Steve Kerr has been around the NBA for what feels like forever, whether as a player, broadcaster or coach.
He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 50th pick in the 1988 NBA Draft, enjoying a 15-year career. While he's considered one of the best pure three-point shooters the league has seen, he spent most of his playing career as a role player.
That long career was spread across six different NBA teams, and in that time he saw some of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball up close and personal. Creating a dominant starting five of his former teammates shows just how prolific his career was.
Point Guard: Mark Price
Kerr unfortunately wouldn't make his own starting five, but that's in part because he played so much of his career on the same team as one of the most underrated guards in NBA history in Mark Price. Price was a creative passer, great shooter and solid defender with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Price wasn't a top pick coming out of college (he went 25th overall in 1986) but quickly became a name-to-know with his flashy plays and brilliant shooting. The easiest way to put it is he was Steve Nash before Steve Nash was Steve Nash:
Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan
Was there any question His Airness would be the starting shooting guard? Kerr played alongside one of the greatest professional athletes of all-time during his second-coming, a key cog in the latter three-peat of Jordan's career.
This really doesn't need any explanation. Jordan is the starting five of any "greatest" list he fits the criteria of.
Small Forward: Scottie Pippen
Pippen and Jordan, say no more. The duo combined to capture six NBA titles together, and while Pippen will forever be in the shadow of The Jumpman, he's an NBA great on his own merits.
A versatile forward who was one of the best perimeters defenders in league history, Pippen was another lock in this starting lineup. He wasn't much of a three-point shooter, but he could defend, dish, board and score in a variety of ways.
There's a reason why Pippen was key in all six of Jordan's titles.
Power Forward: Tim Duncan
We're finally able to shift away from the Bulls and take a trip further down Kerr's career. Next up, at power forward is the incredible Tim Duncan. Kerr did something Jordan never did by capturing four titles in a row, and he landed that fourth with San Antonio.
Duncan was just in the second year of his career when Kerr came along, but The Big Fundamental was already dominant. He averaged 21.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a sophomore.
Tim and Kerr would go on to help deliver David Robinson his first NBA championship in 1999. The only question is, will The Admiral make the cut?
Center: Shaquille O'Neal
The answer to that question is, shockingly, no. Kerr made a one-year pit stop in Orlando, playing 47 games for the Magic. It was a short stint, but it happened to be one that included playing with rookie phenom Shaquille O'Neal out of LSU.
Shaq was one of the most dominant forces the NBA had ever seen, a mix of agility, power and skill matched by none. Even as a rookie he averaged 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. He was astonishing from Day 1.
Sixth Man: Steve Kerr
What's a starting lineup without a sixth man? Kerr's career kept rolling because he carved a niche for himself as a sharpshooting role player. While other players averaged more points, dished more assists or played better defense, few can claim the success Kerr did.
Plus, who else can say that Michael Jordan — MICHAEL JORDAN — willingly passed him a game-winning opportunity with a championship on the line:
One of the greatest clutch shots in NBA Finals history, and exactly why he gets this spot on his Hall of Fame-filled team.News Now - Sport News