The Essentials: 1969 Finals MVP, four-time All-Defense, 30.5 points per game for his career in the finals, third in points per game in the playoffs (29.3), fifth in career points per game (27).
It is fitting that the most difficult decision on this list, West or Robertson for No. 2, comes between two players who played in the same era and were polar opposites of each other.
West was one of the most popular players to ever play the game, is the NBA’s logo, and by all accounts a great guy.
He, too, may have only won one NBA Championship, but he appeared in eight others and you don’t earn the moniker “Captain Clutch” for nothing. He came up with monstrous performances, even if his teams did not always win the Big One.
Without an injured Elgin Baylor, West averaged 40.3 points per game for the entire 1965 playoffs, and 46.3 points per game in a first-round victory over Baltimore. Both records still stand. In Game 1 of the 1969 Finals, West went for an unheard of 53 points and 10 assists that Bill Russell refers to as “the greatest clutch performance ever against the Celtics.”
West transformed his game to more of a pure point guard and passer during the latter third of his career because that was what his team needed. Being a better teammate, better defender and having a host of legendary games and moments, gives "The Logo” the edge over Robertson.