10. Chuck Nevitt (1.6ppg, 0.7 BPG, 1.5RPG, 155 games): Nevitt stood at 7’5” and weighed just a tick over 200 pounds. He was basically a freak show. He was never a quality player, but got plenty of pub for being so tall and sporting a classic 1980s mustache.
9. Jim McIlvaine (2.7ppg, 3.1 RPG, 1.7 BPG): McIlvaine signed up with a 64-win Sonics team that nearly beat Jordan and the Bulls. His MASSIVE contract led to the Sonics becoming financially strapped and forced the club to trade Shawn Kemp. McIlvaine made over $30M in his career.
8. Bill Laimbeer (12.9 PPG, 9.7 RPB, 0.9 BPG): Laimbeer was an absolute beast on the boards, he was once a league leader. He developed a reputation as a badass enforcer and won a pair of titles with the Detroit Pistons.
7. Rik Smits (14.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.3 BPG): I’ve highlighted the Dunking Dutchman here before. He was the 7’4” pillar at the center of some very good Pacers teams in the 1990s.
6. Jack Sikma (15.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 0.9 BPG): Sikma is the best player on this list. He could should the jumper for a 7 footer and shot nearly 90% from the line. However, his main contribution to the league was the greatest white-man perm in the history of the world.
5. Greg Ostertag (4.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.7 BPG): Ostertag was 7’3” of flabby goodness. He had some quick moves around the rim for a fat man and hung around the league as a decent rebounder and a bit of a hot head.
4. Mark Eaton (6.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.5 BPG): Eaton’s greatness was one of the first issues covered on this site a few months back. At his peak he was one of the top shot blockers of all-time. At his worst he was an offensively challenged woolly mammoth of a man.
3. Raef LaFrentz (10.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.6 BPG): LaFrentz was a lottery pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1998. He was a quicker player when he was young, but a knee injury his rookie year robbed him of his quickness. He then became an overpaid version of Danny Ferry. When it was all said and done he made over $80M playing in the NBA.
2. Chris Dudley (3.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG): Dudley was a teammate guy. He was never a great player but was always lauded as an exemplary teammate. Dudley was a freak by NBA standards as a Yale guy. He is one of the worst free-throw shooters in league history and is currently running for Governor of Oregon.
1. Shawn Bradley (8.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.5 BPG): One of the biggest busts in league history. Everything about this guy is either funny, weird, or sad. He was born in Germany, went to college in Utah, went on a Mormon mission trip before entering the draft, was pale, and was 7’6”. He was also dunked on more than any player in the history of the universe.