The eyes of a scoring champion
I don’t now how you were introduced to the game of basketball, but my knowledge was sparked by the names. Great players with charismatic-not-in-their-prime-but-still-had-the-games-magnificent. John Havilicek was one, Spencer Haywood was another, Bob Lanier, Bobby Dandridge, Elvin Hayes…I could go on and on. This is why I would never campaign for a player like Brett Favre to retire. When players leave the games they love with the current 24 hour news cycle, their legacies unfortunately vanish as well. How will the kids know their names as a result? As a Sixers fan, when I saw Bob McAdoo stroll on the floor, I knew Philly was in trouble.
You could see his game was great!
He killed us. His length was a problem and he still had the ability to hang in the air and make his shot unstoppable. Every player has a signature move and Bob McAdoo’s was his ability to get his shot up no matter who was defending him at any time. He was the second player picked in the 1972 draft behind LaRue Martin. It was the same draft that saw Julius Erving go twelfth to Milwaukee. We all know how that turned out. Anyway, The Doo was a clutch perimeter scorer who averaged 22.1 points (shot 50% for his career) and 9.4 rebounds during his 14 NBA seasons. He also spent 6 seasons in Europe and was named one of the 50 most influential personalities in European Club Basketball over the last half century. McAdoo was one of just 35 players to receive that honor. He is the last NBA player to average 30 points and 15 rebounds in a season and is one of 6 players to win three consecutive scoring titles. The five time All Star was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
How was he not picked as one of NBA’s Top 50 greatest players again?