This one should be fascinating. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway may have played in the imposing shadow of Shaquille O’Neal for the Orlando Magic in the mid-90’s, but Hardaway was a certifiable star in his own right with multiple commercials (remember Lil’ Penny?) and a pair of post season First Team All Star Selections. With O’Neal, Hardaway helped Orlando reach the NBA Finals and in terms of Guards, was among the elite in the last half of the 90’s.
Injuries plagued Hardaway, and realistically, he was only a star for five years. Is this enough? It could be, as his skills matched his popularity, but his decline was a rapid one and odds are strong that he is on the wrong side of the Hall of Fame bubble. Penny should (and will) make our notinhalloffame top 100, but where should he be placed?
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
New York Knicks
1st Round, 3rd Overall in 1993
Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA All Star Teams (4) (1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
First Team All NBA Selection (2) (1994-95 & 1995-96)
Third Team All NBA Selection (1) (1996-97)
Championship Rings: None
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (1993-94 & 1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (1) (1995-96)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (1) (1995-96)
Top Ten Finishes: Assists (1) (1995-96)
Top Ten Finishes: Steals (3) (1993-94, 1995-96 & 1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Points (1) (1995-96)
Notable All Time Rankings:
98. Steals: 1,125