HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #4 Bill Russell

  The resume won’t do Bill justice, many of the accolades we lean on today simply weren’t available during Russell’s run. We can safely assume he would have 10+ All-NBA Defense honours had they been distributed in his day. He’d undoubtedly own multiple Defensive Player of the Year Awards and I think it’s also safe to say he’d own a few of his namesakes (The Finals MVP award). Accolades be damned, nobody collected the hardware …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #6 Larry Bird

  For at least one more year Larry Legend holds his ground above LeBron James, the GOAT small forward if you will. Larry Bird missed on an expanded run in part due to a bad back, but injuries aside, I could definitely argue him further up this list. Larry Legend was feisty, gritty, and the best shooter of his generation. A perfect mix of toughness and finesse. Bird had the all around package, he rebounded, …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #10 Shaquille O’Neal

  Shaquille O’Neal comes under dominant in the dictionary. He had his flaws, most noticeably free throw shooting. That being said, he has a real case for the best Finals performer of all time. In Shaq Daddy’s first four runs to the NBA Finals (95, 00, 01, and 02) he averaged an inhumane 34.2 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.8 BPG, all while shooting 60%. Those numbers don’t even exist in the modern game. There …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #19 Kevin Garnett

  The Big Ticket might just be the best two way player to ever run the power forward position. One of the biggest ‘what ifs’ in NBA history is, “What if Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan switched starts?” There are a lot of people who believe Garnett was the superior talent and would’ve been just as successful with the Spurs in reversed roles. Garnett is one of only four players in history to win a …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #22 John Havlicek

  John Havlicek was an eight time Champion. I don’t think any fancy words are needed to convey how insane that is. Eight rings is almost unfathomable in today’s game. Hondo like many of the greats played both ends, contributed on the glass, and facilitated as a playmaker. Evidenced by the fact he still sits 79th in rebounds, 31st in assists, and 13th in points. While it’s true Hondo was a member of some tremendously …

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