One of the most frustrating things to hear each year is how Chris Webber won’t be among those inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Webber’s impact on the game can’t be understated, both on the court, and off of it. During his two seasons at the University of Michigan, he was the leader of The Fab Five, a group that would impact the cultural aspect of basketball.
With baggie shorts, and black socks, the group helped tie in the game of basketball to the hip hop culture. On the court, Webber dominated, averaging 17.4 points, and 10.0 rebounds per game during his two years with the Wolverines, leading the school to back-to-back NCAA Final 4 championship game appearances.
After being selected first overall at the 1993 NBA Draft, it took Webber some time to find a home in the NBA. After clashing with head coach Don Nelson throughout his rookie season, the Golden State Warriors traded him to Washington, where he only lasted four seasons.
Webber didn’t find a home until he was traded to the Sacramento Kings during the 1998 offseason.
The Score’s Joe Wolfond did a deep five on C-Webb’s case to make the Hall of Fame, which highlighted by his time in Sac Town:
“The defining stretch of his career was a five-year run between 1998 and 2003, all with the Sacramento Kings, in which he made All-NBA and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting every season. Four of those All-NBA selections were second team or better. All told, during his seven-year tenure in Sacramento, he averaged 23.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks while helping turn the woebegone franchise into a powerhouse.”
Sacramento made the playoffs in each year Webber was a part of the team. The team won a franchise-records 61 games in 2001-02, reaching Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Injuries marred the latter part of his career, but Webber still managed to finish his career with impressive numbers, averaging 20.7 points, and 9.8 rebounds over 15 seasons.
Webber has been eligible for the Naismith Hall of Fame since 2013, and with each year his chances seem to dwindle. Basketball Reference gives C-Webb just a 14.6% probability to be inducted.
Personally, I don’t know how voters have snubbed him for this long. Webber’s impact on the game can’t be understated, and although he failed to win a championship during his career, his numbers certainly warrant his inclusion into the Hall of Fame.
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