Mikan 'set the table for everybody'

NBA historian Ken Shouler looks back at George Mikan and wonders whether the big man would thrive in today's game.

Updated: June 2, 2005, 6:13 PM ET
By Ken Shouler | Special to ESPN.com

Adapted with permission from "Basketball's Best 50 Players in the Last 50 Years."

With thick-rimmed glasses, looking not unlike Clark Kent, George Mikan peers out from photos taken during the dawn of the NBA in the 1940s and '50s. He possessed the look of one who would eventually run for congress, which he did. A glance at George Mikan's stat line turns up nothing that would give anyone pause. Yes, he did average 22.6 points per game for his nine years. But he scored just 11,764 points and ...

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