They’re two of New York's greatest streetball legends. Lance Stephenson, the only player to win 4 New York City PSAL Championships, who was christened Born Ready for holding his own at Rucker at age 16. Rafer Alston earned the nickname “Skip to My Lou” because of his incredible creativity, spontaneity and style on the court with his amazing ball handling skills.
They’re two classic underdogs who made good in the NBA. Skip combined the tricks (well, most of the time) and fundamentals to make it from Rucker park to junior college to The League. Lance was drafted in the second round to the Indiana Pacers; now he’s the reigning triple double leader of the NBA.
Both players have the skills, the grit and the swagger of superstars. They’re everything AND1 was and is about basketball – legendary past, relevant present, and unlimited future. They’re the standard bearers of the AND1 brand.
Isaiah Canaan is the perfect blend of everything AND1 has ever been. The kid’s got moves on top of moves, and the silky jumper to make buckets after he breaks your ankles. On the other hand, his underdog story reminds us of … us. He’ll get some serious run alongside Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Htown squad playing point guard.
There aren’t many guys as athletic at 6’9” and 250 with James Johnson’s skills. He’s got the inside-outside game to break you any which way he wants; and he’ll keep SportsCenter’s Top Ten busy all season. And just so you know, he’s not to be messed with: he’s 21-0 in competitive martial arts, so if you want to start something, find someone else.
Mitch McGary averaged 14 and 11 as a freshman in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, earning First Team All-Tournament honors, leading Michigan to the championship game. The following season, he got drafted with the 21st pick to the Thunder in the NBA Draft. We had him at the top of our AND1 draft board – and judging by his NBA summer league showing, Mitch is ready to make a big impact in his rookie season.
Jamaal didn’t just star for the San Diego State Aztecs—he did everything for them. As a junior, he led the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and was second in blocks. He brought that versatility to the NBA D-League, dropping 16, 6 and 4 in 28 minutes per game and splitting time last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He just signed a deal with Zhejiang Guangsa Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.