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85. John Drew
John Drew had 20.7 points and almost 7 boards per game making him one of great small forwards of his generation.  Of course, a Hall of Fame induction would mean little to Jazz fans as they saw him in the tail end of his career where they shipped Dominique Wilkins to the Hawks.  Career wise, Drew has solid statistics with 15,000 points and 5,000 rebounds.  However, he is likely best known not for his solid lifetime numbers; nor being on the wrong end of a lopsided trade.  He is probably best known for notoriously receiving the first lifetime ban in the NBA for his cocaine addiction.



Should John Drew be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 18.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Vredenburgh, Alabama, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1991
  • Position: Shooting Guard, Small Forward
  • Played For: Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz
  • College: Gardner-Webb
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 25th Overall in 1974
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All Star (2) (1976 & 1980)
    Most Offensive Rebounds: (1) (1974-75)
    Championship Rings: None
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (7) (1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80 & 1980-81)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (3) (1974-75, 1975-76 & 1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points (2) (1975-76 & 1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points Per Game (2) (1975-76 & 1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (4) (1974-75, 1975-76, 1977-78 & 1978-79)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (1) (1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (1) (1975-76)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 49.  Points Per Game: 20.7

Should John Drew be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 18.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.4%

Comments   

0 #3 Matt 2013-03-22 06:44
Drew always collapsed in the playoffs. His scoring average in 1979 was 23 ppg for the season, and 16 in the playoffs. In 1980 he dropped from 19.5 to 14.6. In 1982, he dropped from 18.5 for the season to 11.5 in the playoffs. Part of it can probably be blamed on the poor care he took of his body.

He also grabbed 40% of his career rebounds in the first three seasons of his 11-year career, as his rebounding averaged dropped dramatically almost every year. I've never seen another player average 10.7 boards as a rookie and then drop to less than half of that by the time he was 28.

Banned by the league at 30, horrible playoff performer, and declining aggressivene ss on the boards does not translate to a guy who should sue to be in the hall of fame.

Nice Freudian slip with the word "induced", Mr. Blount.
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0 #2 Knuckles 2012-08-12 00:28
The HOF is a priviledge, not a right. Sounds like someone needs to look up what laws, discriminati on and a HOF career actually are.
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-2 #1 James Blount 2012-05-27 06:59
He had great stats before his Drug Addiction. Why are his stats being unoticed?
The man deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He wasn't using Cocaine on the court or busted with it in the locker room.
Maybe he should sue the NBA. They would put him in then. When did the Supreme Court decide the NBA was by not inducing him. Sounds like discriminati on to me and that's against the law.
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