All-NBA Injured Team
There have been a bunch of players that seemed destined for greatness but were hampered by injuries. (Penny, G.Hill, etc.)
What's your Starting Five
PG - Penny Hardaway
SG - Tracy McGrady
SF - Grant Hill
PF - Bill Walton
C - Yao Ming
PG Penny Hardaway
SG T Mac
SF Grant Hill
PF Ralph Sampson
C Yao Ming
Was tempting to put Brandon Roy on there somewhere.
I think the PG, SG, SF, and C positions are pretty much taken by Penny, TMac, GHill, and Yao.
Petrovic died in a car crash and Len Bias died of a drug overdose...Why are they on the all injured team?
Shouldn't Greg Oden deserve some consideration for the C position? I know he didn't end up producing as much as Yao did, but I think that helps his case even more. Yao gave us some great years, but Greg Oden came out of college expected to be the next Patrick Ewing type of dominant center. The fact that he did less than Yao while also having greater hype/expectations I think should get him some consideration. But I see how you could put Yao on there. Oden's injuries haven't forced him to retire, and he could come back in a big way still.
Bill Walton is the best C to have been derailed by injuries, no question.
I think Len Bias would have been amazing to watch in the NBA
true but i wouldn't consider his case an injury.
To a lesser extent Sam Bowie. Nice skills but couldn't stay healthy. Keith Lee had bad knees. Those were two college
stars of the Eighties who many people consider to be busts.
DaJuan Wagner's health problems derailed what could have been a promising career. Wagner was one of the all-time Memphis greats along
with two others with injury issues (Penny and Keith Lee) along with, of course, Derrick Rose who is coming off a major knee injury.
Memphis Madness i had to +1 u for mentioning Keith Lee....Great ball player,high IQ,but a terrible athlete,becuz of the bad knees..An injury he got as a kid....If it wasnt for those bad knees,he might've been an all star.....
Indiana Hoosier forward Landon Turner is another player that i wonder how good he would've been if he hadnt gotten hurt?
Give me Brandon Roy over any other two guard. He was about turn into the league's best shooting guard. Also, I think you guys are forgetting about Danny Manning.
Brandon Roy at peak with out injury just doesnt seem better to me then peak T-Mac without injuries. T-Mac could do everything Roy could do, and was a much better athlete.
PG: Jay Williams
SG: Brandon Roy
SF: Grant Hill
PF: Clark Kellogg, was a 20/10 guy before chronic knee problems forced him to retire. Only played three full seasons.
No Antonio McDyess?
I think he could have been something really special, but his knees failed him.
Also- love the Ronnie Fields pick by Theprophet. He still is considered one of the best basketball players to come out of Chicago, and that is saying something.
I think Michael Redd can get a little love too. He was all the Bucks had for a couple of years and was one of the best shooters/scorers in the Association until his knees essnetially put an end to his career.
Connie Hawkins should be somewhere on this list, too. He is in the hall of fame, but he had to retire by the time he was 34 years old and his prime was over before he turned 30 due to a bevy of knee injuries, inadequate injury treatment and overall "mileage." He played hundreds of games per year as a member of the Globetrotters before he sued his way in to the NBA.
Larry Brown is quoted saying this about Hawkins: "He was Julius before Julius. He was Elgin before Elgin. He was Michael before Michael. He was simply the greatest individual player I have ever seen,"
Somewhat unsurprisingly there are a lot of big guys on this list, a lot of centers end up having problems with their knees, feet and back because of their gigantic frames.
Arvydas Sabonis (I know this was before he played in the NBA but it still reduced his effectiveness when he came over)
and so many others