Taken with the 3rd pick of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Darius Miles came into the league with big expectations. His Rookie year saw him average 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game, which wasn’t bad for only playing 26 minutes a game. His progression at the Clippers however didn’t really eventuate as the next season his numbers remained about the same averaging 9.5 points per game.
He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 before again being traded to the Portland Trailblazers during the following season. His best basketball would come at the Blazers, which was evident when Miles had a break out game in 2005, where he dropped 47 points against the Denver Nuggets. Miles averaged a career high 14 points per game in 2006, until his career would take an unfortunate turn when he seriously injured his knee that same season.
Miles career would never recover from that moment, he missed 2 full years due to micro-fracture surgery on his right knee. He did attempt a comeback in 2008 for the Memphis Grizzlies, however due to the significance of the knee injury he couldn’t recapture his best basketball. Darius Miles had all the potential when he entered the NBA, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out for all players. He still had some solid numbers, and was just starting to turn the corner until those injuries took their toll.
Miles wore the numbers #21, #23, and #3 during his NBA career.
Drafted with the 5th pick of the 1992 NBA Draft, by the Denver Nuggets. LaPhonso Ellis had a solid Rookie season averaging 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, which earned him a spot on the 1992–93 All-Rookie first team. His stocks would rise as in his second season he put up impressive numbers of 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. It appeared that the Nuggets had found a player who they could build a team around for the future.
Cruelly in his 3rd season Ellis was struck down with injury and only managed 6 games. He would play a total of 6 seasons at the Denver Nuggets, with his most impressive season coming in 96-97 averaging 21.9 points and 7 rebounds a game. Ellis certainly made some shock waves at Denver, forming a good combination with Dikembe Mutombo, that helped the Nuggets experience some playoff success.
Ellis would be traded to the Atlanta Hawks for the 1999 NBA season. His first year there his stats dropped considerably, scoring 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. Unfortunately Ellis could never rediscover the form that had him touted as an exciting prospect in his early years at the Denver Nuggets. His last few seasons saw him play for the Timberwolves and Heat before he retired in 2003. Ellis finished with career stats of 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. The career of LaPhonso Ellis certainly had some great early years in Denver, I remember his hype as he entered the league, he even found himself on the classic arcade game ‘NBA Jam’ as a player option along side Mutombo. Ultimately perhaps injuries contributed to his career falling away, but either way Ellis had some good solid years in the NBA.
Ellis wore the numbers #20 and #3 during his career.
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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Top 10 Dunks On Shawn Bradley
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.