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In his look-ahead following last year’s induction, our very own Charles Bennett had this to say about Moncrief:
He is one of only a very few players to be All-NBA five times, including an All-NBA First Team selection in 1983, and not be enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame. He finished in the top eight in MVP voting each of those years, which is good enough for .695 career award shares...more than anyone else who isn't in Hall of Fame.
Moncrief also won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was selected to the All-Defensive team four times. Furthermore, he's one of the 30 most efficient in win shares per 48 minutes.
That’s, uh, impressive. As is the fact that, of all the 2014 candidates with at least 50 career win shares, Moncrief touts the highest career win shares per 48 minutes (.187).
It just might not be quite enough.
The numbers don’t exactly jump off the page, but Moncrief’s statistical accomplishments—particularly at an undersized 6’3”—are no less impressive: 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals on 50 percent shooting.
Moncrief will eventually find his way onto the list of finalists, but it might take some time for the full scope of his impact to register.