8. Bill Walton
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One of the greatest centers of all-time, Bill Walton saw his career alter dramatically when his body started to decline. Chronic foot injuries took him out of the starting lineup and forever changed the way he played, which is unfortunate because he could have, and probably would have, gone down as one of the three or four greatest post players in NBA history were it not for those brutal injuries. Walton missed three full seasons during his career, and played in just 468 games overall – finishing his career with only 6,215 points.
He was able to evolve as his injuries took their toll, though, and was one of the key members of the Celtics team that won the championship in 1985-86. That season, Walton was named the Sixth Man of the Year after posting averages of 7.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks-per-game. His numbers may not have been staggering, but he was the ultimate team guy for the Celtics, and it’s kind of hard to leave a Hall of Famer off the list, particularly when he’s the only person in history to have ever won both a Sixth Man of the Year Award and been named the NBA MVP.