Robert Horry: The Infamous, Average NBA Player

Chris BallayCorrespondent IMay 13, 2008

The NBA Playoffs are here yet again, and much like every other year, the constant suckling of Robert Horry carries on. The life or death stories of Horry's incredible postseason shots are once again told to large audiences. People gasp at the man who now has seven NBA titles.

But it's all overhyped. It's all blown out of proportion because when you really look at Robert Horry's career, you see Big Shot Rob was nothing more than an average player on some very good teams. In my mind, I see him as a leech.

In 16 seasons, Horry's career numbers are about 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game Of course, we have to add in his staggering playoff numbers, where Horry has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds.

Horry has been an incredible clutch shooter in playoff time, but let's stop putting him in the same paragraph as playoff legends Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Jerry West. Horry's name should probably be mentioned alongside someone such as Bill Laimbeer.

If that.

Simply put, Horry made a living by jumping on teams on the rise. He was drafted by the Houston Rockets, where he stayed for four seasons. It was there Horry was his most dominant (10.6 points, 5.5 rebounds in the regular season; 12 points and 6.3 rebounds in the postseason).

Horry won two titles with Hakeem and Co. Following a brief stop in Phoenix, Horry latched on with the Lakers, where he helped win three titles. Horry then jumped ship and landed in San Antonio where he has already won two titles.

After leaving Houston, Horry made a smaller impact on games. From the 1996-97 season to the present day, Horry's stats are around 6 points and 5 rebounds per game, with a slight increase at playoff time.

What is Horry's next move? In a couple of years, Boston may be his next stop to win two titles and further embellish his career. Again, his name will be thrown around with legends such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Horry will be remembered for his countless big shots—but remember, Big Shot Rob was never the focal point on any of his championship teams. He was never the dominant player.

The media loves embracing the fact that there is a player who has seven rings. Robert Horry is nothing more than the most infamous, average ballplayer we have ever seen.