Top Ten Saddest NBA Deaths

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The Top Ten

1 Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . ...read more.

What a loss to the world of basketball. Even in his late 50's, he looked like he could still play at an NBA level, possibly the most perfect human specimen ever.

That sucks, it is sad when great people die. I wonder how good he was at the time when he was alive? - AnimeDrawer

Wilt was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He even scored 100 points in a single game one time. - EpicJake

He died in 1999 due to heart failure, which shocked the world. He was 63 years old. - EpicJake

2 Pete Maravich

Believe it or not, he was playing a pick up basketball game RIGHT before he died, which was in 1988. He was only 40 years old. Why did he die so soon? - EpicJake

3 Moses Malone Moses Malone

A 3 time MVP. One of the greatest giants of the game. - EpicJake

4 George Mikan

Greatest big man of his era, but hardly made any money at all. Died almost penniless, what a tragedy.

The first giant the NBA. He led the Minneapolis Lakers to 5 championships. He was 80 years old. - EpicJake

5 Nate Thurmond Nate Thurmond

RIP big guy, both Kareem and Wilt said that he was the best they played against with the exception of each other, with Wilt meaning that Nate was better than Russell, and Kareem meaning that he was better than Hakeem. High praise indeed.

His best single-game rebound total was 42- only Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain ever had single game rebound totals that were higher.

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6 Dave DeBusschere
7 Manute Bol

One of the tallest players in NBA History. I don't think he even had to jump to dunk. - EpicJake

8 Darryl Dawkins Darryl Dawkins

He was one of the best dunkers of all time. In fact, he was able to break the backboards. - EpicJake

9 Flip Saunders
10 Dean Smith

The Contenders

11 Len Bias Len Bias Leonard Kevin "Len" Bias was a first-team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland.
12 Reggie Lewis
13 Meadowlark Lemon
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