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1. Dikembe Mutombo

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Dikembe Mutombo
From the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dikembe Mutombo brought his 7 foot plus frame to the National Basketball Association and swatted away shots like most of us do houseflies. A four time Defensive Player of the Year, he led the League in Block per Game three times (and is #2 All Time) and twice in the Rebounds per game category. He was not a prolific scorer, but that was never his job and though he may never have been considered the best all-around center of his day, Mutombo was easily the top defensive one.

It is hard for us to imagine that Mutombo won’t enter the Hall of Fame early in his eligibility. We just wonder if he will wag that finger during his acceptance speech!



The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Eligible Since:
2015

Position:
Center

Played for:
Denver Nuggets
Atlanta Hawks
Philadelphia 76ers
New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks
Houston Rockets

College:
Georgetown

Drafted:
1st Round, 4th Overall in 1991

Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (4) (1994-95, 1996-97, 1997-98 & 2000-01)
NBA All Star Teams (8) (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2002)
Second Team All NBA Selection (1) (2000-01)
Third Team All NBA Selection (2) (1997-98 & 2001-02)
NBA First Team All-Defensive Team Selection (3) (1996-97, 1997-98 & 2000-01)
NBA Second Team All-Defensive Team Selection (3) (1994-95, 1998-99 & 2001-02)
Most Offensive Rebounds: (1) (2000-01)
Most Defensive Rebounds (2) (1998-99 & 1999-2000)
Most Rebounds (4) (1994-95, 1996-97, 1998-99 & 1999-2000)
Most Blocks (5) (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1997-98 & 1998-99)
Championship Rings: None

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (1) (1994-95)
Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (9) (1991-92, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 & 2001-02)
Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (10) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 & 2001-02)
Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (11) (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 & 2001-02)
Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (11) (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 & 2001-02)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (4) (1993-94, 1994-95, 1997-98 & 1999-2000)

Notable All Time Rankings:
2.   Blocks: 3,289
11. Offensive Rebounds: 3,808
11. Defensive Rebounds: 8,551
20. Rebounds: 12,359
37. Games Played: 1,196
53. Minutes Played: 36,791
57. Field Goal Percentage: .518

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