While looking back at all the great centers in NBA history, the usual names come up.
There’s Patrick Ewing, the great Georgetown alum and New York Knick, who is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Hall of Fame.
There’s Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon. The Dream is the only player in NBA history to win the MVP, Defensive Player of the Year award, and Finals MVP in the same season and he is a two-time NBA champion.
San Antonio Spurs fans know all about David Robinson. “The Admiral” revitalized basketball in San Antonio nearly single-handedly on his way to two Olympic gold medals, two NBA championships along side Tim Duncan, and an NBA MVP award.
Going back farther, there are NBA legends Bill Russell (11 time NBA champion), Wilt Chamberlain (100 points in one game), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six time NBA MVP).
More recently, current TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal will be a unanimous selection when he is eligible in 2017 after winning four championships and 14 All-NBA team selections.
Then there’s Steven Adams?
According to Oklahoma City backup point guard Reggie Jackson, he believes the rookie center is a “future Hall-of-Famer.”
Reggie Jackson called Steven Adams a “potential Hall of Famer”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 16, 2014
Bruh. Pump the brakes.
You make about as much sense as Mr. World Peace.
Adams averaged 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds a game this season. Out all the names listed above, Bill Russell averaged the lowest points per game at 13.9, but even he averaged 24.4 rebounds per game.
Even perennial All-Star Dwight Howard averaged 12 points and ten boards a game as a 19-year old rookie. Howard, while an All-Star every year, is in no way, shape, or form a lock for the Hall of Fame.
Using Reggie Jackson’s logic, Tiago Splitter is a likely Hall-of-Famer as well. Splitter averaged 4.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Adams could be a good player. Players can develop nicely and turn into quality players.
But in this case, just slow your roll a little bit, Mr. Jackson.