I was watching game 1 of the '01 Sixers-Lakers finals yesterday (one of the best games of all-time), and a question hit me: Is Dikembe Mutombo (born: Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques wa Mutombo) worthy of being inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Ideally, the Hall should include players who were among the very best at a particular skill, and clearly Mutombo has to be numbered among the best shot-blockers in league history. Not only did he block shots, but the intimidation factor he projected was huge.
If Dennis Rodman should get serious consideration for the Hall, (and I think he should) then why not Mutombo?
* 4-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001
* 8-time NBA All-Star: 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002
* 3-time All-NBA:
* Second Team: 2001
* Third Team: 1998, 2002
* 6-time All-Defensive:
* First Team: 1997, 1998, 2001
* Second Team: 1995, 1999, 2002
* NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1992
* 2-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounding average: 2000 (14.1), 2001 (13.5)
* 4-time NBA regular-season leader, total rebounds: 1995 (1029), 1997 (929), 1999 (610), 2000 (1157)
* NBA regular-season leader, offensive rebounds: 2001 (307)
* 2-time NBA regular-season leader, defensive rebounds: 1999 (418), 2000 (853)
* 3-time NBA regular-season leader, blocking average: 1994 (4.1), 1995 (3.9), 1996 (4.5)
* 5-time NBA regular-season leader, total blocks: 1994 (336), 1995 (321), 1996 (332), 1997 (264), 1998 (277)
If he's a HOF'er then so is Rodman and Ben Wallace. And as much as every one seems to love wallace over the last few years, does some one who does 2 things well (rebound, play d) deserve in the Hall? Watching Deke the last two years playing for the Rockets made me like the guy even more, but really, he was only a defensive force for his career. His best year (his rookie year scoring) he was scoring a little under 17 a game. He's done great things as a person, and he's a great human being, but he's not a HOF'er
Besides, with that deep, raspy voice of his, no on ewould understand his induction speach.