The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

14. Bob Pettit

Team(s): Hawks
Stats: 88 G, 25.5 PPG, 14.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 22.6 PER
Playoff accolades: 1x NBA Champion (in four Finals apperances)
Playoff highlights

Pettit was perhaps the greatest victim of the Celtics' dynasty in the late 1950s and 1960s, performing at a Hall of Fame level every season but falling short all but one time. In the playoffs, though, there were few better offensive players than Pettit; his average points, assists and free throw attempts per game are nearly identical to Shaq, and his 14.8 rebounds per game average has been bested only by Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. In 1958, Pettit carried his team to a title in six games over Boston as the Hawks' star poured in a then-record 50 points in the deciding game.

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