May 2, 2018

Don Nelson’s All-Star team

Don Nelson is enjoying retirement. In Maui, Hawaii. Playing poker with Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson. Smoking marijuana.

In an interview with the New York Times on Monday, the NBA’s all-time wins leader talks about finding out that he fathered a child on a road trip with the Celtics, visiting soldiers during the Vietnam war and growing his own marijuana. It’s called Nellie Kush.

In honor of Nelson, basketball’s mad scientist, the inventor of small ball, the master of the mismatch, this is his All-Star team:



STARTERS | Two players from the 1980s Bucks, two international players from the 2000s Mavericks and Chris Mullin. No center, just lots of mismatches created by Dirk Nowitzki.

Forward | Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks. 25.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 49.3 2-point shooting, 37.9 3-point shooting, 88.1 free throw shooting, 25.6 PER, 16.1 win shares. [2002-03]

Forward | Marques Johnson, Bucks. 25.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 55.0 2-point shooting, 76.0 free throw shooting, 23.9 PER, 12.2 win shares. [1978-79]

Forward | Chris Mullin, Warriors. 25.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 56.0 2-point shooting, 88.4 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals, 21.4 PER, 12.2 win shares. [1990-91]

Guard | Sidney Moncrief, Bucks. 22.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 52.8 2-point shooting, 82.6 free throw shooting, 22.6 PER, 13.2 win shares. [1982-83]

Guard | Steve Nash, Mavericks. 17.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 48.2 2-point shooting, 41.3 3-point shooting, 90.9 free throw shooting, 22.6 PER, 11.6 win shares. [2002-03]



BENCH | Six perimeter players and the 7-foot-6 Shawn Bradley. Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond were two-thirds of the TMC Warriors, while Baron Davis drove the “We Believe” Warriors. Paul Pressey is usually credited as the league’s first point forward.

Guard | Michael Finley, Mavericks. 22.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 46.7 2-point shooting, 40.1 3-point shooting, 82.0 free throw shooting, 19.2 PER, 8.3 win shares. [1999-00]

Guard | Tim Hardaway, Warriors. 22.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 9.7 assists, 49.4 2-point shooting, 38.5 3-point shooting, 80.3 free throw shooting, 2.6 steals, 20.9 PER, 9.9 win shares. [1990-91]

Point forward | Paul Pressey, Bucks. 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 50.4 2-point shooting, 80.6 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals, 18.6 PER, 9.8 win shares. [1985-86]

Forward | Terry Cummings, Bucks. 23.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 49.6 2-point shooting, 74.1 free throw shooting, 22.1 PER, 10.7 win shares. [1984-85]

Guard | Baron Davis, Warriors. 20.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 48.9 2-point shooting, 30.4 3-point shooting, 74.5 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals, 21.0 PER, 6.4 win shares. [2006-07]

Guard | Mitch Richmond, Warriors. 23.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 50.6 2-point shooting, 84.7 free throw shooting, 17.8 PER, 7.1 win shares. [1990-91]

Center | Shawn Bradley, Mavericks. 8.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 48.0 2-point shooting, 74.8 free throw shooting, 19.6 PER, 4.2 win shares. [1998-99]

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