The words ‘Very Tall’ enter the mind when you hear the name Shawn Bradley. Drafted with the 2nd pick of the 1993 Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Bradley entered the NBA with high expectations literally! His Rookie season would produce 10.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3 blocks a game which are very solid numbers, however did the Sixers fans expect more from a man who stood 7-6 feet tall?
The answer is yes, and in his second season Bradley’s numbers remained fairly similar as the Sixers’ faithful began lose their patience with the big man. With the number 1 and 3 picks of the Draft: Chris Webber and Penny Hardaway taking the league by storm, the Sixers decided enough was enough and traded Bradley just 12 games into the 1995-96 season. He was picked up the New Jersey Nets, and would spend the next two season there putting up some nice numbers with a career high season in scoring in 1996/97, averaging 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a game.
His next destination would be the Dallas Mavericks and this is where I remember him most. Perhaps not for the right reasons though, as for what ever reason, opposition players loved to dunk on big Shawn Bradley. So much so, that there is a ‘Top 10 dunks On Shawn Bradley’ on Youtube, which has almost a million views.
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With that being said, to be fair Shawn Bradley had some good early years in Dallas, averaging just over 8 rebounds and 3 blocks a game with the Mavericks during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. His numbers would decline from that moment on however, as his career and minutes slowly started to slip away. He played 8 and a half seasons in Dallas before retiring after the 2004-05 season. While his career didn’t live up to the status of a number 2 Draft pick, he has still left an imprint on the NBA and currently stands 14th on the all time blocks list for the NBA with 2119. Whether for the right or the wrong reasons, Shawn Bradley still has some sort of iconic value to the history of the NBA, and is a player that’ll always be remembered.
Shawn Bradley led the league in total blocks for 2001.
Shawn Bradley is the equal 3rd tallest player to ever play in the NBA.