Year: 1990s

While Utah Jazz legends John Stockton and Karl Malone did not invent the pick and roll, what they did do was show the basketball watching world that this excruciatingly simple offensive set, when executed properly, was unstoppable. The duo set incredible individual records (Malone is the No. 2 scorer in NBA history, and Stockton is No. 1 all-time in assists), and they also reached two NBA Finals and made the playoffs ever year they played together.

As for the pick and roll, it is now a staple of every team's playbook from the professional level all the way down to elementary school.