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:

 

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!

 

The Resume: 

Drafted third overall 1970 – Atlanta Hawks.

5x All-Star

4x All-NBA

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.

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!

https://twitter.com/BlakeCritt3/status/634124218108506113

Contributors:

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

 

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut