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Most Out of Nowhere Draft Pick - The Next Scottie Pippen

I don't know exactly how to put this, but I recently read an article on Scottie Pippen. It's pretty much common knowledge now, but I am still amazed that he didn't start playing organized basketball until his junior year in high school and was a manager on college basketball "powerhouse" Central Arkansas (an NAIA school) his first two years there. I wasn't able to understand enough since I was so young when he was drafted but it seems he was a legit lottery pick, which is a pretty meteoric rise. We all know that Pippen has been named one of the "50 Greatest NBA Players" and will probably be in the Hall of Fame.

My question is this, what recent player has had a similar kind of amazing rise to become so much better "naturally" where other guys who have been shooting baskets from their crib (I mean literal crib, not the urban slang for house) haven't been able to replicate their success? I don't really think that Jordan Hill counts as much, since he did play at a traditional basketball school like Arizona and has the height to match. Pippen went to college at 6'1'', then grew half of a foot. Maybe Ben Wallace? I don't know his whole story. Only that Virginia Union isn't a HUGE basketball school by any stretch of the imagination and that he went undrafted. He was All-State in basketball, football, and baseball in high school though. Anyone in this draft? Recent drafts? 2010 draft?


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WOW

Excellent post man. It amazes most people. I think back in the late 70 and Mid 80's we seen the word potential rarely seen. I mean if you were scoring 20ppg, you were a lottery pick back then. Now, guys like Hansbrough have been dissected to the point where, we kinda know what were getting from him.

But to answer your question, no. I think the AAU and baksetball showcases kinda takes all the good players and bring them to the limelight

I mean, we have the 2010 draft already up....so unless we dont know someone who will shock everyone into being a top 5 pick next year....it will tough to find those hidden gems anymore

Also, there are less NBA draft rounds and those NAIA players are losing draft spots to international players

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Coming out of nowhere....

I think the stories like Pippen and Ben Wallace are always fascinating, it is always cool to root for the Underdog. It seems to be more prevalent in the NFL than the NBA where guys from small schools excel, as talent is much harder to evaluate in football. But I would have to say lately, while not even close to in the same vain as Pippen or Wallace, Jamario Moon was an interesting story. I know he went through a number of minor league teams and out of nowhere to eventually become a decent role player on the Raptors and Heat. However, I would say the story is impressive in his journey he took to be a role player and that he will not go beyond that to become a star like Pippen and Wallace were on their heydays. Dennis Rodman was I believe the 27th pick by the Pistons, which at the time made him a second rounder, and dare I say he was a very interesting story. Hate Dennis or love him, but the man has 5 rings and played a large part in each one of them with his defense and well established rebounding. Also, as much as I personally am not a huge fan of him, Chris Andersen had quite an amazing journey and story into his becoming an NBA player.

It seems like it really depends as what you define as "out of nowhere", is a guy coming from a small school or a guy maybe not playing much at a larger school or leaving and coming back. If it is the small school thing, Karl Malone went to Louisiana Tech, and is probably the best player to come out of a non-major conference (Unless you count Bill Russell going to San Francisco, but they won 2 NCAA titles when he was there so I would say things were rather different). I know that Charles Oakley also went to Virginia Union and was somewhat of a mentor to Ben Wallace. I also remember reading a story about Ben Wallace where he first tried out for the NBA with the Celtics as a 2 guard (did not really workout, lol). Well, I think it is great to see these stories and hope that their is someone from this draft who would put their name on the list, but that will have to be discovered when we see these guys play next year. For now, it just does not seem like it is going to happen in the 2009 class.

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its different nowadays

Players who came out of small colleges back then probably went to small out of the way high schools and werent known about by major universities, but in modern times with the internet, scouting services like Rivals and scouts.com and national camps everybody from everywhere is looked at, sure you get your Stephen Currys every now or then, but for the most part the best players go to the best schools, take Kansas it was either Brandon Rush or Chalmers who are from Alaksa, Bill Self went all that way just to recruit one kid and it ended up getting him a ring

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Scottie Pippen was a unique

Scottie Pippen was a unique case.

I agree much with Knicksboy. The quality of scouting in the 1980s was nowhere the way it is today. Teams drafted NBA ready players instead of those with potential. Since the late 90s when high school guys were overdrafted (because of Garnett's, Kobe's success) the NBA has been all about developing young talent. Jermaine O'Neil sat on the bench in Portland for years before he broke out.

