NBA players in other sports.

NBA players in other sports.
Allen Iverson - Football

At Bethel High School, Iverson started as quarterback for the school football team, while also playing running back, kick returner and defensive back. During his junior year, Iverson led the basketball and football teams to Virginia state championships, and earned the Associated Press High School Player of the Year award in both sports. He went on to have a Hall of Fame career in NBA.
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Danny Ainge - Baseball

In short, Ainge could do it all in high school: He led North Eugene (Ore.) High School to back-to-back state titles in basketball in 1976-77, was one of the state's top football recruits and is the only person to be named a first-team All-American in football, basketball and baseball. Ainge gave up football to pursue pro careers in both baseball (he's the youngest player in Toronto Blue Jays history to hit a home run) and basketball (he played 14 seasons in the NBA, won two titles, and coached three seasons). He currently serves as the general manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics.
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Scott Burrell - Baseball

The Seattle Mariners (and later Toronto Blue Jays) drafted Burrell as their first-round pick right out of high school with the hopes of developing him into a pitcher. But he stuck with hoops, had a great college career at UConn, then a long NBA career that was admittedly a little bit less than spectacular. Despite that, he’s the only athlete in history to have been drafted in the first round by two of the four major American sports leagues.
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Nathaniel Clifton – Baseball

Clifton played baseball in the Negro Leagues, before becoming the first African American to land an NBA contract and stick with a team.
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Dave DeBusschere – Baseball

The Knicks’ Hall of Famer played two seasons as a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. He pitched a shutout once and ended up with a career ERA of 2.90. Eventually, though, he had to make a call between the two sports, and basketball, thankfully, ended up the big winner.
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Tim Duncan – Swimming

Long before the Hall of Famer decided he wanted to play basketball, he dreamed of becoming an Olympic swimmer. As a teenager he swam pretty impressively in the 50, 100 and 400 meter freestyle events and had realistic aspirations of appearing in the 1992 Olympics to represent the Virgin Islands. However, when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island’s lone pool he turned to basketball and the rest is, as they say, history.
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Gene Conley – Baseball

Three-time National League baseball All-Star pitcher with the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies with lifetime 91-96 win–loss record on four teams, was also on three NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics.
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John Havlicek - Football

The eight-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer is one of basketball's all-time greats. But before he made it big in the NBA, Hondo was a three-sport athlete who gained notice for his talents on the football field. In 1962, he was drafted both by the NBA's Boston Celtics and the NFL's Cleveland Browns, in the seventh round. He completed a brief stint at the Browns' training camp that year but decided to focus solely on hoops and his future with the Celtics. The decision seemed to work out well for him.
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LeBron James - Football

LeBron was a known basketball star during his high school days at St. Vincent-St. Mary High in Akron, Ohio. But while he was making big moves on the court, he was also earning accolades on the football field. In his sophomore year, he was named first-team all-state as a wide receiver and he led the Fighting Irish to the state semifinals his junior year. Former Browns coach Eric Mangini said LeBron could have had a spot on his team, and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel admitted that he would've loved to have had James as a Buckeye. But everyone knew he wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to play in the NBA.
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John Lucas – Tennis

Lucas was an All-American tennis player while at the University of Maryland, and he competed in a Grand Prix tennis circuit and with World TeamTennis in the ’70s. He played well enough to eventually find himself ranked as high as 579 in the world. Once he was drafted to play in the NBA, however, he focused solely on basketball, where he had a respectable career playing for the Houston Rockets and several other teams.
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Michael Jordan – Baseball

MJ gets a lot of flak for dabbling in pro baseball in the mid-’90s, but the fact is he saw a reasonable level of success playing AA baseball despite not having played competitively since high school. He was in his 30s when he jumped sports, which makes the switch even more impressive. While the numbers weren’t great—127 games, .202 BA and 51 RBI—the attempt was credible, and they went a long way in proving Jordan’s prowess as an all-around athlete.
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Cotton Nash – Baseball

Nash played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Francisco Warriors during the 1964–65 NBA season. He had his most success in the American Basketball Association with the Kentucky Colonels, averaging 8.5 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game. He also played in the MLB for the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins in 1967–1969.
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Pat Riley - Football

I couldn't any photos of Riley in a football uniform, but the six-time NBA champion (five as a coach, one as a player) also happened to be a stellar wide receiver out of Kentucky. So stellar, in fact, that he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round in 1967. But after also being picked by the San Diego Rockets in the first round of the NBA draft that same year, Riley chose to utilize his basketball skills, helping the Lakers to the 1972 championship as a player. He later became one of the top coaches in NBA history and a successful front office executive (3 NBA championships).
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Nate Robinson – Football

The 5-foot-9 speed demon tore up football defenses as a high school senior, tallying more than 1,200 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving to go with 21 touchdowns at Rainier Beach High in Seattle. He went on to play football at the University of Washington. Robinson's college football career is most remembered for his interception in the final minutes of regulation of the 2002 Apple Cup against the Washington State Cougars, who were at the time ranked #3 in the AP poll. He decided to concentrate on basketball beginning with his sophomore year.
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Bill Sharman- Baseball

From 1950 to 1955 Sharman played professional baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league system. He was called up to the Dodgers late in the 1951 season. He eventually decieded to play basketball full-time. He was the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach, and executive. He was a 10-time NBA champion (having won four titles as a player with the Celtics, one as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, and five as a Lakers executive), and a 12-time World Champion in basketball overall counting his ABL and ABA titles. Sharman is also a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, having been being inducted in 1976 as a player, and in 2004 as a coach.
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Charlie Ward – Football, Baseball

It rarely happens, but after winning the 1993 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Florida State, Ward was not drafted by any NFL team. After having made it clear he would not play in the NFL if he wasn’t selected in the first round, teams passed on him as a liability later in that ’94 draft. He was, however, drafted by the New York Knicks in the second round of the NBA draft that year, so hoops is the way he went. His career, spent mostly in New York, was a relatively productive one, but his abilities in football (and baseball—he didn’t play in college, but the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him anyway in 1993) make him one of the better all-around athletes ever.