H.O.F. Watch – Rasheed Wallace

12.07.07 10 years ago 44 Comments

Every day we’re taking one active NBA star with at least arguable Hall of Fame credentials and breaking down his chances of getting into the Springfield, Mass., hoops mecca. We’re looking at not just past accomplishments, but also how a player’s career realistically projects for the future. For a full explanation of the process, click here. Today’s candidate: Rasheed Wallace.

RASHEED WALLACE (13th year, Pistons/Hawks/Blazers/Bullets)
15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals per game

Why: One of the more versatile and efficiently effective forwards on his era, ‘Sheed is a standout defender and inside-outside scoring threat on offense; he could be grouped with Kevin Garnett, Chris Webber and Dirk Nowitzki as a player who helped change the perception of the power forward position. The three-time NBA All-Star was an invaluable part of the ’04 championship Pistons, and has helped make them the defining Eastern Conference team of this decade. Similar to Garnett, Rasheed’s fans love him for his passion and leadership, even if his detractors can’t stand his apparently abrasive attitude and moodiness. A national high school Player of the Year at Simon Gratz H.S. in Philly, Rasheed’s college career was short but highly decorated — he is the ACC’s all-time leader in field-goal percentage and helped lead North Carolina to the Final Four as a sophomore.

Why not: Rasheed’s on-court (and loading dock) temper tantrums and controversial comments in the media (most recently comparing the NBA to pro wrestling) have always gotten more attention than his game. While his individual abilities are respected throughout the League, he doesn’t have much hardware to show for it; zero All-Defensive Team selections and not even an All-NBA third team nod. Before coming to the Pistons, ‘Sheed made a couple of deep playoff runs in Portland, playing in two Western Conference Finals, but rarely in his career has he been the best or second-best player on a legit contender. Some have argued that he’s been the best player on the 2000s-era Pistons, but many would also say the same about Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace. And due to the fact that Rasheed typically plays on teams balanced in talent, his numbers have always been solid but not spectacular; he’s never finished in the NBA’s top 10 in any major statistical category.

Our call: OUT

The H.O.F. Watch archive
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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