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H.O.F. Watch – Shawn Kemp

By 12.31.07

When we started this Hall of Fame Watch series, the idea was to look at active NBA stars and see who had the necessary H.O.F. credentials. Naturally, though, the list of active players with arguable resumes couldn’t go on forever. So now we’re going in another direction: looking at the retired players who either haven’t been voted in or aren’t yet eligible for induction. Today’s candidate: Shawn Kemp.

SHAWN KEMP (14 yrs., Sonics/Cavs/Blazers/Magic)
14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game

Why: Anyone who got to watch Kemp during his run with the Sonics knows that from a sheer talent standpoint, he was one of the greatest power forwards ever to play the game. “The Reign Man” could handle the ball, pass, rebound, block shots, knock down mid-range jumpers and score inside — not to mention he is the best big-man dunker of all-time and his career highlight reel ranks right up there with Vince and MJ in terms of entertainment value. For the bulk of his career, Kemp’s production backed up the hype. He made six NBA All-Star teams and has three All-NBA second team selections. In his best year as a pro, ’95-96, he averaged 19.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while leading the Sonics to the NBA Finals, where they lost to MJ’s Bulls.

Why not: As far as rapid declines go, Kemp is similar to Steve Francis — it seems he went from All-Star to barely hanging on in the League in the blink of an eye. It wasn’t long before Kemp went from averaging 20 and 9 with Cleveland to battling weight gain and substance abuse problems, playing 15 minutes a night in Portland and then being a role player in Orlando. Between the way Kemp fell off and his recent failed comeback attempts, he is seen — despite having an overall prosperous career — as a poster child for unfulfilled potential and wasted talent.

Our call: OUT

The H.O.F. Watch archive
12/28 – Tim Hardaway
12/17 – Dennis Rodman
12/10 – Mitch Richmond
12/7 – Rasheed Wallace
12/6 – Michael Redd
12/5 – “Too Early”
12/3 – Bruce Bowen
11/30 – Dikembe Mutombo
11/29 – Ron Artest
11/28 – Pau Gasol
11/27 – Kevin Garnett
11/26 – Manu Ginobili
11/21 – Amare Stoudemire
11/20 – Rip Hamilton
11/19 – Baron Davis
11/16 – Shaquille O’Neal
11/15 – Steve Francis
11/14 – Ben Wallace
11/13 – Sam Cassell
11/12 – LeBron James
11/9 – Tim Duncan
11/8 – Steve Nash
11/7 – Yao Ming
11/6 – Gilbert Arenas
11/5 – Robert Horry
11/2 – Kobe Bryant
11/1 – Grant Hill
10/31 – Dirk Nowitzki
10/30 – Tony Parker
10/29 – Elton Brand
10/26 – Carmelo Anthony
10/25 – Vince Carter
10/24 – Penny Hardaway
10/23 – Alonzo Mourning
10/22 – Allen Iverson
10/19 – Dwyane Wade
10/18 – Chauncey Billups
10/17 – Stephon Marbury
10/16 – Jason Kidd
10/15 – Shawn Marion
10/12 – Ray Allen
10/11 – Chris Bosh
10/10 – Chris Webber
10/9 – Paul Pierce
10/5 – Jermaine O’Neal
10/4 – Gary Payton
10/3 – Tracy McGrady


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