Shawn Marion was always a star when he was in the NBA, yet remains underrated well after his playing career ended. The Hall of Fame could change that.
Marion spent 16 seasons in the NBA, filling a versatile role on both offense and defense. He made the All-NBA Third Team twice and was a four-time All-Star, spending the majority of his career in the desert with the Phoenix Suns.
In the league, Marion averaged 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, recording more than 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds in his career. He also won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks, the fourth of five teams he played for.
He is one of the only players in the league to reach 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, and 1,000 blocks in his career. Additionally, Marion was the first to hit 15,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks, and 500 3-pointers.
While Marion’s counting stats may not always seem Hall of Fame-worthy, the advanced stats are impressive, as is the fact that he led the league in steals twice. Those legendary Suns teams commanded by Steve Nash couldn’t have hummed without Marion’s contributions on both ends of the court.
Marion was a winning player, simple as that. Even if he was never the best player on a championship team, team success for several of his franchises wouldn’t have come without the defensive menace with the unique shooting form.
In much the same vein as Foust, Marion doesn’t have too many overwhelming moments to prop his Hall of Fame case. But his consistency year after year – combined with a weak class – could be enough to boost the Matrix into the basketball motherboard.