Basketball is such a unique game that helps the exceptional players stand out from the crowd of just good players. Thanks to the NBA, more and more legendary basketball players coming out from all over the world and show their skills. In this article, we’re going to discuss three legendary NBA players from the last century who left their marks in the history of basketball.
Neil Johnstone: Legendary NBA Players
If you’re looking for one of the legendary NBA players of the past, then the list will stay incomplete without this amazing player. Neil Johnstone was an amazing basketball player who scored over 10,000 points in eight NBA seasons. If it wasn’t for his untimely knee injury, he could have become one of the formidable players of all time.
He played for a total of eight seasons of NBA. And after that, he had to retire from basketball forever because of knee problems. However, despite his short career span, he indeed achieved some major milestones. In his career, he became 6 times all-stars, three times league scoring champion, and made his team win an NBA title.
In his tenure, he scored a total of 10,063 points with more than 6,000 rebounds. According to the efficiency rating, he got a place of 11th best efficient player of all time. Now, that’s something you can’t ignore.
Alex English is one of the legendary NBA players and a Hall of Famer of the NBA who scored more than 25,000 points throughout his career. While it’s true that he doesn’t have any NBA championship under his belt, it doesn’t mean he has any lack of skills.
Alex English became an NBA all-start for a total of eight times throughout his career. However, people remember him for his splendid performance during 1982-1983 when he was with Denver Nuggets. He has an amazing career average of 21.4 points per game for all the games he ever played. It led him to achieve a career total of 25,613 points combining all the matches he played in total 16 seasons.
He ranks in the top 20 for total career points and in the top 40 for average points per match. Now, that’s how you can say how amazing of a player he was in his prime.
Before LeBron James ever hit the NBA scene, Nate Thurmond was the most famous NBA player from the Akron city. He is the first among the few legendary NBA players who have ever scored a double quadruple. What makes this feat even more special is that only 4 NBA players have ever able to do the same thing at the national level.
This seven feet man has an amazing score of 15 points per game on average. But he has a stat even more amazing than this. Nate Thurmond scored 15 rebounds per match on average too for all the matches he has ever played. No wonder why this guy got 7 all-stars throughout his NBA career.