Re: Official #52 NBA Player Of All Time According To ISH
It's a pity that Maravich might get this spot mainly due to such a variety of picks. I can't go against what I've been doing, though, and that is voting for the greatest player available. That's not an easy task now, but I'm sure it's not Pistol Pete.
Other than Maravich, here are the NBA's 50 Greatest who still haven't been put on this list:
Every one of them was better than Maravich. They were better all-around players who weren't selfish and who won. Even Bing won a lot more than Maravich did.
Anyhow, I vote for Hal Greer.
Greer was a great all-around player. He was only 6'2", but could play forward if needed, as well as point. He averaged 5 RPG for his career and as high as 7.4 RPG one season. He averaged 4 APG for his career and had a couple seasons averaging at least 5 APG. He was also a scorer (8 20+ PPG seasons)and a great shooter (2nd in the league in FG% one season). All sources say his defense was solid. Some say he was a better defender than Sam Jones, as well as a better player overall.
He was incredibly consistent over his career of 15 seasons. His team made the playoffs for 13 consecutive seasons. He played with greats Dolph Schayes, Wilt Chamberlain and Billy Cunningham. He played his entire career with the same franchise--the Syracuse Nats who moved and were renamed the Philadelphia 76ers.
Greer was vital to dethrowning the Celtics dynasty in 1967. Back in 1959, Greer was part of one of the dynasty's greatest scares when the Nats took the Celtics to 7 games in the Division Finals. They faced the Celtics again in the Division Finals in 1961.
Then in 1965 Chamberlain and Greer led the 76ers to take the Celtics to 7 again in the Division Finals. In 1967, with the emergence of Cunningham, Walker, etc., they beat them. Greer would face the Celtics dynasty in the playoffs twice more in his career.
Greer was huge in the 1967 playoffs. He averaged 27.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 5.3 APG. He also played about 46 MPG. Chamberlain had some off moments during the playoffs, too. Greer became the team's leading scorer over Chamberlain in the 1967 playoffs.
There was no Finals MVP in 1967; if there were, Greer would have been it. Thurmond, of the Warriors, did a lot to neutralize Chamberlain that series. Wilt had games of 16, 10, and 10 points again. Great rebounding numbers, but Thurmond had that, too. Greer, on the other hand, had games of 32, 30 and 38 points, in addition to his usual great all-around play.