HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #46 Paul Pierce

The Truth is one of the most beloved players of this generation and a Celtics great in his own right. He never won an MVP, he wasn’t the de-facto best player on the Celtics title in 2008, but he was the heart and soul of the Celtics for 15 years. He has had his moments with Brooklyn and Washington, I’m sure he will have his moments in Los Angeles, but a Celtic he will always …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #47 Dolph Schayes

  No school like the old school. Before Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain there was a man by the name of Schayes, Dolph Schayes. 12 Straight All-Star seasons and all 15 years of his illustrious career were spent with the Nationals/76ers franchise. Schayes competed with the best of the best during his tenure in the league, playing pre and post NBA merger. Schayes led the Nationals to a Championship in 1955, leading all players in …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #48 Wes Unseld

How many players have won Rookie of the Year? How many have won MVP? How many have won both in the same season? (The answer is two, Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld.) That’s right Wes Unseld won a MVP award his rookie season. . . Unseld standing only 6′ 7″ was a vicious rebounder, a bull on the court, pre-dating both the Worm and the Round Mound of Rebound. He was awarded Finals MVP in 1978 …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #49 Dave Cowens

Dave Cowens or Big Red carried the Celtics torch along with John Havlicek in-between the Bill Russell and Larry Bird eras. The often forgotten Celtics great did a damn good job running with the franchise player role, leading the Celtics to not one, but two Championships in a three year span. If we’re being honest with ourselves, Cowens had a hell of a case for Finals MVP in 1976, posting far superior numbers to teammate …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #50 Pete Maravich

Yesterday we revealed the 40 guys receiving votes but failing to land a position on our prestigious rankings. That list included a heap of talented players, including multiple MVP’s, Finals MVP’s, Hall of Fame members, former Champions, and fan favourites through out the decades. Cutting the list at 50 was a daunting task and unfortunately it meant we had to leave out a lot of great players. That left some readers, and even some contributors …

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