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Give @RealChrisWebber the Credit he DESERVES DAMMIT!! by @griddy

Give @RealChrisWebber the Credit he DESERVES DAMMIT!! by @griddy

Enough is enough. Chris Webber needs to start getting his credit and recognition in the discussions and debates of the greatest power forwards of ALL-TIME. It baffles me how he is constantly left off the list. It actually brings pain to my heart. One of the best all-around players I’ve ever watched touch the hardwood floor, career is overshadowed by a controversial time out called in the NCAA Tournament game back in 1993. I find it disrespectful that his name is not included in the list of top Power Forwards along with Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Charles Barkley. Hell, even Dirk Nowitzki name is brought up. Chris Webber put numbers up against all of these guys.

Webber is the most versatile big man that I have ever watched play the game. Career averages of 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists, C-Webb is 1 of only 5 of players to put up 20, 9, and 4 as career averages. The other four: Billy Cunningham, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlain. Where is his credit? He is the best passing big man, Power Forward or Center. Do your Googles and your YouTube searches if you don’t believe me. Behind the back passes from the high post to cutters in the paint was his signature. It was a thing of beauty. From the very late 90’s Sacramento Kings squads with Jason Williams to the early 2000 teams with Mike Bibby, I don’t think there has yet to be a more exciting team to watch since. Yes, this year’s Golden State Warriors are included.

Drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1993 and traded to the Warriors on draft day for Penny Hardaway, Webber earned Rookie of the Year honors averaging an impressive 17.5 points, 9 rebounds, nearly 4 assists, and 2 blocks per game. Imagine if Orlando never traded him. A team with Shaq and C-Webb in the frontcourt could have been legendary. SMH.  Traded to the Washington Bullets after one season with the Warriors, he continued to post great numbers. In his controversial 3-year stint with the Bullets/Wizards, he averaged 21 points, 9.7 boards; over 4 assists and just over 1 block and steal per game. The team not having much playoff success along with off-court issues for a young C-Webb, it led him to be traded to the Sacramento Kings.

Joining the Sacramento Kings via trade in 1998, he instantly made this team exciting and respectable. Paired with Jason Williams and Vlade Divac, the Kings became one of the most exciting and fun teams to watch. Now on a small market team that had little to no success before his arrival, Chris Webber changed that. After the Kings traded the exciting Jason Williams for Mike Bibby, the Kings then began to gain some real respect in the league. Sharing the division with the Los Angeles Lakers was a tough task in itself to overcome but the Kings were no pushovers for Shaq and Kobe’s Lakers.  In the 2002 he led the Kings to a NBA and Franchise best 61 wins. And in the same year, reaching Western Conference Finals, the Lakers needed the help of referees to get to the Finals. Chris Webber was robbed not only of a championship ring, he was robbed of the opportunity to silence all critics and cement his place amongst the greats. When his team was jobbed of a Finals appearance due to controversial calling of officials, which were proven in court years later, he was unable to shake off the nasty stench of that “Timeout”.  In Chris Webber’s 6-year career in Sacramento, he averaged 23.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and nearly 5 assists per game. The Kings made the playoffs each year he was there and posted a total 335 win and 179 losses. After he was traded to Philly, the Kings went back to just being a mediocre team and the injuries and age caught up with Webber as he went on to play with the Sixers, Pistons, and Warriors before retiring in 2011. I damn near cried the day of his retirement.

With the court vision and ball handling of a point guard, deadly mid-range game, and unmatched skill with his back to the basket, Chris Webber was unique. A career filled with controversy, and nagging injuries, he had a very successful stint in the league. Overshadowed by a college timeout and the longevity of the Power Forwards of his era (Duncan, KG and Dirk), C-Webb is constantly overlooked. A 5X All-Star that was robbed by the league he played for of being labeled a champion. He deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He deserves all the credit he is not being given. He deserves a damn apology. One of the most underrated and underappreciated players to ever touch the rock; C-Webb will always be a 2002 champion to me. Webber is MY favorite player EVER. Thank you for making me LOVE the game of basketball, my guy.

92 Bricks: 7th Brick (PHOTO SERIES) by @ShooterJones_

92 Bricks: 7th Brick (PHOTO SERIES) by @ShooterJones_

Jamaica, Jamaica by @Love_Chan

Jamaica, Jamaica by @Love_Chan