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JasonJohnHorn
06-17-2012, 05:19 PM
I know that technically he is already in the HOF because the Dream Team is in the HOF, but does anybody think that he will get into the HOF based on his individual performance? I realize that his NBA career was average at best, but he is one of very few players to have won an NCAA title, an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal, and on top of all that he had was on the best collegiate careers of all time, with back-to-back NCAA titles. There are other players who have had average NBA careers but have made the HOF based on their collegiate careers, David Thompson comes to mind, though it could certainly be argued that he had a better NBA career than Laettner.

So what do you guys think? Is a collegiate career as impressive as Laettner, coupled with his international play on the dream team, and the fact that he is one of very few players to have won at every level enough to get Laettner into the HOF?

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-17-2012, 05:22 PM
Well, the 92 dream team already got inducted 2 yrs ago, and he happened to be on the team, so he got lucky.


But individually, even with his Duke days, I say no.

ThunderousDemon
06-17-2012, 05:25 PM
Who?

davids22
06-17-2012, 05:25 PM
The NBA HOF is the players who had stellar NBA careers. Christian Laettner did not. He was an absolute stud in college, but the college game and pro game are vastly different. Your college credentials to not carry over into NBA HOF consideration. Laettner was a journeyman in the NBA and in his best season was an All-Star reserve.

EDIT: I'm sorry I did not know there was one HOF that combined HS, college, and NBA basketball all together. In that sense, Christian Laettner is definitely a HOF'er, but only for college, not the NBA.

ThunderousDemon
06-17-2012, 05:27 PM
The NBA HOF is the players who had stellar NBA careers. Christian Laettner did not. He was an absolute stud in college, but the college game and pro game are vastly different. Your college credentials to not carry over into NBA HOF consideration. Laettner was a journeyman in the NBA and in his best season was an All-Star reserve.

:D I like your sig

Rivera
06-17-2012, 05:28 PM
The NBA HOF is the players who had stellar NBA careers. Christian Laettner did not. He was an absolute stud in college, but the college game and pro game are vastly different. Your college credentials to not carry over into NBA HOF consideration. Laettner was a journeyman in the NBA and in his best season was an All-Star reserve.

To bad its not only the NBA hof and its the naismith memorial basketball hof

He may be inducted into the basketball HOF as a college player but to put him in the basketball hof because of his nba career (minus dream team) is an insult to most NBA players who played in the league

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-17-2012, 05:29 PM
The NBA HOF is the players who had stellar NBA careers. Christian Laettner did not. He was an absolute stud in college, but the college game and pro game are vastly different. Your college credentials to not carry over into NBA HOF consideration. Laettner was a journeyman in the NBA and in his best season was an All-Star reserve.

Best sig ever, so true! :laugh:

davids22
06-17-2012, 05:32 PM
To bad its not only the NBA hof and its the naismith memorial basketball hof

He may be inducted into the basketball HOF as a college player but to put him in the basketball hof because of his nba career (minus dream team) is an insult to most NBA players who played in the league

Oh, sorry. Didn't know there was only one joint HOF for basketball. In that case, yes he's a lock HOF'er for college, but in no way should it be for the NBA.

JasonJohnHorn
06-17-2012, 05:35 PM
The NBA HOF is the players who had stellar NBA careers. Christian Laettner did not. He was an absolute stud in college, but the college game and pro game are vastly different. Your college credentials to not carry over into NBA HOF consideration. Laettner was a journeyman in the NBA and in his best season was an All-Star reserve.

There's isn't an "NBA HOF". It's the naithsmith HOF, and it includes international, NBA and collegiate players. Keep in mind, there are officials who've only officiated in teh NCAA in the HOF and coaches who have only coached high school in the HOF. The scope of the Naismith HOF is MUCH broader than the NBA.

davids22
06-17-2012, 05:36 PM
Best sig ever, so true! :laugh:

Hahaha I had a good laugh when I saw it. Got it off the NBA subreddit on reddit.com (http://www.reddit.com/r/nba). It's from an old episode of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" where Colton is jealous of Will being the star on the team, so he steals the last shot from him and chucks it up.

rocket
06-17-2012, 05:38 PM
No

rocket
06-17-2012, 05:39 PM
Hahaha I had a good laugh when I saw it. Got it off the NBA subreddit on reddit.com (http://www.reddit.com/r/nba). It's from an old episode of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" where Colton is jealous of Will being the star on the team, so he steals the last shot from him and chucks it up.

Carlton*

MCSJR2
06-17-2012, 05:39 PM
I know that technically he is already in the HOF because the Dream Team is in the HOF, but does anybody think that he will get into the HOF based on his individual performance? I realize that his NBA career was average at best, but he is one of very few players to have won an NCAA title, an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal, and on top of all that he had was on the best collegiate careers of all time, with back-to-back NCAA titles. There are other players who have had average NBA careers but have made the HOF based on their collegiate careers, David Thompson comes to mind, though it could certainly be argued that he had a better NBA career than Laettner.

So what do you guys think? Is a collegiate career as impressive as Laettner, coupled with his international play on the dream team, and the fact that he is one of very few players to have won at every level enough to get Laettner into the HOF?

no

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-17-2012, 05:39 PM
Hahaha I had a good laugh when I saw it. Got it off the NBA subreddit on reddit.com (http://www.reddit.com/r/nba). It's from an old episode of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" where Colton is jealous of Will being the star on the team, so he steals the last shot from him and chucks it up.

Yeah I know. And it's fitting that WestBrook is short like Carlton and KD is tall like Will Smith. :laugh2:

Lakeshow24KB
06-17-2012, 05:55 PM
Sure why not

JordansBulls
06-17-2012, 06:06 PM
Hell no. To me you need to be an allstar several times in the NBA to get in no matter what you did in College or overseas.