Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale may have been good enough to be ‘the guy’ on a title team, but we didn’t have to find out, he was the #1 deputy on one of the league’s greatest teams. His highest finish in the MVP race was fourth in 86-87, falling in behind a 50-40-90 season from teammate Larry Legend, a 37 per game season from the GOAT, and the eventual winner Magic Johnson.

McHale was a team guy to his core, he played defense, he hit the floor, he scored when he needed to, and he didn’t mind coming off the pine.

The Resume:

Third Overall Pick 1980 – Boston Celtics

7x All-Star

All-NBA

6x All-Defense

2x Sixth Man of the Year

3x Champion

Hall of Fame

 

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Justin Salkin (21).

The Barn Burner: Adi Joseph and James Holas (NR).

How did the other guys rank McHale: Shane Young (24), Brian Geltzeiler (24), Will Reeve (25), Lang Greene (29), Marc Griffin (31), Robert Littal (34), Justin Termine (34), Justin Rowan (37), Jacob Noble (40), Matt Drappel (41), Josh Eberley (44),

 

McHale Bird

 

#32 Sunday, September 6th.

 

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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

#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

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