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List of players’ favorite announcers: Chuck? Fine. Reggie? No.

May 29, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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Most NBA players watch fewer NBA games on television than you do. Seriously. By far. They watch a lot of game in person in the arena, obviously. They watch tapes of games.

But they don’t really sit around their home or hotel room glued to the television, listening to the broadcasters, as often as we do. So the idea that Sports Illustrated asked them (124 players as part of their annual players poll) about their favorite announcers should come with a warning. (Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.)

Still, there are good choices on the list. And really, the top three are fine, although you can argue that Barkley is a broadcaster not an announcer.

1. Charles Barkley
2. Jeff Van Gundy
3. Steve Kerr
4. Reggie Miller
5. Mike Breen
6. Hubbie Brown
7. Marv Albert
8. Bill Walton
9. Shaquille O’Neal
10. Walt Frazier
11. Tommy Heinsohn
12. Chris Webber
13. Craig Sager
14. George Blaha
15. Mark Jackson

Reggie Miller is terrible. Honestly, I often mute him. I learn nothing. Van Gundy can be over the top but he’s got good insights. Kerr is vanilla but solid (same with Breen). Miller isn’t clever or insightful.

Hubbie Brown is god.

Bill Walton hasn’t broadcast in years. Remember my note above how guys don’t really watch many broadcast games? There you go. Same with Mark Jackson, who isn’t a broadcaster but the coach of the Warriors now. Although I love that he coaches so I don’t have to listen to his broadcasts.

Shaq? He’s an anchor on the fun Inside the NBA show. But I’ll cut the players some slack because they put the entertaining (not just his suits) Walt Frazier and long-time Pistons guy George Blaha on there.

I would have voted for Chick Hearn. He broadcast as many games as Mark Jackson last year, so why not?

  1. zeedoubleyou - May 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Reggie Miller is just as overrated as an announcer as he was as a player. How many times did you see Reggie D someone up? I know it’s tough to play D when you’re as skinny as Popeye’s girlfriend, but c’mon man.

  2. glink123 - May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Stacey King deserves to be on this list. To those outside the Chicago area, you might not be familiar with his broadcasts.

  3. boilerup1869 - May 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Great list, especially putting Mark Jackson at the bottom. Couldn’t stand him and that awful accent.

  4. theripster30 - May 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Kurt, you really have no business calling anyone who covers the NBA terrible. All the time, I read your articles. Mostly, they are bland, they lack insight, originality, and are typically chalked full of typos and grammatical errors. Miller is not terrible. How can you learn something when you don’t even listen? Just last night during game two, Miller and Kerr were arguing about “hack-a-Splitter” and Miller had an excellent point. Kerr said they need to change the rules. Immediately, Miller got on him and said it’s part of the game, so if you don’t want to get hacked, practice your free throws. Kerr never disagreed because Miller was 100 percent correct. That is just one example fresh off my mind. Also, if you think Hubie (not Hubbie!) Brown is God, do him the courtesy of knowing how to spell his name correctly, since you follow the NBA and all. While you’re at it, God is capitalized in that context. This just comes off really bad to me.

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