Chris Webber - Hall of Famer?
For many fans, the first images of Chris Webber are of a young, raw manchild wearing the maize and blue of the Michigan Wolverines, dominating the college scene with the Fab Five. Webber’s most memorable moment in college was the infamous no timeout, timeout play against North Carolina in the Final Four.
We of course would later see Webber get drafted after only two years in the college game to the Orlando Magic, then swapped for Penny Hardaway on a draft night deal to Golden State. Webber’s career looked like a sure fire hall of famer to begin. He led the Warriors to the playoffs in his 1 season with them, averaging 17 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Chris would get sent to the Washington Bullets and had a productive career in Washington, though never living up to the potential many had put on his career early on. 5 NBA All Star appearances and a 5 Time All NBA performer, Webber made his biggest impact on the pro game in Sacramento, where for the early part of this decade, he teamed up with Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic, and came within an eyelash of the NBA Finals, only to lose to the hated Lakers.
Life after Sacramento wasn’t good for Chris. He was traded to Philly on the downswing of his career, where the Webber and Iverson connection just didn’t deliever the results management was looking for. Webber would later get bought out of the remaining 25 million dollars of his contract there. His later stints with Detroit, and then finishing up his career with Golden State were non-productive, and he was a shell of his former self. Looking back at his career, I cant help but respect the numbers Chris put up. A career 20 and 10 guy(20 points/10 rebounds). Though he never won a title or made it to the championship round, Webber was, at times, one of the 1 or 2 best players at his poistion in the league.
My belief is that when you look at the total body of work, Chris is not a hall of famer. Though numbers are impressive, there seems to be something missing from his career resume that would put him in the elite company of all time great power forwards. He is a cut below the Karl Malsone, Charles Barkley, Tim Duncan and even Kevin Garnetts.