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Dikembe Mutombo makes the Hall
September 21, 2015

LAST FRIDAY, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO headlined an 11-member class inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Despite being an eight-time All-Star in his 18 seasons with six teams, Mutombo (right, 55) was really a force on just one side of the ball. He had 3,289 blocks, second most in league history, and was a four-time Defensive Player of the Year. But his career-scoring average of 9.8 points per game is the second lowest among those enshrined in Springfield solely for their careers as players. Below is one Hall of Famer in each of the four major team sports who ranks at the bottom of notable categories.

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Stat Points per Game: 7.3 Home Runs: 11 Touchdown Passes: 97 Goals: 51
Player Dennis Rodman Ray Schalk Bob Waterfield Rod Langway
Skinny The Worm turned in so many stellar seasons on the glass—he led the league in rebounding from 1991--92 to '97--98—that it was easy for Hall voters to overlook his sorry scoring. Among HOFers only Buddy Jeanette, a coach and executive who scored 7.2 points per game in pre-NBA leagues, has a lower career average. Among position players from baseball's modern era (1901--present) to make it to Cooperstown, no one hit fewer long balls than Schalk, who played 18 big league seasons and is best known for being the catcher on the 1919 Black Sox. This season alone, 157 players have hit at least 11 home runs. Jim Finks had 55 TD passes, but he made it to Canton for his work as an executive, leaving Bob Waterfield as the QB with the fewest TDs in the Hall. Waterfield threw 97 touchdowns for the Rams from 1945 to '52, or just three more than Peyton Manning had in the past two seasons with the Broncos. Among those who played solely in the expansion era (since 1967--68), Viacheslav Fetisov has the fewest goals, 36. But because he didn't get to the NHL until 1989, when he was 31, the Red Army star gets a pass here in favor of fellow blueliner Langway, who played for the Canadiens and the Capitals from 1978--79 to '92--93.

Hero to Zero

The PGA Tour had off before this week's BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., so like any good Texan, Jordan Spieth took the opportunity to watch football. Last Saturday the former Longhorn—sporting his Masters green jacket on the sideline—saw his old school beat up Rice 42--28 at home. (Bonus: At halftime the band spelled out his name.) On Sunday he was in a box at AT&T Stadium for the Cowboys-Giants game, sitting next to Tiger Woods. Spieth has risen to No. 2 in the world, but he still can't outshine the former No. 1. When the cameras showed the pair, NBC noted only golf's current 178th-ranked player.

PHOTOMANNY MILLAN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MUTOMBO) PHOTOHORNSILLUSTRATED.COM/TWITTER.COM (TEXAS) FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)