NBA 50 Greatest Players Rookie Cards

by StarrsCards - 50 cards (Last updated on Feb 21, 2021)



1. 1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan


MNL 1948-49 to 1953-54/1955-56
5x BAA/NBA Champ (‘49, ‘50, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54)
6x All-BAA/NBA (‘49, ‘50, ‘51, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54)
4x All-Star (‘51, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54)
1953 All-Star Game MVP
Lakers No.99 Honored
HOF Class of 1959


2. 1957-58 Topps #5 Bill Sharman


WSC 1950-51, BOS 1951-52 to 1960-61
4x NBA Champ (‘57, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61)
7x All-NBA (‘53, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60)
8x All-Star (‘53, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60)
1955 All-Star Game MVP
Celtics No.21 Retired
HOF Class of 1976


3. 1957-58 Topps #10 Paul Arizin


PHW 1950-51 to 1951-52/1954-55 to 1961-62
1956 NBA Champ
4x All-NBA (‘52, ‘56, ‘57, ‘59)
10x All-Star (‘51, ‘52, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62)
1952 All-Star Game MVP
HOF Class of 1978


4. 1957-58 Topps #13 Dolph Schayes


SYR/PHI 1949-50 to 1963-64
1955 NBA Champ
12x All-NBA (‘50, ‘51, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61)
12x All-Star (‘51, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62)
76ers No.4 Retired
HOF Class of 1973


5. 1957-58 Topps #17 Bob Cousy


BOS 1950-51 to 1962-63, CIN 1969-70
6x NBA Champ (‘57, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63)
12x All-NBA (‘52, ‘53, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63)
13x All-Star (‘51, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63)
2x All-Star Game MVP (‘54, ‘57)
1957 Most Valuable Player
Celtics No.14 Retired
HOF Class of 1971
2019 Presidential Medal of Freedom


6. 1957-58 Topps #24 Bob Pettit


MLH/STL 1954-55 to 1964-65
1958 NBA Champ
11x All-NBA (‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65)
11x All-Star (‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65)
4x All-Star Game MVP (‘56, ‘58, ‘59, ‘62)
2x Most Valuable Player (‘56, ‘59)
Hawks No.9 Retired
HOF Class of 1971


7. 1957-58 Topps #77 Bill Russell


BOS 1956-57 to 1968-69
11x NBA Champ (‘57, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘68, ‘69)
11x All-NBA (‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68)
12x All-Star (‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69)
1969 All-Defensive
1963 All-Star Game MVP
5x Most Valuable Player (‘58, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘65)
Celtics No.6 Retired
HOF Class of 1975
2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom


8. 1961-62 Fleer #3 Elgin Baylor


MNL/LAL 1958-59 to 1971-72
10x All-NBA (‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69)
11x All-Star (‘59, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘70)
1959 Rookie of the Year
1959 All-Star Game MVP
Lakers No.22 Retired
HOF Class of 1977


9. 1961-62 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain


PHW/SFW 1959-60 to 1964-65, PHI 1964-65 to 1967-68, LAL 1968-69 to 1972-73
2x NBA Champ (‘67, ‘72)
10x All-NBA (‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘72)
13x All-Star (‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘71, ‘72, ‘73)
2x All-Defensive (‘72, ‘73)
1960 Rookie of the Year
1960 All-Star Game MVP
1972 NBA Finals MVP
4x Most Valuable Player (‘60, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68)
NBA Record 100 Points in a Game
NBA Record 48.52 Minutes per Game in a Season
NBA Record 50.36 Points per Game in a Season
NBA Record 27.20 Rebounds per Game in a Season
NBA Record 3,882 Minutes Played in a Season
NBA Record 1,597 2-Point Field Goals in a Season
NBA Record 2,149 Total Rebounds in a Season
NBA Record 4,029 Points in a Season
NBA Record 45.80 Career Minutes per Game
NBA Record 22.89 Career Total Rebounds per Game
NBA Record 23,924 Career Total Rebounds
Warriors No.13 Retired
76ers No.13 Retired
Lakers No.13 Retired
HOF Class of 1979


10. 1961-62 Fleer #16 Hal Greer


SYR/PHI 1958-59 to 1972-73
1967 NBA Champ
7x All-NBA (‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69)
10x All-Star (‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘70)
1968 All-Star Game MVP
76ers No.15 Retired
HOF Class of 1982

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Comments

Feb 21, 2021 - 8:15PM
John5150

I remember this list in 1996 when the NBA turned 50. People were SO pissed that David Robinson and Shaq made it. Neither had won a chip and both had only wilted (no pun) in the biggest games. I think they earned their spot over the next decade. As 25 years have passed, I'd only add Duncun, KG (a slight stretch), Kobe, Lebron, Durant and Curry. Am I wrong and forgetting somone and who should get bumped to make room?


Edited on: Feb 21, 2021 - 8:26PM



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