From 1996-2006 I collected NBA basketball cards big time- although not as much in those later years. I left the sport for a while but watch it again now. When Starting Lineup was around, they did figures of NBA players for years. The early ones were quite rare last I knew. (but that was in the mid 2000s). I naturally got as many of them as I could get my hands on. Other figure brands will be in here eventually as well. I know after they took the license away from Kenner (makers of Starting Lineups) they went to Mattel, but the figures were of lesser quality, and after that McFarlane got the license, and the quality got even worse as the scale increased....I only have a handfull of non-Starting Lineup figures, but they will all be in here...eventually.
After I got my collection out for the first time in a long time, I found a website that listed what was issued in each year. I may have gotten some of the wrong, especially for the players who had a lot of issues. For the Legends issues, mostly issued in 1996 for the NBA's 50th Anniversary, the dates range from the time that player was on that team.