3. Dominque Wilkins
Many people know Dominque Wilkins as the color commentator for the Atlanta Hawks, as he’s become known for that of late, and especially by those who didn’t grow up watching him play. Wilkins has oddly enough become a huge James Harden hater, which is surprising for a former player.
Wilkins was one of his generation’s best players. Wilkins was known as the human highlight reel for his highlight-worthy dunks on a nightly basis, as he flashed his elite athleticism and 42-inch vertical to not only tower over defenders, but to also slam it down without shame.
In the 1991-92 season, Wilkins suffered a major injury at age 32 when he ruptured his Achilles in a game versus the Philadelphia 76ers on January 28th, 1992. Wilkins was out of action for the next nine-plus months before making his return on November 2nd, 1992.
Wilkins, however, is the exception to the rule. Wilkins not only came back earlier than expected, but averaged 29.9 points and made the All-NBA Second-Team that year. Wilkins would go on to make another All-NBA Third-Team before retiring.
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