3. Pete Maravich
Career years: 1970-1980
Career Stats: 24.2 PPG 4.2 RPG 5.4 APG 1.4 SPG BPG
Teams: Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans/Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics
Pistol Pete was one of the most electrifying NBA players to ever lace them up. So there's no doubt that his early retirement due to injuries will go down as a travesty of drastic proportions. After putting up 44 a game in college, Maravich entered the league already a primetime player. He averaged 23.1 PPG his rookie year and upped that to a career high of 31.1 by the 1976-1977 season.
Suffering from a lack of great talent around him, Pistol stole the show for the Hawks and Jazz during his time with both team until injuries to his knees left him missing major stretches of the '75-'76 and '77-'78 seasons. He still managed to put up solid numbers in the time he did make the court, but there's just no knowing how great he might have been without the setbacks.