Team(s): Boston Celtics
Closest finish: Fourth (1987)
When you play with Larry Bird, there are some tradeoffs. The good part is that Bird made life so much easier by occupying defenses' attention and providing exceptional passing from what was (functionally) his point-forward position. The downside is that no matter how big a game you have, the ball will probably not be in your hands during crunch time. McHale's incredible post moves helped him make seven All-Star teams, an All-NBA team, and six All-Defensive teams, but injuries and Bird's presence meant that greater individual recognition would always elude him.