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CHANGO
04-02-2016, 02:42 PM
Saw this question on Twitter and thought it was great for discussion sake here. :oldguy:

If you could go back in time and give one player a healthy career, who would you give it to?

I'm not old, so personally I would love to see a healthy Brandon Roy. Just remembering the 2011 playoffs where he willed the Blazers to a 2 point win against the Mavs after trailing in the 4th quarter by 20 or so points. Man, that was special.

How about y'all?

basketballkitty
04-02-2016, 02:47 PM
Danny Manning.

warfelg
04-02-2016, 02:52 PM
Sam Bowie.

WaDe03
04-02-2016, 02:58 PM
Wade

Vee-Rex
04-02-2016, 03:01 PM
Grant Hill

losgotdaprops
04-02-2016, 03:02 PM
Tmac

Shady66
04-02-2016, 03:08 PM
Grant hill

basketballkitty
04-02-2016, 03:10 PM
The best of the best...if he were never to get hurt...." Andrew Toney "...The Boston Strangler. :clap:

bulls_big fan09
04-02-2016, 03:16 PM
Chris Paul could have been the goat pg before the knee injuries slowed him down though still an amazing career.

Sabonis playing out a healthy career would have been special.

jerellh528
04-02-2016, 03:30 PM
TMAC!

Kobe also, hate seeing him go out like this.

D-Leethal
04-02-2016, 03:36 PM
Yao

Alayla
04-02-2016, 03:39 PM
Past = Grant Hill
Present = Brandon Roy (counting him because he would still be playing if healthy)
Future = Joel Embiid

JAZZNC
04-02-2016, 03:46 PM
Yao Ming, he was such a special type of big man.

Grant Hill as well.

ImBball14
04-02-2016, 03:48 PM
Len Bias

R. Johnson#3
04-02-2016, 03:48 PM
Grant Hill

If his career wasn't so injury plagued he'd be one of the best of his generation.

mngopher35
04-02-2016, 03:48 PM
I like Hill/Tmac of those listed.

I'd add Oden as one not mentioned yet, he looked to have great potential.

53 HOWARD
04-02-2016, 03:52 PM
Penny Hardaway

SolemnJudgement
04-02-2016, 04:09 PM
Yao and TMAC are the first to come to mind
honorable mention are roy, allen houston, and oden

Chronz
04-02-2016, 04:15 PM
Arvydas Sabonis

Tmac or any of his teammates. People underrate how hard of a career he's had, not only did he himself struggle with injuries but his 2 best teammates (Hill, Yao) were incredibly injury prone and people give him so much **** for over achieving

Ball_Out
04-02-2016, 04:27 PM
Grant Hill

ManningToTyree
04-02-2016, 04:43 PM
Penny Hardaway

basch152
04-02-2016, 05:31 PM
Grant hill and cwebb.

Both would have almost undoubtedly been top 3 all time at their positions.

Chronz
04-02-2016, 06:09 PM
Grant hill and cwebb.

Both would have almost undoubtedly been top 3 all time at their positions.

Not Even close

Chronz
04-02-2016, 06:10 PM
Let it be known. Grant Hill was never better than Tmac

Sportsguy9695
04-02-2016, 06:13 PM
id go with Yao ming. I really liked watching him

Raps18-19 Champ
04-02-2016, 06:19 PM
Bill Walton would have made it up the rankings. I would say Yao though is the guy I'd want to watch.

Chronz
04-02-2016, 06:39 PM
Do people not count vc because his injuries ate away at his mental approach?

Bostonjorge
04-02-2016, 06:40 PM
Jay Williams Bulls rookie PG and Dukes national champion PG.

cubyfan07
04-02-2016, 07:07 PM
I'm surprised Derrick Rose hasn't been mentioned.

ATX
04-02-2016, 07:25 PM
Yao Ming
Greg Oden
Larry Johnson
Jay Williams
Grant Hill
Tracy McGrady
Derrick Rose
Brandon Roy
Amare Stoudemire
Penny Hardaway
Bill Walton
TJ Ford
Jamal Mashburn
Chris Webber

Raidaz4Life
04-02-2016, 07:27 PM
Ralph Sampson

TheNumber37
04-02-2016, 08:15 PM
Tmac
Grant Hill
Len Bias
Yao
Penny Hardaway
Jason WIlliams
Allen Iverson (When I see Jason Terry out there, I think why not AI)

KnicksorBust
04-02-2016, 08:15 PM
Patrick Ewing

Kyben36
04-02-2016, 08:44 PM
D rose, HArd to see a guy go from mvp to nothing like he has.

yungincome
04-02-2016, 08:46 PM
Grant Hill
Penny
Yao
TMac

Supreme LA
04-02-2016, 09:38 PM
Yao Ming

Kush McDaniels
04-02-2016, 09:59 PM
Hill, Walton, Yao, Tmac, Penny, Bowie, Sampson, Rose, all seem to be common ones brought up.

