NBA Which career has been the biggest "what if" in NBA History?

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Who is the biggest 'what if' in NBA history?

Poll closed Aug 15, 2019.
  1. What if Len Bias didn't OD?

    46.7%
  2. What if Yao Ming never had foot injuries

    3.3%
  3. What if Tmac stayed healthy

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  4. What if Rose never tore his ACL

    26.7%
  5. What if Greg Oden never hurt his knees

    6.7%
  6. What if Brandon Roy never hurt his knees

    3.3%
  7. What if Magic didn't contract HIV

    3.3%
  8. What if Bird never had chronic back pain

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    0.0%
  9. What if Dwight Howard remained healthy

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  10. Other (Ik I probably missed some so feel free to specify which "other" ones I missed)

    3.3%
  11. What if Grant Hill never hurt his legs/ankles

    3.3%
  12. What if Penny had a healthier career

    3.3%
  1. Stylizer1 SENSimillanaire

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    What if Toronto and Vancouver where allowed to win the draft?
     
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    Didn't even think of Hill, what could have been in Orlando had he stayed healthy....

    They probably make the finals in 02 or 03 but T Mac also doesnt score nearly as much as he did in Orlando.

    More like, what if he hadn't been a degenerate gambler :naughty:

    Its possible they win 8 straight but who knows, exhaustion may have set in and that year and a half off did give him a chance to rest, even if he was "playing baseball" during that time.

    Without KD the Warriors either have just the one title, or two max most likely.
     
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    easily Len Bias.

    He was LeBron before LeBron. A big, fast, agile, unstoppable player who would've been stepping into the Big 3 Celtics.

    The butterfly effect is huge.

    The Celtics almost certainly win at least another 2-3 Championships after 86

    The Celtics with Bias likely beat the Lakers in 87
    The Bad Boy Pistons likely dont get by the Celtics in 88

    Bias becomes the new star of the team which allows the Big 3 to play limited minutes and stay healthy
    With Bias at the helm, the transition away from the Big 3 in the early 90s <> a bottom out
     
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    Roy and Oden. If they would have stayed healthy at the same time for a few years they are an NBA champion at least once.
     
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    Len Bias joining the defending champs.
     
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    Not sure I agree with the bolded.

    Also, I wouldn't include Roy in this category because it was widely known that his knees weren't going to last, even before the draft.
     
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    Him and Oden on the floor together were great. As great as KD was coming out of college, there was a reason Oden was drafted ahead of him. Unfortunately I think they played less than a full season of games together. Throw in LMA, you have a championship core there.

    Another big what if is about the Sun's owner being cheap and trading Joe Johnson. They got Diaw back, but they should have kept him. Kind of shocking how that Suns team never got to the final either.

    Same with the Thunder choosing to pay Ibaka over Harden and not wanting to go into the luxury tax the season after they made the finals and all their core players were under the age of 24.
     
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    Blazers would have been good, but I don't know if I could see them getting by Bos or Lal. Maybe the Dallas year, I guess.

    To add to the Suns thing...Sarver basically sold the Loul Deng pick to the Bulls as well.
     
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    I went with Bias. That's such a sad story.
     
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    Not that this would compete with these in the OP but I always wondered what if Jay Williams didnt like motorcycles.
     

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