The All Time All Alphabet team moves on the letter K.
Centre – Shawn Kemp
One of the greatest dunkers ever to grace the hardwood rounds out our K Team.
Kemp electrified the 90's in a way no player bar Michael Jordan could. He wasn't the best player by any means – although he was a 6 time All Star and 3 time All NBA – but he was certainly the most spectacular.
Kemp was a ridiculous athlete. A 6'10” specimen that could run like a gazelle, had wonderful agility, extreme power and could – of course – jump out of the gym, he would be the sort of player that these days would be compared to Giannis Antetokounmpo. To that end, Kemp was a very skilful big man for the era, with the ability to step out and consistently drain jumpers to 18 feet, playmake from the post or the top of the key, and enough handles to lead the fast break. It would have been intriguing to see Kemp raised on this era of basketball.
Kemp was a consistent 18/10 player with 1.5 steals and blocks thrown in through his prime. Good but not dramatic numbers. He always stepped it up in the playoffs, though. From the 1995 playoffs through to 1998 (his first season as a Cavalier) Kemp averaged 22 points, 11.2 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks.
Talking numbers doesn't do Kemp justice, though. When you come for the Reign Man, you come for the Dunks. Without further ado, and may God rest Alton Lister's soul: