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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!
Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Washington.
Anrio Adams, Sekou Wiggs and Zach LaVine are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Washington has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the Evergreen State to play in the NBA.
5. Jamal Crawford
Credentials: The 1999 Rainier Beach grad is a fearless shooter and was named Sixth Man of the Year in 2009-10. Crawford averaged a career-high 20.6 points as a member of the Knicks in 2007.
4. Doug Christie
Credentials: The 1988 Rainier Beach graduate became one of the best defenders in the league and keyed Sacramento’s rise to prominence in the early 2000s.
3. Brandon Roy
Credentials: The Garfield alum (2002) appeared to be headed toward elite status at the two-guard spot before knee injuries derailed his career. The former UW star was taken sixth in the 2006 Draft and made two All-Star games before retiring earlier this month.
2. Jason Terry
Credentials: The 1995 Franklin grad is one of the league’s premier shooters and in the annual discussion for Sixth Man of the Year (won in 2008-09). A career 16.2 point scorer, Terry won an NBA title with the Mavs last June.
1. John Stockton
Credentials: The Gonzaga Prep alum (1980) is arguably the best point guard in NBA history. He was a 10-time All-Star and is the NBA's all-time assists leader with 15,806 dimes. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.
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