32 players you forgot were once NBA All-Stars

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15) Theo Ratliff

More recent NBA fans might not know who former center Theo Ratliff is but for 16 seasons, he was a feared shot blocker and rim protector. Actually, he ranks 12th all-time in blocks per game, ahead of other dominant defensive players such as Tim Duncan, Ben Wallace, Dwight Howard, and Serge Ibaka. That shot blocking made him an in-demand player and he would play for a total of nine teams during his 16-year NBA career.

Nevertheless, some of his best seasons came as a member of the Sixers. During the 1998–99 season, he finished fifth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting after averaging 3 blocks per game, but his best season came during the 2000–01 season. Ratliff was the starting center on the Sixers team that went to the NBA Finals, with Ratliff posting 12.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, and a league-leading 3.7 blocks per game.

That resulted in his sole All-Star appearance but he would go on to lead the league in blocked shots three more times, including during the 2003–04 season, when he swatted 307 shots—the 20th most in a single season—while playing an NBA record 85 games after being traded midseason.

Had he managed to stay healthy over the course of his career, he might have been one of the greatest shot blockers in history and made more than one All-Star team but he still had a very respectable career.