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Here is my list of the greatest players who never got the chance to really shine and show what they could do because of obstacles in life whatever they may be. Some still played in the NBA but nowhere even close to the level they could have been:

PG Micheal(Sugar Ray) Richardson
SG Lloyd "Swee Pea" Daniels
SF Earl "the goat" Manigault
PF Len Bias
C Joe "the destroyer" Hammond
 

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Originally posted by Fordy74
SF Earl "the goat" Manigault
He would've been a great player. One of the most talented players ever, IMO......
 

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Who was the PG for the Kings in the early 90's,who got into the car accident,he would have been AWESOME?!?!
the name that hit me right away was Bobby Hurley.

Drazen Petrovic could've been top 5 in the league if he didn't die.
 

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When Petrovic died it ruined Colemans career. He was never the same after that. He was on his way to a nice career with him and Petro. But Petro died and he was never the same:no:
 

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Robert "Tractor" Traylor. He dominated in college, incredible footwork and hands for a man his size. Unfortunatlly he is now just a fat lazy nothing on the the end of New Orleans bench.
 

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petro would have been awesome had he lived.

as for bobby hurley, he would have been really good too had he not gotten in that car accident. he suffered from so many injuries (including a collapsed lung) that he was lucky to survive the accident in the first place. his injuries caused him to retire early from the nba. it's really bad because he made his home town proud!
 

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ronnie fields:confused:
 

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I agree Ronnie Fields would've been great if not for the accident. He had great leaping ability. He entered a dunk contest with Vince Carter once and Carter backed out. Also Billy Owens should be added to the list.
 

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Originally posted by Fordy74
Here is my list of the greatest players who never got the chance to really shine and show what they could do because of obstacles in life whatever they may be. Some still played in the NBA but nowhere even close to the level they could have been:

PG Micheal(Sugar Ray) Richardson
SG Lloyd "Swee Pea" Daniels
SF Earl "the goat" Manigault
PF Len Bias
C Joe "the destroyer" Hammond
What about that big 6-10 who played for Dallas? His name slips my mind now.
 

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Ok which one of those 5 is Billy Owens and Fields better than?:confused:
 

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Hank Gathers really could have been a great player. Also my #1 choice would have been Earl Manigault. I believe it was Kareem that said he was the most talented guy he played against. That was before MJ really got good but Earl was only like 6'2 and had huge hops. Sad to see what a poor team attitude and drugs can do to a guy.
 

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The Goat could do a "double dunk". He had a 50 inch vertical and could jump up and dunk it, grab it before it hit the ground and dunk it again, while never touching the ground. It's sad that he did drugs:cry:
 

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I just have a question...where did you guys and girls get those South Park avatars?
 

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I'm tired of the goat

I've read so many posts lately about his double dunk. Guess what? You don't get four points for it, you'll get a delay of game technical foul. I never saw him play but I would be willing to bet that he's just a tad overrated by a few people here.

About the top 5, I can't really say who the five biggest wastes of talent are of all time, but Jaron Rush needs to be an honorable mention. He was a top 5 highschool player, and he has amazing athleticism, but he decided alcohol was more fun than basketball, and now he struggles to make USBL teams. At the very least he could've been the next Harold Minor, but he could've been a lot more too.
 
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