8. Shawn Bradley
Use the Next and Previous buttons to navigate between pages
Shawn Bradley is one of the tallest players in NBA history, standing at 7 ft 6 in tall. This automatically made him a shot-blocking presence at Brigham Young University and caught the eye of the Philadelphia 76ers. With all his talent, one thing Bradley had going against him was his slim build. The 76ers selected Bradley with the second pick, behind Chris Webber and ahead of Anfernee Penny Hardaway. Being sandwiched between two once-in-a-lifetime talents was a lot of pressure, and executives and fans expected a lot from Bradley.
For the 76ers credit, they tried to nurture Bradley by bringing in Hall of Fame big man Moses Malone to mentor him. Bradley had a long career that included being posterized by some of the best dunkers in the NBA. Give Bradley credit for jumping in dunker’s way and not being afraid of getting dunked on.