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Old 02-10-2013, 09:46 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:13 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:41 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:44 AM   #24 (permalink)
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how is Hasheem Thabeet a 'top talent'?
He was picked 2nd overall. Is he looking like a 2nd overall pick? lol
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:44 AM   #25 (permalink)
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McGrady maximized his talents, he just wasn't a clutch player. Guy was like LeBron for a few seasons and injuries slowly sapped his ability.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:06 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Seriously, this whole "fulfilling potential" thing is really ridiculous.
First the media and the fans create abnormal expectations and then when the players can't fulfill them it's their fault??? They don't want to be high draftpicks or be called franchise saviors... Don't hate the players, hate the game.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:16 PM   #27 (permalink)
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In no particular order:

1. Tracy McGrady

2. Vince Carter

3. Andrea Bargnani

4. Brandon Roy

5. Greg Oden

6. Steve Francis

7. Gilbert Arenas

8. Hasheem Thabeet

9. Stephon Marbury

10. Kwame Brown

11. Eddy Curry

12. Michael Beasley

13. Yao Ming
Out of this list Ill say: Ming, Carter, Mcgrady and Arenas were at an all time high at one point until injuries started to kick in Leg, Knee, back/knee and knee/guns began to kick in. Ill say that Carter out of the bunch was the best imo

Players who had huge hype out of college/hs but never panned out: Ed Curry, Beasley, Thabeet

Guys who were on the rise but just got injured: Roy and Oden; knee and knee injuries

Then theres guys like Francis and Marbury who could dominate a game but just became head cases

Ill also add Jay Williams onto the list as he is the 1st person who comes to mind. He was looking like the next big PG until his motorcycle accident after his rookie season. I also think that Kenyon Martin has the tools as well to be a really good player but knee injuries prevented him from getting to the next level. He was quite a beast on the boards and was really athletic
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DaJuan Wagner would be on my list. A ton of hype coming out of high school, did well at Memphis and bombed for the Cavs.

Chris Porter is another one who comes to mind. Huge prospect in college and yeah, he was undersized but never amounted to anything in the pro game.

Marcus Fizer. I remember thinking the Bulls got a great pick in drafting him. Nothing.

I guess other guys I would list would maybe be: Michael Dickerson (injuries really derailed him), Shareef-abudr Rahim (my opinion switches on him a lot). Those Grizzlies teams were built on guys with a lot of potential that just never put it together. If they put it together, we'd still be watching basketball there.

Anyways, my list is mostly built on guys I remember being big time alleged talents in high school/college that I was excited to see in the NBA.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:42 PM   #29 (permalink)
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That was meant as a tongue in cheek example detailing Shaq's priorities. If he worked on his free throws and dedicated himself in other facets, like rebounding, he could have been even more dominant.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:02 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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McGrady maximized his talents, he just wasn't a clutch player. Guy was like LeBron for a few seasons and injuries slowly sapped his ability.
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Christian Laettner - Beast in college, makes 1992 "dream team" Olympic team as only college player. Drafted 3rd behind Shaq and Alonzo. Never lived up to the hype he had out of college.

Jay Williams - motorcycle accident

Kenyon Martin - I have friends who will never forget how good he was his Senior year at Cincinnati and said if he didn't get injured, it would have been different tourney. #1 overall pick after that.

Antonio McDyess - He was on his way to a very good career until his injury. After his injury, it was all downhill for him.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:19 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Seriously, this whole "fulfilling potential" thing is really ridiculous.
First the media and the fans create abnormal expectations and then when the players can't fulfill them it's their fault??? They don't want to be high draftpicks or be called franchise saviors... Don't hate the players, hate the game.
agree with 100%. the only players who meet their expectations are the players who didn't have any.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Just a few more names to the list.

Of current players, Andray Blatche had insane talent. At the very least to be a Greg Monroe type of offensive player / rebounder. He should've been an All Star multiple times.
He's become a good backup now but that's a ton of wasted talent.

Sabonis? He was one of the most physically impressive centers i've ever seen. If not injuries, i'm confident he'd be mentioned in the same line as Hakeem, Kareem, Wilt, Shaq and Russell.

Ralph Sampson. "Player of the century." Kind of a taller Anthony Davis, though he was a bit too fancy on the perimeter. Definitely an MVP type talent. Sampson, Sabonis and Hakeem should've been the best 7 footers of mid 80s - mid 90s. But only Hakeem stayed healthy.

Len Bias. The original T-Mac.

Grant Hill. He reached his potential but his career was cut short.

Bill Walton. He's still a hall of famer. But 70s - mid 80s should've been known as the decade of Kareem-Walton rivalry. But Walton was too fragile.

I don't know who left the most talent on the table. Maybe Ralph Sampson.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:43 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Saw the Drazen Petrovic ESPN 303/30 film today. Yes, I was balling! So sad to see so much fight in a person and have it cut down by a stupid car accident. He was just on the verge of becoming one of the greats.

Put him on the list. Unfortunately.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:52 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Saw the Drazen Petrovic ESPN 303/30 film today. Yes, I was balling! So sad to see so much fight in a person and have it cut down by a stupid car accident. He was just on the verge of becoming one of the greats.

Put him on the list. Unfortunately.
I think right after the 'Benji' 30 for 30 film, the Drazen one was the second best one I've seen. Those 30 for 30 shows are really entertaining and informative to watch.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:19 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Grant Hill aswell. He was crazy!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:33 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Roy Tarpley, Keon Clark, Jayson Williams, Michael Olowokandi and at Number 1 - Ben Wilson from Chicago. Sad story.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:46 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Oh Snap... add John Lucas II.
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I remember watching the Len Bias documentary. Guy was supposed to be the next great Celtic. Sad.
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