As we've already chronicled, Shawn Bradley is the most efficient shot blocker in NBA history.
But he wasn't a one-trick pony, you know, like Gus, the field goal kicking mule in the 1976 Disney movie. I mean, all Gus could do was split the uprights. He couldn't pass. Couldn't block. Couldn't drop back and defend in a Cover 2.
Shawn Bradley wasn't Gus. There was more to his game that just blocking shots.
After an injury-shortened rookie season in 1993-94, the 7'6" big man spent the next seven years as one of the NBA's Top-20 scoring/rebounding combo players.
The 5,000 Point - 3,900 Rebound Club: 1995-2001
In the seven seasons between 1995 and 2001, Shawn Bradley scored 5,060 points and grabbed 3,923 rebounds. This puts Bradley in elite company as only 17 other players scored more than 5,000 points with 3,900 rebounds during that time period.
That's right, Shawn Bradley was a Top-20 points/rebounds combo player over a seven year period!
Take a look at the other players to join Bradley in the 5,000/3,900 Club. They can be lumped into three general groups: All-Time Greats, All-Stars, and Solid Contributors
All-Time Greats: Shaq, D-Rob, Hakeem, Ewing, Karl Malone, Mutombo, KG, Mourning, C-Webb
All-Stars: Vin Baker, Shawn Kemp, Vlade Divac, Kevin Willis, Horace Grant, Anthony Mason
Solid Contributors: Shawn Bradley, Clarence Weatherspoon, P.J Brown
That's it. That's the list. Those are the only players to go for 5,000/3,900 between 1995 and 2001.
A Solid Seven Seasons
Shawn Bradley was part of a select group of Hall-of-Famers, All-Stars, and solid NBA players for more than half of his 12-year NBA career.
No, Shawn Bradley wasn't an all-time great. He wasn't an All-Star. But for seven straight seasons, Shawn Bradley was a solid scoring/rebounding combo player.
Yes, it's true - Shawn Bradley Was Good!