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HARDWOOD GREATS: PRO BASKETBALL'S BEST PLAYERS

From on-the-court exploits to off-the-court insights, Hardwood Greats: Pro Basketball’s Best Players gives the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s professional basketball stars. Statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun-to-read and visually interesting examination of each player’s outstanding career. The series gives the reader concrete reasoning as to why each player is considered one of the best in pro basketball. Each volume in this series gives the reader a glimpse into what the player is like both on and off the court by delving into their backgrounds, media interactions, education, and charitable works.

Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-4222-4344-2

$207.60(USD)
  Entire Series

8

2020

12+

7th - 12th

6.5 x 9

From on-the-court exploits to off-the-court insights, Hardwood Greats: Pro Basketball’s Best Players gives the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s professional basketball stars. Statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun-to-read and visually interesting examination of each player’s outstanding career. The series gives the reader concrete reasoning as to why each player is considered one of the best in pro basketball. Each volume in this series gives the reader a glimpse into what the player is like both on and off the court by delving into their backgrounds, media interactions, education, and charitable works.
Chris Paul

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4346-6 $25.95 Add To Cart
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Chris Paul is one of the important players for the Houston Rockets. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the first pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, the native of Winston-Salem, NC has proven himself to be a true superstar and one of the league’s Hardwood Great. CP3 is a nine-time NBA All-Star and a nine-time All-Defensive team selection. In the top ten for career steals and assists, Paul is one of the premier point guards in the game, known for having one of the highest basketball IQs in the NBA. In addition to his accomplishments on the floor, he is also president of the NBA Players Association. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun to read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4411-1 $25.95 Add To Cart
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, or the Greek Freak as he has come to be known around the league, is certainly a freak of nature. Despite being almost seven feet tall, he has the ability to play all five positions on the floor. Antetokounmpo’s ability to both dribble and shoot the basketball expertly makes him difficult to defend against and is one of the reasons that the Milwaukee Bucks have become a respected and feared team in the NBA. Antetokounmpo was drafted by Milwaukee with the 15th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, taking a chance on a raw and unproven talent from Greece that has paid off beyond all expectations. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun to read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

James Harden

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4347-3 $25.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-7462-0 $32.95 Add To Cart

Picked third overall in the 2009 NBA Draft after two years playing at Arizona State University, James Harden rose from a supporting role with the Oklahoma City Thunder to become one of the NBA’s greatest current players and the 2018 league MVP for the Houston Rockets. Harden, the youngest of three siblings, used basketball as a way to rise above the mean streets of Compton, California to NBA superstardom. He is a four-time All-First Team NBA selection and the 2018 league scoring and assist champion. The only thing more fearsome than his step-back jump shot may be his famous and prodigious beard. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun to read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

Kevin Durant

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4348-0 $25.95 Add To Cart
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Kevin Durant has risen from high school McDonald’s All-American to college All-American to eight-time NBA All-Star and 2014 NBA MVP. He is also a two-time NBA Champion, winning back-to-back championships as a member of the Golden State Warriors (2016 – 2018). Durant is one of the NBA’s elite playmakers who can also score at will or get other players involved, all for the benefit of the team. Durant played one season at the University of Texas (in Austin, Texas, nickname: Longhorns), where he was the first freshman ever to win the Naismith Award for Player of the Year, and he has never looked back. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun to read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

LeBron James

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4349-7 $25.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-7464-4 $32.95 Add To Cart

LeBron Raymone James went straight from high school to become the 2003 NBA Player Draft number one overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James, in 15 NBA seasons with the Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers has won a total of three NBA titles, including one for his hometown of Cleveland. The three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) and four-time NBA League MVP is considered by many to be one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. His more than 32,000 points scored rank him fourth on the all-time scoring list, passing the great Michael Jordan in the 2018-2019 season. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun to read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

Paul George

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4350-3 $25.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-7465-1 $32.95 Add To Cart

Take a look at Paul George’s 6 feet, 9-inch (2.06 m) frame and you can see that he has all of the physical tools to be a great NBA player. After spending his first seven NBA seasons with the Indiana Pacers, he joined the Oklahoma City Thunder and altered the balance of power in the league’s Western Conference. George has been named to six NBA All-Star teams, three NBA All-Defensive teams and was named All-NBA four times. He also won the league’s Most Improved Player award for the 2012 – 2013 season. With the Thunder he hopes to add an NBA title to his list of accomplishments. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun to read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

Russell Westbrook

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4351-0 $25.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-7466-8 $32.95 Add To Cart

Russell Westbrook, Jr., is only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. This accomplishment, which he shares with legendary Hall-of-Fame superstar Oscar Robertson, places him in good company as one of the great guards to have ever played the game. Westbrook, the 2017 NBA MVP, has appeared in the Western Conference Finals four times in his career and in the NBA Finals once, in 2012. He was also a member of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Basketball team that won the FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympic team that took the gold medal at the London games. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun to read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

Stephen Curry

by Donald Parker

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-4352-7 $25.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-7467-5 $32.95 Add To Cart

Stephen Curry is arguably one of the greatest shooters in the history of the NBA. He was an essential part of the Golden State Warriors rise to greatness in the 2010s, returning the team to the NBA Finals and helping to lead them to their first championships in forty years. After leading little known Davidson College to back-to-back NCAA tournament Regional Finals in his sophomore and junior years, Curry entered the 2009 NBA Draft as a top prospect and was the seventh pick overall by Golden State. The two-time NBA MVP has since changed the way the game is played with his dominant outside shooting. Each book in the Hardwood Greats series gives you, the reader, a close-up look at some of the very best of today’s NBA stars. The statistical leaders and championship winners go under the spotlight in a fun-to-read and visually interesting examination of the player’s outstanding career. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader’s comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader’s knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.