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

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15) Pau Gasol

During his heyday, Hall of Fame big man Pau Gasol was one of the best offensive big men in the league with his combination of low-post scoring, mid-range jumpers, and passing. Surprisingly, though, he wasn't as prolific of a scorer as one might expect, with Gasol only averaging 20 points twice during his 18-year NBA career.

Some of that can be chalked up to him playing on some very slow Memphis Grizzlies teams during the first seven seasons of his career. Gasol was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he took a backseat to fellow Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, perhaps too much at times.

Had he not taken a backseat, Gasol might have put up bigger offensive numbers, including besting his career high of 46 points. To Gasol's credit, he was still a good offensive player deep into his 30s by expending his range out beyond the 3-point line and even making two all-star teams in his mid-30s. That skill would have come in handy during his prime but he was still an elite offensive player, whether he scored 50 points or not.