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BTD’s Best All-Time Basketball Player: #1 Gary Payton v. #4 Cliff Crandall (Quarterfinals)

Can 1940’s star Cliff Crandall knock off top-ranked Gary Payton?

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#1 - Gary Payton (1986-1990)

The Case For Payton: Best known for his Hall Of Fame NBA career, Payton began his playing days in Corvallis, where he pieced together one of the Pac-8/10/12’s best individual seasons as a senior in 1989-1990. Finishing that campaign as the conference’s Player of the Year with ridiculous averages of 25.7 points, 8.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game, the 6’ 4” guard carved his own massive path in the annals of Oregon State basketball folklore for many years to come.

#4 - Cliff Crandall (1946-1949)

The Case For Crandall: Most people don’t know a thing about Crandall (and probably rightfully so considering the era he played in), but to put it plainly, he could really be described as the Beavers’ first big-time college star. Crandall was the school’s initial 1,000 point scorer, in addition to being named a two-time All-American for Oregon State. Oh yeah, and he led the Beavers to the Final Four in 1949. Not too bad of accolades for a relatively unknown star.

Vote Now! Poll Closes: Tuesday, September 4th at 11:59 PM PT



This poll is closed

  • 21%
    #1 - Gary Payton (1986-1990)
    (38 votes)
  • 78%
    #4 - Cliff Crandall (1946-1949)
    (136 votes)
174 votes total Vote Now