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Top Basketball Movies of All Time

Jesus Shuttlesworth famously said that basketball is “poetry in motion.” Court dramas of the underdog narratives aside, basketball is a sport that celebrates athleticism, power, and grace. True enough, basketball films remain to be a proud tradition in both the filmmaking and sports industries.

Here are the top basketball movies in no particular order that do not just entertain, but also empower the viewers. 

5) Coach Carter (2005)

Samuel L. Jackson played the title role, Coach Carter. The movie tackled the sport and winning expectations, as well as academic integrity since it involved a high school basketball team. It was loosely based on the story of Ken Carter, coach to Richmond High School team. The coach was known for locking his unmotivated, ready-to-quit-any-time team members out of the game until their grades improved. Thus, the movie illustrated life’s dark realities, while taking coach responsibilities to the maximum level and teaching them what and how life outside the court should be.

4) Hoosiers (1986)

The David Anspaugh-directed flick was the quintessential must-watch basketball movie. It showed the sacrifices and struggles that a team has to face to win a coveted title. The most significant contribution of the film is that the players face the greatest battles of their lives, but they usually happened even before stepping on the court. Set in Indiana, which is the cradle of basketball then, the movie focused on the stories of Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman, as the basketball coach and Jimmy Chitwood who was dubbed as the town’s best basketball player. It involved locker room and motivational speech scenes, which are classic to this type of films. 

3) Blue Chips (1994)

The Orlando Magic drafted Penny Hardaway thanks to this movie. Head coach Pete Bell, played by Nick Nolte, was facing a losing season. He was forced to abandon his clean program because of the practices of college basketball recruiters, implementing illegal recruiting tactics as a resort. The heartwarming story was about the perpetual temptations that prospects face and the idea that NBA team managements toy around. The film featured several collegiate and NBA players to lend authenticity to the film.

2) White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

Set in Southern California, the movie is about street basketball. It features Woody Harrelson as Billy Hoyle and Wesley Snipes as Sidney Dean. Hoyle and Dean started as foes until they realized they could earn money by playing the sport. The movie is a tale of these hustlers who used basketball to get by; it’s survival not just in terms of sustenance but also against the backdrop of racial discrimination. The best part of the movie is all-too-real basketball scenes on the court and by the bench.

1) He Got Game (1998)

This is Shuttlesworth’s story played by Ray Allen. Exploring the father-son relationship, the film also showcased the acting prowess of Denzel Washington as Jake, Jesus’s strict and overbearing father. Jesus was the no. 1 prospect in the US, trying to decide where to take his game. The film also tackled the importance of playing sports in the US and dug deeper into the shady tactics of recruiting into big leagues.

 

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3 Major Records that LeBron James are About to Break this Season

The 2019-20 NBA season hasn’t started yet, but LeBron James has already created a buzz. It seems that people can never get enough of James—and we should never either.

Just last season in a game versus Denver Nuggets, he surpassed Michael Jordan’s record in the all-time scoring list. However, he still needs 6,077 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record of 38,387 points.

Hats off to one of the GOATs that the fans have seen throughout the years because this year James will surely break tons of records on his 17th season in the league. 

He is expected to play for as long as he possibly can, although the average retirement age of NBA players is 34 or 35 years old. The age of 40 is the final benchmark.

Here’s a roundup based on conservative guesstimates.

1) James as the 4th all-time highest points

James is in the third spot in the list of career scoring leaders. Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar are still ahead of him.

To grab Bryant’s spot, he needs to score 1,100 points this season. A team would play up to 82 games, and James averages 13 points per game. If he played at all games and score 13 points for each, he would have 1,066 points.

More or less, he would break this record. However, he would have to play six to eight seasons more to grab the second and first spots, respectively. 

He must stay physically fit as well if he wants to do so. This one’s a stumbling block considering the four-time MVP’s age and evident physical decline that sceptics say started last season.

2) James as the 5th all-time highest field goals

James has to surpass Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar. He recently surpassed Bryant.

He has 11,838. So if he scored the 1,066 points in the 2019-20 NBA season, he would end up as the third-highest field goal scorer in history. Jordan has 12,192 while Chamberlain, 12,681.

He would beat Malone’s record, which is currently at 13,528, in the next season, 2020-21. After that, he still needs two more seasons to be #1.

3) James as the 8th all-time highest three points

While James is not a three-pointer, he managed to land at 8th place behind Bryant, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Reggie Miller, and Ray Allen.

James per game average is three three-point shots, and his three-point shooting percentage is not that great, at 34.3%. It means he was making 738 points from his three-points per season or 246 baskets in total.

With this, he must make 33 three-point baskets to eclipse Bryant, 83 for Johson, 85 for Nowitzki, 138 for Pierce, and 167 for Carter to land the third position. This may happen this season if he would deliver on his current averages or even more.

In the next season, he might be the #1 all-time highest three-point shooter if he would make 277 and 415 baskets to outdo Miller and Allen, respectively.

 

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10 of the Best 3-Point Shooters in NBA History

Only a handful of basketball players can dominate the perimeter. And when they do, it would be an unstoppable three-point shooting blast.

Below are some of the best three-point shooters to grace the NBA–the forces to reckon with from downtown.

10. Jason Terry

Terry was playing since 1999, and throughout his 14 years in the NBA, he was the fifth player with the most three-point field goals made. Before Stephen Curry had his 2,483 points, Terry dominated the position from 2014 to 2018.

9. Peja Stojakovic

Allen and Miller, his contemporaries, can easily overshadow Stojakovic. But his three-point shooting prowess is nothing to sneeze at. Stojakovic won the three-point shooting contests of 2002 and 2003. He was the league’s leader in the 2003-04 season with his 43.3% shooting percentage.

8. Kyle Korver

Korver’s 15 years of being an NBA player had been fruitful. He was one of the most reliable three-point shooters in association’s history. In 2009-10 season, he shot 53.6% of his three-point range shooting. From 2012 to 2014, he scored a trey in 127 straight games as well.

7. Steve Nash

Nash has a 42.8% three-point shooting percentage. He was a point guard, so this may come as a surprise since passing the ball to a teammate was second nature to him. Nash became famous for his big shots during big moments.

6. Larry Bird

Bird dominated the NBA era when three-pointers were not as common as they are today, at a time when it was not even considered as part of the offence. He won the first two beyond-the-arc shooting contests. He was once the career record holder from 1985 to 1988. 

5. Klay Thompson

Thompson has over 40% shooting percentage from the three-point line. He also has two ball games where he scored 11 treys, one of which was during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals of 2016 when the Golden State Warriors won against Oklahoma City Thunder.  He and Curry formed the three-point-shooter duo.

4. Reggie Miller

Miller holds the second career-high record with 2,560 points. He spent his eighteen years of being a professional basketball player with Indiana Pacers where he scored all the points. He was mostly known for his eights points in 8.9 seconds, two of which are three-point shots.

3. Steve Kerr

Kerr has an impeccable three-point shooting style. He was the all-time leader when it comes to three-point percentage with 45.4%. He even reached beyond 50% of his three-pointers in four different seasons. Kerr now coaches Curry and Thompson.

2. Ray Allen

Allen still holds the career record high with 2,973 points. The 2013 NBA finals became his crowning glory. Miami Heat won the finals in overtime (OT) on Game 6 and eventually, Game 7. One of the cited reasons for the championship was Allen’s jumper.

1. Stephen Curry

Curry has single-season three-point records which he also broke with an all-time high season after season. He currently leads the league with most treys, and he owns the record for hitting the trey in 157 straight games. Curry is also about to break Allen’s record for all-time three-points ever made.

 

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