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Yes, so I took the easy way out here. That’s what you get to do when you are in charge of a subjective list.
If anyone gets the privilege of having two players on this list, it’s the best program of all time (or at least the one with the most national championships) in UCLA. Feel free to let me know how you would distinguish between these two in the comments section.
Lew Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, won the inaugural Naismith Award, won three national championships, was a first-team All-American every year at UCLA, was awarded a number of National Player of the Year honors and was the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player every season as well.
Oh, and he also holds an incredible amount of UCLA records, including points in a season, points per game and career field goals.
As for Bill Walton, he was the key piece of a UCLA team that went an astounding 60-0 over the course of two seasons, winning the national title both years. He was a three-time Naismith winner, a three-time first-team All-American and a two time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Walton is UCLA’s all-time leading rebounder (and averaged better than 15 per game), is second in field-goal percentage and third in career points per game.
Alcindor was certainly the better NBA player, but the case for best Bruin of all time isn’t as clear cut.