It's very difficult not to get noticed these days especially with all the high school coverage. That being said, many scouts still overlook talent especially from smaller schools (Courtnee Lee).

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Was Pippen unique? He must be.

David Robinson was similar in that he grew so much in the Navy that they couldn't fit him on a sub. Ha, that would suck to be stuck underwater for weeks and weeks and you could NEVER stand up. But, even if Pippen was a player today, he wouldn't have been recruited by major schools at 6'1'' with only 2 years of high school ball. The AAU thing might not apply to him. Being at the small school didn't hurt him since he went #5 in the draft. So, I guess that if we see someone all of the sudden pop up into the lottery from some little nowhere school who wasn't on ANY of the scouting services' radar in high school or his freshman and sophomore years in college to become on of the best in the game we will be able to see something similar.

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i was think maybe Rodney

i was think maybe Rodney Stuckey?

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You know, I thought of

You know, I thought of Rodney Stuckey too. There is something about him that reminds me of Pippen. The difference is that even though Eastern Washington is a smaller school basketball accolade wise, Stuckey did lead his high school team to a state championship and then had one of the best freshman and sophomore seasons in NCAA Division 1.

I mean, think of how unheralded you must be to be basically a team manager on Central Arkansas. I mean, in the NFL it is a great story about Matt Cassell not having really started in college. The difference is that he was at USC and was behind 2 Heisman winners in Palmer and Leinart.

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I mean I think he could be a

I mean I think he could be a good player in this league

I mean can we can Eric Maynor when he gets in the league?

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Andre Iguodala had a similar

Andre Iguodala had a similar situation in that he started late in life. Omewhere around highschool i believe. Though he was already a track star, he developed his game to be like a pg, therefore the ultimate comparison for this situation.

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Iguodala

iguapops420, I like the idea with Andre. The difference here is that he was named The Chicago Sun Times Player of the Decade in High School! He was unbelievable, I remember reading about him. As a senior, he averaged 32.5 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game! But, you are right about the PG comparison with Pippen.

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Maynor and Stuckey will both

Maynor and Stuckey will both be good, and I think Stuckey could be a multiple time all-star. Once again though, Maynor did lead his team to a state championship in high school. Not that it's a requirement that the guy be on a losing high school team, it just shows that he had some basketball skills at an earlier age. It's a pretty good comparison, he wasn't a big prospect coming into college (at least to my knowledge he wasn't). It seems that size is a contributing factor in the "come out of nowhere" scenario. Like, Ben Wallace has made his living as an undersized center. Pippen was only 6'1'' and grew. A lot of times, PG's fall under the radar because their physical ability doesn't blow people away and they don't have the 6'9'' body to make major programs take a chance on them. If a guy has a crazy work ethic, he could really improve his speed, strength, agility, and such making him an athletic PG.

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how about Mutumbo? He went

how about Mutumbo? He went to G-Town to be a Doctor.

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You know, when I was thinking about this I was reminded of that Kevin Bacon movie, "The Air Up There". Finding some guy in the middle of nowhere like that, it reminded me of Hasheem Thabeet. The size thing is a little different though. I thought about Mutumbo as well, I just don't know if it's the same thing. I like the Latrell Sprewell comparison that was said. That's probably the closest one that I heard so far. He grew up right in the heart of middle America and went to a junior college before kind of turning into a stud.

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Latrell Sprewell apparently

Latrell Sprewell apparently started playing basketball in his last two years of high school. He was all about playing football as a wide-reciever.

I guess the point is that some guys are just so athletically gifted, that they can become very good at other sports in a short time.

BTW, football scouts claimed that Lebron could've played in the NFL as a tight-end or receiver immediately following his senior h.s. year. They compared him to Antonio Gates.

Have you seen Allen Iverson as a h.s quarterback?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCAkVvNFk-0

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True. I think both those

True. I think both those guys are gems.

But i wanna ask a question : is Andre Igudala the 2009 version of Pippen?

