23. Bob Cousy
When we see today’s do-it-all point guards who can simultaneously set up their teammates, shoot the ball, and entertain the crowd while doing either, one can say they’re evolutionary descendants of former Boston Celtics’ point guard Bob Cousy.
Named to 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams and having won the 1957 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, Cousy was the guy whom people talked about then like we talked about Magic Johnson in the 1980’s or even LeBron James today.
His combination of ball-handling and passing skills earned him the nickname “The Houdini of the Hardwood,” but to the Celtics’ faithful, he was simply known as “The Cooz.”
22. Charles Barkley
The fact that somewhat portly 6’5 forward with an unmistakable country twang, coming from a university that was mostly a basketball afterthought (Auburn) could become one of the NBA’s greatest power forward of all-time isn’t the only reason Charles Barkley is on this list. It’s also because “Sir Charles,” or the “Round Mound of Rebound,” brought the combination of personality and on-court intimidation alongside his rare basketball abilities.
When he wasn’t starting a fracas on the court, Barkley was performing his “day job” — a 10x All-NBA selection, 11-time All-Star selection, and the league MVP in 1993. When Barkley retired from the NBA for good in 2000, he was among the top 15 players all time in rebounds, pulling down 12,546 over the course of his career.