The 20 Greatest Basketball Players to Never Play in the NBA

9. Raymond Lewis

Accolades: Scored 73 points in a college game.

Raymond Lewis was known throughout the basketball world as a dominant force. As a freshman at Cal State-LA, he averaged 38.9 points per game and shot nearly 60 percent from the floor. At the time, Lewis was the youngest player ever drafted and signed in the NBA. He was the 18th player taken in the first round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. In a full-court scrimmage, Lewis reportedly scored 60 points against Doug Collins by half-time. But, Lewis never played a game in the NBA after a contract dispute with the Sixers. He proceeded to torch NBA players in the highly-regarded Los Angeles Summer Pro League dropping 54 a game. Lewis claims that he was blackballed, as he tried out for multiple NBA and ABA teams, but never got a contract. In February 2001 he died at the age of 41 following a lengthy illness.

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