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Old 05-28-2015, 09:29 AM
 
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Happened to be flipping thru channels this past weekend and came across NBA Inside Stuff on NBAtv. Found myself thinking about Grant Hill's early days in the NBA and how GREAT he was. His ankle injuries robbed him of what would have been an amazing career, and robbed the fans of the joy of watching a truly amazing player in the league.

I can think of two more guys from the '90s who I would have loved to see play without their injuries. Penny Hardaway (knees) and Larry Johnson (Back). Both were awesome, but like GHill, broke down early on.

Who do you remember that would go on this list?
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:42 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Bernard King
TMac
Brandon Roy
Yao Ming
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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Bernard King
TMac
Brandon Roy
Yao Ming
Yup, those guys certainly belong on the list.

King actually made the HOF recently.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:16 AM
 
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I'll throw out some from Cleveland history:

a. Derek Anderson
- 13th overall pick in 1997 after missing most of his senior season at UK with a torn ACL. His body didn't hold up well in Cleveland either. In the 2004–2005 season he only played in 8 of the final 42 games for the Portland Trail Blazers, and missed similar numbers of games in prior seasons. Major talent relegated to bench role player as his career went onward.

b. Dajuan Wagner
- Wagner was selected by Cleveland in the 2002 NBA Draft. He missed his first 14 games with a bladder infection, and later in his rookie season he tore cartilage in his right knee. The next two years were a series of setbacks: dehydration, an inflamed liver and pancreas, a second right knee surgery, a sprained ankle. In three injury-riddled seasons with the Cavs, Wagner played in 102 of 246 games. If healthy, I think he could have scored 15-20ppg easily. He averaged nearly 14ppg for Cleveland in his rookie season. Following his stint with Cleveland, he appeared in only 1 more game in his career with Golden State before retiring at age 23.

c. Ron Harper.
- I'm sure you remember Harper being a fantastic role player with Chicago, but before that, he was one of the most dynamic players on the court. Cleveland traded him to Los Angeles for the rights to draft Danny Ferry #1 overall. If it weren't for a devastating knee injury, Harper would have been known a lot more for his scoring titles than his role play in titles with Chicago.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:19 PM
 
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sam bowie, greg oden
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:24 PM
 
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c. Ron Harper.
- I'm sure you remember Harper being a fantastic role player with Chicago, but before that, he was one of the most dynamic players on the court. Cleveland traded him to Los Angeles for the rights to draft Danny Ferry #1 overall. If it weren't for a devastating knee injury, Harper would have been known a lot more for his scoring titles than his role play in titles with Chicago.
Scoring titles??
He was a very good player for 10 years before the injury and was a 20-5-5 guy ... so IMO he reached his ceiling.
Kind of like Brad Daugherty who was an 18-10 guy for 8 years before his bum back quit on him.
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:54 PM
 
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Another one was Dennis Hopson. He would have been a great player but for knee injuries. He was the 3rd pick in the 1987 draft. 6'5" guard with excellent jump shot.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:57 PM
 
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Can't believe no one mentioned Bill Walton yet.

At 24 (young for a big man) he won a ring averaging 18.2ppg/15.2rpg/5.5apg/3.4bpg in the playoffs. If he stayed relatively healthy into his 30s, he might be considered one of the best players ever.
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:50 AM
 
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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sam bowie, greg oden
I was gonna mention Oden. We really have no idea how good he could've been because he was damaged goods from the moment he entered the league. The Trailblazers hoped he'd be the next Duncan/Shaq, and I don't remember if he even played in a single regular season game.
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