Stop drinking the AD haterade
You cannot come up with one valid reason why Alex English deserves to be in the Basketball Hall of Fame more than Adrian Dantley. AD was at least the same caliber of NBA player and AD's collegiate and international career (Olympics) far oustrips what English did in college. The one thing English is known for (scoring) is something AD was more proficient in, to the point where AD had one of the 15 highest scoring averages in NBA history and English isn't in the top 30.
Originally Posted by BadBaronRudigor
That said, he deserves to be in the HOF more than Dominique Wilkens, Mark Aquirre, or Bernard King, less than Alex English or Larry Bird among his peers. He does not deserve to be in ahead of Artis Gilmore who was a much superior player; Artis deserves to be in the HOF ahead of Patrick Ewing for that matter. I have to assume Artis is being blackballed for some issure relating to the ABA since he is nowhere close to a marginal HOF candidate.
You're simply using personal bias, not fact, for your reasoning -- of course, Larry Bird (arguably the greatest forward in NBA history and one of the best forwards ever to play) is ranked ahead of AD, but the English one is hilarious. I'm not going to mention Dominique Wilkins, who was a better NBA player than English and (IMO) Dantley.
As for Artis Gilmore being a superior player to Dantley, that's debatable. If you factor in Gilmore's ABA stats but as an NBA player The A-Train was slightly better than Robert Parish. Maybe if Gilmore seemed more passionate about playing in the NBA (in that regard, he was the predecessor to Greg Oden) this may be a different conversation but I feel his approach to the game -- particularly in his Chicago days -- is what has caused people to forget him.
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Last edited by Najee; 04-08-2008 at 01:34 AM.