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7. Shawn Kemp
Shawn Kemp was one of the most popular and productive players of the 90’s.  He came straight out of high school with the body of a Greek God, and was considered one of the best pure athletes in the NBA.  At first, he was a highlight film dunker but he soon became a key part of some very good Seattle teams, with a complete all around game. 15,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and six All-Star trips are nothing to sneeze at and though his legacy has been a bit tarnished of late, Shawn Kemp was a true superstar in his day.


Should Shawn Kemp be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 80.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.4%
No opinion. - 0.4%
No way! - 2.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Elkhart, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Played For: Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Super Sonics
  • College: Trinity Valley CC
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 17th Overall in 1989
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All-Star (6) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
    Second Team All-NBA Selection (3) (1993-94, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
    NBA Championship Rings: (None)
    FIBA World Basketball Championship (1) (U.S.A., 1994)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (3) (1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (3) (1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (5) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (2) (1994-95 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (2) (1992-93 & 1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (1) (1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (3) (1993-94, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Percentage (1) (1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Effective Field Goal Percentage (2) (1993-94 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: True Field Goal Percentage (2) (1993-94 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (6) (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 & 1999-2000)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Attempts (7) (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 & 1999-2000)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (3) (1993-94, 1994-95 & 1998-99)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (1993-94)
    Top Ten FInishes: Defensive Win Shares (6) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97 & 1997-98)
    Top Ten Finsihes: Box Plus/Minus (1) (1993-94)
    Top Ten FInishes: Defensive Rating (5) 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97 & 1997-98)
    Top Ten Finishes: Usage Percentage (3) (1997-98, 1998-99 & 1999-00)
    Top Ten Finishes: Total Rebound Percentage (5) (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95  & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebound Percentage (7) (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96  & 1996-97)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebound Percentage (4) (1991-92, 1993-94, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
    Top Ten Finishes: Block Percentage (1) (1993-94)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 28.  Offensive Rebound Percentage: 12.2
    33.  Offensive Rebounds: 3,026
    33.  Total Rebound Percentage: 17.8
    35.  True Shooting Percentage: .584
    44.  Defensive Win Shares: 52.2
    54.  Free Throw Attempts: 5,805
    54.  Defensive Rebound Percentage: 23.4
    56.  Blocks: 1,279
    58.  Defensive Rebounds: 5,808
    64.  Rebounds: 8.834
    68.  Free Throws: 4,304
    76.  Block Percentage: 3.2

Should Shawn Kemp be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 80.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.4%
No opinion. - 0.4%
No way! - 2.3%

Comments   

+2 #3 Chuck Peterson 2015-08-16 03:49
He would have won a championship if Jordan was not in the way.
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+4 #2 TheBayAreaGuy 2015-08-08 20:38
Kemp is completely under-rated. ..he was one of the most explosive players in his generation (just watch his highlights on youtube). If he had a good/decent career post-Sonics (the '98 strike destroyed him), he he likely would've been in the hall of fame already.
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+5 #1 Djb21 2014-04-07 01:57
Hi,

I just would like to say that:
- he was the leader of the Supersonics while they had a few years over 60 victories during the jordan era...
- I say he was the leader (over Payton over those years, no offense) and to prove it, he was the best player by far during the finals 96 against the best team EVER (72 victories). They would have won the NBA finals any other year in the history of the game.
- not only a good scorer, dunker, he was one of the best passer among big men,
- do not forget he was one of the first to become a very good player out of high school when it was still a "Men's league",
- he was perhaps, the most athletic big man in the history (for his combination of speed, agility, and leap)
- maybe we should ask people who played with him (GP) or against him if he would deserve it
- if Ralph Sampson is in the hall of fame, then he totally deserves it

I believe the reasons why he is not there (yet) are:
- losing in the 1st round of the playoffs against Denver (but the Mavs lost against the warriors and Dirk will be in the HOF)
- his off the court stuff
- no titles (but hey, who would have beat the best team in the history)
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