Miguel Cabrera | Tyreke Evans | Matt Garza | Alex Gordon | Adam Jones | Sam Jones | Chris Paul | Hanley Ramirez | Brandon Roy | Bill Russell | Tyrus Thomas | Dwyane Wade | Dorell Wright

 

Miguel Cabrera

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In 2004, he proved that his rookie season was no fluke, batting .294 with 33 homers, 112 RBI, 101 runs, 177 hits, a .366 on base percentage, a .512 slugging percentage from the third and fourth spots in the order, while playing in 160 games and earning his first All-Star appearance. Cabrera spent the whole 2004 season playing in the outfield, with no games at third base; he showed his arm strength as a former third baseman with his 13 outfield assists. In 284 total fielding chances, he committed 9 errors (tied for the most among AL outfielders) and made 262 putouts.

  • 3× Silver Slugger Award Winner (2005, 2006, 2010)
  • 6× All-Star (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)
  • World Series Champion (2003)
  • AL Home Run Champion (2008)
  • AL RBI Champion (2010)
  • AL Batting Champion (2011)
  • 2× Luis Aparicio Award Winner (2005, 2011)

    Miguel Cabrera Memorabilia

Tyreke Evans

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On March 31, 2009, Evans declared himself eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft. Evans decided to forgo his remaining three seasons of collegiate eligibility. On June 25, 2009, Evans was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. On December 1, 2009, Evans was named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played from the beginning of the season through November.During that time he averaged 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.33 steals in 36.1 minutes per game. On December 21, 2009, he was instrumental in leading the Sacramento Kings back from a 35-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls, 102–98.Evans scored 9 of the Kings last 11 points, single-handedly outscoring the Bulls in the 4th quarter (11 points for Evans vs. 10 for the Bulls).

On January 4, 2010, Tyreke Evans was named Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for the second straight month. On February 12, 2010 Tyreke Evans won the 2010 Rookie/Sophomore Game MVP award after recording 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals on 11/15 shooting. In an act of sportsmanship, he chose to share the award with DeJuan Blair, who had scored 22 points and pulled down 23 rebounds. On March 11, 2010, Evans recorded his first career triple-double in a win against the Toronto Raptors on Rally for RekeROY night. Evans scored 19 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. He also became the fourth NBA player in history to ever average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his rookie year, joining Oscar Robertson (1960), Michael Jordan (1984) and LeBron James (2003). On April 27, 2010, Evans was recognized for his accomplishments by being awarded the 2009–2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2010)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)
  • T-Mobile Rookie Challenge MVP (2010)
  • McDonald's All-American Game MVP (2008)

    Tyreke Evans Memorabilia

Matt Garza

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After the 2007 season, the Twins traded Garza along with Jason Bartlett and Eduardo Morlan to the Tampa Bay Rays for Delmon Young, Jason Pridie, and Brendan Harris. Garza had a successful season with the Rays, going 11–9 while posting a 3.70 ERA. He also earned MVP honors for the ALCS in which he helped the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox by posting a 1.38 ERA in two starts, and earning the decisive victory in game 7 of the ALCS.
On June 26, he carried a perfect game through 6.0 innings against the Florida Marlins before giving up a leadoff home run in the seventh inning to Hanley Ramírez. That proved his only blemish as he won the complete game with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Alex Gordon

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Gordon was drafted in 2005 by the Kansas City Royals with the second pick overall. He hit 29 home runs and stole more than 20 bases with an OPS over 1.000 in his first full season in minor league baseball with the Double-A Wichita Wranglers. He was generally regarded as one of the best hitting prospects in baseball playing in the Texas League All-Star game and was selected for the 2006 All-Star Futures Game. Gordon declined to play for Team USA in 2006, while leading the Wichita Wranglers to the Texas League playoffs. He performed exceptionally well in his first full minor league season, winning the Texas League Player of the Year awarded to the best player award and Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year award.

Adam Jones

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On July 28, 2008, Jones became the second player ever to hit a triple and a grand slam in the same game as a visitor to Yankee Stadium(the first was Pat Seerey in 1945). On September 21, 2008, Jones hit the final triple at Yankee Stadium in the second inning off Andy Pettitte and later scored the first run of the game. Jones finished his first season with the Orioles batting .270 to go along with 9 home runs, 57 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He ranked 11th in the major leagues with 7 triples.

Sam Jones

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Jones spent all of his twelve seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics who drafted him in the first round in 1957. Jones was known as a clutch scorer, and scored over 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five All-Star Games, and is usually recognized as one of the best shooting guards of his generation. Jones was named to the All-NBA Second Team three straight years (1965–67) and he played on ten championship teams (1959-66 and 1968-69) — a total exceeded only by teammate Bill Russell in NBA history. He was 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) and weighed 200 lb (97 kg). Jones was originally claimed by the Minneapolis Lakers, but returned to college upon completion of military service, and therefore voided NBA rules.

