For most basketball fans, having to choose the 10 best retired NBA players might seem impossible. Just playing in the NBA alone says a ball player is the best of the best. Every year great basketball players enter and leave the NBA. The list below will suggest the ten best retired NBA players.
- Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain. At seven feet one inch and two hundred seventy five pounds, Chamberlain played center during his fourteen season career. Wilt was called the NBA's unstoppable offensive force. He is the only player in NBA history to average forty or fifty points in a season, and he once scored one hundred points in a single game. Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in nineteen seventy eight.
- Rick Barry. Rick played forward in the NBA for thirteen seasons. Rick is the only player in NBA history to lead the NCAA, NBA and ABA in scoring. Rick was an unstoppable scoring machine who delivered twenty five thousand points over his career. Rick was also know for his under-handed free throw shot.
- Walt Clyde Frazier. Clyde Frazier played for two NBA teams over his thirteen season career as a point guard. Frazier was know for his quickness despite his six feet four inches. Frazier is a Hall Of Famer who led the New York Knicks to two championships. His number ten jersey was retired by the Knicks in nineteen seventy nine.
- Larry Bird. Bird was more than a basketball player; he was a superstar. Larry Bird did it all over his thirteen season career, he was a hustler who could pass, score, and defend while remaining a team player. Bird was a deadly three point scorer who practiced sinking them with his eyes closed.
- Nate Tiny Archibald. Standing just six feet and one inch, Nate Archibald was a gifted point guard who played fourteen NBA seasons. Known for his quickness, he is the only player to lead the league in assists and scoring in a single season. He is also a Hall Of Famer.
- "Pistol" Pete Maravich. Pistol Pete Maravich was called a showman on the court. He was the first NBA player to dribble behind his back and pass between his legs. Pistol Pete could score long range jump shots at will, and once scored sixty points in a single game.
- Isaiah Zeke Thomas. Isaiah Thomas was one of the greatest small men; he stands six feet one inch, to ever play NBA basketball. Thomas was not only a dangerous shooter from anywhere on the floor, he was the fourth player in NBA history to amass nine thousand assists.
- Bill Walton. Bill Walton was plagued by injuries throughout his NBA career, but was still compared to some of the best, such as Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. When Walton was healthy he had no peers. Bill is also a Hall of Famer whose number thirty two jersey was retired.
- Bill Russell. At six feet ten inches tall, Bill Russell was the shot-block king of his era. His abilities revolutionized the defensive concepts of the NBA. He averaged twenty two points per game and led the league in rebounds four times.
- Bob Cousy. Bob Cousy was one of the greatest passers and play-makers ever to don an NBA jersey. His style had flash and razzle-dazzle way before it became popular, and he was benched early in his career because of it. He is a Hall Of Famer who was called the "Houdini" of the hardwood.
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