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McHale was a technician on the low block.
Kevin McHale's numbers do not jump out at you at first glance. Career averages of 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while solid, are not eye-popping. His play, however, was much greater than his numbers.
A member of perhaps the greatest front line in NBA history, McHale was flanked by fellow greats Larry Bird and Robert Parish for much of his career. His greatness was obvious, however. Possessing as polished a post game as the NBA has ever seen, Kevin dazzled defenders with an array up-and-under moves, drop steps and jump hooks. Watching McHale was like watching a clinic on how to score on the low block.
Limited in shooting opportunities due to playing with Bird and Parish, McHale made the most of opportunities shooting .554 from the floor for his career. Twice he shot over 60 percent from the floor in the '87 and '88 seasons. He was also efficient from the charity stripe, converting at an 80 percent clip.
McHale was an opportunist, adapting to any role he was given. He was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in both the '84 and the '85 seasons. Defensively, McHale was equally great, earning a spot on the All-Defensive first or second team seven times.
McHale's truly defining accomplishments are the three NBA championships he earned as a member of the Boston Celtics. Kevin's career numbers are actually better in the postseason—evidence that he was a true champion.