Bernard King deserves to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Bernard King, one of the all time greatest basketball players who ever donned a uniform both in college and the pros, deserves to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During his prime, especially with the New York Knicks, he was one of the most explosive scorers of his era. In an article written by Don Hareas on the NBA website ( he quotes Dominique Wilkins as saying, I have never feared anybody that Ive played against Bird, Magic, Doctor, Michael and I respect and love all of those guys, said Dominique Wilkins who entered the Hall last Fall. Bernard King is the only guy that ever scared the hell out of me.

According to Wikipedia, his major career accomplishments are:

Bernard King's career point total of 19,665 ranks him 31st in total scoring in NBA history, as of September 2006. Of the 30 players with more career points, only George Gervin, Bob Pettit and Elgin Baylor played fewer games than King. At the time of his retirement, King ranked 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list.

His 32.9 points per game average in '84-85 is the 21st highest single-season scoring average of all time.

His career scoring average of 22.5 points per game is the 23rd highest all time, as of May 2006.

Bernard King is currently 28th on the all-time field goals made list, with 7,830.

One of 19 NBA players to score 60 or more points in one game.

Recorded eight games of scoring 50 or more points.

Had college jersey number retired.

Had second longest streak of beating the Kentucky Wildcats (5 straight).

In the Hareas article, Wilkins goes on to say, For whatever reason, people get overlooked and I cant explain it. I dont know. But the funny thing is, his peers know. They know what Bernard King meant to this game. They know what he did to players in this game. People at the small forward position, guys did not want to play against Bernard King because they had to work too hard. He was relentless.