Team(s): Celtics ('50-'63), Cincinnati Royals ('69-'70)
Accolades: MVP (1957), 13x All-Star, 10x All-NBA 1st Team, 6x NBA champion, Hall of Fame
Stats: 18.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 7.5 APG
Before you old basketball heads storm the Complex office demanding that Bob Cousy be recognized as this list's numero uno, remember that he peaked in 1955. We get that it's hard to compare eras, but big guys were six-foot-three and half the league had polio. So give us a fucking break.
Anyway, the "Houdini of the Hardwood" led the league in assists eight straight years (1953-1960). He, along with Bill Russell, were the centerpieces of a Celtics dynasty that won six championships in seven seasons. And he was named league MVP in 1957. Not bad for a guy who was reluctantly given a $9,000 salary when he joined the team in 1950.