BallnRoll’s 100 Greatest NBA Players of All Time: #61-70
This week we are moving on as we are set to introduce part four of our NBA top 100 Greatest of all time list!
In case you missed part three, click here.
Part three’s list included high profile names of the calibre of Grant Hill, Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald, ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich, and Vince Carter. Part four will feature even more big names of players who helped shape the NBA, cementing themselves as the game’s greatest.
Without further adieu, let’s take a look at numbers 61-70 of our list!
70. Kevin Johnson
- Career Stats: 12 Seasons, 17.9 PPG, 9.1 APG, 49.3 FG%, 20.7 PER, 92.8 Win Shares
A former great as well as a former mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson made a name for himself as a part of the Phoenix Suns, a team with whom he spent each of his 12 NBA seasons with. A guy who holds numerous Phoenix Suns records, Johnson has shot and made the most free throws in Suns history, while dishing out more assists than anyone who played in a Phoenix jersey.
A grinder, Johnson also set an NBA Finals’ record for most minutes played in a game, playing 62-minutes against the Chicago Bulls in 1993. An ambassador and a legend of the NBA, Johnson starts us off in this week’s list!
69. Earl Monroe
- Career Stats: 13 Seasons, 18.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 17.2 PER, 77.4 Win Shares
An incredible ball-handler and slasher, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe was a magician with the basketball during the 1970’s, helping bring the New York Knicks to championship glory – yeah, once upon a time, the Knicks were atop the NBA world.
Called ‘the ultimate playground player’, Monroe brought a certain flare to the game that was never before seen, which included off-balanced, circus-like shots that left basketball fans in awe.
68. Dikembe Mutombo
- Career Stats: 18 Seasons, 9.8 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 2.8 BPG, 51.8 FG%, 17.2 PER, 117.0 Win Shares
One of the greatest rim protectors and defenders in NBA history, Dikembe Mutombo played until he was 42-years of age and never averaged under two blocks per 36-minutes in his NBA career. He was an eight-time All-Star and a four-time Defensive Player of the Year, Mutombo averaged at least three blocks a game on eight separate occasions.
And of course, who can forget Mutombo’s infamous finger wag?
67. Alex English
- Career Stats: 15 Seasons, 21.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 50.7 FG%, 19.9 PER, 100.7 Win Shares
One of the most dynamic scorers of his time and of NBA history, Alex English was an eight-time All-Star and compiled 25,613-career points, good for 18th all-time. As a late second round selection in the 1976 Draft, English turned into a prolific scorer who turned the Denver Nuggets at the time into an offensive juggernaut.
It didn’t take him long to become Denver’s all-time leading scorer. The soft-spoken English built a reputation on the court as the most prolific scorer of the 1980’s and one of the greatest players of all time.
66. Tracy McGrady
- Career Stats: 19.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.4 APG, 22.1 PER, 97.3 Win Shares
When you think ‘T-Mac’, you instantly think of one of the most athletic and electric scorers the NBA has ever seen. Although he never had playoff success and struggled with injuries throughout his career, Tracy McGrady was simply unguardable when he was healthy. Averaging 32.1-points in a season at one point, McGrady helped the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets take off at the beginning of the 21st century.
Of course, speaking of the Rockets, when you also think of T-Mac, you also think of his 13-points, in 35-seconds performance en route to defeating the San Antonio Spurs.
65. Pau Gasol
- Career Stats: 16 Seasons, 17.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 21.5 PER, 137.0 Win Shares
One of the greatest international players in NBA history, Pau Gasol brought European finesse to the game, making a name for Spain in the process. A two-time NBA champion, the six-time All-Star put the Memphis Grizzlies on the map before heading over the Los Angeles to bring championship glory back to the Lakers.
Known for being an incredible teammate and for his selflessness on and off the court, Gasol will go down as one of the NBA’s true international pioneers and legends.
64. Tony Parker
- Career Stats: 16 Seasons, 16.2 PPG, 5.8 APG, 18.5 PER, 109.0 Win Shares
Another international great cracks the list and it Frenchman Tony Parker. The San Antonio Spurs point guard has paved his own legacy in the NBA as one of the league’s quickest guards, in his prime of course, with an elusive and creative offensive skillset.
A Spurs lifer, the six-time All-Star has helped bring four NBA championships to San Antonio, winning a Finals MVP in 2006-07. Still a very productive player, it will be interesting to see how Parker responds from his latest leg injury.
63. Dave Cowens
- Career Stats: 11 Seasons, 17.6 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 17.0 PER, 86.3 Win Shares
Traveling further back in time to the early dynasty of the Boston Celtics, Dave Cowens was one of the team’s greatest, most underrated legends of all time. Known for his tenacity and toughness, Cowens became an All-Star eight times, helping the Celtics add two more championship banners to their already highly impressive collection.
Playing in era with some of the biggest names in NBA history, Cowens made a name for himself with his constant hard work ethic and versatility, which substituted his lack of athleticism and flash. Averaging at least 14-rebounds in each of his first eight NBA seasons shows Cowens’ commitment to putting in work on an every-game basis.
62. Robert Parish
- Career Stats: 21 Seasons, 14.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 19.2 PER, 147.0 Win Shares
Sticking to the topic of the Boston Celtics, Robert Parish was another great Celtics’ big man who helped bring titles to Massachusetts. The nine-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA Champion played 21-long seasons in the league. In fact, not a single player has played more NBA games than the agile and remarkably durable center.
Known for his high-trajectory jump shot, Parish is 27th on the NBA all-time scoring list and eighth on the all-time rebounding list.
61. Bob Lanier
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 20.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 51.4 FG%, 21.7 PER, 117.1 Win Shares
Retiring still a very productive player, Bob Lanier went down into NBA history as one of the game’s greatest big men. In an era filled with legendary centers, it’s easy to forget about Lanier, but the seven footer had a very polished inside game, known for killer hook shot, fluidity on the court, and a very consistent outside shot.
He was the original stretch-four. To this day, Lanier is atop the Pistons record books in scoring average, is second in career rebounds, and third in points. And at that, the eight-time All Star and Hall of Famer caps off our latest list of the 100 greatest players in NBA history.
Check back next week for part five of our Top 100 list!