Six Hall of Fame Guards Control the Lineup
Friday, June 09, 2006

McFarlane Toys is proud to present the second lineup in our NBA Legends series. The six players in this series are all members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, and all contributed to at least one NBA Championship during their careers. Guards control the game in the NBA, and they've assumed full control of our NBA Legends 2 lineup. Take a closer look at some of basketball's best, and enjoy the photography.

CLYDE "THE GLIDE" DREXLER played 11+ seasons for the Portland Trail Blazers, taking his squad to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. Following a trade to his hometown Houston Rockets in 1995, he partnered with college teammate Hakeem Olajuwon to help Houston repeat as NBA Champions. Drexler is one of only three players in NBA history to amass 20,000 points, 6,000 assists and 6,000 rebounds. His career accomplishments landed him in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON was the undisputed leader of the "Showtime" Lakers, bringing five championships to Los Angeles while winning a trio of MVP awards and being named to 12 NBA All-Star teams. Johnson's tremendous contributions as a player, coach, broadcaster and ambassador of the game led to his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

OSCAR ROBERTSON spent his first 10 NBA seasons as a Cincinnati Royal -- winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1961, averaging a triple-double in 1962, and winning the NBA MVP award in 1964. Robertson moved on to Milwaukee in 1970, and teamed with Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to deliver their first championship in 1971. "The Big O" retired in 1974, and was honored as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

JERRY WEST joined the Los Angeles Lakers as the second overall selection in the 1960 NBA draft. West was named to the NBA All-Star team 14 times, and overtime-forcing 60-foot shots (like the one in Game Three of the 1970 NBA Finals) earned him the nickname "Mr. Clutch." West delivered Los Angeles' first title in 1972, and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

ISIAH THOMAS spent his entire 13-year pro career as a Detroit Piston. During his tenure, Thomas would win the Rookie of the Year award and be named to 12 All-Star teams (while winning two All-Star MVPs). Thomas was the floor general for the "Bad Boys" Pistons teams that won back-to-back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. Thomas was named one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History" in 1996, and took his place in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.

WALT "CLYDE" FRAZIER was a steady and sometimes phenomenal offensive force for the Knicks, but his true hallmarks were running New York's offense (he led the team in assists in each of his seasons as a Knick) while shutting down the opponent's offense (Frazier was selected to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team seven straight years). He wrapped up his career with three seasons in Cleveland, and was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

NBA Legends 2 is scheduled to arrive in stores late this October.