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44 | PATRICK EWING
I get why fans went insane (positively and negatively) when the New York Knicks got the top pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. Patrick Ewing is a generational talent. I get why the Knicks needed to “mafia” the draft by freezing an envelope or placing indicators just to get Ewing. Patrick Ewing… is just that good. In thirteen straight seasons, Sir Patrick had an average of 20 points and 8 rebounds. He is a seven-time All-NBA player and an eleven-time All-Star. He is the biggest reason why Georgetown centers like Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, and uhurm Roy Hibbert as well as other Hoyas stars like Allen Iverson, Jeff Green, and Otto Porter are seen in the brightest of lights. But then in some ways, Ewing never really had the ideal top tier career… at least with the way he was advertised as the league’s best thing. Michael Jordan is always in the way as far as championships went. His one and only chance to win a title was thwarted by Hakeem Olajuwon. In some ways, Olajuwon got his ultimate revenge on Ewing by getting a better career in the pros. And Ewing only had one All-NBA First Team because it was either Olajuwon or David Robinson that got in the way. If you think about it, Patrick played at the tail end of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career, right smack of Olajuwon and The Admiral’s prime, and at the start of Shaquille O’Neal’s dominance.
43 | ELVIN HAYES
A monster in the low block, Elvin Hayes is a former scoring champion and a two-time rebounding leader. Hayes is a six-time All-NBA player – three of which were First Teams. He is also a 12-time All-Star and a two-time All-Defensive Teamer. And as far as team accolades go, Hayes teamed up with Wes Unseld and Bob Dandridge to give the Washington Bullets its first and only title. As mentioned, Hayes is a big deal in any way you look at it. But then, he could have had more First Teams if he didn’t have to contend with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Now I am not saying that Kareem is his direct competition but Kareem’s consistent All-NBA First Team lock gave the rest of the league one less position to contend and Hayes and the big men of the 70s had to battle for the other big man spot in the First Team.
42 | ARTIS GILMORE
Artis Gilmore is the NBA’s career leader in field goal percentage – hitting nearly 60 percent of his shots. WOW! The A-Train also played in six All-Stars as part of the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. With that said, he is not on this list solely because of his NBA accolades but for what he did in the ABA as well. In fact during the 1976 ABA Dispersal Draft, Gilmore went first – ahead of the likes of Moses Malone and Maurice Lucas – because the NBA saw him as the missing piece of their championship aspirations. As the main man of the Kentucky Colonels, Gilmore had a championship alongside Dan Issel and Louie Dampier. Furthermore, Gilmore is a Rookie MVP, a Finals MVP, a five-time All-ABA Teamer, an All-Star MVP, a five-time All-Star, and a four-time All-Defensive Teamer. But yeah, his ABA accolades are far better than what he got in the NBA.
41 | STEPHEN CURRY
Steph Curry made history as the first unanimously-voted MVP to lead the league in scoring while shooting within the 50-40-90 clip. To get that percentage, especially given the way he hits his shots is just impressive. As of this writing, Steph Curry is a two-time MVP and has played in nine NBA seasons. Chef Curry is also the leader of a Golden State Warriors squad that has three NBA titles since his arrival. Curry is also a two-time All-NBA First Teamer (five All-NBA Teams overall) and a five-time All-Star. For sure, his rank will continue to rise especially with how his career is going (although it would be difficult for him to win a MVP award with Kevin Durant as teammate) and hopefully he can finally claim the Finals MVP award that has eluded him.
To be continued!