antonio after leaving Wake Forest, becoming an instant superstar and a great example both on and off the court and earning the respect of every single person he crossed paths with on his way to 5 rings, 2 MVPs, a Rookie of the Year, 15 All-Star Games and the top of the San Antonio Spurs’ scoring list.
Before prematurely retiring due to HIV, and before the appearance of Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson was definitely the best player in Lakers history, something really impressive if you notice the fact that Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were also a part of this team.
As a 6’11 point guard, Magic was the ultimate basketball player with his great offense and his ability to defend all 5 positions, being a nightly triple-double threat and winning 5 NBA rings, 3 Finals MVPs, 3 regular season MVPs, 4-time leader in assists and 2-time leader in steals, as well as winning an Olympic gold medal, averaging 19.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 11.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Before the surge of Michael Jeffrey Jordan, Bill Russell was considered to be the greatest player in this sports history due to his dominant presence in the paint for the Boston Celtics, where he won 11 NBA championships in 13 seasons as their starting center.
In all those 13 seasons, he made 12 All-Star appearances besides winning 5 MVPs, showing that he had absolutely no opposition on both ends of the court during his brief NBA career. Retiring at age 34, Russell averaged 15.1 points and 22.5 boards in an era where they didn’t count blocks, otherwise, his stats would be way more impressive.