HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #40 Elvin Hayes

 Washington Bullets vs. Boston Celtics

The Big E did big ol things for the Bullets. He led them to the Finals his first year in the uniform (74-75) and along with Wes Unseld and Bob Dandridge brought home the Championship in 1978. During the 1978 playoffs, Hayes led the team in points, rebounds, and blocks but did not win the Finals MVP award.

Hayes is one of those rare players who has better numbers across the board in the post-season. He averaged more points, more rebounds, more blocks, and shot a better percentage from the field in the playoffs. Hayes also crushed the all time numbers finishing ninth all time in points, and fourth all time in rebounds.

The Resume:

First Overall Pick 1968 – San Diego Rockets

12x All-Star

6x All-NBA

2X All-NBA Defense

Champion

Hall of Fame

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Marc Griffin (18).

The Barn Burner: Justin Termine, Justin Salkin, Shane Young, Robert Littal, Jacob Noble, and Matt Drappel (NR).

How did the other guys rank Hayes: Brian Geltzeiler (22), Lang Green (24), James Holas (33), Will Reeve (36), Josh Eberley (37), Justin Salkin (44), and Adi Joseph (49).

 

 

Hayes Barry

 

#39 Sunday, August 30. 

 

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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

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