The 25 Greatest NBA Players of the '80s

24. Micheal Ray Richardson

Accomplishments (1979-1980 - 1985-1986): 4x All-Star, 2x All-Defense, 3x Steals Leader, 1x Assists Leader
Team(s): Knicks, Warriors, Nets
Stats (1979-1980 - 1985-1986): 16.1 PPG 5.8 RPG 7.6 APG 2.8 SPG
'80s Highlights

What could've been. Sugar Ray Richardson is one of five players to lead the league in assists and steals. After he was drafted by the Knicks with the fourth pick in the 1978 Draft, Ray took New York and the L by storm with his flamboyant on-court style and off-court troubles. Richardson received a lifetime ban by David Stern and only played eight seasons. In less than a decade, Ray drew comparisons to Clyde Frazier and might've lived up to them had it not been for his drug problem.

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