8. Michael Jordan
Jordan gave the basketball universe a preview of what was to come during his game winning shots for NBA championships career when he sunk the decisive bucket for his University of North Carolina Tar Heels when they defeated the Georgetown Hoyas in the instant classic 63-62 UNC triumph when the Hoya’s Fred Brown mindlessly threw the ball away to James Worthy to seal the legendary coach Dean Smith’s first title as head coach.
Ironically, Smith’s only other title also came as the result of a mental miscue; the 1993 title game in which Chris Webber of Michigan called timeout when the team had none, resulting in a technical foul and a turnover. After three seasons of having his game stifled by the team-oriented Smith, Jordan moved on to the pros and true greatness.