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43. Larry Johnson
Here is another player more known for his college accomplishments than his pro years. Larry Johnson was the leader of the Runnin Rebels that dominated the first few years of the 90’s. An NCAA title in 1990 was followed by an undefeated year that was trumped by a huge upset by Duke in the Final Four.  Johnson was arguably the greatest junior college player ever and when Jerry Tarkanian recruited him to UNLV he became the centerpiece of the great Rebel teams.  With his ability to post up and rebound down low combined with the ability to get up the court and finish and a good mid range game, Johnson was a man amongst boys. His pro career was very solid mainly with the Hornets and Knicks but not spectacular except for one fall away miracle that will be on highlight films forever.  His career stats in the NBA do not match up favorably but his college career should give him a chance.


Should Larry Johnson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 58.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.4%
No opinion. - 1.3%
No way! - 10.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Tyler, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Position: Power Forward, Small Forward
  • Played For: New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets
  • College: UNLV
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 1st Overall in 1991
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA Rookie of the Year (1991-92)
    NBA All Star Teams (2) (1993 & 1995)
    Second Team All NBA Selection (1) (1992-93)
    Most Minutes Played (1) (1992-93)
    NCAA Champion (1) UNLV) (1990)
    First Team All American (1990 & 1991)
    NCAA Naismith College Player of the Year (1991)
    Championship Rings: None
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (3) (1992-93, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (1) (1994-95)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (1) (1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (1) (1991-92)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (1) (1991-92)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (2) (1991-92 & 1992-93)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points (1) (1992-93)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (3) (1992-93, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 40.  MInutes per Game: 36.3

Should Larry Johnson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 58.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.4%
No opinion. - 1.3%
No way! - 10.4%

Comments   

0 #2 Dane Young 2014-12-17 22:52
He might have a chance. He was a dominant college player whose career has a lot of parallels to Ralph Sampson. Before he hurt his back in 93-94, he was a top 10 NBA player who killed you in the post but also had a smooth jump shot that he used like a sniper's weapon. He also was a great rebounder and an above average defender. That back injury essentially ruined his career because he was never the same player again. The explosivenes s he showed his first two years was gone and he was toast in the post. He reinvented himself as a prototypical small forward who had to rely on his outside shot. He was okay, but was never ever as good of a rebounder again.

I'd say if Sampson is in, so should Johnson. Johnson at least led his team to an NCAA title, something Sampson never could do.
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0 #1 John 2014-04-03 16:37
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