2. Bill Walton
Is it fair that UCLA had both Alcindor and Walton at center? That’s like the Packers transitioning from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, it doesn’t happen to often to too many teams, when greatness is transferred so directly with no drop-off in quality. Millennials know Walton as a goofy hoops announcer and world-famous Deadhead, but he is generally regarded as the greatest passing center in basketball history.
All Walton did during his tenure in Westwood was to be the leader of two 30-0 teams, an 88-game winning streak, and lead the Bruins to back-to-back titles (1972 and 1973), hitting 21 of 22 shots for 44 points in the ‘73 Final against Memphis State, the greatest single-game performance in all of Madness.