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Remember Jim Mcilvaine, his big contract & the time he blocked Michael Jordan?

Published on July 30th, 2015 by Astramskas, David | 2,629 views

Remember Jim Mcilvaine? Probably not, but if you were a Sonics fan in the late 90s, I bet you remember when Seattle gave him a franchise-killing 7-year deal worth $33.6 million. Those apples might not sound so shocking now but at that time, that contract for a guy who averaged 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks a game was ridiculous – almost as ridiculous as the Sonics thinking he was going to be a “Shaq stopper.”

So how did the investment pay off?  Jim averaged career-highs in his first season with the Sonics….4 points and 4 rebounds with 2 blocks! His contract also pissed off Shawn Kemp so much, the Reign Man was a no-show for training camp and was soon traded for Vin Baker. Oh, and as for stopping Shaq…

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The Sonics also traded Mcilvaine  to the Nets after just 2 seasons and he was out of the league after 3 more  – one year before the Nets were swept by Shaq and the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

BUT for what it’s worth ($33.6 million), he can say he once blocked Michael Jordan

I can’t talk about Mcilvaine and not bring up this poster dunk by Grant Hill.




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