The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

13. George Mikan

Team(s): Lakers
Stats: 60 G, 23.0 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 28.5 PER
Playoff accolades: 5x NBA Champion (in five appearances)
Playoff highlights

No. 99 was one of the best players in the history of the NBA for a long time. He was an evolutionary big man whose 6'10" frame dwarfed most of his competition down on the blocks. While he only appeared in 41 playoff games, Mikan's 28.5 PER is just 0.1 behind Michael Jordan for the best mark in playoff history. He averaged 31.3 points in the 1950 NBA Playoffs, leading the Lakers to the inaugural NBA championship.

The following year, he played the Western Division Finals on a broken leg that was held in place by a dinner plate. While the Lakers may have lost the series, Mikan forever earned our respect with that crazy tough performance.

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