I’m pretty tired of the ignorance that reigns on the internet that Shawn Bradley was a crappy player. Yes, he should have achieved more as a 2nd draft pick, you can call him a bust, however he was one of the best shot blockers in the 90s. This game isn’t even the best to prove my point, but it could be one of the most successful games I’ve seen out of Shawn. Rookie Bradley scores 24 points on Shaq with a few beautiful hook shots, you can see his passing ability as well. It didn’t go that good on the defensive end though as Shaq pushed him around quite easily, posterized him a couple of times and missed only one field goal on route to 33 points. January 22, 1994.
Some trivia about Shawn. Once with the Nets Bradley posted back-to-back triple-doubles to become the first player in NBA history to record consecutive games of double-figure blocked shots twice in a single season. In one particular game during his stint in Dallas Bradley totalled 22 points, 22 rebounds, and a career-high 13 blocked shots in an April contest against the Trail Blazers. It was just the fifth time in NBA history that a player finished with at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a single game, and it marked the first time ever that it was accomplished by a player who wasn’t a starter in the game. The only other players to record a 20-20-10 game are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaquille O’Neal. Nice company, isn’t it? Shawn during his NBA career has recorded a triple double 6 times, double digit blocked shots – 10 times. In conclusion, remember that all good shot blockers get dunked on, it happened to Shawn and it also happened time and time again to Dikembe, Zo and Manute. I guess he could have been way more successful, if it wasn’t for his devotion to being a Mormon.