August 2013 poll: 35% of people wouldn’t try to dunk on Alonzo Mourning


mourning-onealAccording to an EXNBA poll, conducted in August 2013, most people, if they played in the NBA back in the late 90’s, would not try to dunk on Alonzo Mourning.

35 percent of voters said they wouldn’t try to dunk on Mourning. 34 percent said they wouldn’t try that on Shaquille O’Neal.

24 percent of voters said Hakeem Olajuwon wouldn’t be the one they’d try to dunk on, while the remaining 7 percent said they wouldn’t try that on 7’6 former NBA center Shawn Bradley.

No one voted for former Washington Bullets and New Jersey Nets center Gheorghe Muresan.

Mourning has been one of the best centers in the NBA in the mid 90’s, both offensively and defensively. He averaged NBA’s best 3.9 and 3.7 blocks per game in 1998-99 and 99-00 seasons. Mourning averaged over 3.5 blocks per game in four NBA seasons. He holds career average of 2.8 blocks per game.

O’Neal averaged 3.5 blocks per game in his rookie season, however then until the end of his career he never averaged more than 3.0 bpg. He holds career average of 2.3 bpg.

7’6 Shawn Bradley wasn’t much on offense, yet his height allowed him to be among top NBA shotblockers. Bradley led the NBA in blockshots in 1996-97 NBA season, averaging 3.4 bpg. He averaged over 3 blocks per game in 6 of his 14 NBA seasons. He holds career average of 2.5 bpg.

The 7’7, slow-footed  Romanian center Gheorghe Muresan was a better offensive player than Bradley, yet blocking wise, he only averaged 2.3 blocks per game once is his 6-year NBA career. Muresan holds 1.5 bpg career average.

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