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5. Shawn Kemp
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 are nothing to sneeze at and though his legacy has been a bit tarnished of late, Shawn Kemp was a true superstar in his day.

Should Shawn Kemp be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.4%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 3.2%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Elkhart, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Played For: Seattle Super Sonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic
  • College: Trinity Valley CC
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 17th Overall in 1989
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All Star (6) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
    Second Team All NBA Selection (3) (1993-94, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
    Championship Rings: None
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (3) (1993-94, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (6) (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 & 1999-2000)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (5) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (2) (1994-95 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (3) (1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (2) (1992-93 & 1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (3) (1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (1) (1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (3) (1993-94, 1994-95 & 1998-99)
    Top Ten Finsihes: Win Shares (1) (1993-94)
    Top Ten Finsihes: Box Plus/Minus (1) (1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (1) (1993-94)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 32.  Offensive Rebounds: 3,026
    49.  Defensive Rebounds: 5,808

Should Shawn Kemp be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.4%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 3.2%


0 #3 Chuck Peterson 2015-08-16 03:49
He would have won a championship if Jordan was not in the way.
+1 #2 TheBayAreaGuy 2015-08-08 20:38
Kemp is completely under-rated. ..he was one of the most explosive players in his generation (just watch his highlights on youtube). If he had a good/decent career post-Sonics (the '98 strike destroyed him), he he likely would've been in the hall of fame already.
+2 #1 Djb21 2014-04-07 01:57

I just would like to say that:
- he was the leader of the Supersonics while they had a few years over 60 victories during the jordan era...
- I say he was the leader (over Payton over those years, no offense) and to prove it, he was the best player by far during the finals 96 against the best team EVER (72 victories). They would have won the NBA finals any other year in the history of the game.
- not only a good scorer, dunker, he was one of the best passer among big men,
- do not forget he was one of the first to become a very good player out of high school when it was still a "Men's league",
- he was perhaps, the most athletic big man in the history (for his combination of speed, agility, and leap)
- maybe we should ask people who played with him (GP) or against him if he would deserve it
- if Ralph Sampson is in the hall of fame, then he totally deserves it

I believe the reasons why he is not there (yet) are:
- losing in the 1st round of the playoffs against Denver (but the Mavs lost against the warriors and Dirk will be in the HOF)
- his off the court stuff
- no titles (but hey, who would have beat the best team in the history)

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