OK, the pick is in! Those Cheap Bastards select:
Bob Pettit, PF/C, Milwaukee Hawks
Bob Pettit, 6'9", 230 lbs
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1970); NBA champion (1958); NBA MVP (1956, '59); 10-time All-NBA First Team (1955-64); All-NBA second team (1965); Rookie of the Year (1955); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
G FG% FT% Rebs RPG Asts APG Pts PPG
792 .436 .761 12,849 16.2 2,369 3.0 20,880 26.4
Points per game all time -- 6th
Rebounds per game -- 3rd
Blocks and steals were not recorded during his playing time, but he had a lot of those too!
After Pettit's playing days had ended, rival Bill Russell offered this tribute: "Bob made 'second effort' a part of the sport's vocabulary. He kept coming at you more than any man in the game. He was always battling for position, fighting you off the boards."
Pettit was 32 years old at the end of the 1964-65 campaign, and he decided to call it quits. He retired having accumulated 20,880 points(26.4 ppg), the most ever scored in the NBA at that time, and his 12,849 rebounds ranked him second all-time. He never averaged fewer than 20 points, nor did he miss an All-Star Game in any of his 11 seasons. His rebounding totals were no less impressive: he never fell below 10 rebounds per game for a season and his career average was 16.2 -- still third best in league history behind Wilt Chamberlain and Russell.