20. Bernard King
Former New York Knicks’ star Bernard King has been described as “the best basketball player nobody ever talks about.” A four-time All-NBA selection and the runner up to the MVP award in 1984, King was one of the most gifted scorers the NBA had seen in the 1980’s. Need an example? In that 1984 season, King became the first player in almost two decades to score 50 points in consecutive games.
But King suffered a gruesome knee injury in 1985, and while he did enjoy some level of success after missing nearly all of the ensuing season, he was never quite the same guy. Plus, he never played for a team that had a legitimate chance of dethroning the Eastern Conference powerhouses of his era like the Boston Celtics or Detroit Pistons.