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42. Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion’s nickname of “The Matrix” might just be one of the best (and appropriate) in not just basketball but all of sports.   Marion could do it all. He was a scorer, a rebounder and a solid defender and could whatever void you needed.

Four times in his career, Marion would average a double-double in a season and four times he was an All Star. Marion was a star (though often overshadowed by Steve Nash) in Phoenix and as a more of a role player he was a champion with the Dallas Mavericks later in his career.

Stat wise, Marion’s NBA career matches that of many existing Hall of Famers, but he lacks that college career that the Hall covets and that perception that he was never the best player on his team. Could he get in on the strength of his nickname though? Seriously, that nickname is that good!

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Clarksville, Tennessee)
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Power Forward, Small Forward
  • Played For: Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors
  • College: UNLV
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall in 1999
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Third Team All NBA (2) (2005 & 2006)
    Most Steals (2) (2003-04 & 2006-07)
    NBA All Star (4) (2003, 2005, 2006 & 2007)
    Championship Rings: (1) (Dallas Mavericks, 2011)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (5) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals Made (1) (2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (1) (2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (6) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Total Rebounds (6) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals (6) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (4) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Total Rebounds per Game (6) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals per Game (6) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (2) (2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (4) (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (3) (2002-03, 2004-05 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (5) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 21. Steals: 1,759
    25. Defensive Rebounds: 7,369
    30. Win Shares: 52.1
    37. Minutes Played: 40,097
    42. Total Rebounds: 10,101
    43. Offensive Rebounds: 2,732
    44. Win Shares: 124.9
    45. Field Goals Made: 7,289
    45. Steals per Game: 1.5

Should Shawn Marion be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 53.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.7%
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