Ralph Sampson Was 7’4 & Could Run, Jump and Shoot!
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So how good was the first pick of the 1983 NBA draft in his early years with the Houston Rockets? So good, that according to the other tower of the Rockets’ Twin Towers, the Blazers offered the Rockets the #2 pick and Clyde Drexler for Sampson. Yes, that means if the Rockets would have accepted that trade, drafted Hakeem with the #1 pick and Jordan with the #2 pick then they would have had Hakeem, Jordan and Drexler on the same team. How scary is that?
Scary, but not any more scary than the potential of a 7’4 hoop phenom who could run faster and jump higher than any other center in the league and could also shoot. Unfortunately, knee and back injuries prevented the 1984 Rookie of the Year and 4 x All-Star from reaching his full potential.
Despite the cheated NBA career, his college resume, a miracle playoff shot vs the Lakers, and first few years in the NBA was still enough to get him into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.