NBA, Video / Jul 18, 2013 / 11:15 am

Happy Birthday, Penny Hardaway! Check Out His Top 10 NBA Plays

Penny Hardaway

Penny Hardaway

Penny Hardaway was a bad dude, and today, he turned 42 years old.

You know you had game when no one since has been able to replicate it. He was a 6-7 point who could post you, spin off you, hit you with the step-back, float a sick hook shot on you, stroke the trey and drop a dime. He balled against Mike and Scottie. He was the Next Jordan. He had a mini-me. And he won. That’s what separated him from a lot of other cats. Dude won games, had the sneaker game on lock (and somehow still does), and left an undeniable imprint on the NBA, despite only being truly healthy for about four years.

How do I know this? When we posted a Who’s Better? featuring Penny, our Twitter blew up. People still love him. Grown folks love him. Even teenagers who never saw him play love him. Why? Of course, the shoes played a part. But so did the stuff he did on the court. How many players can you name who came into the league and were almost immediately talked about as one of the best? It doesn’t happen too often.

With these lists, I’ve been keeping rules. But here, the only rule is that it had to be in the NBA. Nevertheless, I chose two ridiculous plays from his college career and threw them into The Best of the Rest section just because they’re so good.

So with that, here are the top 10 plays from Hardaway’s too-short career.

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10. Penny On Washington
Hardaway used to come down the lane, jump stop and dunk all the time. It was almost like that jump stop revved him up, got his engines started and only then would he take off. But I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen him take off and then throw the ball down so quickly.

9. Penny Cooks Reggie Miller
No one ever said Reggie Miller was a decent defender. But if someone is ever stupid enough to argue with you, just show them this. At the same time, Hardaway made a lot of All-Stars look wobbly so don’t feel bad for Miller.

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  • a-slam

    hof’er? if bill walton can get it then i think so

  • Me

    i remember watching #5 when it happened. If he wasn’t my favorite player at that time, he was after that. always loved that heads up play.

  • Me

    #2 was fucking ruthless. how that wasn’t #1 over a mistimed half ass block attempt by pat, i dunno.

  • http://www.zwani.com/graphics/funny_pictures/images/88funny-pictures128.jpg JAY

    I wish I could watch these at work…

  • heckler

    WHY IS THIS SHIT 15 F*CKIN PAGES?!!?

    damn Dime.
    how hard is it get all of these in ONE video?
    …if its hard because the video doesnt exist, then shit, YOU make the damn video!

    Im not sorting through 15 damn pages.

  • christiano

    dont want to click ten links to see ten videos

  • stefan

    Cool list. But indeed you guys could have just posted this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM1rkLbhVrc then add a few other mentions

    some plays in some mixes are pointed out though, that otherwise would not get my full appreciation. I enjoyed this very much and I will watch some more highlights of penny now.

  • yoda

    had problem in counting division? 15 pages (and there are several videos on some pages) are way more than 10 plays you pointed out in your headline.
    anyway, penny is one of my all time favorites. i started to actually love basketball while watching shaq-penny magic team.

  • K Dizzle

    The spinning back pass to Anthony Avant at the 2:10 mark on page 11 shoulda made the top ten

  • K Dizzle

    sorry. page 12