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2017 Basketball Eligibles

A powerful force in the paint, Antonio McDyess had a very good career going until 2001 when a severe knee injury rendered him only part of the player he used to be. Prior to that, he was really coming into his own with capable blocking and boarding skills and was rewarded with his first All Star appearance and a spot on the American Dream Team.…
The winner of the NBA Three Point Shootout, a three time European Player of the Year and a three time All Star, Peja Stojakovic was part of a talented Sacramento Kings roster that was a badly officiated game from the NBA Finals. The Serbian star was an amazing shooter and was deadly from behind the arc or at the charity stripe. He was also a…
There is a lot that can be criticized about Shaquille O’Neal in terms of his desire to play at his top capacity, but it cannot be disputed that even an unmotivated Shaq was among the best of his day. It was not just his skill, but his immense size. When motivated, he was unstoppable, and he is a four time NBA Champion and former League…
Known mostly for his shot blocking ability (his Twitter handle incorporates Shot Blocker in it), Theo Ratliff made the All Star team in 2001 and would lead the NBA in Blocks three times. Still, there is only so much you can expect from the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee from a player who has a sub 15.0 PER and only dominated in one statistical category.…
The debate amongst the seven foot six, Yao Ming still continues. With his incredible size, Yao dispelled the stereotype of the supposed smaller Asian athlete, and though he was not a ferocious shot blocker, or expert rebounder, he did hold his own in those categories; something that many basketball experts claimed he would fail to do. What he was able to do was score and…
A longtime member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Zydrunas Ilgauskas brought his tall frame from Lithuania and became one of the top offensive rebounders in the league. He was also adept at blocking and at his prime pumped in a 15 point plus average and was often considered the top part of LeBron James’ supporting cast. The Lithuanian likely won’t make the Hall of Fame, but…

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