12. Jerry West
For many, Jerry West only exists as the NBA’s silhouette — a faceless icon, long forgotten by the passage of time.
Beyond his laudable achievements or accolades, I can think of no greater testimony to West’s faculty, than the approbation of his adversaries — namely Larry Siegfried and Tom Satch Sanders of the Boston Celtics, unearthed in an interview with the late Frank DeFord:
“‘He is the master,” Siegfried said. “They can talk about the others, build them up, but he is the one. He is the only guard.”
“‘Do you spell that with a ‘u’ or just plain ‘g-o-d.’” Satch Sanders asked.”