6) George Mikan
(1947-1954, 1956) C, 6ft10, 245lb
5x NBA champion (’49, ’50, 1952-1954)
4x NBA All-Star
1x NBA All-Star MVP
Greatest player of the first half century (1950)
Mikan overpowered and dominated opponents during the 40’s and the 50’s. Due to his dominance, the NBA widened the lane from 6 feet to 12 feet, in order to reduce his influence and dominance, which was also known as ”The Mikan Rule”. Mikan is also the key for many changes and continuances such as the existence of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the introduction of the shot clock and the rule of goaltending in the NCAA due to his dominating play around the basket.