James Worthy, Wes Unseld, and Tommy Heinsohn were all outstanding NBA players who played second-fiddle to other great NBA stars who stole the headlines during their years of play.
James Worthy – A member of the great Los Angeles Lakers teams of the 1980’s, Worthy had a lightning quick first step, and he was a good scorer. Worthy also played solid defense and banged the boards. The focus, however, was on the heralded Magic-Kareem duo. Worthy complimented this magnificent combo very well.
Wes Unseld – This 1969 Rookie of the Year, who played for the Baltimore Bullets, was a dependable center at both ends of the floor. Guys like NBA logo Jerry West, high scoring Dave Bing, L. A.’s Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Wirey Elvin Hayes dominated the headlines during Unseld’s tenure.
Tommy Heinsohn – The 6’7″ Heinsohn, a member of the great Boston Celtics teams of the 1960’s, was a line-drive shooter who did not get the recognition he deserved. Heinsohn was one of the league’s top scorers and offensive rebounders. Teammates Bill Russell, a defensive behemoth and big rebounder, and defensive wizzard K.C. Jones, a guard, stole the spotlight.