BallnRoll’s 100 Greatest NBA Players of All Time: #41-50
Kicking off the second half of our NBA Top 100 list, we begin to look at the top 50 players of all time.
In the case that you missed part 5, click here.
As we are etching closer and closer to the top 10, let’s not waste any time as we jump right into part 6 of the NBA’s greatest players of all time!
50. Rick Barry
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 24.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.9 APG, 21.0 PER, 129.0 Win Shares
Although many remember Rick Barry for his ‘granny’ styled free throws, Barry was a true legend who scored at every stage of basketball.
The Hall of Fame forward is the only player in NBA history to lead the NCAA, the NBA, and the ABA in scoring. He led an underwhelming Golden State Warriors team to an NBA championship and averaged over 30-points per game in four seasons. A star throughout the late 60’s and the 70’s, Barry was an offensive juggernaut in every sense of the term.
49. Bill Walton
- Career Stats: 10 Seasons, 13.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 20.0 PER, 39.3 Win Shares
The father of the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers as well as one of the more light-hearted people in the sport, Bill Walton also carved out a legacy for himself on the hard floor.
Despite being hampered and slowed down by injuries his entire career, in his prime, the two-time NBA champion was one of the most dominant centers the NBA has ever seen, leading the Portland Trailblazers to their first and only NBA title. Dominant on the offensive side and a beast on the board, Walton was also a fierce shot-blocker and defender, being known as a big man who was able to do it all.
48. Willis Reed
- Career Stats: 10 Seasons, 18.7 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 18.6 PER, 74.9 Win Shares
Although longevity wasn’t one of Willis Reed’s strengths, Willis Reed established himself as one of the most legendary stars in the franchise history of the New York Knicks.
And of course, when people think of Reed nowadays, you immediately think of how Reed miraculously grinded out Game 7 of the NBA Finals, giving the Knicks all the motivation they needed to win the team’s first and only NBA championship. A left-handed big man, Reed was a very tough cover with a smooth jump shot which helped cement him as a great offensive weapon all throughout his ten year career.
47. Ray Allen
- Career Stats: 18 Seasons, 18.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 18.6 PER, 145.1 Win Shares
In the winding years of Ray Allen’s career, he was known for stepping out and dropping threes, something he has done throughout his illustrious career, which included two NBA championships.
While yes, Allen was a great three-point shooter and with his quick and smooth release, Allen was able to climb all the way to the top of the NBA’s most three-pointers made list by the end of his career, Allen was so much more than just a three-point shooter. In his prime, the 10-time All-Star was able to do it all, from scoring from midrange, to attacking the basket, to showing off his athleticism at the rim.
46. John Stockton
- Career Stats: 13.1 PPG, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG, 21.8 PER, 207.7 Win Shares
When you think prototypical point guard, the extension of the head coach on the hard floor, you immediately think of Hall of Famer John Stockton.
Stockton retired as the NBA’s all-time leader in both assists and steals, and did it all while winning with the Utah Jazz. Although the NBA championship alluded his career, Stockton was a 10-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, and a one time All-Star Game MVP.
45. Stephen Curry
- Career Stats: 8 Seasons, 22.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 6.8 APG, 23.4 PER, 84.2 Win Shares
While a few great shooters have already made the list, there may have never been a better shooter in NBA history than the two-time NBA champion and Most Valuable Player, Steph Curry.
With his ability to hit a shot from anywhere on the floor, Curry has turned the Golden State Warriors into an offensive juggernaut and has changed the entire league into a three-point league. Aside from his three-point stroke, Curry also has some of the greatest handles the league has ever seen, and really, who nowadays doesn’t want to play with such an exhilarating talent?
44. Sam Jones
- Career Stats: 12 Seasons, 17.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 18.7 PER, 92.3 Win Shares
Known as the original “Mr. Clutch”, Sam Jones was known for his elusive quickness and game-winning shots during his time with the Boston Celtics. And there never really was a time in Jones’ 12-year career where the five-time All-Star didn’t win.
Spending his entire career in Boston, the guard won ten NBA championships while possessing the speed, the touch, the reflexes, and an accurate bank-shot – a combination that has not yet been seen in NBA history.
43. James Worthy
- Career Stats: 12 Seasons, 17.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 17.7 PER, 81.2 Win Shares
A staple of the ‘Showtime Lakers’, James Worthy was a star at UNC and transitioned into a high-flying superstar in the NBA.
A three-time NBA champion and seven-time All-Star, Worthy became known for his trademark one-handed swoop to the rim, and in his prime, he was unguardable and earned the nickname ‘Big Game James’ over his time in the purple and gold.
42. Paul Pierce
- Career Stats: 19 Seasons, 19.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 19.7 PER, 150.0 Win Shares
Another Boston Celtic cracks the list, as former NBA Champ Paul Pierce cracks the list at number 42.
Never the most athletic, Pierce was crafty, an incredible scorer, a clutch performer, and a great defender. One of the greatest Boston Celtics ever, Pierce was a ten-time All-Star over the span of his 19-year career, winning a Final’s MVP as his led his Celtics over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.
41. George Gervin
- Career Stats: 25.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 21.4 PER, 116.3 Win Shares
There is no better way to end our weekly list than with ‘The Iceman’ George Gervin.
A four-time scoring champion, Gervin was one of the greatest scorers the league has ever seen. With his vintage finger roll and smooth jump shot, Gervin cemented himself as a true NBA legend. He was impossible to stop and no matter how difficult the shot was, Gervin made it look easy.
And with that, ‘The Iceman’ tops off our part 6 list.
Check back next week for part seven of our Top 100 list!