The Terrell Davis of the NFL! Yes his career was short, yes his career totals are slim, yes his per game numbers lack some flash. But what more could he have done? In a sadly small span as a non-broken man he won a MVP award, Finals MVP, two Championships, and a Sixth Man of the Year award. He capitalized on his incredibly short prime and he cashed in where he could. As an aside, Walton also owned College basketball, that might even be an understatement.
It’s hard to reward guys who were on the right track before tragedy hit on lists like these. But Walton accomplished enough in his brief tenure as one of the league’s best to earn his spot.
First Overall Pick 1974 – Portland Trail Blazers
2x All-NBA Defense
Sixth Man of the Year
Hall of Fame
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Josh Eberley and Justin Termine (27).
The Barn Burner: Seven tied (NR).
How did the other guys rank Walton: Shane Young (28), Justin Rowan (32), Jacob Noble (36), James Holas (42), and Justin Salkin (43).
#41 Friday, August 28.
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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
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