Underrated: Shawn Bradley was more than a 7’6 dunk target
If you search “Shawn Bradley” on YouTube, the majority of the results will be videos of people dunking on him or trying to fight the 7’6 center that was picked in between Chris Webber and Penny Hardaway during the 93 draft. Now, I don’t mind those videos dominating the video results but I do mind hearing people that never watched him play in the 90’s saying he was a “horrible player’ or just some useless big man – which could be said about a long list of big men in the past 14 years that were lottery picks and sometimes #1 picks.
On this day in history, April 7th of 1998, Bradley had a monster game – 22 points 22 rebounds & 13 blocks – against the big Portland lineup of Rasheed, Cato and Jermaine O’Neal. It was only the 5th time in history that a player recorded a 20/20/10 game and the first time ever done by a player off the bench. Now, I’m not trying to make it sound like games like this was a common occurrence but he did average 11/8/3 that season with a couple standout games like these.
- 26pts 12rebs 7blks
- 21pts 17rebs 4blks
- 23pts 4rebs 8blks
And for the previous 7 seasons, he averaged close to a double double with 3 blocks – not many centers in the past decade can say that and some have even made the All-Star team.
Bottom line, I’m just trying to say, yes Shawn Bradley was goofy looking and yes he got dunked on a lot and yes he got punched a lot but he was a legit player for over a decade and that’s something most NBA players can’t say.
Now let’s watch Eddie Jones dunk on Bradley twice in the same game.