The 21 greatest NBA players who never scored 50 points in a game

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6) Chris Paul

There are few things in his legendary career that future Hall of Famer Chris Paul hasn't accomplished, but winning a championship and scoring 50 points in the game are among them. Paul technically still has a chance to do both but the latter seems highly unlikely in his 19th season, coming off the bench for the Golden State Warriors.

Assuming that he doesn't, his career high of 43 against the Memphis Grizzlies will be his personal best, though it's not for a lack of scoring ability. Paul is one of the best playmaking point guards in league history, even leading the NBA in assists a total of six times in his 19-season career.

Even so, he has managed to rack up nearly 22,000 points, far more than fellow all-time great guards like Stockton, Steve Nash, and Kidd. Unlike Stockton and Kidd, Paul is both an efficient and high-volume 3-point shooter and also one of the best mid-range shooters in the NBA.

That has made him much more of an offensive threat than many of the other elite point guards on this list, though like them, he also failed to score 50 in a game. However, winning a championship is likely far more pressing for Paul's legacy than a 50-piece.