HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #15 Elgin Baylor

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #15 Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor wins a very special award today, the highest player on the #HCHot50 not* to win a ring award. How he landed in the top 15 without a ring or MVP award is rather incredible. Baylor was a scoring machine, bizarre that he, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West aren’t mentioned more in the top trio’s all time conversation. Even if they only had a two season run. (All three are in the top 15 of this list.) Baylor was a statistical monster in his era, a freak athlete, and a big time shooter. Yet the ring and the MVP eluded him. He finished in the top six in MVP voting on eight separate occasions. He also went to the Finals during eight different campaigns. Baylor must’ve coined, “close, but not cigar.” That being said, Baylor still finished 33rd all time in scoring and 26th all time in rebounds. Baylor was quite the rebounder for a 6′ 5″ swing-man. . . A shame he didn’t get to raise the trophy during the 1972 season, retiring mid way through the year. The Resume: First Overall Pick 1958 – Minneapolis Lakers 11x All-Star 10x All-NBA Rookie of the Year All-Star MVP Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Matt Drappel (12). The Barn Burner: Jacob Noble (44). How did the other guys rank Baylor: Shane Young (13), Justin Termine (13), Marc Griffin (13), Lang Greene (14), Justin Salkin (14), Brian Geltzeiler (14), Justin Rowan (16), James Holas (17), Will Reeve (17), Robert Littal (18), Adi Joseph (19), and Josh Eberley (26). Average vote: 17.9.     #14...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #16 Moses Malone

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #16 Moses Malone

  Moses Malone was a brute on the boards, a scoring machine, a Champion, and a MVP on three separate occasions. He left nothing on the table when he retired. (Malone is one of only nine players to win three or more MVP awards, one of eight if we take away ABA designations.) The Chairman of The Boards leaves behind one heck of a legacy; a six time rebounding champ, the all time leader in offensive rebounds, third all time in overall rebounding, and seventh all time in points. I read online that when Malone passed last week he was only the second MVP to do so, a rather remarkable fact. Condolences to those he left behind. The Resume: 13x All-Star 8x All-NBA 2X All-Defense Finals MVP 3x MVP Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Adi Joseph (10). The Barn Burner: Jacob Noble (43). How did the other guys rank Malone: James Holas (12), Josh Eberley (13), Justin Rowan (14), Robert Littal (15), Justin Termine (15), Shane Young (16), Lang Greene (16), Matt Drappel (17), Marc Griffin (17), Brian Geltzeiler (20), Will Reeve (24), and Justin Salkin (26).     #15 Wednesday, September 23rd.   Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!   Contributors: Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC James...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #17 Karl Malone

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #17 Karl Malone

  The mail was on time, it was delivered with power, and it was dealt with precision. A ring may have been lost somewhere along the way, but other than that small package Karl Malone delivered the goodies. Malone is rated second highest of all listed players on the #HCHot50 not to win a ring. One can only imagine what Malone’s legacy would’ve been, had the Jazz dispatched the Bulls on even one of their two opportunities. 20 points, 10 rebounds, and a decent shooting percentage is a common bench mark for NBA bigs. Malone retired with career averages of 25, 10, and a pretty 52% shooting. Aside from the two MVP awards Malone acquired, he finished top five in voting on seven other occasions. Kobe Bryant is doing his best, but as it stands the Mailman still sits second all time in points, seventh in rebounds, and 51st in assists. The Resume: 13th Overall Pick 1985 – Utah Jazz 14x All-Star 14x All-NBA 4x All-Defense 2x All-Star MVP 2x MVP Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Brian Geltzeiler (13). The Barn Burner: Justin Salkin (27). How did the other guys rank Malone: James Holas (15), Shane Young (15), Marc Griffin (15), Lang Greene (15), Adi Joseph (17), Jacob Noble (17), Matt Drappel (19), Robert Littal (19), Will Reeve (19), Josh Eberley (20), Justin Termine (25), and Justin Rowan (26).   #16 Tuesday, September 22nd.     Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell,...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #18 Charles Barkley

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #18 Charles Barkley

  Charles Barkley is a legend; to the older generation he was a hard working and hustling machine, they watched him battle night in, and night out for 15 years.. To the younger generation he was a controversial entertainer, a former legend, who ultimately had no problem saying outlandish things on or off the court. It’s not surprising Barkley finds himself this high on the list, he was under-sized, over-matched, and still prevailed, battling all the way to his very own MVP award. While Barkley never won the big one, he played on several meaningful teams, with an assortment of legends, further propelling his own icon status. Retiring in 2000, Barkley sits 18th all time in rebounds and 24th in points. Aside from his MVP year (1993), he finished top six in the voting on seven other occasions. The Resume: Fifth Pick Overall 1984 – Philadelphia 76ers 11x All-Star 11x All-NBA All-Star MVP MVP Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Marc Griffin (14). The Barn Burner: Justin Salkin (32). How did the other guys rank Barkley: Will Reeve (15), Robert Littal (17), Justin Rowan (18), Josh Eberley (19), James Holas (19), Brian Geltzeiler (19), Shane Young (20),  Lang Greene (20), Matt Drappel (21), Adi Joseph (23), Jacob Noble (24), and Justin Termine (24).     #17 Monday, September 21st.   Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #19 Kevin Garnett

