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45. Willie Naulls
Willie Naulls had decent career numbers finishing a very respectable fifteen point and nine rebound average.  He was a four time All-Star and three time NBA champion and he was one of the best ever to come from college basketball giant UCLA. Amazingly his chances of getting into the Hall of Fame are practically zero as he is basically a forgotten player on those dynasties.  That won’t change anytime soon.



Should Willie Naulls be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 83.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1972
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors, St. Louis Hawks
  • College: UCLA
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 10th Overall in 1956
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All-Star (4) (1958, 1960, 1961 & 1962)
    NBA Championships: (3) (Boston Celtics, 1963-64, 1964-65 & 1965-66)
    Third Team All-American (1) (1956)
    All-PCC FIrst Team (2) (1955 & 1956)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Points (2) (1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (3) (1957-58, 1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (4) (1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60 & 1960-61)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (5) (1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage (4) (1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (3) (1957-58, 1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Attempts (3) (1957-58, 1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goals (3) (1957-58, 1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (3) (1957-58, 1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (1) (1960-61)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (2) (1960-61 & 1961-62)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (1) (1960-61)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: None.

Should Willie Naulls be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 83.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.4%

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0 #1 Joe Johnson 2019-10-08 17:31
William Dean Naulls (October 7, 1934 – November 22, 2018) was an American professional basketball player for 10 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a four-time NBA All-Star with the New York Knicks and won three NBA championship s with the Boston Celtics.
With the Knicks, he became the first African American to be named a captain of a professional team in a major American sport. After a brief stint with the San Francisco Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors), Naulls finished his career with Boston. In December 1964, he was part of a Celtics unit that became the first all-black starting lineup in NBA history.
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