As part of NBA.com's celebration of "NBA Decade: The '90s", we asked you who were the players of the decade by position. Here are the results:
• Point Guard: John Stockton
Utah's John Stockton is the NBA's all-time leader in both assists and steals, breaking both those records in the '90s and continuing to add to them with each game he plays. He was named to the All-NBA first team in 1994 and 1995 and won Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996.
Along with Jazz teammate Karl Malone, Stockton led Utah to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, where the team was beaten both time by the Chicago Bulls. Stockton was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary team in 1996.
Poll Results: Stockton 47.6%, Gary Payton 32.7%, Tim Hardaway 10.6%, Kevin Johnson 7.2%, Mark Price 2.0%
• Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan
Despite the fact that Michael Jordan spent part of the mid-'90s in retirement, he pretty much owned the decade. Four Most Valuable Player awards in the '90s. Seven All-NBA first team selections. Six Finals MVP awards. Jordan led the league in scoring in every full season in which he played in the decade (seven), and last, but certainly not least, led the Bulls to six NBA championships in eight years. A member of the NBA 50th Anniversary team, Jordan also played for the 1992 Men's Olympic Basketball team which won the gold medal in Barcelona.
Poll Results: Jordan 87.3%, Clyde Drexler 4.2%, Reggie Miller 4.2%, Joe Dumars 2.5%, Mitch Richmond 1.5%
• Small Forward: Scottie Pippen
Although he currently plays for Portland and wore a Houston uniform last season, Pippen is best known for his accomplishments as a Chicago Bull. He helped the Bulls win six championships in eight years and was considered by many to be the second best player in the game. A member of the NBA 50th Anniversary team, Pippen was an All-NBA first team selection in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and was named eight times to the All-Defensive first team. He was the All-Star MVP in 1994 and led the NBA in steals in 1995 with 2.94 steals per game. Pippen won Olympic gold medals in both 1992 and 1996.
Poll Results: Pippen 61.3%, Grant Hill 19.9%, Dominique Wilkins 13.9%, Chris Mullin 3.2%, Detlef Schrempf 1.4%
• Power Forward: Karl Malone
A long-time member of the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone has collected many accolades in his career. He was named Most Valuable Player in 1997 and 1999. He had made the All-NBA first team every year since 1989 and was also selected to the All-Defensive first team in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He won Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996. Malone is Utah's all-time leading scorer and all-time leading rebounder and was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary team in 1996. With teammate John Stockton, Malone led the Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, although the team was beaten both times by the Chicago Bulls.
Poll Results: Malone 46.0%, Charles Barkley 26.1%, Dennis Rodman 19.9%, Shawn Kemp 6.3%, Horace Grant 1.5%
• Center: Hakeem Olajuwon
A long-time member of the Houston Rockets, Hakeem Olajuwon's consistent brilliance at center was recognized throughout the world when he led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995, winning the Finals MVP award both years. He was the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 1994, Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994, a three-time member of the All-NBA first team in the '90s, and a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary team. Olajuwon led the NBA in blocked shots in 1990, 1991 and 1993. Although a native of Nigeria, Olajuwon became an American citizen in the '90s and thus was able to play for the gold-medal winning USA Men's Olympic Basketball team in 1996 in Atlanta.
Poll Results: Olajuwon 43.0%, Shaquille O'Neal 30.8%, David Robinson 11.8%, Patrick Ewing 9.8%, Alonzo Mourning 4.5%
• Coach: Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson guided the Bulls to six NBA championships in the '90s, melding a cast of unique personalities around superstar Michael Jordan
to create one of the greatest dynasties in team sports. Jackson was named Coach of the Year in 1996 and holds the NBA playoff record for highest winning percentage (.730). Now the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jackson will try to duplicate his success with a team eager to win another NBA title of its own.
Poll Results: Jackson 76.5%, Pat Riley 11.1%, Rudy Tomjanovich 5.0%, Jerry Sloan 3.8%, Lenny Wilkens 3.4%