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #19 Kevin Garnett

  The Big Ticket might just be the best two way player to ever run the power forward position. One of the biggest ‘what ifs’ in NBA history is, “What if Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan switched starts?” There are a lot of people who believe Garnett was the superior talent and would’ve been just as successful with the Spurs in reversed roles. Garnett is one of only four players in history to win a MVP award and Defensive Player of the Year award. (The other three; Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson). He is also one of only three players to reside in the top 50 all time for points, rebounds, and assists. (The other two; Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.) Safe to say Garnett was a unique talent, a rare combination of size, speed, and strength. Garnett comes in front of fellow power forwards; Bob Pettit, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Mchale. The Resume: Fifth Pick Overall 1995 – Minnesota Timberwolves 15x All-Star 9x All-NBA 12x All-NBA Defense All-Star MVP DPOY MVP Champion How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Will Reeve (14). The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler (35). How did the other guys rank Garnett: Jacob Noble (15), Josh Eberley (17), Adi Joseph (18), Justin Salkin (18), Justin Rowan (19), Robert Littal (22), Lang Greene (23), Matt Drappel (24), James Holas (24), Marc Griffin (24), Shane Young (26), and Justin Termine (26),     #18 Sunday, September 20th.   Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #20 Bob Pettit

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #20 Bob Pettit

Is Bob Pettit the least mentioned superstar ever to lace them up? He was an All-Star every year of his career! All-NBA, every year of his career! Yet, when people talk about the greatest power forwards to ever play the game, there is no Pettit mention. No mention of, ‘Big Blue’ when the Round Mound of Rebound, or the Mailman, both of whom retired ringless are mentioned. Like many of the stars who played in the early eras, Pettit probably wouldn’t translate to today’s game. The efficiency isn’t there, but we can appreciate his individual dominance, and still point to his career totals as evidence of said dominance. 18th all time in rebounds, and 40th all time in points isn’t half bad for a guy who only played 11 seasons. The Resume: Second Overall Pick 1954 – Milwaukee Hawks 11x All-Star 11x All-NBA Rookie of the Year 4x All-Star MVP 2x MVP Champion   How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Adi Joseph (12). The Barn Burner: Matt Drappel (51). How did the other guys rank Pettit: Jacob Noble (18), Marc Griffin (19), Justin Salkin (19), Justin Rowan (20), Robert Littal (20), Justin Termine (20), James Holas (21), Lang Greene (21), Brian Geltzeiler (21), Josh Eberley (23), Shane Young (25), and Will Reeve (28).     #19 Saturday, September 19th   Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!  ...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #21 Isiah Thomas

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #21 Isiah Thomas

  Isiah Thomas is a beloved player in NBA lore, as he should be. The leader of the Bad Boy Pistons and the closest thing Michael Jordan ever had to a nemesis, won two Championships over his NBA tenure. Keep in mind that Zeke and the Pistons are the only team to send Jordan and the Bulls home on three separate occasions. While the the Championship total sits at two, let’s not forget that an unfortunate injury is the only reason the Pistons didn’t own the Championship in 1988 completing the 3-peat. Thomas sacrificed personal numbers by being a pass first player on a talented team. His lone season leading the league in assists per game (13.6 in 84-85), is the best non John Stockton mark in NBA history. Thomas also finished top nine in MVP voting through the 84-87 seasons. Thomas ended his career 7th all time in assists, 16th all time in steals, and 57th all time in points. The Resume: Second Overall Pick 1981 – Detroit Pistons 12x All-Star 5x All-NBA 2x All-Star MVP Finals MVP 2x Champion Hall of Fame     How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Jacob Noble (16). The Barn Burner: Matt Drappel (34). How did the other guys rank Thomas: Brian Geltzeiler (17), Shane Young (18), Justin Termine (19), James Holas (20), Justin Salkin (20), Marc Griffin (21), Lang Greene (22), Josh Eberley (24), Justin Rowan (24), Robert Littal (24), Adi Joseph (29), and Will Reeve (31).   #20 Friday, September 18th.      Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right?...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #22 John Havlicek

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #22 John Havlicek

  John Havlicek was an eight time Champion. I don’t think any fancy words are needed to convey how insane that is. Eight rings is almost unfathomable in today’s game. Hondo like many of the greats played both ends, contributed on the glass, and facilitated as a playmaker. Evidenced by the fact he still sits 79th in rebounds, 31st in assists, and 13th in points. While it’s true Hondo was a member of some tremendously talented teams, it illuminates how truly gifted he was to still stand-out. Hondo also played against some pretty great teams. For reference, Hondo won his Finals MVP in 1974, he was 33, and up against a pretty good Milwaukee Bucks squad that featured both Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. . . The Resume: Seventh Pick Overall 1962 – Boston Celtics 13x All-Star 11x All-NBA 8x All-NBA Defense Finals MVP 8x Champion Hall of Fame   How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Matt Drappel (16). The Barn Burner: Will Reeve (51). How did the other guys rank Havlicek: Justin Rowan (17), Justin Termine (17), Josh Eberley (18), James Holas (18), Lang Greene (18), Jacob Noble (19), Adi Joseph (20), Marc Griffin (20), Justin Salkin (23), Brian Geltzeiler (29), Robert Littal (31), and Shane Young (33).     #37 Thursday, September 17.   Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!   Contributors: Josh Eberley –...