9 Best Basketball Players Who Never Made It to the NBA

2. Raymond Lewis

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Raymond Lewis with the No. 18 pick in the 1973 draft, yet on account of a contract dispute, Lewis never played a single game in the NBA. Which is a shame because the guy was insanely talented. Although he played college ball at Cal State LA, Lewis is most notable for being arguably the greatest California streetball legends of all time.

In fact, in a summer league game, Lewis dropped 52 points against a bunch of Los Angeles Lakers — he was still in high school at the time. Said former Lynwood coach Bill Lee: “I’ve seen Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, and Michael Jordan and I’ve never seen anyone better with the basketball. Offensively, there is nobody like him.”

More from The Cheat Sheet