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John Starks
John Starks
Position: -
Born: 08/10/65
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Earnings: $24,958,000 ($40,033,986*)
DeShawn Stevenson on his high-school-to-NBA transition: “Mine was tough. I feel like I had to grind harder. I didn’t get the same chances as most straight-out-of-high-school guys. I went to a team that had been to the Finals two years in a row and was trying to compete for a championship and they had John Stockton, Karl Malone, Byron Russell and John Starks. We had seasoned vets, so I didn’t play that much. Also, I had a coach who was hard-nosed in Jerry Sloan; he didn’t play any games. I came out of high school and was flashy, so it was an adjustment. I kind of got stereotyped… It was tough, man. Sometimes I would get picked on really bad…”
With all that being said, I don’t want people to forget just how good the NBA was back when I was playing and how hard we competed with one another. On that note, here are the five toughest defensive assignments of my 14-year career. Mitch Richmond: Mitch was a big guard — 6′ 5” and about 220. (I was about 6′ 2″, 185.) He could do it on both ends of the court. He was a solid defender and took pride in it.