Career years: 1969-1989
Team(s): Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Stats: 1560 G, 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.6 BPG
Accolades: Basketball Hall of Famer, 6x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 6x NBA MVP, 19x NBA All-Star, 10x All-NBA First Team, 5x All-NBA Second Team, 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 6x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 1970 NBA Rookie of the Year, 1970 NBA All-Rookie Team

Forget centers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest basketball players ever, period. The former Lew Alcindor holds several all-time records that will be hard to top; among them, he is the NBA's career leader in minutes played and points scored, reaching an astonishing 18 All-Star games in his 19 professional seasons. So what happened that one year? Kareem broke his hand in the opening game of the season, and did not return to the court until a week before Christmas. With three future Hall of Famers (Artis Gilmore, Bob Lanier, and Bill Walton) also playing center in the West, there simply was no room for Kareem on the All-Star squad despite his 27.0 PPG average in the 29 games he did play before the break.