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BTD’s Best All-Time Basketball Player: #3 Mel Counts v. #6 Red Rocha (Black Bracket)

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Two old school legends highlight the next match-up in our all-time best basketball player bracket.

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BTD’s Best All-Time Basketball Player: Black Bracket

  • #1 - A.C. Green (91%) v. #8 - David Lucas (9%)
  • #4 - Lonnie Shelton (51%) v. #5 - Dave Gambee (49%)
  • #3 - Mel Counts v. #6 - Red Rocha
  • #2 - Not Yet Revealed v. #7 - Not Yet Revealed

BTD’s Best All-Time Basketball Player: Orange Bracket

  • #1 - Gary Payton (94%) v. #8 - Phil Ricci (6%)
  • #4 - Cliff Crandall (60%) v. #5 - Ed Lewis (40%)
  • #3 - Brent Barry (88%) v. #6 - Jared Cunningham (12%)
  • #2 - Charlie Sitton (85%) v. #7 - Charlie White (15%)

#3 - Mel Counts (1961-1964)

The Case For Counts: One of the most feared college players of his generation, Mel Counts emerged onto the scene as the pride of Coos Bay, Oregon in 1961 and the Beavers star dominated the college basketball landscape during his few seasons in Corvallis. A second-team All-American selection in 1964, Counts averaged a mind-numbing 22.2 points and 15.4 rebounds per game over 89 contests in his Oregon State career, as one of the best true seven-footer centers ever to play on the west coast. Counts’ gaudy college career earned him the 7th overall pick in the 1964 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, the team he’d eventually win NBA titles with in 1965 and 1966 as the back-up center to legendary Hall of Famer, Bill Russell.

#6 - Red Rocha (1944-1947)

The Case For Rocha: Rocha was selected as an All-Pacific Coast Conference player in three straight seasons from 1944 to 1947 at Oregon State, while also being named a second-team All-American in 1947. However, what the 6’ 9” forward is usually best associated with is his illustrious post-Beavers career, where he played in both the BAA and the NBA, as the first Hawaiian-born player to do so. To add to Rocha’s list of stellar achievements, he also won an NBA title with the Syracuse Nationals in 1955, was named a two-time NBA All-Star during his career and coached both the Detroit Pistons and University of Hawaii for over a combined fifteen seasons.

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WHO WINS THIS MATCHUP?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    #3 - Mel Counts (1961-1964)
    (36 votes)
  • 14%
    #6 - Red Rocha (1944-1947)
    (6 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

Vote Now! Poll Closes: Tuesday, August 14th at 11:59 PM PT