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

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1) Magic Johnson

Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson is widely regarded as the greatest passer in NBA history. Though Magic wasn't known for his scoring ability, he managed to score 46 points against the Sacramento Kings during his seventh season. Despite that, he is one of the highest-profile players on this list to never drop 50 points in a game.

Some of that was due to his unselfishness, with Magic having the highest career assists per game with more than 11 on average. He also played with the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, both Hall of Famers, decreasing his need to have big scoring performances.

It also didn't affect his ability to win either. During his 13-year career, Magic helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a staggering nine NBA Finals and won five of them, including three times against their archrival Boston Celtics.

While Magic's career ended prematurely, he did attempt a comeback, but he didn't have the longevity that other players on this list had. Still, at his peak, he was one of the greatest players in league history and could take over games with his passing alone, while his scoring was more of a bonus.