Saturday, December 02, 2006

Recently, I got a great comment. I don't know who it is from but it is very detailed! The topic is on why Artis Gilmore should be in the Hall of Fame. I thought I would do a post on it so everyone can see it!

Here is what my anonymous source had to say: "Great to see the A-Train back in action even for a few minutes. For all readers: here's a reminder of why Artis Gilmore is WAY OVERDUE for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. His remarkable career highlights include: JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY • Led Jacksonville University to the NCAA championship final game vs UCLA in 1970. • All-time NCAA Division I career rebounding average leader (22.7 rebounds per game) • NCAA All-Tournament Team (1970) • One of only eight players in college history to average 20 points and 20 rebounds per game over a career • NCAA rebounding champion in 1970 and 1971 • National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American Team (1970-1971) • Number retired in 1992. AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION • ABA Championship, Kentucky Colonels (1975) • ABA Most Valuable Player and Rookie, 1971-72 • One of seven unanimous selections to the 1997 ABA All-Time Team • Regular season ABA numbers: 22.3 points and 17.1 rebounds. Playoff averages: 22.0 points and 16.1 rebounds. • Four-time ABA rebounding champion (1972-74, 76) • Two-time ABA field goal percentage champion (1972-73) • Two-time ABA shot blocking champion (1972-73) • 1974 ABA All-Star Game MVP • 1975 ABA Playoff MVP • Five-time All-ABA 1st Team selection (1972-76) • Four-time ABA All-Defensive Team selection (1973-76) • ABA single-season record for the most blocked shots (422) • ABA regular season single game record of 40 rebounds versus New York, February 3, 1974 • During a five-year ABA career played in all 420 games. • Finished in the top 10 in scoring all five seasons. NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION • Career .599 field-goal percentage - highest in NBA history. • Four-time NBA field goal percentage champion (1981-84) • .600 or better field goal percentage in six different seasons, • Six-time NBA All-Star (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986). • Regular season NBA numbers: 17.1 points and 10.1 rebounds. • All-Defensive Second Team (1978) • Chicago Bulls club record field goal pecentage (.587). • Led Chicago Bulls in scoring, rebounding, field goal shooting and blocked shots in three consecutive seasons and four overall (1976-78, and 1981). • Led Chicago Bulls in field goal shooting and blocked shots in 1980. COMBINED ABA/NBA ACHIEVEMENTS • Ranks first in career ABA/NBA regular season field goal percentage (.582); also holds the NBA (.599) and ABA (.558) career records • 3rd highest shot blocker in pro basketball (ABA/NBA) history (3,178) • 5th highest rebounder in pro basketball (ABA/NBA) history (16,330) • 18th of all time pro basketball (ABA/NBA) scorers (24,941) • One of only 24 players to score a total of 20,000 or more points (ABA and NBA combined). • Leading left-handed scorer in professional basketball (ABA/NBA) history • All Star in 11 of 17 years as a pro • 5th best all-time for pro (ABA/NBA) minutes played (43,836) • Appeared in 670 consecutive ABA/NBA games • Ranked in the top ten in rebounding in 12 of 17 ABA/NBA seasons • Ranked in the top ten in blocked shots in 13 of 17 ABA/NBA seasons • Ranked in the top ten in field goal percentage in 15 of 17 ABA/NBA seasons ITALIAN LEAGUE • Made the European All-Star Team playng with Bologna Arimo (1988-89). OTHER HONORS • Named to Sporting News’ Top 50 of the first 50 Years of the NBA • Named to Athlon’s Top 50 of the first 50 Years of the NBA • Top of ESPN’s list of “Players Missing From The Hall Of Fame” • Kentucky Sports Hall Of Fame (inducted with entire Kentucky Colonels 1975 ABA championship team in 2005) • Florida Sports Hall Of Fame (1974)."


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