BallnRoll’s 100 Greatest NBA Players of All Time: #81-90
In BallnRoll’s second instalment of NBA Top 100, we look at the next set of NBA greats!
If you missed part one, click here.
Part one of our list put a spotlight on the likes of Paul Westphal and Billy Cunningham. Now, we are shifting our focus to this week’s ten greats as we focus on completing the first fifth of our Top 100 list!
Expect a few “Chrises” and some more recognizable names. Let’s get to it!
90. Kyrie Irving
- Career Stats: 6 Seasons, 21.6 PPG, 5.5 APG, 21.3 PER, 40.4 Win Shares
Is it too early to plug Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Kyrie Irving on the Top 100 list? Maybe, but let’s be a little controversial and logical for a second.
While only 25, Irving has already won an NBA championship, a Rookie of the Year award, and has made it onto four NBA All-Star rosters. But what sets him apart from most is a few things. An incredibly clutch performer and shooter, Irving is arguably the best finisher at the rim in NBA history, with killer handles that can be rivalled by absolutely nobody in the history of the sport.
Are you sold on ‘Uncle Drew’ yet?
89. James Harden
- Career Stats: Eight Seasons, 22.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.7 APG, 22.9 PER, 91.3 Win Shares
A five-time NBA All-Star and multiple time NBA MVP runner-up, James Harden was one of the greatest sixth men while part of the Oklahoma City, but took his game to the next level once arriving to Houston.
A triple-double machine, James Harden is the only player in NBA history with two 50-point triple double in a single season. Not only is he an incredible shooter, but James Harden is one of the most complete offensive players the NBA has ever seen.
And his Euro-Step? Killer!
88. Gail Goodrich
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 18.6 PPG, 4.7 APG, 16.7 PER, 76.3 Win Shares
One of the greatest yet least known Los Angeles Lakers of all time, Gail Goodrich was known as “the other guy” for the first half of his career. Playing alongside the likes of Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, it was easy to forget about Goodrich while the UCLA-alum slowly was acquiring the torch from the two Laker legends.
An NBA Champion, Goodrich was a big part of the same Lakers team that won an NBA record 33-game straight games in the 1971-72 season. Playing in the shadows of the great superstars of the 60’s and 70’s, Goodrich still paved a legacy that should never be forgotten.
87. Chris Bosh
- Career Stats: 13 Seasons, 19.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 20.6 PER, 106.0 Win Shares
While it seems as though Chris Bosh’s career is over, what a career it has been for the former Toronto Raptors All-Star!
A two-time NBA Champion and an 11-time NBA All-Star, Bosh first became a star as part of the Raptors before joining the Miami Heat where he would be a part of the Miami ‘Big 3’. One of the class acts in the NBA, Bosh was able to dominate in the paint, while always having a very smooth mid-range shot. As he moved to the Heat, he showed that he was able to adjust, becoming more of a stretch-four, while being very productive on the defensive side of the floor.
If we have seen the last of Bosh, he will go down as one of the greatest Raptors in franchise history as well as one of the game’s best!
86. Neil Johnston
- Career Stats: 8 Seasons, 19.3 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 24.7 PER, 92.0 Win Shares
You know what’s crazy? You probably have not a single clue who Neil Johnston is.
I’m right, aren’t I?
Well, class is now in session. Neil Johnston was one of the game’s first great big men and a man who dominated the NBA in its infancy back in the 1950’s. An NBA champion and six-time All-Star, Johnston was well known for his sweeping right-handed hook shot, and was one of the men who revolutionized the shot that made him unguardable.
Despite a serious knee injury, which cut his career short, Johnston will always be one of the great pioneers of the sport of basketball.
85. Chris Mullin
- Career Stats: 16 Seasons, 18.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 18.8 PER, 93.1 Win Shares
A Golden State Warrior and NBA legend, Chris Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star as well as a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the 1992 ”Dream Team”.
Compared to another NBA great, Larry Bird, Mullin was known for his great outside shot and gritty defense all while lacking speed and athleticism. A member of Run TMC, Mullin was able to overcome hardships related to addiction early in his career to become one of the NBA’s 100 best players!
84. Chris Webber
- Career Stats: 15 Seasons, 20.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 20.9 PER, 84.7 Win Shares
Part of Michigan’s legendary Fab Five, Chris Webber was the first overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. Although he became a star very quickly with the Washington Bullets, his career really took off with the Sacramento Kings where he elevated the Kings to one of the greatest teams the NBA has ever seen – one that ironically was never able to break through and win an NBA championship.
Injuries affected Webber throughout his career, but they didn’t stop him from becoming one of the greatest power forwards the NBA has ever seen. With his number hanging in the rafters of the Golden 1 Center, the next stop for ‘C-Webb’ is the Basketball Hall of Fame!
83. Alonzo Mourning
- Career Stats: 15 Seasons, 17.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.8 BPG, 21.2 PER, 89.7 Win Shares
One of the most imposing players in NBA history, Alonzo Mourning was the epitome of toughness.
A seven-time NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, and an NBA Champion with the Miami Heat, Mourning carved a legacy out for himself on the defensive end of the floor. Nicknamed ‘Zo’, Mourning averaged 12-blocks per game as a high school senior and brought that same defensive tenacity into college at Georgetown, and later on into the NBA.
Mourning would finish his career 11th on the NBA’s all-time blocks list. He won two Defensive Player of the Year trophies in his time in the NBA.
82. Chauncey Billups
- Career Stats: 17 Seasons, 15.2 PPG, 5.4 APG, 18.8 PER, 120.8 Win Shares
A five-time All-Star as part of the Detroit Pistons, Chauncey Billups led the Pistons to an NBA championship over the heavily favourited Los Angeles Lakers in 2004.
No moment was ever too big for Billups. No occasion was ever too pressure-filled for the superstar point guard. In a time when point guards for the most part still had the classic pass-first mentality, Billups always looked to score. One of the best leaders of the 21st century, Billups was also a great scorer with three-point range and is currently 11th on the NBA’s all-time three pointers made list (1,830).
81. Joe Dumars
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 16.1 PPG, 4.5 APG, 15.3 PER, 86.2 Win Shares.
Two straight Detroit Pistons legends to end this week’s list, Joe Dumars achieved NBA Finals glory a couple decades prior to the Billups’ 2004 Pistons.
Dumars spent his entire career with the Pistons, was a six-time All-Star and won two NBA championships. One of the best shooting guards of his era, Dumars was the definition of an all-around player. A clutch performer, a standout defender and a great scorer, Dumars was an intense competitor and a true leader on and off the court, cementing himself atop part two of BallnRoll’s NBA Top 100 list!
Check back next week for part three of our Top 100 list!