BallnRoll’s 100 Greatest NBA Players of All Time: #51-60
We have reached the half way mark of our list as we are set to complete the first half of the NBA’s top 100 players of all time.
In case you missed part four, click here.
The first half has had some great names of the calibre of Chris Bosh, Paul Arizin, and Nate Archibald. The second half will have its fair share of legends, but before we get too ahead of ourselves, we still have to complete part five of our list!
So here goes, numbers 51-to-60!
60. Carmelo Anthony
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 24.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 20.9 PER, 97.0 Win Shares
While in his prime he was one of the greatest pure scorers the league has ever seen, Carmelo Anthony is still a very potent offensive player. Despite limited playoff success, Melo is a 10-time All Star and has become one of the biggest stars of the 21st century.
As tensions continue to grow between himself and the New York Knicks organization, let’s not forget through it all, that Anthony is an NBA great and one of the greatest pure scorers the league has ever seen!
59. Jerry Lucas
- Career Stats: 11 Seasons, 17.0 PPG, 15.6 RPG, 18.9 PER, 98.4 Win Shares
An NBA champion and seven-time All-Star, Jerry Lucas was never the biggest guy at a time where giants ruled the National Basketball Association. Despite size and athleticism, Lucas was still one of the greatest rebounders in league history.
Other than his ability to score and rebound effeciently, the Ohio State alum was also a winner at every stage of basketball. From high school, to college, to the NBA, and finally, on the Olympic stage.
58. Dwight Howard
- Career Stats: 13 Seasons, 17.5 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 2.0 BPG, 21.7 PER, 121.5 Win Shares
It truly seems like it was ages ago, but at one point, before injuries began to take their tole on Dwight Howard, the big man was one of the greatest and most athletic rim protectors and rebounders the league has ever seen.
A physical specimen, Howard was an absolute beast under the rim. With his shear size and strength, he was able to bully his way to the basket with ease, dunk on anybody he wished and rebound over anyone around him. A three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Howard, in his prime, was a defensive anchor unlike any ever seen in the NBA.
57. Artis Gilmore
- Career Stats: 17 Seasons, 18.8 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 21.4 PER, 189.7 Win Shares
Oddly enough, Artis Gilmore is a lesser known big man of his time, but when he stepped on the court, he was as dominant as any player the league has ever seen. A fierce shot blocker and electric rebounder, Gilmore averaged over 15-boards a game in each of his first five NBA seasons.
An 11-time All-Star, an NBA MVP, and an ABA champion, Gilmore did not play with a certain flash, but at 7’2”, Gilmore was one of the strongest players in NBA history and a feared player throughout his 17-year professional basketball career.
56. Dennis Rodman
- Career Stats: 7.3 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 14.6 PER, 89.8 Win Shares
Yes, Dennis Rodman was crazy, and yes, he may not be the most intelligently brilliant human being in the world. Yes, this is the guy who need a babysitter every time he wasn’t on the court, and yes, this is the very same guy who went to North Korea to talk peace with dictator Kim Jung Un.
But Dennis Rodman, at 6’6” was one of the hardest working NBA players the league has ever seen. An incredible, undersized rebounder, a five-time NBA champion, and one of the best defenders the league has ever seen, not many players were able to score against the physical and crazy Rodman.
On the court, this guy was hustle, heart, and so much more!
55. Wes Unseld
- Career Stats: 13 Seasons, 10.8 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 16.0 PER, 110.1 Win Shares
Going way back into the 70’s, Wes Unseld was yet another legendary ‘big man’.
A center who was actually no taller than 6’7”. Yet, Unseld delivered bone-shattering screens, was an incredible rebounder, and a spectacular outlet passer. Most importantly, he was a winner – a former MVP and an NBA champion with the Washington Bullets.
The 6’7” Unseld only averaged less than 10-boards a game once in his illustrious career and although never a great scorer, the five-time All-Star found himself a niche on the NBA’s top 100 players list.
54. Bernard King
- Career Stats: 16 Seasons, 22.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 19.2 PER, 75.4 Win Shares
You probably have no idea who Bernard King is, but you most definitely should.
Unfortunately, injuries ruined what should have been an even better career, but despite all the trials and tribulation of King’s playing days, he became one of the league’s most potent scorers, and the most explosive scorer of his era.
Somehow, he overcame two reconstruction knee surgeries to score over 19,000 career points in what was an illustrious career for one of the NBA’s greats!
53. Bob McAdoo
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 22.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 20.7 PER, 89.1 Win Shares
If you are ever bored, go check out some Bob McAdoo highlight videos and take a look at his stats, because in his prime ‘Big Mac’ was a deadly scorer and feared rebounder, on his way to becoming one of the greatest centers of all time.
He won three scoring titles and two NBA rings, while being one of the best shooting big men of his time. He was also a reserve when he won his two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers – yeah, that team was pretty good at basketball!
52. Reggie Miller
- Career Stats: 18 Seasons, 18.2 PPG, 39.5% 3PT FG%, 18.4 PER, 174.4 Win Shares
There have no been many three-point shooters better than this man who currently sits second on the all time list for shots made from long range. That is 2,560-career three-pointers to be exact for the Indiana Pacers legend.
He spent his entire career on a small market Pacers team and helped lead them to the NBA Finals. A five-time NBA All-Star, he retired as the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
51. Russell Westbrook
- Career Stats: 9 seasons, 22.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 7.9 APG, 23.8 PER, 80.1 Win Shares
The most valuable player. Mr. Triple-Double.
A lot of things can pop into the heads of modern NBA fans when they watch Russell Westbrook on the basketball court. He is quite possibly the most athletic player in NBA history and most definitely the most explosive.
He can leap out of a gym, beat any defender off the dribble and explode at the rim, and out-hustle any player on the floor. He is a superstar and now a fashion icon, and appropriately completes our first half of BallnRoll’s top 100 greatest NBA players ever.
Check back next week for part six of our Top 100 list!