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4. Jack Sikma

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Jack Sikma
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 a great long range jumper plus his workmanlike inside game, Sikma was part of a new wave of inside-outside big men who took over the league.  To show how good of a shooter Sikma was, he holds the distinction of being the only center to lead the league in free throw shooting at 92.2 in 87-88 and shot 84 percent for his career form the charity stripe.  A 7 time All-Star combined with career numbers of 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds should get Sikma into the hall of fame; soon.





The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Kankakee, Illinois, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:
1997

Position:
Center

Played for:
Seattle Super Sonics
Milwaukee Bucks

College:
Illinois Wesleyan

Drafted:
1st Round, 8th Overall in 1977

Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA All Star Teams (7) (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1985)
Second Team All NBA Defensive Team (1) (1981-82)
Second Team All NBA Selection (1) (1981-82)
Highest Free Throw Percentage (1) (1987-88)
Most Defensive Rebounds (2) (1981-82 & 1983-84)
Championship Rings: (1) (Seattle Super Sonics, 1978-79)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (1981-82 & 1983-84)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (3) (1981-82, 1982-83 & 1983-84)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage: (5) (1981-92, 1982-82, 1983-84, 1987-88 & 1988-89)
Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (6) (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83 & 1983-84)
Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds: (9) (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86 & 1986-87)


Notable All Time Rankings:
15. Defensive Rebounds: 8,274
30. Rebounds: 10,816
43. Minutes Played: 36,943
44. Offensive Rebounds: 2,542
46. Free Throw Percentage: .849
50. Games Played: 1,107

Should Jack Sikma be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 71.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 28.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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+4 #1 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-29 19:00
The fact that Sikma isn't in the hall of fame is a joke.
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+3 #2 Tyson Ward 2013-04-16 00:11
I'm going to admit, Ive watched basketball for most of my life, although I was born in 87, and I have never heard of him. I've looked through career stats before but I guess his name never stuck, but I am aware of the success of the Sonics teams and after actually watching footage and looking at the numbers, this guy was like Dirk before Dirk! Definitely a hall of famer, and I hope that other people who are basketball fans find out how great he was if they don't already know.
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+3 #3 DSC 2013-04-21 01:53
Sampson in and not Sikma? If it wasn't true I'd laugh my head off at the suggestion.
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