Sports Illustrated Releases Definitive Roster of Basketball’s Greatest

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New Book Features Top 10 Rankings of Players at Every Position, Coaches, Milestone Moments and More Available In Stores and Online October 21

Mandatory Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated

Mandatory Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated

As the start of professional basketball season draws near, a panel of Sports Illustrated’s editors and writers have assembled a series of detailed and decisive Top 10 lists of the sport’s elite players, coaches, franchises, and historic matchups to help settle the score for on-court supremacy, while likely reinvigorating an endless debate that has raged since the very first tipoff.

BASKETBALL’S GREATEST (Time Home Entertainment, Inc; Hardcover; Publication date: October 21, 2014; $29.95) names the Top 10 in more than 20 categories, based on the opinions of a team of experts that includes Chris Ballard (SI Senior Writer), Mark Bechtel (SI Senior Editor), Lee Jenkins (SI Senior Writer), Chris Mannix (SI Senior Writer), Jack McCallum (SI Special Contributor), Ian Thomsen (former SI Senior Writer), and Alexander Wolff (SI Senior Writer).

In addition to the best at every position – from point guards to power forwards, three-point shooters to rebounders – the book also proclaims the top coaches, sixth men, most entertaining players, and best single-season teams. A special section takes a look at the best dunks, uniforms, courtside characters, quotes, moments, draft surprises, and international scenes. The book wraps by listing “The Full Results” – the names of all players listed on a panelist’s ballot, to showcase everyone who received a nomination in each category.

All throughout the colorful pages of BASKETBALL’S GREATEST, top-performing players from every era are separated into category by position.  Among the most contentious battles – Magic Johnson goes one-on-one with John Stockton, Jason Kidd, and Walt Frazier for point guard recognition. Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Allen Iverson each compete with Michael Jordan for the top shooting guard spot. And the career highlights of Larry Bird, LeBron James, and Scottie Pippen campaign for small forward honors.

The list of the sport’s best games spans five decades, with action from the 1950s to the present day all featured and evaluated. The list of single-season teams is equally as exhaustive, and includes memorable teams from all eras since the launch of the National Basketball Association. The vast collection of material and full-page photography inBASKETBALL’S GREATEST – assisted by the skilled commentary – presses forward a perpetual debate that spans from driveways and schoolyards all the way to the world’s most famous arenas, and will surely delight and inspire sports fans of all ages.

BASKETBALL’s GREATEST is third in a series from Sports Illustrated, following the publications of FOOTBALL’S GREATEST and BASEBALL’S GREATEST.


About Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated (SI), the most respected voice in sports journalism, is a multimedia sports brand that takes the consumer into the heart and soul of sports. It reaches a weekly audience of nearly 21 million adults, and, the magazine’s 24/7 sports news website delivers more than 150 original stories each week.

About Time Home Entertainment Inc.

Time Home Entertainment Inc. (THEI), the book publishing arm of Time Inc, creates and leverages editorial content across multiple platforms, including books, bookazines, eBooks and calendars, in partnership with such Time Inc. brands as TIME, PEOPLE, Sports Illustrated, LIFE, Southern Living, Fortune, InStyle, Essence and Entertainment Weekly. THEI also publishes a range of books under licensed third party brands including Disney, MAD Magazine, Guitar World, and Weber.

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