is arguably the least popular player in the history of the NBA. Part of the infamous Bad Boys teams that won back to back titles for Detroit in the late 80s, Laimbeer reputation as a physical and some called dirty player have superseded his on court accomplishments. Still, Laimbeer was one of the best centers of his generation making 4 All-Star teams and becoming only the 19th player to accumulate 10,000 points and rebounds in a career. A superb long range shooter for a big man, Laimbeer was as important to the success of the Pistons as any other member. His ability to bang down low on defense and grab rebounds (he actually led the league in rebounding in 85-86), allowed the Piston machine to roll and his teammates to do the bulk of the scoring.
Laimbeer is a legendary basketball player for all the wrong reasons but he was never hesitant about doing the dirty work that needed to be done to get his team wins. Now a 3 time champion as coach in the WNBA, Laimbeer has once again shown he will do whatever it takes to succeed in basketball.
Should Bill Laimbeer be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 72.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%