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Not until he's a #2. He's

Not until he's a #2. He's making the transformation but i think he would be best served as second fiddle. Then hed be able to use that 6'11 wingspan to play lockdown defender as apposed to being a scorer first, defender 2nd. Both Pippen and Iggy are good enough to be #1 options, and pretty good ones at that, but to bring the best overall player, each is best suited as #2 option. Not sure if Iggy can be the 2nd option beside of a post big yet. Similar to Bronze he's not the off ballplyer he can be yet. Needs to develop a better back to the basket game and pull up glass shot like Pip.

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I agree with pops here too.

I agree with pops here too. He is as good as a #1, but would be THE BEST #2. He has the all-around skills to be dangerous anywhere on the court, but if a team forces him to do one thing he has a harder time. Pippen was great at a lot, when Jordan was completely denied outside (not that it happened THAT often) Pippen could slash or post. When Jordan was posting or driving, Pippen could slash or hit the jumper. You know, it never panned out, but the closest that anyone has come to Jordan/Pippen was Orlando when they TRIED to have McGrady and Grant Hill. Of course, we all know that Hill had a terrible string of injuries that he suffered trying to play through an injury with the Pistons in the playoffs, and he never really got over them to recover at full strength (getting MRSA didn't help his case either). That strange combination of 2 guys who can go inside/outside and are somewhat interchangeable while being sometimes the best 2 players on the court. I could MAYBE see that with Green/Durant, although I am not completely sold on Jeff Green yet (although I haven't had a chance to really see him play in the flow of an entire game yet). Hopefully the Thunder will get some more national coverage (if they hold onto Green) so that I can watch them develop. Plus, both Jordan and Pippen were just tenacious defenders. It would probably help if you learned how to play defense at a high level against Jordan every day in practice. A game would seem like a day off.

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ok, i understand now but

ok, i understand now but then that makes me think this

After 5 seasons in the NBA, how much more can he improve? I mean he is a good player now and had 3 good season in a row. But like what can he really improve to move him to that next level?

I thought when he hit that jumper against the Magic in Game 2 (i think), I began to see Dala' as a solid number 2.

I may sound premature but does he have the skills to rise to the elite NBA level?

Elite in my eyes is top 8 SG in the league.

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Earl Boykins?

At 5'5, I don't remember how he got into the NBA... And he did a decent job with the Nuggets when he was in the League... I bet his story is interesting...

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Dennis Rodman and John Starks

Both have interesting routes to the NBA.

Starks was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he attended Tulsa Central High School.[1] He bagged groceries for several years before playing basketball for several community colleges. He finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University.

However, Rodman was not considered an athletic standout. According to himself, he was "unable to hit a layup" and was listed in the high school basketball teams, but was either benched or cut from the squads. Measuring only 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) as a freshman in high school,[5] he also failed to make the football teams and was "totally devastated".[6] After finishing school, Rodman worked as an overnight janitor at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He experienced a sudden growth spurt, and grew to 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and decided to give basketball another shot.[7]

A family friend tipped off the head coach of Cooke County College in Gainesville, Texas. In his single semester there, he averaged 17.6 points and 13.3 rebounds, before flunking out due to poor academic performances.[5] After his short stint in Gainesville, he transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, an NAIA school. There, Rodman was a three-time NAIA All-American and led the NAIA in rebounding in both the 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons. In three seasons there, 1983–84 through 1985–86, he averaged 25.7 points and 15.7 rebounds, led the NAIA in rebounding twice and registered a .637 field goal percentage.[7] He averaged over 25 points per game for his three-year NAIA career.[8] At the Portsmouth Invitational, a pre-draft camp for NBA hopefuls, he won Most Valuable Player honors and caught the attention of the Detroit Pistons.[5]

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Nice

Good ones. I was thinking about Rodman, but I didn't know much about his backstory (can you believe that I didn't see his made for tv movie?). That's pretty damn good. Funny that Pippen and Rodman would both have their careers intertwined like that. I hate Starks so screw him.

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I can just imagine 5'6''

I can just imagine 5'6'' Dennis telling all off the varsity basketball coach. "You know what?!? I am going to win 5 NBA Championships playing Power Forward!!! You'll see!!!!"

Ha.

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Hey...starks was the man and

Hey...starks was the man

and he gave MJ some left armpit action on that

dunk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vzB8Ujf6Mo

But MJ is the man...

