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There are a ton of “what if’s” in every single sport. You just never know what kind of player a person could have been had this not happened or that not happened. Usually the what if scenarios come in the form of injuries that prevented said player from achieving the potential they could have achieved.

It kind of sucks to talk about but a debate is a debate. So anyway, here are six NBA players whose careers have or will come up short.

Baron Davis


Surprisingly enough he’s only been an All-Star twice. When dominant Davis is easily a top 5 point guard. At least he is stats wise and playoff caliber wise. The dude was scorching in his only playoff appearances and put up ridiculous stats in his healthy years. Unfortunately Davis really hasn’t had any healthy years and that’ll be the difference between a good career and one I think could have been hall of fame. Now? Now he’s completely being lazy (and I think on purpose) with the Cavs.

Penny Hardaway


Remember that Hardaway was nearly as hyped as Shaq at the beginning of his career? And let’s not forget the guy had 4 all-star appearances and was a dominant force in Orlando. He was labeled the next Magic Johnson remember. Oh how things get forgotten. Just as he was entering his prime, injuries messed him up and he was never the same. He showed signs in Phoenix but nothing matriculated.

Tracy McGrady


We’re talking a potential top 50 of ALL time player here. When McGrady was in his prime in Orlando there weren’t many guards as good as him. At the time I would say that Kobe Bryant and he were the top 2 and everyone else was a notch below. He’s still only 33 years old but his knees are probably made of foam at this point. It’s shame. This is a 25, 5, and 5 guy. Oh well. Sucks for the Pistons.

Grant Hill


Everyone knows the Grant Hill story and it sucks. He’s still gutting it out in the league but if there was ever a modern day Oscar Robertson, Grant Hill had it. Look at his stats in his first 7 seasons. They are ridiculous. It’s nice that he’s still in the league and being productive but we’re talking hall of famer here.

Yao Ming


Most big men suffer from bad feet and it sucks that Ming isn’t an exception. He was clearly the predecessor to Shaq and it looks like now Ming may never play again. It’s rare to have a 20-10 guy at the center position and Ming was certainly a hall of fame caliber player when healthy. Oh well.

Michael Redd


He was about as close to a modern day Bernard King as you can get. The guy was just pure scoring. He had flashes of brilliance with a couple of 50 point efforts and he seemed to score whenever he wanted. Now Redd has all but disappeared from the league. He may play again with the Bucks but I’m sure he’ll be a shadow of his former self.





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10 Responses to Six NBA Players Whose Careers Should Have Been Better

TheReviewer

April 11th, 2011 at 8:20 am

Yoa is the man, unfortunately when people are his height they usually have issues with their foot/legs/knee..

bukes

April 11th, 2011 at 10:21 am

Davis – was also a selfish player and didn’t have the mind set to play the point. Reminded me of Marbury and Francis. If healthy, he would have put up numbers but he’s not a winner.

Penny & Mcgrady – Both mirrored each other. Penny had the better work ethic though. Shame injuries took them out.

Hill – the thing w/ Hill is that he was sticking w/ a bad foot doctor. Once he changed doctors he was fine but his prime years were gone. Illgauskus had the same foot doctor and sat out for years as well. Hill told him to switch and sure enough, was back on the court in time for the Lebron era.

Ming would have been the successor, not predecessor to Shaq but in either case, yeah it’s a shame he couldn’t stay healthy.

Redd was just on a sub par team for years. Not sure if he’d be that great on a team w/ good talent. But he can shoot.

Other guys you could include are Bill Walton, Sam Bowie and Brandon Roy.

Joff

April 11th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

How you gonna leave Vince Carter off this list?

JJ

April 12th, 2011 at 12:58 am

What about Vince Carter? All that natural ability and aside from some great dunks early in his career, hasn’t lived up to the hype.

Cory

April 12th, 2011 at 6:35 am

Steve Francis anyone?

dummy

April 12th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Every kid out there feels like they are talented enough to start a blog and attract a crowd. Many of them are only kidding themselves and the writer of this article is no exception. Tracy McGrady is not 33-years-old. I’m too lazy to even try go further. Don’t quit your day time job.

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April 13th, 2011 at 5:44 am

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Saanvi

April 13th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I am not a great fan of sports.But I like when they dunk like these dunking devils..
http://funnyandspicy.com/the-best-basketball-dunking-devils

Adam

April 13th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

These are only modern players. What about Ralph Sampson, Bernie King and Bill Walton. Once thing Hall of Famers typically have in common is longevity.

Can’t score with crutches.

Josh

April 15th, 2011 at 10:07 am

@ dummy. McGrady will be 33 in a month or so..

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