The 1990s were a wonderful time for the NBA, and arguably the most successful decade of professional basketball. From Michael Jordan asserting his dominance as the greatest basketball player of all time with six championships to Hakeem Olajuwon making good on his status as a No. 1 draft pick to all the stars that made the league such a fun spectator sport, the NBA kept its roll going from the glory days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the 80s.
But who were the brightest stars of the decade? Who will be remembered from the 90s among the all-time greats 100 years from now? To help put an entire decade filled with magnificent players in perspective, we’ll be creating an NBA All-Decade Team for the 1990s. These are the guys you wanted to see on NBA Inside Stuff, the ones who made you cry out “Boomshakalaka!” while playing a game of NBA Jam.
Today, we’ll start with the Third Team and honorable mentions before working our way up to the Second Team and eventually, the cream-of-the-crop First Team.
In case you’re unfamiliar with how All-NBA teams work, there are two spots for guards, two spots for forwards and one spot for a center. The First Team is the highest honor, Second Team is the second-highest, Third Team is the third. Honorable mentions get a pat on the back, but considering how loaded these teams are, that “pat on the back” means they should be remembered forever when the 90s come up. Without further ado, here’s a look at the 1990s NBA All-Decade Third Team and honorable mentions.