Now the air is starting to get VERY RARE. These next two players epitomize what the NBA guard is suppose to be, given the fact that the number tw player on this list is the current NBA “Logo” and was given the nick-name that all players want to be known as “Mr. Clutch” Jerry West.
West is another of those players who spent his entire career with a single team, the Los Angles Lakers. While with the Lakers, West teamed with Elgin Baylor to lead the Lakers to the championship round nine times, but only winning one championship, mainly due to Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics, who won eight straight championships during this period.
When he retired he held the record for scoring in the playoffs (later passed by Abdul-Jabbar) and the highest scoring average in a playoff series. Despite all these fantastic statistics, West never once won an MVP award. Again, this can be associated to the fact of playing during the same time as Chamberlain and Bill Russell, who each won the award four times each during Jerry’s career.
To show you his ability to rise above his normal game, in the 1965 NBA Playoffs, West averaged 40.6 ppg over 11 contests; his 46.3 ppg average against Baltimore in the division finals was a record for a six-game series.
He was the starting guard on the Los Angles Laker team in 1971 that won remarkable 33-straight games and finished the season with a then record 69-13 record, marched through the playoffs going 12-3 and winning his only championship.
Oh yea he lead the league in assist that year, averaging 9.7 per game along with 26 points per game. In 1974, the 36-year-old West left the game as the NBA's third-leading career scorer, behind Chamberlain and Robertson, with 25,192 points in 932 games. His average of 27.0 ppg game stands as the fourth highest among retired players, behind Michael Jordan, Chamberlain and Baylor.
His 31.2 ppg in 1969-70 (at age 31) is the highest average ever for a player over 30. While West may have only won one title as a player, he had fantastic success as a general manger for the Lakers.
He put together the “show-time” Laker teams of the '80s, winning five NBA championships and the again in the late '90s getting Shaq O’Neil and Kobe Bryant and winning three straight championships.