Sabonis: Heads Above The Rest
As I'm sure you're aware, Lithuanian superhuman and former Trail Blazer Arvydas Sabonis is set to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on August 12. It's a much deserved honor. In terms of his international career and influence, Sabonis is an unquestioned "first ballot" hall of famer (or at least he SHOULD have been a first ballot HOFer). No discussion is necessary.
I suppose, if you were the argumentative type, you could claim Sabas' relatively short and injury-slowed NBA career, along with the lack of top-flight European competition during the late 80's and early 90's when Arvydas was making his bones overseas, precludes the bigman from hall of fame consideration. I don't know anyone in their right mind who would make such a declaration, but anything is possible.
My answer to that strawman would to simply show the first two plays, both no-look, over-the-head passes, from the video above. I can't really think of any center other than Sabonis who had the skill and willingness to make those passes. Maybe Bill Walton? Even then, Walton's head was about half the size of Sabonis', making the pass that much easier for Dollar Bill.
(If you haven't figured it out by now, this post is really just a somewhat clumsy excuse to post that video. After all, it's my offseason too.)