HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #44 Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins

The Human Highlight Film was a feature attraction for the NBA from 1982 all the way through to the 1999 season. Dominique Wilkins got to play against the best over his elongated career. The Bird led Celtics, the Showtime Lakers, the Bad Boy Pistons, Jordan’s Bulls, and even Kobe’s Lakers at the tail end of his career. The previous may in fact be why Wilkins, who happens to be the league’s 12th leading scorer all time, left the game without a ring.

Wilkins will be remembered for his high flying duel with his Airness in the 1985 dunk contest, he will also be remembered for the endless buckets he dropped on two decades of NBA greats.

Wilkins coming in at #44 finishes one spot ahead of Kevin Durant, and two spots in front of Paul Pierce. Not a bad ranking for a guy who never won a MVP award or Championship.

The Resume:

Third Overall Pick 1982 – Atlanta Hawks

9x All-Star

7x All-NBA

One Time Scoring Champ

Hall of Fame

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Will Reeve (32).

The Barn Burner: Josh Eberley, Justin Rowan, Marc Griffin, and Justin Salkin (NR).

How did the other guys rank Wilkins: Robert Littal (33), Shane Young (35), Brian Geltzeiler (36), Adi Joseph (37), James Holas (38), Matt Drappel (40), Lang Greene (43), Jacob Noble (49), and Justin Termine (50).

 

Bird Wilkins

 

#43 Wednesday, August 26. 

 

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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

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