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This was written by me :beerchug:

I built it off a post I made.


Sidney Moncrief

One of the games best perimiter defenders of all time. He was more of an explosive scorer than his 15 per night stats showed. Moncrief could score with the best of them. He is Two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Four-time All-NBA First Team, Five-time NBA All-Defensive Team, and a Five-time All-Star but yet not many remember who he is.

He was so strong and quick he had no choice but to become a good defender. He could bench his body weight plus 30 pounds which not only made him a great interior defender, but made him capable of banging inside with the big men.

I remember him most for shutting down Larry Bird as his Milwaukee team swept the Boston Celtics in the semifinals. The Celtics team they swept were one of the best teams in NBA history and Moncrief stopped them.

"When you play against Moncrief, you're in for a night of all-around basketball. He'll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court. You just expect it."

-Michael Jordan
Walt Frazier

A top 5 point guard of all time in my opinion.He was such a great scorer and playmaker that people overlook the fact that he was a top notch defender as well. One of the greatest defensive guards in league history.

He was the best player on one of the best teams in history. He dominated Jerry West in the 1970 NBA finals. He frustrated West with his tough defense and unstopable jump shot.

Frazier had one of the best stat lines in NBA history. In game 7 of the 1970 NBA finals against the great Laker team that consisted of Jerry West,Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlian. Frazier scored 39 points, dished out 19 assists, and got 5 steals.

Those great numbers are overshadowed because thats the same night Willis Reed surprised the world by limping onto the court with a major leg injury. Had this been any other night people would still be talking about Fraziers amazing performance.


Maurice Stokes


Is there anything this man couldn't do? He scored,rebounded,and dished out assists at will.

He was one of the NBA's best rebounders averaing over 17 boards a game. He did this while being among the NBA's assist leaders and scoring in double figures.

He was just a monster who played every game as if it was his last... However one night that statement become true. In the final regular-season game his third year as a pro, the Cincinnati Royals all-star fell to the floor, hit his head and was knocked unconscious. He was revived a few minutes later and actally returned to the game

A few days later the 24-year-old went into a coma and was permanently paralyzed, his career over just as fast as it had started.

In 1970 Stokes died of a heart attack. Maurice Stokes was only 36 years old.

Bobby Wanzer, who coached and played with him, said, "If things had worked out differently, Maurice would have become one of the top 10 players of all time."


Andrew Toney

If you looked up the word overshadowed in the dictionary you would see a picture of Andrew Toney. He played on the same 76ers team as greats Moses Malone,Julius Erving,Maurice Cheeks, and for a short while Charles Barkley.

He was the complete package. He had very little flaws in his game.The most impressive thing about Toney was his ability to take over in late game situations.

He is one of the most clutch players in NBA history yet not many remember who he was. The Celtics actually traded for great defender Dennis Johnson just to guard Toney in the playoffs. Of course it didn't work. He still lit the Celtics up which is why he is called the "Boston Strangler"

Current Miami Heat coach Pat Riley once said, "He's the greatest clutch player I've ever seen. The hell with Jerry West!"

Reggie Theus


He is the definiton of underrated. He was solid and he rarley sat out NBA games because of injury. He was a 2 time NBA all star but his teams leading scorer 6 times. He is overlooked often because he had bad luck when it came to playing for losing teams. He played on some really horrible teams. Heres a shocker for guys who doesn't know who Reggie Theus is. He scored more points than hall of famers Isiah Thomas,Bob McAdoo, and many others. He has more assists than hall of famers Jerry West,Larry Bird,Walt Frazier, and many others

The guy gets no love. In my opinion he is one of the most underrated players in league history.

There are only four players among the top 40 all-time scorers and top 20 all-time assists leaders: Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Isiah Thomas, and ....... Reggie Theus.

Career stats:18.6 ppg 4.7 apg 1.2 spg 3.3 rpg and he shot a pretty solid 47%


Not to be forgotten:

Mark Aguirre
Bernard King
Nate Archibald
Artis Gilmore
Dennis Johnson
 

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Walt Clyde Frazier is not a forgotten star he is a HOF and is included in the NBA's 50 greatest players list.
 

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clyde drexeler is a forgotten star... many dont include him on their top players list
 

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OneBadLT123 said:
agreed... as is mitch richmond
Mitch had some pretty good years in GS and Sacramento, but he never led his team anywhere.

and Bernard King was the 80's Tracy McGrady minus back spasms.
 
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Mitch had some pretty good years in GS and Sacramento, but he never led his team anywhere.
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thats the exact reason why everybody tends to over look him. He was always stuck in the shadow of Jordan and on bad teams. But the kids talent was remarkable...
 

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OneBadLT123 said:
thats the exact reason why everybody tends to over look him. He was always stuck in the shadow of Jordan and on bad teams. But the kids talent was remarkable...
Jordan, at 1 stage, called Richmond the second best SG after himself.

he also said that the 92 series with portland would prove who was the best SG.....

i used to love Richmond, great player, maybe Jason Richardsonesque....

if we're talking bout stars and not HOF caliber players, theres heaps, Glen Rice, Dennis Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Larry Johnson, Tim Hardaway, Robert Parish (usually not mentioned heavily when Boston teams are mentioned even though he is NBA top 50), Mark Price, Steve Smith, Anthony Mason, John Starks, Charles Oakley, James Worthy theres PLENTY more but i think u guys get the drift, and u knwo their not forgotten if at least ONE person remembers them..... ;)
 

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I love the first choice of Moncrief, very true. A freak of a specimen, just a really unique player.

Funny little fact about Moncrief; Jerry West almost got his way and picked him before Jerry Buss stepped in and suggested someone else; Magic Johnson.
 

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BALLAHOLLIC7 said:
He was so strong and quick he had no choice but to become a good defender. He could bench his body weight plus 30 pounds which not only made him a great interior defender, but made him capable of banging inside with the big men.
If he was considered strong, he could probably bench a lot more than that. I mean, what's that, 200 lb?
 

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I was just re-skimming over this article, and you wanna know who kinda reminds me of a young Mitch Richmond? Michael Redd, comments?
 

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I was just re-skimming over this article, and you wanna know who kinda reminds me of a young Mitch Richmond? Michael Redd, comments?

Just like Mitch, Redd can nail 3s with consistency. Also just like Mitch, Redd is on a mediocre team, just like Richmond was with the Kings.

Differences, for awhile, Richmond had a great point guard in Tim Hardaway, and a 25-30 point per game scorer in Chris Mullin. Redd never really had a great point guard or a 25 point per game scorer to help him out. Mitch Richmond was on the Warriors when they were a 40-45 win team. Redd was never part of a potential Western Conference champion team like the 1989-1991 Warriors.
 
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