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 less than impressed:
— Will Reeve Jr (@WillReeveJr) August 18, 2015
Dwight not in you guys top 50 ? #HCHot50
— Hoodie Chad (@ChaddyIssues) August 18, 2015
So upset the worm didn't make it. Had him at 44 https://t.co/oQOSnuzRqZ
— Justin Rowan🇨🇦 (@Cavsanada) August 18, 2015
But that was yesterday and this is today, so without any further adieu #50. . .
Shooting in to #50 is the Pistol himself; Pete Maravich.
The Pistol sneaks in two points ahead of Reggie Miller for the bottom spot in the collective rankings.
Don’t tell me we are generation biased!
Drafted third overall 1970 – Atlanta Hawks.
Scoring Leader 76-77.
Proud owner of a 68 point explosion against the Knicks back in 1977.
Hall of Fame.
An absolute phenom in college, nobody scored like the Pistol. In three seasons he averaged, 43.8, 44.2, and 44.5 points per game respectively.
Maravich was a gifted scorer who bedazzled fans and lighted up the basket. but the Pistol ended his career free of hardware, banners, and Championship narratives. Undoubtedly the reason he didn’t climb any higher.
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Matty Drappel, (29)
The Barn Burner: 10 tied, (NR)
Others to rank the Pistol: Marc Griffin (36), Brian Geltzeiler (37), and Jacob Noble (46).
Magic Johnson once told Maravich’s two sons, “your dad was the original showtime.”
#49 coming Thursday, August 20.
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Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley
Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC
James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen
Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph
Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416
Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada
Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO
Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA
Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio
Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc
Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene
Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat
Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr
and of course,
Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic
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