HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #42 Bill Walton

 Bill Walton

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.

The Resume:

First Overall Pick 1974 – Portland Trail Blazers

2x All-Star

2x All-NBA

2x All-NBA Defense

Sixth Man of the Year

Finals MVP

MVP

2x Champion

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. 

 

Walton Erving

 

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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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