In honor of the NBA lockout, I’ve been pondering players whose careers were cut short or derailed due to injury. As is common in the NBA, the majority of these players had/have injuries to various regions of the leg and a few to the back and shoulders. (I’ll stop short of the lack of heart for Vince Carter. That joke’s been made too many times.)
To keep it current, I only selected players from the last 25 years. My judgment is skewed for players who were really great early in their careers and for early career injuries. I’ve assembled them into the same format the league does for its All-NBA team: first, second and third teams with two guards, two forwards and a center on each. Here are the 15 players.
Enjoy, and I’d love to hear of any players I may have overlooked.