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Bona's Lanier Named One of ESPN's Top NBA Players All-Time

Bona's Lanier Named One of ESPN's Top NBA Players All-Time

St. Bonaventure's most famous basketball product, Bob Lanier has earned another accolade.

In a recent listing of ESPN's "top 74 NBA players of all-time," the Worldwide Leader in Sports recognized Lanier at No. 71. 

ESPN's NBA expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups, taking into consideration both total career value and peak performance.

Lanier averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game during his NBA career which spanned over a decade with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks.

ESPN NBA reporter, and St. Bonaventure alumnus, Tim Bontemps wrote of Lanier, "An injury in the Elite Eight in 1970 while playing for St. Bonaventure led to the first of Lanier's eight knee surgeries during his career, and it sapped him of some of the athleticism that made him the No. 1 pick in the 1970 NBA draft. But he still managed to make eight All-Star appearances -- seven of which came with a Pistons team that mostly toiled in obscurity in the '70s -- before winning five straight division titles with the Bucks in the early 1980s."

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