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

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13) Charles Barkley

NBA legend and commentator Charles Barkley was a dominant scorer and rebounder during his 16-year NBA career. Barkley averaged an impressive 20+ points per game in 11 straight seasons and even led the league in 2-point field goal percentage for five straight seasons.

Of course, he didn't quite score 50 points. That being said, he did score at least 40 a staggering 21 times, including a career-high 47 points against the Atlanta Hawks as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers early in his career.

Barkley was able to accomplish that by being an elite offensive rebounder who could get easy baskets, not to mention his ability to attack off the dribble and score in the post. On the other hand, he has the worst 3-point percentage of all time on a minimum of 1000 shots and while he was an elite at drawing free throws, he was a mediocre free throw shooter.

Those factors likely prevented him from scoring 50, though they obviously didn't prevent him from having a terrific career and dominating players that were much bigger than him. As a result, he is widely considered to be one of the best power forwards in NBA history.