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34. Paul Silas
Paul Silas is one of the most respected players of his generation.  Never a star, Silas was a workmanlike power forward that was at his best coming off the bench and bringing the muscle to the court.  A great rebounder and defender, Silas was an integral part of three championship teams, two in Boston and one in Seattle.  A long career highlighted by being on winners and collecting over 12,000 rebounds (currently 20th on the all time list) have overshadowed a great college career. 
While at Creighton, Silas became one of only six college players in history to average over 20 points and 20 rebounds a game for his career.  The others on this list are Hall of famers Bill Russell, Dave DeBusscherre and Artis Gilmore plus should be Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood and Kermit Washington.  Silas may be the essence of what a sixth man should be and he deserves a place in the Hall to prove it.

Should Paul Silas be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.2%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1986
  • Position: Power Forward, Small Forward
  • Played For: Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Seattle Super Sonics, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics
  • College: Creighton
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 10th Overall in 1964
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All Star (2) (1972 & 1975)
    First Team NBA Defensive Selection (2) (1974-75 & 1975-76)
    Second Team NBA Defensive Selection (3) (1970-71, 1971-72 & 1972-73)
    Most Offensive Rebounds (1) (1975-76)
    Championship Rings: (3) (Boston Celtics, 1973-74, 1975-76, Seattle Super Sonics 1978-79)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (4) (1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76 & 1977-78)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (2) (1974-75 & 1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (3) (1972-73, 1974-75 & 1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (4) (1969-70, 1972-73, 1974-75 & 1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (2) (1971-72 & 1972-73)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 22.  Rebounds: 12,357
    34.  Games Played: 1,254

Should Paul Silas be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.2%

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0 #1 Randolph Greer 2016-04-29 20:01
Paul Silas may not have been considered a star to others, but he was for me. I consider him to be the greatest rebounder of all-time. And without him, the Celtics would not have won their Championship s in 1974 and 1976.
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