Jones’ perfect form when shooting a jump shot, along with his great clutch shooting led opponents to nickname him "The Shooter". He was particularly adept shooting the bank shot, where the shooter bounces the ball off the backboard en route to the basket. Many coaches including UCLA's great John Wooden believe that when a shooter is at a 20 - 50 degree angle to the backboard and inside of 15 feet, a bank shot is always the preferred shot. At 6-foot-4, Jones was the prototype of the tall guard who could run the floor, bang the boards and had a rangy offensive game that gave opponents fits. One of the "Jones Boys" in Boston, Sam teamed with K. C. Jones in the Celtics' backcourt to create havoc in NBA arenas around the country. He led Boston in scoring in the 1962-63 NBA season (19.7 points per game), 1964-65 NBA season (25.9) and 1965-66 NBA season (23.5). He produced four consecutive seasons averaging 20 points or better (1965–68). He owns Boston's fourth best single-game scoring output (51 points vs. Detroit Pistons on October 29, 1965).He scored 2,909 points in 154 playoff games (18.9 ppg), 15th best in history.

  • 10× NBA Champion (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
  • 5× NBA All-Star (1962, 1964–1966, 1968)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (1965–1967)
  • NBA 25th Anniversary Team
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • #24 Retired by the Boston Celtics

    Sam Jones Memorabilia

Chris Paul

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Still playing in Oklahoma City, Paul followed up his impressive rookie campaign with a solid sophomore season. He improved his scoring average to 17.3 points, and improved his assists average with 8.9 per game. He averaged 4.4 rebounds per game. Paul's season was riddled with injuries though, as he was limited to playing in only 64 games. Paul was not named an All-Star in 2007, but he was named to replace Steve Nash in the 2007 PlayStation Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend. He played in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and dished out 17 assists and had 9 steals, both T-Mobile Rookie Challenge records. When interviewed during the Rookie Challenge, Paul vowed that he would be an All-Star next season, as the All-Star Game would be held in New Orleans.

  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2006)
  • 4× NBA All-Star (2008–2011)
  • All-NBA First Team (2008)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2009)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2011)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009)
  • 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2011)
  • All-Rookie First Team (2006)
    Chris Paul Memorabilia

Hanley Ramirez

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During Spring Training in 2006, Ramírez was impressive enough to earn the starting shortstop job for the Marlins over another candidate, shortstop Robert Andino. Ramírez led all MLB rookies with 185 hits, 119 runs, 11 triples and 51 SBs. He hit 7 leadoff home runs, the most in team history for a season and career. Ramírez's 46 doubles in the 2006 season is the all-time NL record for a shortstop age 22 or younger.He is the first NL rookie to post 110-plus runs and 50-plus stolen bases. He became the fifth big-league player since 1900 to hit 45-plus doubles and have 50-plus stolen bases, joining Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Lou Brock. He finished the spectacular season with the Rookie of the Year Award. Because he didn’t accumulate 130 at bats in the majors or spend 45 days on the Red Sox’ MLB roster he was eligible for the award.

  • 3x All-Star Starter selection (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • 2x Silver Slugger Award winner (2008, 2009)
  • NL Rookie of the Year (2006)
  • NL Player of the Month June (2008)
  • NL Player of the Week June 22 – June 28 (2009)
  • NL Batting Champion (2009)
  • Led NL In Runs (2008)
  • 30–30 club (2008)

    Hanley Ramirez Memorabilia

Brandon Roy

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Roy's NBA debut was in his hometown against the Seattle SuperSonics.He scored 20 points in that game, and 19 in the following game.An impingement in his left heel kept him out of 20 games early in the season, but he scored his first career double-double shortly after his return, on December 22, 2006, against the Toronto Raptors.At the end of January 2007, Roy led all NBA rookies with 14.5 points per game. He became the fourth Trail Blazer to be selected for the rookie squad of the NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge since its inception in 1994. He was the first Trail Blazer to participate in the All-Star Weekend since Rasheed Wallace's selection as an all star reserve in 2001.

Roy's uniform number is 7. He was the Western Conference's Rookie of the Month in January, February, and March 2007.After averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game during the 2006–07 NBA season, Roy was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He received 127 out of 128 first-place votes.Due to injury, he played in only 57 games in that season, the second-fewest games for a Rookie of the Year.He was the third Trail Blazer to win the award, the others being Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks.

