1. Maurice Stokes
Years Active: 1955-1958
Career Stats: 16.4 PPG 17.3 RPG 5.3 APG
Injury: Post-traumatic encephalopathy
Maurice Stokes was a beast. He was a mixture of Elgin Baylor and Bill Russell, if you could believe that much. He played for the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals and was ready to change the game. Standing at 6'7", 232 lbs., Stokes was primarily a center, but was able to play forward and guard. He was so good, the Royals passed on Russell because they had himâ€”think about that.
It all came to a crashing halt during the last game of the '58 season when Stokes hit his head on the floor while driving to the basket. Mo didn't feel too well on the flight back.He eventually suffered a seizure and went into a coma. When he woke up, he was permanently paralyzed. Stokes is by far the best basketball player no one talks about. Two years later the Royals drafted Oscar Robertson. Oh, what could have been.