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Autographed NBA Jerseys: The Collections

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Photo Source: David Kocotos, Pinterest

The Priceless Autograph Jersey Collections of Legendary NBA Players.

For Fadeaway World, it's an honour to write and read about the Hall of Fame NBA Players.

12. Karl Malone #32

Career History: Utah Jazz (1985-2003), Los Angeles Lakers (2003-2004)

Stats: 25.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.5 apg

14 x NBA All-Star

Karl Malone is arguably the greatest power forward of all time. Built more like a tight end than a basketball player, his size and strength made him difficult to defend in the low block, but he also filled the lane on the fast break and shot a deadly medium-range jumper.

The two-time MVP finished his career with 36, 928 points second only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He also attempted more free throws and grabbed more defensive rebounds than any player in NBA history. He was also selected to the 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and won two Olympic gold medals. As a player who consistently delivered on the court, he deserved the nickname of "The Mailman."

11. Clyde Drexler #22

Career History: Portland Trail Blazers (1983-1995), Houston Rockets (1995-1998)

Stats: 20.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.6 apg

1 x NBA Champion

10 x NBA All-Star

One of the game's all-time great guards, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was known for his high-flying yet seemingly effortless swoops to the basket.

After almost a dozen seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Drexler left Portland with his name all over the franchise's record books. A perennial All-Star and a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team, Drexler twice led the Blazers to the NBA Finals. It wasn't until he joined the Houston Rockets however, that he finally earned a championship ring.

"I want to win it all, but I'm not obsessed with it," he said placidly just before the 1992 NBA Championship. "It won't mar my accomplishments." He kept this same attitude throughout his career.

10. Charles Barkley #34

Career History: Philadelphia 76ers (1984-1992), Phoenix Suns (1992-1996), Houston Rockets (1996-2000)

Stats: 22.1 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 3.6 apg

11 x NBA All-Star

Barkley competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States men's basketball team.

The Round Mound of Rebound, at 6'6", Barkley became the shortest player in history to lead the league in rebounds in 1986-87. Scoring 22 points with 11 rebound per game, despite his weight, bounced between 252 and 284 pounds.

Along with Karl Malone, one of the best NBA players without the ring.

"These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make you rich like me, they won't make you rebound like me, they definitely won't make you handsome like me. They'll only make you have shoes like me. That's it." - Charles Barkley

Huh?! What about jerseys, Charles?

9. Shaquille O'Neal #34

Career History: Orland Magic (1992-1996), Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004). Miami Heat (2004-2008), Phoenix Suns (2008-2009), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-2010), Boston Celtics (2010-2011)

Stats: 23.7 ppg, 10,9 rpg, 2,3 blk

4 x NBA Champion

15 x NBA All-Star

Shaquille O’Neal was an unstoppable force in the NBA and could only be slowed down by one person—father time. From the time period of Michael Jordan’s second (and what should have been last) retirement in 1998 to the development of young superstars such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal was by far the most dominant and exciting player in the NBA.

“For all my friends in the media who like quotes, mark this quote down," he said during one postgame conference. "From this day on I’d like to be known as ‘The Big Aristotle’ because Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do."

At 7'1" and more than 300 pounds, Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant centers in the history of pro basketball.

His only weakness and nightmare was the free throw line.

8. Scottie Pippen #33

Career History: Chicago Bulls (1987-1998), Houston Rockets (1998-1999), Portland Trail Blazers (1999-2003), Chicago Bulls (2003-2004)

Stats: 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.2 apg

6 x NBA Champion

7 x NBA All-Star

Considered one of the best small forwards of all time, played his role of a glue guy to the perfection and set the bar so high that no one has even come close.

One of the most versatile and talented players, 6-7 Scottie Pippen orchestrated an offense like a point guard, rebounded like a power forward, scored like a shooting guard, and defended on the perimeter like few others.

7. Hakeem Olajuwon #34

Career History: Houston Rockets (1984-2001), Toronto Raptors (2001-2002)

Stats: 21.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 3.1 blk

2 x NBA Champion

12 x NBA All-Star

Arguably one of the greatest centers ever, Olajuwon was called The Dream because of his finesse on the court and amiable personality off of it. There was also that Dream Shake, which was a post fake that had defenders guarding a dream version of Olajuwon while the real one scored the basket. This magical power is probably one of the reasons why Shaquille O'Neal said he's the only one.

There are only a few players in the game that don’t have any weaknesses and he is one of them.

During his 18-year career, Nigeria-born Hakeem Olajuwon staked his claim as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Long considered a physical marvel since his days at the University of Houston, his aesthetic and productive play -- highlighted by his Houston Rockets’ back-to-back NBA titles -- earned him a place among the game’s best.

6. Julius Erving #6

Career History: Virginia Squires (1971-1973), New York Nets (1973-1976), Philadelphia 76ers (1976-1987)

Stats: 24.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2 spg

2 x ABA Champion

1 x NBA Champion

11 x NBA All-Star

Dr. J, one of the first players with full skills set and one of the most talented players in NBA history. He invented dunking from the free throw line and he was one of the most emphatic finishers at the rim. The synonym of the transition period in NBA and the first one who brought to bring marketing to the league.

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Julius Erving, the great and wondrous "Dr. J," was the dominant player of his era, an innovator who changed the way the game was played. He was a wizard with the ball, performing feats never before seen: midair spins and whirls punctuated by powerful slam dunks. Erving was one of the first players to make extemporaneous individual expression an integral part of the game, setting the style of play that would prevail in the decades to follow.

