In the early days of professional basketball there was a giant who dominated the middle for almost two decades. He played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the times of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Julius Irving. It’s was also the time of big Afro hair and short shorts.

Artis Gilmore will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011. He enters alongside such big names as Dennis Rodman (perhaps the greatest rebounder ever) and Chris Mullin but without much fanfare. This is despite a long and successful career spanning 17 seasons and impressive statistics for scoring, rebounding and blocking. For his NBA career he averaged 17.1 points per game, 10.1 rebounds, two assists, and 1.9 blocks. Gilmore is also the All time leader in Field Goal Percentage with 59.9%. This gives him a more efficient shooting percentage (dunking) than all the other dominating “BIGS” over the history of the game. This list includes such names as Shaquille O’Neal and Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins. Check out this video entitled “Forgotten Legend” which captures the career of Artis “A Train” Gilmore.

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This video features Gilmore in his early days in the ABA but also in Chicago where he played with Reggie Theus and a young David Greenwood. It shows him playing against the Lakes with Kareem and Magic and the Celtics versus Bird and McHale.

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