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I agree Grant/Mac would have

I agree Grant/Mac would have been nice. Though in my opinion both were the Pippen. Best comparison for me would hve been keeping Eddie and Kobe together. Eddie wasnt the playmaker of Pip, but he had the D, the scoring and a very surprising handle. Now given Eddie was prone to getting beat up in the post on D i think had he stayed around, he and kobe could have switched up based on matchups. Read an interview where Kobe said that he and Eddie were gonna grow together like Pip and MJ. Edde was soon after traded.

Though could anyone imagine if Jerry West hadn't fell in love with Kobe. The Hornets would have kept him, and the Bulls could have won their 96' ship MJ,Pip,The Worm,and the Croation Sensation. Won theNext title with the same team and kept history thesame in tha regard. Trade Prime Pip to the Hornets for up and coming Kobe. Kobe plays the Pippen role as 2nd fiddle to jordan a few years. Thed even out as scoring options by arund 01-02 and by the time 02-03 cam arund kobe would have been able to take obver the reigns and jordan woul have truely been the greatest 2nd option. Though you know he'd still get 25 5 5. That could have been the best dynasty, right there with russell' s celtics.

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Will the next Scottie Pippen

Will the next Scottie Pippen go bankrupt after his amazing career? So much that he would have to play in Sweden?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e56wDyen9xw

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How can you hate Starks? He

How can you hate Starks? He was bagging groceries and eating pancakes for dinner!! He's a really cool guy too, I met him in the city and he gave me an autograph without even thinking about it.

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In my mind Scottie Pippen is

In my mind Scottie Pippen is the most overated player of all time. That "Sacred List," shouldn't feature his name on it. I'm not saying he was a terrible NBA player by any means, but to call him out as one of the 50 greatest players of all time is just an embarassment. If anyone should be on that list over him among a lot of names Grant Hill is the first that comes to my mind.

Scottie Pippen Career Averages;
16ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.2apg, 2spg

Grant Hill Career Averages;
19ppg, 7rpg, 5apg, 1.5spg,

Baring injuries it's without question Grant Hill is/was the greater player than Scottie Pippen. I don't want to hear how much talent either stud had around them because in my mind it was close enough to where they both had to shine in their own ways. Account the fact that Hills career numbers are muttered by his injury plagued years.

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Hey Auber, when did Grant Hill ever play with the greatest player in basketball history? You think maybe his stats might have taken a hit? Saying that you "don't want to hear how much talent either stud had around them" is a little ridiculous. It's not the difference between having 1 vs 2 all-stars. It's THE BEST PLAYER AND SCORER EVER! How about this, I don't want to hear about anything Grant Hill did in Detroit, same way I don't want to hear about Pippen's numbers in Portland. I only want to hear about Orlando and Chicago. Does that make sense?

When Jordan retired (the first time, after 1993), he was 3rd in the MVP voting and led the 55-win Bulls in points, assists, rebounds, blocks, and steals. Seriously, think about that. He stepped up in the shadow of the greatest of all time and led a 55-win team in points, assists, rebounds, blocks, and steals. Playing second fiddle is something that is almost IMPOSSIBLE for a player to do when they have MVP skills, which is ONE of the reasons that he was one of the greatest ever, in my opinion. Plus, when did Grant Hill ever get NBA All-Defensive Team? Pippen was the greatest perimeter defender of the 1990's and in my opinion maybe ever. I REALLY like Grant Hill, but not getting injured DOES matter as well. The way Grant Hill got injured is badass, playing through injury to help his team win in the playoffs. But, in our sports world, you need longevity as well as skill.

I don't know why, I just hate Starks guys. I don't have any stats or a good reason, he is just one of those guys. I am sure that you all have one of those guys.

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pippen played back seat to jordan his whole career
he was the second scoring option and held the best offensive player every game
pippen played his role

overrated i dont think so

but to stick to the thread topic

where the hell did ramon sessions come from

the guy came from nowhere and averaged 12ppg and 5apg on 24mpg

and he's a 6'3 point guard
thats legit size

i've only seen him play a small amount tho
im looking foward to seeing what he does in the future

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Ramon Sessions

That guy definitely came out of nowhere. I mean, he wasn't that highly recruited out of high school, was he? I don't know. I never really knew much about him until he had like 20 points and 25 assists against the Bulls. Didn't he score like 45 once, too? That dude is definitely turning REALLY good, REALLY quick as well. Good one, Montrell.

