George Mikan

The NBA’s first star, Mr. Basketball dominated during his incredibly brief tenure as a pro-baller. He dominated in a young league that had not yet found its feet. Leading the league in scoring in three straight seasons, while winning five championships in a seven year career is no small thing. Had the MVP award and Finals MVP award been in existence during his prime years there’s no doubt Mikan would’ve accumulated quite a few for the mantle.

While he played in a weaker developing league and his efficiency wouldn’t hold up in today’s game, you cannot ignore how dominant he was in his own era.

The Resume:

4x All-Star

6x All-NBA

All-Star MVP

5x Champion

Hall of Fame


How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Robert Littal (16).

The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler, Jacob Noble, Josh Eberley, and Justin Termine (NR).

How did the other guys rank Mikan: Adi Joseph (25), Matt Drappel (25), James Holas (29), Lang Greene (30), Will Reeve (34), Justin Rowan (36), Marc Griffin (37), Justin Salkin (37), and Shane Young (40).


Mikan hook


#34 Friday, September 4th.


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Josh Eberley – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph –, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel –, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – /, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal –, @BSO

Shane Young –, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – /, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene –, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – /, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – / Sirius XM NBA / /, @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

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