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 seem to hurt his stock any on this list, he even drew a top five vote from the bizarre James Holas.
In his days as a Cincinnati Royal he had seven top five MVP voting seasons, eight in total. Big O sits 13th in points, 6th in assists, and would likely sit on the steals leader board had the stat been tracked during his years.
First Overall Pick 1960 – Cincinnati Royals
Rookie of the Year
3x All-Star MVP
Hall of Fame
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: James Holas (5).
The Barn Burner: Adi Joseph (14).
How did the other guys rank Robertson: Lang Greene (6), Matt Drappel (7), Marc Griffin (10), Justin Rowan (11), Robert Littal (11), Josh Eberley (12), Shane Young (12), Justin Termine (12), Justin Salkin (12), Brian Geltzeiler (12), Jacob Noble (13), and Will Reeve (13).
Average vote: 10.7
#10 Monday, September 28th.
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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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#50 Pete Maravich
#49 Dave Cowens
#48 Wes Unseld
#47 Dolph Schayes
#46 Paul Pierce
#45 Kevin Durant
#44 Dominique Wilkins
#43 Chris Paul
#42 Bill Walton
#41 Gary Payton
#40 Elvin Hayes
#39 Clyde Drexler
#38 Allen Iverson
#37 Steve Nash
#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen
#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson
#23 Dirk Nowtizki
#22 John Havlicek
#21 Isiah Thomas
#20 Bob Pettit
#19 Kevin Garnett
#18 Charles Barkley
#17 Karl Malone
#16 Moses Malone
#15 Elgin Baylor
#14 Julius Erving
#13 Jerry West
#12 Hakeem Olajuwon