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Seriously,

One season, he led his team in Points, Assists, Rebounds, Blocks, and Steals. For a team that won 55 games (and got screwed by Hue Hollins. There, I said it). Pippen is second all-time in Chicago Bulls franchise history in points, field goals, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, steals and is 3rd all time in blocks. So, if it weren't for the GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER EVER, he would hold franchise records with the Bulls in nearly every statistical category.

He also holds the NBA RECORD for steals by a forward, assists for a forward, One of only 3 players to have 200 steals and 100 blocks in one season (played with both of the other guys, Jordan and Hakeem).

There is no comparison. Overrated? C'mon. You know, Pippen is unique in that he is known primarily as the second best player on his team, but since that player is the best ever, it takes A LOT to be able to be the PERFECT compliment. To have those kind of statistics when Jordan insisted on taking so much of the load is pretty tough.

Oh, and Pippen completely redefined the Small Forward position, one which Grant Hill played as well (in the same type of role).

Finally, I REALLY, REALLY, like Grant Hill. But, that is the part about Hill that you can't compare with Pippen. Hill isn't the best #1 option in NBA history. He never had the chance to be the best #2 because of injury. I hope that Grant plays until he is 45 since he got robbed out of his prime, where he and T-Mac would have been able to have A LOT of fun! Maybe if the Knicks get great after 2009-2010 (hope not) he can go join D'Antoni and get a ring there. I hope that he does.

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Danny Granger was drafted

Danny Granger was drafted 17th out of New Mexico. He is now arguably the second best SF behind King James after his 4th season in the league. He is a great player out of a small school. As far as players that started playing late in their teens look at Hakeem the dream. There alot of great players that didnt start playing until about 16. Just naturals.

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Granger was a McDonald's

Granger was a McDonald's All-American though (he got a 30 on his ACT, wow). That's different than not playing until your junior year of high school, being the manager at some tiny NAIA school, then going to the Hall of Fame. I mean, Pippen's skills must not have been very good to where he wasn't even a starter as a sophomore at Central Arkansas and got the other terrible, never going to play professional basketball, Central Arkansas basketball players their Gatorade and got them their towels.

That's crazy. I mean, think about that. It's not like he was just a mid-level PG prospect who grew 7 inches so now he had the physical tools to be special. He didn't even have enough game to play on a terrible team and then 2 years later was the #5 pick in the draft. 3 seasons later, he became the 3rd person in NBA history (still is) to have 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season. That's a 5 year span where he was a 3rd string PG on an NAIA team, to being a record setting, redefining small forward in the NBA.

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Biggest fan of both, but

Biggest fan of both, but this isn't eve comparable. Skill-set was the same give or take. Difference is that Scottie was an elite athlete with a 7'4" wingspan and point guard quicks. Always on the skinny side, but wiry strong in the Gerald Wallace mold. Scottie Pippen was one of the few TRUELY LOCKDOWN players. Didn't matter wh he went upagainst, they were shut down. All the stoppers nowadays fail miserably in comparison. Grant Hill. Defense? Not until after the injuries and he got to have his final 20ppg season beside of a rookie Dwight Howard. Scottie Pippen, Top 50 without question. Grant Hill had he stayed healthy, maybe. Without a Larry O'brien trophy. The comparison isn't worth anything. Why don't we throw T-Mac in there as well. He had potential to be the best of the three, but like Grant injuries took over. Part of Pippen's greatness was his ability to stay healthy. And be a leader. He was option #1b while Jordan was option #1a...Kukoc was the second option really. then Longley and the shooters stepped up on any given night to fill in where needed scoring wise.

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Yeah Sessions did come out

Yeah Sessions did come out of nowhere. I was fairly high on him prior to him being drafted as some saw him as a mo williams type, which was off base as he was an abismal scorer in college, which is yet another example of a [laye working their tail off to get where they ar though he wasn't nearly as uknown as Pip.

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I can't wait until Pippen #2

I think that there will be someone very soon that could just blossom out of nowhere.

I will welcome it too. I always thought it was amazing that LeBron was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was only a junior in high school, but this week's takes it even further. This 16 year-old baseball player is on the cover this week, and his parents are thinking about trying to have him forego playing his senior year in high school by getting his GED and declaring for the MLB amateur draft (where "scouts" say he would go #1 overall right now, at 16).

