Chris Webber has been eligible for a hall of fame induction since 2012 but still has yet to receive the respect he deserves.
Throughout Webber’s 17 season career, he was nothing short of spectacular. Webber averaged 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks throughout his career, but it seems as if that’s been swept under the rug as now 9 years have gone by without Webber’s name called.
Names such as Ralph Sampson, Reggie Miller, Gary Payton, Alonzo Mourning, Spencer Haywood, Dikembe Mutombo, Grant Hill. and Vlade Divac have been chosen over Webber. Albeit these players are all very worthy of this great honor, Webber is just as deserving.
It all started In college for Chris Webber where he would form arguably the greatest college team of all-time at Michigan.
Chris Webber Alongside Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, and Ray Jackson, led by Steve Fisher, led the Michigan Wolverines to a 31-5 regular-season record. Although the Wolverines fell short in the college basketball final, they established themselves as without a doubt, one of the most dominant team’s college hoops had ever seen.
Despite the success at Michigan, after only his sophomore year, Chris Webber would enter the 1993 NBA draft.
Highly regarded as the best player in college basketball, Webber was selected by the Orlando Magic with the first pick in the 93’ draft. Webber would never play for the Magic but would instead be traded to the Golden State Warriors where he would play his rookie season. Chris would start in all 76 of his games played averaging 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks, taking home the Rookie of the year award.
Chris would eventually be shipped off to the Washington Bullets, where he would continue his outstanding play on both ends of the floor.
Despite his outstanding play for the Washington Bullets, he was shipped off to Sacramento, where he would be his 3rd team in only 6 seasons.
Despite Chris Webber now looking like somewhat of a “High-Class Journeyman”, he was still maintaining status as an all-star caliber player.
In his first season following a trade to the Sacramento Kings, Webber averaged 20.0 points, and 13.0 rebounds taking home the league’s rebounding title.
Webber continued his all-NBA play in Sacramento until he was 31 years old and would eventually make his farewell tour back in the bay, where it all started.
Albeit Webber only earned himself 5 all-star appearances, and never really accomplished any legitimate success in the playoffs, he did finish his career with some other extremely impressive accolades.
- 1998-99 Rebounding Champion
- 5X All-NBA | 5X All-Star
- 1993-94 All-Rookie first team
- 1993-94 Rookie of the year
Does Chris Webber deserve to be in the hall of fame? Without a doubt.
Chris Webber is undoubtedly one of the best two-way big men the game has ever seen. With that being said, Webber is arguably deserving of a first-ballot hall of fame induction. It’s getting quite ridiculous at this point, and something needs to be done.