Greg Oden would have been the best center in the league almost immediately. Poor guy.

valade16
04-02-2016, 10:23 PM
I'd say:

Bill Walton
Sam Bowie
Arvydas Sabonis
Brandon Roy
Greg Oden

Has NOTHING to do with the fact I'm a Blazers fan :)

TheMightyHumph
04-02-2016, 11:35 PM
Maurice Stokes

kobe4thewinbang
04-03-2016, 12:17 AM
Greg Oden. At least he got to play in the Finals.

naps
04-03-2016, 12:22 AM
Brandon Roy, by far. Loved watching this guy. Would have a special special career.

basketballkitty
04-03-2016, 12:29 AM
Would have been nice to see what " Jeff Ruland " might have done if completely healthy/

TDE
04-03-2016, 01:58 AM
Drazen Petrovic

FlashBolt
04-03-2016, 01:58 AM
Is Wade really a choice here? Don't get me wrong, he's definitely had some injuries but they were never that serious during his prime (except for that one season where he had to get surgery). He's had a great career but clearly father time and longevity caught up to him. He's 34 years old and played an incredibly dangerous style of basketball. "Fall down 7, get up 8." Don't think he's a legitimate option compared to guys like Yao, Oden, Bowie, Roy, Hill, and a few other guys.

TO Rapz
04-03-2016, 12:05 PM
Jorge Garbajosa.

TheMightyHumph
04-03-2016, 08:50 PM
Would have been nice to see what " Jeff Ruland " might have done if completely healthy/

Good choice. Walton and Reggie Lewis also.

Corey
04-03-2016, 09:40 PM
Brandon Roy was well on his way to being the best SG in the league

Colts_4_life
04-03-2016, 10:13 PM
Gilbert Arenas for sure. As a Wizards fan, watching him before the knee injuries was amazing. He was top 4, during the 06-07 year. His defense was horrible, but his offensive skills were deadly!

basketballkitty
04-03-2016, 10:28 PM
Gilbert Arenas for sure. As a Wizards fan, watching him before the knee injuries was amazing. He was top 4, during the 06-07 year. His defense was horrible, but his offensive skills were deadly!


He never would have been anything. He was nothing more then a Me-first " Chucker " Only cared for himself. And was a AZZ Clown and a thug off the court as well. Never took his conditioning seriously, which is why he never recovered from his injuries.

Pfeifer
04-03-2016, 11:57 PM
Petrovic would have been very good for a long time.

Colts_4_life
04-04-2016, 12:36 AM
He never would have been anything. He was nothing more then a Me-first " Chucker " Only cared for himself. And was a AZZ Clown and a thug off the court as well. Never took his conditioning seriously, which is why he never recovered from his injuries.

You're kidding right? He was something. I guess buzzer beaters, dropping 62 vs the Lakers is nothing....Yes he was a clown, but he was a gym rat....He worked his tail off. Yes he did, but he pulled an RG3 rushing back. A thug? smh

mrblisterdundee
04-04-2016, 01:07 AM
1. Brandon Roy
2. Greg Oden ...

Bostonjorge
04-04-2016, 02:23 AM
Oden and Embiid never showed anything. Bynum showed more post game as a forth option. I give them infinite hype and athletic ability. Bynum a bum still showed to be a more effective bum then both.

True Sports Fan
04-05-2016, 04:58 PM
Past = Grant Hill
Present = Brandon Roy (counting him because he would still be playing if healthy)
Future = Joel Embiid

That's a good list. maybe instead of hill, someone like C-Webb just because I'm a kings fan

shep33
04-05-2016, 07:32 PM
Oden and Embiid never showed anything. Bynum showed more post game as a forth option. I give them infinite hype and athletic ability. Bynum a bum still showed to be a more effective bum then both.

I disagree. Even after a devastating rookie injury, he played 61 games in 2009-2010, averaged 11 and 9 with over 2 blocks per game. Shot 60% from the field and 77% from the line. He only averaged 24mpg, and this was playing alongside LMA and Camby. Again, this was after his injury... PER 36 that year he averaged 17 and 13 with over 3 blocks. Dude was a monster even after his initial injury

Jabears85
04-05-2016, 08:04 PM
Whoever said Wade or Kobe can go **** themselves. Players are hall of fame players. Question should have been phrased or should have been ment to focus on someone whos career drastically changed because of it.

Obvious homer pick: Derrick Rose
Other Picks: Brandon Roy, TMac for sure. They were so good but just kept getting hurt

Curiosity: Blake Griffen. He's already and All star but I wonder how good he would have been had he never had micro-fracture surgery. If I remember correctly, it's the same surgery that basically ruined Amare Stoudemire's career.

Jabears85
04-05-2016, 08:06 PM
Brandon Roy was well on his way to being the best SG in the league

He was ready to challenge Kobe and approaching his territory, not saying he would have been as good or better than Kobe but you could have made a case for him.

Aust
04-06-2016, 02:03 AM
Roy or Oden. If both, imagine a Roy, Oden and LMA big 3....

After having injuries plague those two guys, the Blazers totally deserve getting a star in Lillard.

Dade County
04-06-2016, 11:00 AM
Whoever said Wade or Kobe can go **** themselves. Players are hall of fame players. Question should have been phrased or should have been ment to focus on someone whos career drastically changed because of it.

Obvious homer pick: Derrick Rose
Other Picks: Brandon Roy, TMac for sure. They were so good but just kept getting hurt

Curiosity: Blake Griffen. He's already and All star but I wonder how good he would have been had he never had micro-fracture surgery. If I remember correctly, it's the same surgery that basically ruined Amare Stoudemire's career.


:laugh2:

Wade didn't have a fully healthy career (but most players don't). Kobe on the other hand, didn't really start missing time until father time hit.

NYKalltheway
04-06-2016, 11:08 AM
Can't name one. My preference is Tmac though.

But here goes:
Bernard King
Tracy McGrady
Ming Yao
Sam Bowie
Grant Hill
Penny Hardaway
Greg Oden
Allan Houston :(
Bill Walton

and I think Brandon Roy and Derrick Rose would be top 5-10 players in today's game without their injuries.

NYKalltheway
04-06-2016, 11:10 AM
Petrovic would have been very good for a long time.

He had agreed to sign overseas a few days before his death, so I doubt he'd return to the NBA at age 30+. The NBA has seen all the Drazen it would have seen no matter what. European basketball on the other hand :(

Ty Fast
04-06-2016, 11:29 AM
Wade and Zo for Miami
Oden for the rest of the NBA

sovietsoldierz
04-06-2016, 11:45 AM
If a healthy mentality is part of a healthy career, then give me Vince Carter. That man could have been the GOAT if he gave his all every night. The man could do it all... shoot, drive and finish, defend, was clutch, and then some.

cgjhj
04-06-2016, 12:53 PM
Chris Paul could have been the goat pg before the knee injuries slowed him down though still an amazing career.http://financeseeyou.com/red/images/10.gifhttp://financeseeyou.com/red/images/7.gif
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YAALREADYKNO
04-06-2016, 01:36 PM
Grant hill, TMac, Derrick Rose, Brandon Roy, Chris Webber

Stunner
04-06-2016, 02:42 PM
Past : Grant Hill


Present : Derrick Rose


Future : Anthony Davis

LakersEaglesLA
04-06-2016, 06:51 PM
Magic Johnson

CluTcH_c1tY
04-07-2016, 01:00 PM
Ralph Sampson imagine this guy's potential without injuries derailing his career. He and Hakeem would of won at least 2 chips.

FlashBolt
04-07-2016, 01:08 PM
:laugh2:

Wade didn't have a fully healthy career (but most players don't). Kobe on the other hand, didn't really start missing time until father time hit.

Right, but we're not comparing a rather minor (because Wade's injury was relatively minor compared to some other's) to a serious injury where it really limited a player's career. Wade is still a H-O-F player and he wasn't derailed by injuries that Oden, Yao, Roy, and others have had to go through. He should be disqualified from this discussion. Again, Wade has been relatively healthy compared to these other guys. No one has ever had a healthy career in the modern game besides LeBron tbh. You can say Duncan but he's just being well-rested so not really.

I think the real answer would be Greg Oden. There is no doubt in my mind he would have been an amazing center. In college, he was just unstoppable. That would have translated but you could definitely see he was slowing down quickly. He had a great timing for blocking shots (like Whiteside) and IMO, would have won a few DPOY awards.

RCarlson85
04-07-2016, 01:40 PM
I'm a Heat fan so my pick would be Zo. He didn't really get injured so to speak but had health issues when his kidney problems came up. He was in the prime of his career and at the top of his game and one of the best centers in the NBA when that happened. He missed multiple seasons because of it and was never the same after it. He's still a hall of famer obviously but could have had a much different career had the kidney issues not come up.

As far as people not on the Heat I would have to say T-Mac, Roy, and Yao. Those guys were super stars who had their careers cut short or limited because of their injury issues.

Jabears85
04-07-2016, 09:32 PM
:laugh2:

Wade didn't have a fully healthy career (but most players don't). Kobe on the other hand, didn't really start missing time until father time hit.

Wades the best player franchise player in the Miami Heat history. Boo hoo, get ****ed. Hate the heat and hate their fans. Good luck tonight tho.

hugepatsfan
04-08-2016, 02:59 AM
I wish KG never hurt his knee during his second year in BOS. He was never the same after. Still good but it cut his prime right off. BOS only got one run with him in top shape. If not for that injury they would have another 3 or so probably and might have another couple titles. But overall KG can't complain - great career.

FlashBolt
04-08-2016, 12:14 PM
Just wanted to add Amare as well. Could have been something special.

WaDe03
04-08-2016, 02:59 PM
Wades the best player franchise player in the Miami Heat history. Boo hoo, get ****ed. Hate the heat and hate their fans. Good luck tonight tho.

Always feels good to end the Bulls season.