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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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

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