FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas men’s basketball player Sidney Moncrief was recognized by SI.com this week as being one of the top 20 players in National Basketball Association history to never win an NBA title.
Moncrief, who played for Arkansas from 1976-79, was drafted with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played 11 years in the league, 10 with Milwaukee and his final season with Atlanta and made trips to the playoffs in each of his 11 seasons. His 1983-84 squad advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals as the No. 2 seed in the conference before falling to the Larry Bird led Boston Celtics in five games. Moncrief averaged 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the playoffs while shooting 47.5 percent in the postseason.
SI.com’s list included the following statement about Moncrief.
"The two-time Defensive Player of the Year won division titles in his first seven years with Milwaukee but that regular-season success never translated into a singles Finals berth."
Over the course of his stellar NBA career, Moncrief was named to one of the All-NBA teams five times and made five All-Star game appearances. He was also a five-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, scored 11,931 points, an average of 15.6 per game, and started 500 games.
Other NBA greats to make the 20 person list by SI include: LeBron James, Karl Malone, Elgin Baylor, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Steve Nash, Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson, George Gervin, Dominique Wilkins, Pete Maravich, Alex English, Adrian Dantley, Bernard King, Dave Bing, Nate Thurmond, Vince Carter, Chris Weber and Reggie Miller.