3 former NBA players who would dominate in today’s game

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1) Bill Walton 

Now known as a Hall of Famer and one of ESPN’s primary college basketball personalities, there was a time when Bill Walton was one of the NBA’s most feared commodities.

As a member of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977, Walton averaged a double-double composed of 18.6 points and 14.4 boards. His 6-11 frame provided him the size to work in the paint, and his lanky build allowed him to make shifty plays on the perimeter from time to time.

Much like Wedman, “Grateful Red” entered the game before the three-point line existed. In fact, he only attempted four three-pointers in his 10-plus seasons. 

While it is highly doubtful that a modern Walton would be a sharpshooter, his size, mid-range game, and passing would complement the modern brand of basketball. He would be able to space the floor more effectively and be a serious threat in transition. 

Injuries cut Walton’s career short. It is fair to assume that this modern, more health-conscious culture would benefit him. Contemporary physical therapy and medicine could have aided his durability. It’s fascinating to wonder how good Walton would be if he entered the present era.