Wednesday , Mar , 26 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Golden State Reunion Over, Does Chris Webber Belong In Hall of Fame?

So the circle is complete. Webber, following his infamous timeout in the NCAA Final with Michigan, began his professional career in Golden State. He’ll apparently finish there, too. Of course, now is the perfect time to debate the All-Star’s legacy and decide if he belongs in the Hall of Fame. As always, read the post, form an opinion, and get at us in the comment box with your thoughts …

Golden State Reunion Over, Does Chris Webber Belong In Hall of Fame?The AM Take: The C-Webb-Nellie reunion is over. Today, two months after burying his past with Coach Don Nelson and returning to the Warriors, Chris Webber will retire from the NBA because of knee troubles.

So the circle is complete. Webber, following his infamous timeout in the NCAA Final with Michigan, began his professional career in Golden State. He’ll apparently finish there, too.

Of course, now is the perfect time to debate the All-Star’s legacy and decide if he belongs in the Hall of Fame. As always, read the post, form an opinion, and get at us in the comment box with your thoughts.

Yes, Webber Belongs in the Hall of Fame …

  • He has the numbers. Webber is one of six players to average 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists over his career. The others are Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunninghan, and Kevin Garnett. 
  • Webber could be the best passing four-man ever. In Sacramento, he’d operate the high-post and, like a giant Steve Nash, hit guards Mike Bibby or Bobby Jackson on a backdoor cut.
  • His star power impacted every team he played on. With Webber, Washington actually qualified for the playoffs, while the forward turned the lowly Sacramento Kings into Left Coast contenders. 

No, Webber Doesn’t Belong in the Hall of Fame …

  • Sure, his numbers are excellent. But Webber never fully developed his physical gifts to reach his potential. He was often out-of-shape or engaged in off-court drama.

  • Webber was supposed to be The Franchise in Sacramento. But during the playoffs, he often underachieved and others had to pick up the slack. 
  • Webber’s celebrity caused problems. He was suspended more than once for smoking marijuana and, early in his career, got caught up living the NBA life. 

Our call: Webber doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame.

Why: Kings’owner Joe Maloof perfectly described Webber’s career:”We had a lot of fun together. He was the face of our franchise for many years and we almost got it done. Almost.”

Great players shouldn’t be remembered by the ”almost” tag. So Webber  doesn’t quite make the Hall of Fame.

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