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15. Paul Westphal

A first round pick out of USC, Paul Westphal split his career primarily between the Celtics and the Suns.  He won a championship while with the Celtics but was traded to the Suns where he played in what many consider the greatest game ever against his old teammates where Westphal made some huge plays in the triple overtime classic.  Always a dependable scorer, Westphal made First Team All NBA three times during the late 70s when he was one of the leagues star players.  If Westphal's coaching career was added to his playing career he would be much higher on this list but as it is, he may not have enough career statistics to get over the hump.

33. 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. 

41. Charlie Scott

Charlie Scott was one of those players that nobody seems to remember how good he really was.  A great scorer in both the ABA and NBA, Scott was also a key member of the 1976 Celtics who won the championship.  Scott could do it all; a great ball handler (4.9 assists per game for his career) and solid defender, Scott is best remembered as one of the first big guards in league history.  At 6 feet 5, Scott used his size to his advantage and became a matchup that opposing teams found impossible to defend especially in the ABA where one year he averaged 34.6 points per game.  Scott is a member of the all-time ABA team even though he only played two seasons there.  A 20.7 career scoring average in both leagues, Scott’s chances of getting in really depend on if the committee does start to recognize some of the contributions of the ABA players.  Though he wasn't there long, Scott was one of the stars of that league.  Larry Scott is also the first African-American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina where he starred for three years and was a member of the 1968 Olympic Gold Medal Team.

57. Cedric Maxwell

Quick Question: Who was the 1981 NBA finals series MVP for the Boston Celtics?  It wasn’t Larry Bird; it was none other than Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell.  Maxwell was one of the most underrated players ever, who is known more for his nickname than anything, but he should be remembered as a great power forward with super low post moves; and he was a consistent winner.  He led little UNC Charlotte to the Final Four in 1977 in one of the most improbable tourney runs ever.  Think again of this total: two NBA Championships and a Final Four.  Is that good enough to overcome mediocre career stats?  Well his number thirty-one is retired by the greatest franchise ever so that certainly doesn’t hurt his resume.

79. Sidney Wicks

Sidney Wicks was the UCLA big man who led the Bruins to numerous NCAA titles and was selected College Player of the Year.  He would be drafted by the Blazers and would become the centerpiece of the franchise.  Later went to Boston where he was a solid contributor.  No it’s not Bill Walton; it’s the forgotten star of the UCLA dynasty, Sidney Wicks.  Wicks is one of those great 70s players that time has seemingly forgot.  A four time All-Star and consistent 20/10 guy for the Blazers, Wicks was a dominant big man.  A three time champion at UCLA who was the star of the teams in between Alcindor and Walton, Wicks never got their publicity.  The obstacles holding him back from the Hall is a shortened career and playing for bad teams that happened to get a lot better right after he left.

86. Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge is one of those guys who depending on whom you talk to is either one of the most overrated players of all time or one of the least appreciated.  He definitely was not the most popular, but boy could he play.  He became a household name when he led BYU to an upset of Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament on a memorable full court drive in 1981; the same year he won the Wooden Award as national player of the year. 

96. Antoine Walker

With his year of eligibility pushed back from his attempts to get back in the big time through the D-League, Antoine Walker is sadly best known for his financial woes more than anything he did on the court. In his playing career, his best seasons were with Boston, where along with Paul Pierce his three pointers excited crowds (though he probably took too many) and he was a member of three All Star squads. In a reserve role, Walker had a very good season assisting the Heat in their first championship, but despite his role there, he is often the forgotten contributor on that team. Forgotten players generally don’t wind up enshrined; especially one who has become a puch line.
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