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Bob Pettit: I played against some of the greatest players to ever play the game. When you start picking centers, it’s hard to beat Wilt and Bill Russell. In my opinion, Russell is the greatest player who ever played. I’d pick him to start my team, in his prime, any time. Then the Lakers had both Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. They were such wonderful players. You have to include Oscar Robertson, too. He’s one of the greatest all-around players to ever play. These guys can play any time, anywhere and be extremely successful. You can build a team around any of them today.
Storyline: GOAT Debate
Bob Pettit: I think the most underrated player who ever played in my era was Elgin Baylor. People seem to forget how great of a player he was. He was absolutely incredible. He was the first forward that I ever saw who could come down and bring the ball up the court on the press. He was a really good ball-handler, outside shooter, rebounder and he averaged 34 points per game three times. He’s the most underrated player of my era that I ever saw.
Justin Kubatko: Highest TS% by a player with at least 50 points in an NBA Finals game: 74.9 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2021 G6 69.2 – LeBron James, 2018 G1 61.6 – Bob Pettit, 1958 G6 61.2 – Michael Jordan, 1993 G4 56.7 – Jerry West, 1969 G1 56.1 – Elgin Baylor, 1962 G5 48.8 – Rick Barry, 1967 G3
LeBron James: “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something … It’s like me being in “Space Jam” — I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem, and Magic, and Wilt, and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe, Shaq and all of them. The whole list goes on.”
Justin Kubatko: Giannis Antetokounmpo is the fifth player to record at least 100 points and 40 rebounds through the first three games of an NBA Finals: ✅ Elgin Baylor (1962, 1963) ✅ Willis Reed (1970) ✅ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1980) ✅ Shaquille O’Neal (2000, 20001) ✅ Antetokounmpo (2021)