Mutombo says he deserves to be in Basketball Hall of Fame


dikembemutombo_3Former NBA center Dikembe Mutombo believes he deserves induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, AP reports.

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo will be eligible beginning in 2015 after his retirement following the 2008-09 season.

He ranks second on the NBA’s career blocked shots list (3,256), behind only Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830) and he says surpassing every player but Olajuwon on that list should alone merit inclusion into the Hall.

During his 18 year playing career, “Mt. Mutombo” was one of the most intimidating shot blockers and rebounders of all time, leading the league in blocked shots five times and rebounds four times.

Mutombo was an eight time All-Star and appeared in the NBA FInals with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Mutombo played in 1196 NBA games (997 started), averaging 9.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per contest.

He appeared in 8 NBA All-Star games, and led the NBA in blocks per game in 5 consecutive seasons. In 99-00 and 00-01 seasons, Mutombo also led the NBA in rebounds per game.

Mutombo was also a four-time defensive player of the year, and an eight-time All-Star.

“If you can see my name just below one of the great basketball players to ever play for this league,” he said Wednesday,

“For me to come this close to breaking his record, I don’t see why I cannot be on the same bus with him. That’s how I look at it.”

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