A relatively weak class of first-year eligible players could give Larry Foust the boost he needs to finally crack the Hall of Fame, 40 years after his death.
Foust played in the NBA from 1950 to 1962 and has been forgotten in some circles despite being a great player. Frankly, he played so long ago that none of the teams he played for still compete where they did at the time.
He was the fifth overall pick of the Chicago Stags out of La Salle in 1950 but never played a game for the franchise, which folded before his rookie season, relegating him to the Fort Wayne Pistons.
The 6-foot-9 big man quickly became one of the best big men in the league. He averaged a double-double over the course of his tenure with the Pistons, leading the NBA in rebounding one year and in field goal percentage another.
For his career, Foust averaged 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He was one of the best players of his long-ago era, making eight All-Star Game squads during his career; he’s the only eligible player with that many All-Star nods without a Hall of Fame jacket.
Foust’s dominance was long enough ago that many younger fans aren’t aware of how much of a force in the low-post he was. He’s long gone, having died of a heart attack in 1984, but it’s time he was celebrated properly at the Hall of Fame.