HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #11 Oscar Robertson

  1960’s Russell Westbrook was a freak, his numbers are astounding, astonishing even. The only man to average a triple-double. Inflated or not it’s flat out incredible. If those numbers had led to playoff success earlier we could very easily be talking about Oscar Robertson in the GOAT debate. Unfortunately, the Big O’s only ring came as the sidekick to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971. However, his sole title coming as the number two guy didn’t …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #12 Hakeem Olajuwon

  He went over Michael Jordan in the draft, he swept possibly the greatest Finals performer of all time in the Finals (Shaquille O’Neal), and he didn’t make our top 10. Hakeem Olajuwon might be the best two way player to ever play the game. One, of only two players to win MVP, Finals MVP, and the DPOY. (The other is Jordan). A lesser known, ‘what if,’ for everybody. What if the 96-97 Rockets beat …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #14 Julius Erving

  Dr. J’s resume is solid, a two way monster. Julius Erving was the face of the ABA, was one of the coolest cats in the NBA, won multiple MVP’s, and multiple Championships across both leagues. Oh, and he was an All-Star every year he stepped on the court. What career box didn’t he check? The most common knock on the Doctor’s game was that he spent the best years of his career in the …

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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 …

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