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3. Alonzo Mourning

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Alonzo Mourning
Depending on whom you ask, Alonzo Mourning was either overrated or underrated; though you can tell by our high rank of “Zo” which side of the fence we sit on.
The 1990’s brought a plethora of superstars to the National Basketball Association, and often Alonzo Mourning was overshadowed by his peers.  Mourning was a two time Defensive Player of the Year who was also a very effective offensive threat. He was a seven time All Star, a two time NBA Blocks champion, and had a career PER of 21.2, which alone puts him in the Hall of Fame debate.  Many think that Mourning’s kidney issues took him out of serious Hall of Fame contention, but really that took him out of statistical accumulation, as his body of work may be better than you think.
 
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Chesapeake, Virginia, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:
2014

Position:
Center

Played for:
Charlotte Hornets
Miami Heat
New Jersey Nets

College:
Georgetown

Drafted:
1st Round, 2nd Overall in 1992
Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2) (1998-99 & 1999-2000)
NBA All Star Teams (7) (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 & 2002)
First Team All NBA Selection (1) (1998-99)
Second Team All NBA Selection (1) (1999-2000)
First Team NBA Defensive Selection (2) (1998-99 & 1999-2000)
Most Blocks (2) (1998-99 & 1999-2000)
Highest Block Percentage (2) (1998-99 & 1999-2000)
Championship Rings (1) (Miami Heat, 2006)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (5) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 & 1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (1) (1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (2) (1994-95 & 1999-2000)
Top Ten Finishes: Total Rebounds (1) (1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (10) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (4) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 & 2001-02)
Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (1) (1995-96)
Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (2) (1995-96 & 1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (11) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
Top Ten Finishes: PER (3) (1997, 98, 1998-99 & 1999-2000)

Notable All Time Rankings:
6.     Blocks per Game: 2.8
12.   Blocks: 2,356
38.   Field Goal Percentage: .527
42.   PER: 21.2

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+1 #1 Muneeb Khan 2013-09-26 23:19
You should mention that he won 2 gold medals with Team USA - 1994 at the World Championships & 2000 at the Sydney Olympics. One of the few in history to win at both tournaments.
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