The 25 Greatest Players of the NBA's Golden Era

13. Kevin McHale

Accomplishments: Seven-time All-Star, Three-time NBA Champion, Three-time All Defensive First Team
Team(s): Boston Celtics
Career Stats: 17.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.7 BPG
Years Played: 1980-1993

McHale was an absolute freak of nature. His gangly arms were seemingly everywhere, poking the ball away and snatching rebounds from players before they could even realize what happened. McHale was also exceptional on the block, as he had an endless array of post moves that would continuously fool defenders and get the power forward easy buckets. While he was often overshadowed by teammate Larry Bird, McHale's contributions to the Celtics' teams of the '80s was immeasurable; he eased the scoring burden placed on Bird, and had to be double-teamed on the regular. His clothesline foul on the Los Angeles Lakers' Kurt Rambis is one of the signature moments in the history of the Celtics' franchise, and the only reason McHale could not deliver more was because his oft-injured right foot and ankle.

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