The Starting Lineups

PG Earvin Magic Johnson #32

Career History: Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1991), Los Angeles Lakers (1996)

Stats: 19.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 11.apg

5 x NBA Champion

12 x NBA All-Star

Few athletes are truly unique, changing the way their sport is played with their singular skills. Earvin "Magic" Johnson was one of them.

Just how great a basketball player was Johnson? So great, perhaps, that future generations of hoop fans may wish they had entered the world years earlier -- just so they could have seen Magic play in person instead of watching him only on highlight reels.

First point forward in the game, he played almost every position on the court and started the revolution that is considered modern, even today. He brought assisting to a whole new level. Back then if you were teammates with him, you could become an All-Star only if you could run with him and make layups, but you couldn’t even imagine where the ball would come from. The Vision of Magic on the court.

SF Larry Bird #33

Career History: Boston Celtics (1979-1992)

Stats: 24.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 6.3 apg

3 x NBA Champion

12 x NBA All-Star

Once every generation or so, a player comes along who can truly be called a superstar. Larry Bird was such a player.

For 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, from 1979-80 through 1991-92, Bird personified hustle, consistency and excellence in all areas of play--as a scorer, a passer, a rebounder, a defender, a team player, and, perhaps above all, as a clutch performer.

Bird was so self-confident that he was known to waltz up to the opponents' bench before tipoff and predict a 40-point performance for himself. He was such a deadly shooter that he sometimes practiced three-pointers with his eyes closed

At first sight, he looked more like a retroactive version of Brian Scalabrine, but he was a walking genius and a triple double machine. Bird is also remembered as an excellent defender. He was neither fast nor quick-footed, but he had great anticipation of opponent’s moves and that made him so unique. There was one rule- do whatever you want against him but never trash talk, because he will drop 50 pts on you.

C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33

Career History: Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975), Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989)

Stats: 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.6 bpg

6 x NBA Champion

19 x NBA All-Star

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons.

His list of personal and team accomplishments is perhaps the most awesome in league history: Rookie of the Year, member of six NBA championship teams, six-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 19-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, and a member of the NBA 35th and 50th Anniversary All-Time Teams. He also owned eight playoff records and seven All-Star records. No player achieved as much individual and team success as did Abdul-Jabbar.

His trademark was ‘’skyhook’’, a shot that was almost impossible to block without goaltending. One of the most skilled big men in the game, he wasn't strong like Chamberlain or O'Neal but nevertheless, because of his unique technique he was unstoppable in low post.

C Wilt Chamberlain #13

Career History: Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors (1959-1965), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1968), Los Angeles Lakers (1968-1973)

Stats: 30.1 ppg, 22. 9 rpg, 4.4 apg

2 x NBA Champion

13 x NBA All-Star

He was basketball's unstoppable force, the most awesome offensive force the game has ever seen. Asked to name the greatest players ever to play basketball, most fans and aficionados would put Wilt Chamberlain at or near the top of the list.

Dominating the game as few players in any sport ever have, Chamberlain seemed capable of scoring and rebounding at will, despite the double- and triple-teams and constant fouling tactics that opposing teams used to try to shut him down.

Absolutely the most dominant player in (NBA) history, he was such a mindless force that he needed 7 NBA rule changes to be stopped at these crazy numbers. I'm pretty sure that, if it ever happens, the 100 point game record will be the last one to fall. But it remains a mystery why he won only 2 championship rings and lost seven out of eight playoff series against the Celtics?

SG Michael Jordan #23

Career History: Chicago Bulls (1984-1993; 1995-1998), Washington Wizards (2001-2003)

Stats: 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.3 spg

6 x NBA Champion

14 x NBA All-Star

Basketball God.

By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.

Even contemporaneous superstars recognized the unparalleled position of Jordan. Magic Johnson said, "There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us." Larry Bird, following a playoff game where Jordan dropped 63 points on the Boston Celtics in just his second season, appraisal of the young player was: "God disguised as Michael Jordan.

Everything he did on the basketball court was perfect, elegant and easy. He could do whatever he wanted in every moment of the game. Without any weaknesses, almost immune to defeat he became the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century. We can only guess how many titles he would have won if he hadn’t had such a strong passion for baseball.

The Coach: Mr. Triple Double 

Oscar Robertson #1

Career history: Cincinnati Royals (1960-1970), Milwaukee Bucks (1970-1974)

Stats: 25.7 pts, 7.5 rpg, 9.5 apg

1 x NBA Champion

12 x NBA All-Star

Oscar Robertson, the "Big O," is the player against whom all others labeled "all-around" are judged, and he may remain the standard forever.

"The Big O" Oscar Robertson is recognized as one of the game's most versatile players of all-time. Statistically, one need look no further than the numbers Robertson put up in 1961-62, just his second year in the league: 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game an average of a triple-double for an entire season. Not even Magic Johnson or Larry Bird could match those numbers.

General Manager

Bill Russell #6

Career history: Boston Celtics (1956-1969)

Stats: 15.1 pts, 22.5 rpg, 4.3 ast

11 x NBA Champion

12 x NBA All-Star

Bill Russell was the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics' dynasty of the 1960s, an uncanny shot blocker who revolutionized NBA defensive concepts. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time All-Star, the angular center amassed 21,620 career rebounds, an average of 22.5 per game and led the league in rebounding four times. He had 51 boards in one game, 49 in two others and a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds.

His many individual accolades were well deserved, but they were only products of Russell's philosophy of team play. His greatest accomplishment was bringing the storied Celtics 11 championships in his 13 seasons. Until the ascent of Michael Jordan in the 1980s, Russell was acclaimed by many as the greatest player in the history of the NBA.

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