The Glove, Dirk, and Mikan; Top 50 Players in NBA History Part II

36.  Kevin McHale

McHale was a part of what some consider the league’s best-ever frontline with small forward Larry Bird and center Robert Parish. The trio of Hall of Famers became known as the “Big Three” and led the Celtics to five NBA Finals appearances and three NBA Championships, in 1981, 1984 and 1986.

For the first five years of his career McHale primarily came off the bench for the Celtics, winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1984 and 1985. Possessing a wide variety of offensive moves close to the basket the agile, long-armed McHale played in seven National Basketball Association All-Star Games between 1984 and 1991.

McHale’s finest season came in 1986–87 when he was named to the All-NBA First Team as a forward. He led the NBA in field goal percentage in 1987 and 1988, shooting 60.4 percent each season. Also a standout defensive player, McHale was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team six times.He twice blocked nine shots in a game, the most ever by a Boston Celtics’ player (blocked shots did not become an official NBA statistic until the 1974 season).

In 971 regular season games McHale averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds and in 169 post-season games averaged 18.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.

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35. George Gervin

At the time of his trade to the Bulls, he held nearly every significant scoring record in Spurs history. Many of his records have since been surpassed by David Robinson and Tim Duncan, but Gervin is still the Spurs’ all-time leader in field goals made (9,201) and field goal attempts (18,111) – and if ABA numbers are included, Gervin remains the Spurs’ all-time leader in total points scored (23,602). Gervin retired with the most blocks by any guard in NBA history.

He now ranks 5th all time amongst guards. Gervin averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Gervin is widely regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history.

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