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George Karl's Player List: Favorite Player

Denver Nuggets coach talks about his favorite player in 24 NBA seasons


Teachers have favorites. Ditto for police chiefs, construction foremen and corporate executives.

And yes, coaches have favorites, too.

With dozens of players to choose from over 24 NBA seasons, Nuggets coach George Karl just has more choices than most.

Members of the 1984-85 Cleveland Cavaliers hold a special part in Karl’s heart because they helped him reach the playoffs as a rookie coach.

The Seattle SuperSonics had a unique blend of talent and personality during a stretch of six consecutive 55-plus win seasons that included a 1996 NBA Finals appearance.

The Milwaukee Bucks were a blue-collar crew who advanced to the 2001 Eastern Conference finals, while Karl and the Nuggets silenced the doubters en route to the West finals in 2009.

Rest assured, Karl had his share of favorites at each stop. Nate McMillian and Sam Perkins stood out in Seattle, while Chauncey Billups and Sam Cassell were coaches on the floor in Denver and Milwaukee, respectively.

So who was his all-time favorite?

After revealing his choices for best leader, best defender and the most talented and fastest players he’s ever coached, Karl selected his personal favorite in the final installment of a video series on Nuggets.com.