The 20 Greatest Basketball Players to Never Play in the NBA

20. Alexander Belov

Accolades: 1972 Olympic Gold medalist, 2007 FIBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Alexander Belov is not loved by American fans because he scored the winning basket in the controversial 1972 gold medal game. Despite this, Belov was a winner and dominant everywhere he went. He won a World Championship gold medal in 1974, a Soviet National League title in 1975, and three European Saporta Cup Finals in 1971, 1973 and 1975. Belov passed away very early at the age of 26 after a short battle with the rare blood cancer, cardiac sarcoma. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

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