  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2007)
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2008–2010)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2009)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2010)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2007)

    Brandon Roy Memorabilia

Bill Russell

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In the 1956 NBA Draft, Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach had set his sights on Russell, thinking his defensive toughness and rebounding prowess were the missing pieces the Celtics needed.In perspective, Auerbach’s thoughts were unorthodox. In that period, centers and forwards were defined by their offensive output, and their ability to play defense was secondary.However, Boston's chances of getting Russell seemed slim. Because the Celtics had finished second in the previous season and the worst teams had the highest draft picks, the Celtics had slipped too low in the draft order to pick Russell. In addition, Auerbach had already used his territorial pick to acquire talented forward Tom Heinsohn. But Auerbach knew that the Rochester Royals, who owned the first draft pick, already had a skilled rebounder in Maurice Stokes, were looking for an outside shooting guard and were unwilling to pay Russell the $25,000 signing bonus he requested.

The St. Louis Hawks, who owned the second pick, originally drafted Russell, but were vying for Celtics center Ed Macauley, a six-time All-Star who had roots in St. Louis. Auerbach agreed to trade Macauley, who had previously asked to be traded to St. Louis in order to be with his sick son, if the Hawks gave up Russell. However the owner of St Louis called Auerbach later and demanded more in the trade. Not only did he want Macauley, who was the Celtics premier player at the time, he wanted Cliff Hagan, who had been serving in the military for three years and had not yet played for the Celtics. After much debate, Auerbach agreed to give up Hagan, and the Hawks made the trade.During that same draft, Boston also claimed guard K.C. Jones, Russell's former USF teammate. Thus, in one night, the Celtics managed to draft three future Hall of Famers: Russell, K.C. Jones and Heinsohn.The Russell draft-day trade was later called one of the most important trades in the history of North American sports.
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  • 11× NBA Champion (1957, 1959–1966, 1968–1969)
  • 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1958, 1961–1963, 1965)
  • 5× NBA rebounding champion (1957–1959, 1964–1965)
  • 12× NBA All-Star (1958–1969)
  • 3× All-NBA First Team (1959, 1963, 1965)
  • 8× All-NBA Second Team (1958, 1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (1969)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1963)
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NBA 35th Anniversary Team
  • NBA 25th Anniversary Team
  • #6 Retired by Boston Celtics
  • 2× NCAA Champion (1955–1956)
  • NCAA MOP (1955)

    Bill Russell Memorabilia

Tyrus Thomas

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Thomas appeared in 72 games his rookie year, with four starts, and averaged 5.2 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 1.06 blocks per game, 13.4 minutes per game, .475 field goal percentage, and a .606 free throw percentage. Thomas tied a season-high with 11 boards, including the game-winning tip-in with :00.2 seconds to play against Denver Nuggets on March 22. He then posted 10 games of 10 points and had two double-doubles. He posted a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds versus Cleveland Cavaliers on March 31.It was announced on Feb. 5, 2007, that Thomas would participate in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest. He would be the first Chicago Bulls representative since Scottie Pippen entered the contest in 1990.

Dwyane Wade

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Selected 5th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, Wade quickly emerged as a productive player on a youthful Miami Heat team and averaged 16.2 points on 46.5% shooting with averages of 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Wade is one of only four Marquette University players to be drafted in the first round; his is the highest draft selection in school history.After a 5–15 start,the Heat would gradually improve and finish 42–40 to qualify for the NBA playoffs.He further distinguished himself with outstanding performances in the playoffs,particularly against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. In the end, however, Wade's successful rookie season was somewhat overshadowed by the success of fellow rookies Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

Wade did earn unanimous selection to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie Team,and also finished third in rookie of the year voting (behind James and Anthony).He was ranked in the top five among rookies in several major statistical categories, including second in field goal percentage, second in steals, third in scoring, fourth in assists, and fourth in minutes played.In the playoffs Wade hit a game winning shot in Game 1 of the Heat's first round series against the New Orleans Hornets. The Heat won the series 4–3 and advanced to the second round to face the top-seeded and best record team in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers, in a very entertaining series that almost pushed the 61-win Pacers to the edge, though Miami would eventually lose the series in six games. He became the fourth rookie since the shot clock era began to lead his team in scoring and assist average in the postseason.

  • NBA Champion (2006)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2006)
  • 7× NBA All-Star (2005–2011)
  • NBA Scoring Champion (2009)
  • 2× All-NBA First Team (2009–2010)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2005–2006, 2011)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2007)
  • 3× All-Defensive Second Team (2005, 2009–2010)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2010)
  • 2× Skills Challenge Champion (2006–2007)

    Dwyane Wade Memorabilia

Dorell Wright

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Wright was selected 19th overall by the Heat in the 2004 NBA Draft. He entered the NBA directly out of high school, after averaging 29.4 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks per game for South Kent Prep in Connecticut. He initially committed to attend DePaul University before entering the draft. In 2006, Wright was the youngest member of the Heat's first NBA championship squad. On August 21, 2008, Wright re-signed with the Heat. Wright signed with the Golden State Warriors on July 13, 2010.