OT: The "All-Injury Team" GOATs

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  1. jamo0001

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    As we continue to watch Rose's HOF talent be butchered one athroscopy at a time, I got to wondering:

    Would he be the starting PG for an "All-Injury" HOF roster?

    I assume Walton and Hill would start at the 5 and 3, respectively, but who else?
     
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    I think Oden would be over Walton personally. Portland would possibly have Roy/Oden/Aldridge right now if not for injuries ruining Roy's & Oden's career. That would be a devastating big 3.
     
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    See Bowie, Sam.
     
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    Jay Williams off the bench perhaps
     
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    Oden couldn't hold Walton's jock.
     
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    Maravich and Sampson are a couple of standouts.

    Selfishly I'd add Manning to the bench. Could've been a great one if not for two bad knees.
     
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    This whole thread is a bunch of "what could have been" speculation by design anyway, but even then, the sample size is just too small for me to go w/ Oden. Walton was still a Hall of Fame player despite his injury problems. If not for that, we're talking about him in the Shaq/Malone/Stockton tier, at worst.
     
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    I think Yao Ming could garner some consideration. at least coming off the bench.
     
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    Sampson for sure. What about Bias?
     
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    Bias, are you serious?
     
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    Well yeah, we're talking what could have been . Len Bias would have had a better career than Jay Williams and Greg Oden.
     
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    Grant hill has to head this list
     
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    The thread title says all injury team. Bias wasn't injured.
     
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    Bo knows basketball. Jk


    Kinda off topic but take all the players around the country that are injured for their teams and you could build a good basketball team. Teams like UVA , Michigan, UK, wisconsin , texas, ect. Their are some good players out this season
     
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    Um how about Tracy McGrady. The dude was averaging 32 ppg when he was 23 years old and by his late 20s could barely get out of bed with how bad his back was.
     
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    I was actually thinking about Mcgrady also
     
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    Dude, he didn't die of old age.

    How about Larry Johnson. I think he was plagued by back injuries most of his career. Or Maurice Stokes.
     
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    I don't think that is selfish. He only got 29 games in the league with both knees intact and his stats in those 29 are comparable or better than the first seasons of others mentioned in this thread. He was the first ever to come back after blowing out both knees. He often gets overlooked because he still played 15 seasons and was an all star and 6th man award winner. People forget he did that after losing most of his explosiveness.
     
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    With his extreme weight and length injuries were an inevitability. There was no way he could've avoided knee, back or heart problems.

    Grandmama is a good one. He lost all of his explosiveness early in his career. Don't know if he would've gone down as an all-time great, but he was such an exciting forward before he hurt his back.
     
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    Robbie Hummel.



    Soundslave.......Livingston......good call
     
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    I think Danny Manning is one of the most interesting what-if players in the league's history. Unlike other famous players, we never got to see Danny healthy (other than in college). #1 pick into tears in BOTH knees, the first so early in his career. At that time in history, that meant without exception that your career was over. Manning was the first to ever come back.

    His biggest college game was the 1988 championship. You'll notice a couple things. First, the game was completely different. They didn't really have the shooters to exploit the 3PT line, so you'll notice teams play incredibly fast to get good looks. It is a little sloppy, but transition game is much better than today. There are a lot more quick turnarounds in the post and midrange shots.

    Manning himself noticeably bulked up from his early years (watch his game against Duke, he's a stick). He's sort of a proto-Durant, a quarter-step slower and without the crazy range. But still faster than his contemporaries and capable of playing outside in before the stretch-4 had come into fashion. He's one of the first bigs to combine athleticism with ball handling and a decent midrange shot, along with the typical hooks and turnarounds of post play.

    I don't have good NBA footage of Manning (the best has german subtitles, bad musics, and is in glorious 144p). However, he was much less athletic after his surgeries. One reason he has been a fantastic coach is that he basically rebuilt his playing style from an athletic outside-in type to a crafty old-man-moves post player (though he still retained some of what he had). Some stars make terrible coaches because their feel for the game is so instinctive they can't teach it, but Manning wasn't born with his skills. He had to earn them, little by little, in order to compete and even thrive.

    Without his injuries, I have no doubt he'd have been a 20 PPG guy as early as his second season and maybe an MVP level player later on, or at least a pre-injury Amare Stoudemire type player. Amare also had tears in both knees, and he isn't going to make an All-Star team or win 6MOY anytime soon, plus Manning had a more promising rookie year pre-injury. Manning might have also evolved the way forwards were used as well, if he developed his outside game.
     
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    Eddy Curry [​IMG]

    I'm actually not sure if I'm joking or not, but I'll see myself out.
     

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