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15. Clarence Weatherspoon

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Seasons: 5

Stats: 15.7 PTS, 8.4 REB, 2.1 AST, 1.2 STL 1.1 BLK per game, 47.5% FG

Accolades: 2nd all-rookie team, 1992-93

There’s a related set of numbers that are important to consider in the construction of this ranking. Think about these for a second:

115

23

28%

What are they, you may ask? 115 is the number of wins that Clarence Weatherspoon’s Sixers teams had in his 5 full seasons. 23 is the average per season, while 28% is the Sixers’ winning percentage.

I made the point earlier to deduct spots for players who played for bad teams. That’s not to say Weatherspoon is a bad player – he was actually very good while a Sixer, hence why I ranked him ahead of very talented and productive players like Theo Ratliff and Andre Miller. While he wasn’t very efficient, he did stuff a stat sheet and played hard for 5.5 seasons before he was traded. But he was miscast as one of the 2 best players on a team. Heck, at one point he was THE guy. And while Spoon had some broad shoulders, even he couldn’t carry his team to the playoffs.

While I penalized the likes of Dana Barros earlier for his accumulation of big numbers on a bad team, I have to do the same to Spoon. His amassed numbers of 5.5 years and his averages alone, without considering teammates, would put him well into the top 10. But he played during one of the dismal periods of basketball that you’ll ever see. And we have to consider how much worse he would become with more talent. So putting Clarence Weatherspoon at 15 on this list seems about right to me.

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