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Undersized, slow or just not talented enough these NBA legends would probably struggle in the modern NBA. Criteria are a mixture of impact in playing day, projected impact and likelihood to still make the hall of fame.
Chamberlin put up monster stats in the 50’s and 60’s , an era when the NBA talent pool was watered down with many people who would never make the league today. It’s hard to argue he would make the same impact.
Not an elite scorer, not terribly athletic and his assist numbers aren’t eye popping. He is another beneficiary of a weak NBA talent pool of the 50’s and 60’s
An undersized center who wasn’t an elite scorer. Pettit would have struggled against modern NBA bigs who are much longer and more athletic.
The rebounding would translate but probably to a lesser extent. We see Andre Drummond in the modern NBA.
An undersized small forward with subpar athleticism, another easy choice.
Another undersized small forward, Hagan has a resume that makes me question why he is even in the hall of fame.
Average athlete, not a high level playmaker, another modest resume that probably doesn’t make the hall of fame today.
The beginning and end of his career are nothing special. He was a star in the middle , but hard to see an undersized wing with questionable athleticism succeeding in the modern nba.
An undersized combo forward with subpar athleticism. Howell is yet another hall of famer who benefitted greatly from playing in the 1960’s
Another undersized combo forward who starred for Philadelphia in the 1970’s.
We feel most of this list would not even make an NBA roster today. Chamberlin and Russell would still be NBA players today, but probably much closer to average. Do you agree or disagree tell us here at 420 Sports in the comments.
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