Profiles of the best NBA players provide a great history of the game. Basketball is an elite professional sport and players command stratospheric salaries. The spectacular success of the NBA is based on its stars' performances, which excite fans game after game, championship after championship. Basketball's Greatest Stars features detailed profiles of the 50 greatest and most exciting players in basketball history. They're all here: the score-at-will centers, the quick-dishing guards and the take-it-to-the-hoop power forwards. The book also features the players whose star power has gone beyond the court into the culture of celebrity. Action photographs celebrate the play of every superstar past and present, and the 30 franchise profiles chart the league's rise to greatness. Included in this edition are: New stars Carmelo Anthony Andrew Bynum DeMarcus Cousins Stephen Curry Anthony Davis Kevin Durant Blake Griffin James Harden Kyrie Irving Kevin Love Greg Monroe Rajon Rondo Derrick Rose Russell Westbrook Deron Williams Stars Michael Jordan Magic Johnson Larry Bird Bill Russell Jerry West Wilt Chamberlain Julius Erving Kareem Abduhl-Jabbar Rick Barry Shaquille O'Neal LeBron James Dirk Nowitzki Kobe Bryant Tim Duncan Karl Malone The author also examines the sport in three insightful essays, covering the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the sport, the international game and the changing nature and importance of statistical analysis. Basketball's Greatest Stars is a superb book for the fan and a compelling history of a great game.