Basketball

Basketball players not in the hall of fame.


There is a lot that can be criticized about Shaquille O’Neal in terms of his desire to play at his top capacity, but it cannot be disputed that even an unmotivated Shaq was among the best of his day. It was not just his skill, but his immense size. When motivated, he was unstoppable, and he is a four time NBA Champion and former League MVP (not to mention a three time NBA Finals MVP).…
Allen Iverson rarely was the second best at anything. “A.I.” was always the most exciting player on the court and the most controversial player off of it. At his best he was a shot happy guard who practically carried the 76ers on his back to the NBA Finals and won the MVP that year. Three times he was he named to the First Team NBA squad and was a four time Scoring champion (though nobody…
The debate amongst the seven foot six, Yao Ming still continues. With his incredible size, Yao dispelled the stereotype of the supposed smaller Asian athlete, and though he was not a ferocious shot blocker, or expert rebounder, he did hold his own in those categories; something that many basketball experts claimed he would fail to do. What he was able to do was score and make his teammates better in the process.
No matter what Chris Webber achieved in the world of Basketball, he will always be remembered for that time out he called (that they didn’t have) that sealed the fate of the Michigan Wolverines in the 1993 National Championship Game.  As much as that stuck with him, we will remember how he led the “Fab Five” to the most popular (and influential) collegiate basketball program of all time.
Jack Sikma came from small Illinois Wesleyan but the Seattle Supersonics saw enough potential to draft him number 8 overall in 1977. He did not disappoint.  Sikma quickly became a starter and was a vital cog in the Sonics run to back to back finals in the late 70's.  They won it all in 79 and Sikma became hugely popular in the Emerald City.  With his ability to take defenders outside and torch them with…
Sidney Moncrief was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the NBA.  His ability to shut down anyone in the backcourt no matter how big or how quick was his calling card.  Twice he won NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and was always named to the All Defensive Team.  Moncrief was also a solid offensive who was an integral part of the Bucks playoff teams in the 80's and earned a…
Mark Aguirre was a star at the University of DePaul where he led the Demons to a final four and was a 2 time All-American.  Drafted number one overall by the Dallas Mavericks, Aguirre quickly became the face of the Mavs.  Aguirre proved to be a great scorer and the Mavericks became title contenders throughout the next several years though they could not get past the mighty Lakers. Traded midway through the 88-89 season to…
When Max Zaslofsky retired he was the third leading scorer in league history behind only legends George Mikan and Joe Fulks.  Zaslofsky was also the youngest person to be named First Team All-League for over 60 years when he was selected at the age of 21 in the 46-47 Season.  This record stood for decades until it was broken recently by future Hall of Fame lock, LeBron James.  Zaslofsky was a 4 time First Team…
Shawn Kemp was one of the most popular and productive players of the 90’s.  He came straight out of high school with the body of a Greek God, and was considered one of the best pure athletes in the NBA.  At first, he was a highlight film dunker but he soon became a key part of some very good Seattle teams, with a complete all around game. 15,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and six All-Star trips…
Tim Hardaway was the catalyst of the famed Run TMC (with Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond) for the Golden State Warriors that took the NBA by storm in the early 90s.  Hardaway was a point guard who set the running style of the Warriors in motion.  When traded to Miami in 96, Hardaway teamed with Alonzo Mourning to make the Heat title contenders.  Hardaway was also a great perimeter shooter who opponents could not leave…
One of the great power forwards of all-time, Buck Williams was a blue collar player who excelled under the boards.  A solid low post scorer, Williams is best remembered for his ability to rebound and defend.  Although not as flashy as some of his generation, his long career is a testament to hard work.  Tenth all time in games played and one of only seven players to score 16,000 points and grab 13,000 rebounds, Williams…
One of the great point guards of the 90's, Kevin Johnson could both score and distribute the ball.  A very good player at the University of California, Johnson was drafted 7th by the Cavs in the 1987 draft.  Stuck behind Mark Price, the Cavs unloaded Johnson to the Suns in a huge trade that also involved Larry Nance coming back to Cleveland.  It is with Phoenix where Johnson made his impact.  Johnson was one of…
Maurice Lucas played college basketball for Al McGuire at the University of Marquette leading the team to the finals of the 1974 NCAA tournament.  Lucas led the Warriors with 21 points and 13 boards in a loss to North Carolina State and future ABA-NBA superstar David Thompson.  Chosen high by both the NBA and ABA in their drafts, Lucas decided to go play in the newer ABA.  He had two solid years in the ABA…
George McGinnis should be in the Hall of Fame.  His problem isn’t statistical; it is popularity.  For some reason McGinnis has been forgotten by the basketball world and fans just do not remember how good he was.  Even though he was almost equal with future teammate Julius Erving in terms of how important he was to the merging of the ABA with the NBA, people just seem to have forgotten about the great power forward.…
Bob Dandridge is one of the great unsung players in league history.  On two different occasions he was an important member of championship teams.  Coming from small Norfolk State did not help put Dandridge on the basketball map as he was only drafted in the fourth round of the 1969 draft but quickly showed he belonged.  In 1971 he teamed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson to lead the upstart Milwaukee Bucks to a championship…
Glen Rice just maybe the most effective outside shooter of the 90's. Reggie Miller got all the hype but Rice was actually a better scorer and was a 6 foot 7 shooting guard who was almost impossible to defend.  He was the star and leading reason the Michigan Wolverines that won the 1989 title and he set a record for scoring of 184 points in the tournament that still stands today.  Drafted number 4 overall…
Larry Foust was one of the dominant big men in the early days of the league.  A 6 foot 9 center from LaSalle, Foust quickly became a low post force in the NBA, getting named to eight All-Star games and getting a First Team All NBA honor in 1955.  Almost forgotten, this all time great scored over 11,000 career points and averaged ten boards a game in a 12 year career.
Maurice Cheeks was one of the great point guards in league history.  His speed and ability to see the court made him the perfect point guard.  Cheeks was lucky enough to get drafted by the 76ers out of tiny West Texas State as they were building a great franchise.  His ability to guard and get the ball to his teammates made him the perfect choice for point guard of the Sixers. A 4 time All-Star…
A first round pick out of USC, Paul Westphal split his career primarily between the Celtics and the Suns.  He won a championship while with the Celtics but was traded to the Suns where he played in what many consider the greatest game ever against his old teammates where Westphal made some huge plays in the triple overtime classic.  Always a dependable scorer, Westphal made First Team All NBA three times during the late 70s…
One of the best big men in ABA history, Zelmo Beaty actually shocked the NBA when he switched to the ABA from the Hawks.  After sitting out a year, Beaty was the Utah Stars’ franchise player.  Leading the Stars to an ABA title in 71, Beaty is best remembered for his ability to bang down low and his exceptional professionalism on and off the court.  Zelmo Beaty is one of a very few ABA stars…