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40. Earl Monroe

A legend who is sometimes forgotten even though he often was on the biggest stages in the NBA. Earl Monroe was a 4 time all-star and one time NBA champion. Even in his time he failed to get the recognition he deserved because he often played second fiddle to a bigger star.

Monroe attended Winston-Salem State University for four years. His freshman year he hardly seen the court averaging just 7 points a game. He jumped to 23 his sophomore year and by his senior year was averaging an astonishing 42 points a game. In total Monroe appeared in 110 games and averaged 27 points and 7 rebounds for his career.

The Baltimore Bullets selected Monroe with the second overall pick in the 1967 NBA draft. In his rookie year Monroe averaged 24 points a game and won rookie of the year honors. Monroe made the all-star team his third year in the NBA .

Monroe played four and a half seasons with the Bullets before being traded to the New York Knicks in 1971. Monroe joined an already loaded Knicks team which had recently won an NBA title. Monroe joined Walt Frazier to form one of the best back courts in NBA history.

The Knicks won another title in 1973 with Monroe playing a key part. The Knicks began to slowly break up as players retired leaving Monroe as the teams primary scorer. He averaged 20 points a game for the Knicks from 75-77 and was an all-star in 75 and 77 with the Knicks.

Monroe retired after the 1980 NBA season having appeared in 926 career games with averages of 19 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.

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