Sunday , Aug , 31 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Greatest big-man poster-job victim: Theo Ratliff, Alonzo Mourning, Bryant Reeves, Greg Ostertag, or Shawn Bradley?

You asked for it. We gave it you. And we aren’t done yet. Three editions of best-big man dunker weren’t enough, so we decided to flip-the-script and give you the top five big-man poster-job victims (thanks to reader Twata for the idea). Just so you know, victims are defenders who always get dunked on. They’re in what seems like every poster job, looking up at the offensive player ram the ball through the rim …

Greatest big-man poster-job victim: Theo Ratliff, Alonzo Mourning, Bryant Reeves, Greg Ostertag, or Shawn Bradley?Every Monday, HoopsVibe The Blog will drop a basketball related list for readers to debate. We call it Listed … 

You asked for it. We gave it you. And we aren’t done yet. Three editions of best big-man dunker weren’t enough, so we decided to flip-the-script and give you the top five big-man poster-job victims (thanks to reader Twata for the idea).

Just so you know, victims are defenders who always get dunked on. They’re in what seems like every highlight package, looking at the offensive player ram the ball through the rim.

One quick note: The HoopsVibe judges decided against eliminating elite defensive players, who get dunked on as a bi-product of logging heavy minutes and guarding top offensive posts. Nobody is exempt from Listed. Nobody. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Hall-of-Fame stopper or the league’s dunking/punching bag.  

So, without further adieu, HoopsVibe The Blog presents the first edition of Listed celebrating ‘The Victim’ …    

Honourable Mention:

Alton Lister: This kicked off the ‘Reign Man’ craze in Seattle.

Dikembe Mutombo: A finger-wag can backfire. Watch.

Ben Wallace: The former defensive player of the year has gotten regularly served.

#5) Theo Ratliff.

Reason for being here: The veteran post is long and lanky, so he often gets caught in vulnerable positions. See below …

#4) Alonzo Mourning.

Reason for being here: ‘Zo’ may be a proud warrior, but his shorter frame and enthusiasm for challenging shots led to prime poster-jobs.   

#3) Bryant ‘Big Country’ Reeves.

Reason for being here: Too many all-you-can-eat-buffets. Oh sorry, that’s why Reeves is out the league. My mistake. There is less video evidence of ‘Big Country’. But Vancouver’s face of the franchise (years later that still hurts) always accepted his fate as ‘The Victim’.  

#2) Greg Ostertag on behalf of Vlade Divac, Scott Pollard, Arvydas Sabonis, Will Purdue, and every other big man Shaq played against during his peak with the Lakers. 

Reason for being here: Ostertag took the worst of O’Neal’s dunks. Other players regularly victimized him, too.

#1) Shawn Bradley.

Reason for being here: Self-explanatory. 

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