The State of Washington and furthermore, the city of Seattle, have always been closely linked with basketball, perhaps the most popular sport to watch kids play on the streets and owning a huge sports fan base.
Sadly, they’ve been left without an NBA franchise after the Seattle Supersonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder, but youngsters can still be found on their streets and local gyms balling their lives out to pursue the dream of reaching the ultimate stage of competitive sports.
Throughout history, the city of Seattle has provided the game with some of the best players it has seen, and we could even create an All-Seattle squad that could be deadly in pickup games still considering that most of those players aren’t young anymore.
Today, we’re bound to let you know about the top 5 players that were born in this city, so sit down and enjoy while we all hope the Sonics are back one day after years of absence from the basketball scene.
5. Doug Christie
The 17th overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draft was curiously drafted by the Seattle Supersonics as a Seattle native, but he was never actually able to suit up for the team that immediately dealt him. Still, Doug Christie made a name for himself as a fierce defender, even making 4 All-Defensive squads throughout his 15 year NBA tenure.
Averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game, the guard/forward was constantly called out to guard some of the best players in the Association, although he was never able to keep a young Kobe Bryant in check, and he may still be having nightmares with all the ways the Mamba humiliated him during his Sacramento Kings stint.
4. Nate Robinson
Nate Robinson was one of the best point guards off the bench you could ask for, being an instant offensive spark to lead the second unit with his athleticism, speed, strength, charisma and hard-nosed competitive character.
Of course, he also was a huge defensive liability due to his lack of size, but that didn’t stop him from winning the Slam Dunk contests and being a very good and versatile scorer that could get hot in a heartbeat, and we all hope he’s able to make his so desired NBA Comeback.
3. Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy is one of basketball’s biggest “what ifs” as the Seattle native was always the best player on the court and one of the best ballers in the league but just wasn’t able to shake off constant injuries and nagging pains that wind up killing a career that seemed destined for stardom.
Roy seemed to be the guy that could take the Portland Trail Blazers back to Championship contention, but he was only able to be in the league for 6 seasons, making it to 3 All-Star games and winning the 2006-07 Rookie of the Year
2. Jason Terry
Jason Terry is one of the best substitute point guards this league has ever seen, also being a huge leader on and off the court and just like Robinson, his lack of size hasn't stopped him from making a huge impact wherever he decides to play.
His durability makes him able to return for his 19th season after fulfilling his dream alongside Dirk Nowitzki and winning an NBA Championship, as well as being a former 6th Man of the Year at age 31 also with the Dallas Mavericks.
1. Jamal Crawford
And at the top of the podium, we can’t have other than Jamal Crawford, one of the best scorers in the league still after being on an NBA hardwood for over 17 seasons, being the ultimate 6th Man of the Year after taking home the accolade in 3 different seasons.
Crawford is a shooting master and owns a killer crossover, and he’s the total owner of the four-point play. Besides, he’s constantly been spotted in charity events and pickup games in his native Seattle, being one of the most beloved characters of the city.