NBA History: 5 Most loyal players of all time
- Loyalty is very rare in the sports world and the NBA is no different.
Loyalty is very rare in the sports world and the NBA is no different. For a player to spend his entire career with a single franchise, it requires the support of the team, the management, its fans and the desire of the player to represent the team every time he steps on the court.
Every team wants star players, someone who could help them in the pursuit of a title. These teams are willing to give big-money contracts, making it very difficult for the players to stay with one team for their entire career.
In the same way, every player wants to be the leader of his own team and win championships with them, like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and many more. These guys want to create their own legacy and for that, they had to sacrifice their loyalty.
Regardless of this, there are few players who stayed loyal throughout the years. In this list, we will take a look at those players who have spent their entire NBA career, with one franchise.
#5 Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers (1987 to 2005)
Reggie Miller played his 18-year NBA career for the Indiana Pacers. He is widely considered as the greatest Indiana player of all time. Reggie was selected as the 11th pick in the first round of 1987 NBA Draft by the Pacers. A clutch player, Miller was known for his precise three-point shooting under high pressure. At a time, he held the record for most career 3-pointers made.
Miller featured in 1,389 games for the Pacers, averaging 18.2 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He is one of the finest shooters in the NBA and made more than 2,500 3-pointers in his career.
Reggie was a 5-time NBA All-Star, he led the league twice in three-point field goals made and also led the league in free throw percentage five times. For his contribution and loyalty to the Pacers, Miller's No. 31 was retired by the team in 2006.