19. David Thompson
Accomplishments: 4x All-Star, 2x First Team All-NBA, 1979 All-Star Game MVP
Team(s): Nuggets, Sonics
Stats: 22.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Finals appearances: Zero
Michael Jordan once said, "The measuring of vertical leap began with David Thompson." Can't really argue with His Airness. Thompson soared when he jumped, and his dunks had the power to emasculate. Many people also believed he and Monte Towe invented the alley-oop during his time at NC State.
The two-time All-NBA First Team member was an exciting player in his prime. In 1978, David Thompson scored 73 points in a game against the Pistons (including 32 points in the second quarter). Of course, he wasn't able to duplicate the performance in order for his Denver Nuggets to win a title. Thompson's career ended after suffering a brutal knee injury from falling down the stairs of the infamous Studio 54 club. Helluva unfortunate way to go.