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

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20) Bob Cousy

Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy is considered to be the NBA's first great point guard thanks to his above-average court vision. Cousy led the NBA in assists a staggering eight times in 16 seasons and helped lead the Celtics to six championships along with Bill Russell. However, Cousy was far from an elite offensive player. He played in an era of the league that was far faster than today's NBA, though it often featured awful shooting.

Cousy himself shot just 33.3% from the field over 924 games, all before the advent of the 3-point line. To his credit, he drew plenty of free throws and managed to average 18.4 points per game for his career, higher than Russell. Though, like Russell, he failed to score 50 points in a game, with his highest scoring effort coming against the New York Knicks, when he scored 46 points.

All things considered, that was quite impressive given the era, with offense clearly still in its early stages. With six championships and being considered the forerunner to many of the elite point guards that followed, he did just fine over the course of his iconic career.