I laughed a little bit, stopped, and then laughed some more on the fact that any person who understood basketball would find Patrick Ewing an overrated player. Yes, in college he was the best center of his time and in the league players like Hakeem and Shaq stripped him of that title, while Jordan stripped him of a championship. However, how can a player that MADE a franchise and put up brilliant stats his whole career be viewed as an overrated player?
According to Colin these facts are of an overrated player:
- Rookie of the Year (1986)
- All-NBA First Team (1990)
- All-NBA Second Team (1988, '89, '91, '92, '93, '97)
- NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, '89, '92)
- 11-time All-Star; One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)
- 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, '92)
- NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1984)
- 1985 College Player of the Year
- Number 33 Retired for the New York Knicks
- 2008 hall of fame
- In 1999, Ewing became the 10th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.
- In 1993 he led the NBA with 789 defensive rebounds. He was top ten in field goal percentage 8 times, top ten in rebounds per game as well as total rebounds 8 times, top ten in points, as well as points per game 8 times, and top ten in blocks per game for 13 years.
These are tremendous highlights of an amazing career.
I understand centers like Shaq and Robinson have better stats and rings, but that doesn't make the 2nd best shooting center of all time's career unworthy of the recognition he has received.
I would love to get comments on this topic because I think (not because I'm a NY fan) a player like Patrick Ewing is an NBA great and shold not be touched.