The next time someone doesn’t give poor Chris Paul his due, you remind them that good ol Jerry West didn’t win until he was 33 years old, and in his 12th season. Seriously, can you imagine how cruel social media would’ve been to poor Mr. Logo today? Then again, the only loser to ever win the Finals MVP, would likely have some praise thrown his way.
On nine occasions Jerry West was top six in the MVP voting, he went 1-8 in the Finals. He wasn’t great on the percentages, but let’s not forget making it to nine NBA Finals is no small feat.
West finished his career 23rd all time in scoring and sits 27th all time in assists. In addition to his scoring title, he also led the league in assists in 1972. Coincidentally, the 1972 season was also the year West and the Lakers got over the hump winning a Championship.
How many players left the game with more brand value than the logo?
5x All-NBA Defense
Hall of Fame
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Jacob Noble and Justin Termine (10).
The Barn Burner: Marc Griffin (23).
How did the other guys rank West: Adi Joseph (11), James Holas (11), Lang Greene (11), Will Reeve (12), Justin Rowan (13), Justin Salkin (13), Josh Eberley (14), Matt Drappel (14), Robert Littal (14), Shane Young (14), and Brian Geltzeiler (15).
Average vote: 13.2
#12 Saturday, September 26th.
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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
Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:
#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