I think this is a bit ridiculous and I would like to see the opposite. I would love to have some dude like Pippen who just comes out of nowhere and becomes the #5 pick in the draft. Has a hall of fame career, passing up guys who wasted their time and parent's money in AAU ball from a young age. That's what I would like to see, the underdog. I think that is the only way we'll ever see such an amazing sidekick, the person who every superstar would want playing with them for 10 years, an unselfish superstar MVP playing next to an even bigger superstar MVP.

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I agree with Chris Anderson's story being a cool one too. I know that there isn't a good excuse to become a drug addict and get kicked out of the league, but if you do have something like that happen you could do a lot worse than the Birdman did getting your stuff together and becoming a contributor on the team that still had faith in you. Plus, he had some demons from his past and childhood that a lot of people would have trouble to overcome, once again not an excuse, but as close to one as he should need.

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anyone remember kedric

anyone remember kedric drown, from zachary louisiana, he went okaloosa community college, he was drafting somewhere around 10-11 by the celtics, he was out of the league after three years but he fits the build and position and time actually playing basketball as a kid.

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yeah his story is pretty

yeah his story is pretty good..although he did play basketball awhole lot before playing it organized. i know some people think he didnt pick up a basketball untill that year that he played for his highschool

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Y'all trippin this dude was a janitor

b4 he got a growth spurt in college
Early life
Dennis Rodman was born in Trenton, New Jersey as the son of Shirley and Philander Rodman Jr., an Air Force pilot and veteran of the Vietnam War. When he was three, his father deserted his family and went on to eventually father 27 children from four different women.[1] Rodman grew up in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas,[2] considered one of the worst areas of Dallas in those times.[3] While attending South Oak Cliff High School, he played under future Texas A&M coach Gary Blair.[4] However, Rodman was not considered an athletic standout. According to himself, he was "unable to hit a layup" and was listed in the high school basketball teams, but was either benched or cut from the squads. Measuring only 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) as a freshman in high school,[5] he also failed to make the football teams and was "totally devastated".[6] After finishing school, Rodman worked as an overnight janitor at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He experienced a sudden growth spurt, and grew to 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and decided to give basketball another shot.[7]

A family friend tipped off the head coach of Cooke County College in Gainesville, Texas. In his single semester there, he averaged 17.6 points and 13.3 rebounds, before flunking out due to poor academic performances.[5] After his short stint in Gainesville, he transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, an NAIA school. There, Rodman was a three-time NAIA All-American and led the NAIA in rebounding in both the 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons. In three seasons there, 1983–84 through 1985–86, he averaged 25.7 points and 15.7 rebounds, led the NAIA in rebounding twice and registered a .637 field goal percentage.[7] He averaged over 25 points per game for his three-year NAIA career.[8] At the Portsmouth Invitational, a pre-draft camp for NBA hopefuls, he won Most Valuable Player honors and caught the attention of the Detroit Pistons.[5]

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Barkley played collegiate

Barkley played collegiate basketball at Auburn University for three years. Although he struggled to control his weight, he excelled as a player and led the SEC in rebounding each year.[2] He became a popular crowd-pleaser, exciting the fans with dunks and blocked shots that belied his lack of height and overweight frame. It was not uncommon to see the hefty Barkley grab a defensive rebound and, instead of passing, dribble the entire length of the court and finish at the opposite end with a two-handed dunk. His physical size and skills ultimately earned him the nickname "The Round Mound of Rebound."[4]

During his college career, Barkley played the center position, despite being shorter than the average center. His height, officially listed as 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), is stated as 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) in his book, I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It. He became a member of Auburn's All-Century team and still holds the Auburn record for career field goal percentage with 62.6%.[8] He received numerous awards, including Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year (1984), three All-SEC selections and one Second Team All-American selection.[9] Later, Barkley was named the SEC Player of the Decade for the 1980s by the Birmingham Post-Herald.[8]

In Barkley's three-year college career, he averaged 14.8 points on 68.2% field goal shooting, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.[8] In 1984, he made his only appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished with 23 points on 80% field goal shooting, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.[10] Auburn retired Barkley's No. 34 jersey on March 3, 2001.[8]

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