We have a few special surprises for the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend! Retired NBA players will be making special appearances Saturday and Sunday in the NBA Events Hospitality Venue and after the game on Sunday for a photo op. To those of you who already have your ticket package, keep reading to find out who you will get the opportunity to meet!
Saturday 2/13 – NBA Events Hospitality
Muggsy was selected 12th in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. He was known for his incredible ball handling skills – he could legally dribble so close to the ground that his knuckles dragged on the floor. He also gained attention with his high jumper range 44 inch leaps. The Bullets didn’t quite know how utilize his talent, and he ended up seeing a decline in playing time.
However, due to the expansion draft that occurred when the NBA added teams for the 1988-89 season, Muggsy was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets where he averaged ten points per game and in the 1992-93 season led the Hornets to their first ever appearance in NBA playoffs. Muggsy faced knee injuries in the 1995-96 season but came back the following year and led the NBA with an assist per turnover ratio of 4.34.
Even with his success with the Hornets, early in the 1997-98 season, Muggsy was traded to the Golden State Warriors where he played two seasons before signing as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors, leading them to their first playoff series. He essentially ended his career with the Raptors, although he was later traded to the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks but did not play a single game.
Muggsy finished his career ranking at number 16 among all-time assist leaders in the NBA.
“Mo Pete” was selected 21st in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, where he played from the 2000-01 season to the 2006-07 season. Peterson was immediately a fan favorite, becoming a leader for the Raptors and transforming into a solid perimeter defender and consistent scorer. He reached the playoffs three times with the franchise – 2001, 2002 and 2007. He also holds the Raptor records for most games played with 542 and 3-pt field goals with 801.
His game against the Washington Wizards in the 2007 playoffs is probably the most memorable moment in his career with his miraculous shot at the buzzer. The Wizards led the Raptors 109-106. With a few seconds left on the clock, the Wizards’ Michael Ruffin prematurely threw the ball towards the rafters to celebrate a Washington win, but with .2 seconds on the clock, Morris Peterson caught the ball and made a 3-pointer from 31 feet to send the game to overtime. The Raptors went on to win the game.
His contract with the Raptors expired in 2007, and he was picked up by the New Orleans Hornets before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011. He averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 711 career games.
Sunday 2/14 – NBA Events Hospitality
Dell Curry was selected 15th in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He only spent one season with the Jazz before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one season. For the 1988-89 season, Curry was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the expansion draft where he spent 10 seasons, playing mostly off the bench. Dell was known as one of the deadliest pure shooters in NBA history, and other teams knew the danger in giving him even the smallest amount of space. To this day, he is the Hornets’ franchise all-time leader in points (9,839), three-point field goals (929) and total games played (701). In his 1993-94 season, he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award, an annual NBA award given to the league’s best performing substitute (or sixth man).
Following his time with the Hornets, Dell played one season for the Milwaukee Bucks and then his three final seasons for the Toronto Raptors.
His son, Steph Curry, certainly has some big shoes to fill, but we know he’s doing just fine – and already breaking his father’s records.
Jerome “JYD” Williams is widely considered one of the greatest role players to ever play in the NBA. He was selected 26th in the first round by the Detroit Pistons. During his nine years in the NBA, Williams played for four teams: Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.
He was well-known in the league for his tenacity as a defensive player, which easily made him a fan favorite everywhere he went. He was tough and a natural leader on the court, rightfully earning the nickname “Junk Yard Dog.” You can find him near the top of the record books for the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors in offensive and defensive rebound percentage and steal percentage.
Following his retirement, Williams began spending a lot of time into the NBA community. He joined the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program, an effort to teach the game and bring resources to underdeveloped nations in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. In 2009, he launched The JYD Project to provide youth with an exciting alternative youth development program.
Sunday 2/14 – Postgame Photo Opp
George “The Iceman” Gervin’s playing record says it all. He started in the ABA with the Virginia Squires before his contract was sold to the San Antonio Spurs who joined the NBA in 1976.
Throughout his career, he won four league scoring championships and was the first guard to win three titles in a row. He scored an average 26.2 points per game and had a combined NBA/ABA total of 26,595 points – both of which are among the game’s best.
Gervin also recorded a double-figure scoring streak of 407 consecutive games. He played in 12 straight All-Star Games and averaged at least 21 points in each. In his nine NBA seasons with San Antonio, he won five division titles. He also won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award.
His No. 44 jersey has been retired by the Spurs, and in 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.