Video: Class of 1996 mixtape courtesy of SLAM
Widely considered as one of the best in NBA history, the 1996 rookie class saw their last representative in the NBA, hang-up his sneakers for good after last season.
Kobe Bryant, who played for 20 stellar seasons and won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, became the last man standing from his star-studded batch which is headlined, along with himself, by recently inducted Hall of Fame member Allen Iverson, two-time league MVP Steve Nash, and all-time leader in three-points made, Ray Allen. Other notable members are Peja Stojakovic, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O’Neal, Antoine Walker, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas among others.
To pay tribute to their legacy, SLAM created a mixtape of the 1996 class which will make it hard for the viewer not to reminisce on all these players’ greatness.
With The Black Mamba’s retirement, it marks an end of an era for one of the most successful rookie classes of all-time. But thanks to this video, future generations can always go back to it and admire some memorable moments from these stars.