NBA History: 25 former NBA stars you forgot dominated the league 

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10) Marcus Camby

18-year NBA veteran center Marcus Camby is arguably the greatest NBA player never to make an all-star team but was a defensive stalwart for more than a decade and a half. He leads the NBA in blocked shots, including averaging more than three per game, a staggering four times. Not only that, he was named Defensive Player of the Year in the 2005–06 season.

Back in the late 1990s through the 2000s, having a rim protector like Camby definitely came in handy since the team played inside-out. He was also a terrific rebounder, and he even developed a funky-looking midrange jumper to help round out his game.

Even still, he bounced around the NBA, playing for seven teams over the course of his career. Never making the All-Star team and being viewed more as a high-level role player likely contributed to his not being remembered as well as other dominant shot blockers of his era.

In his defense—pun intended—Camby was still good enough to play for a long time, far longer than the majority of NBA players, which proves his effectiveness as a player.