I just wanted to hop in on the whole Mashburn thing. I liked Mash, he was real talented and put up some nice stats. But to me, he is one of the most disappointing/underwhelming players I've ever watched for Charlotte.
Whether it was injuries, or an unwillingness to become more efficient, he never became a great player like his talent and size afforded him. 19 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4 assists is nice and all, but as a 6'8, 240 pound specimen, with his ball handling and craftiness, he should've been able to get 24-25 points, and 8-9 rebounds (5.5 is a disgraceful rebounding number for someone his size and skill), along with his 4-5 assists.
Like I said, he could give you a great stat line on any given night, but you couldn't really count on him regularly due to his inconsistency. And when the game was on the line, I just have bad memories of him coming up short time and time again, and just feeling unsatisfied.
Case in point is during our great playoff run in the 2000-01 season. We blew the door's off Miami in an awesome, unforgivingly brutal sweep, then should have beat Milwaukee in 6 games. And yes, I blame Mash for not getting it done. When we needed him the most, he just couldn't deliver, despite some initially deceiving stat lines. Now he was incredible in bringing us back in that series from down 0-2 to tie it, going off for 36 and 31. Awesome, and shows how good he could be.
But when we were at home to close out the series in Game 6, he could not bring it home. His stat line looks incredible: 24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists - almost Lebron like. But looking closer, he got that 24 on 5-20 shooting, and had 6 turnovers. I was at that game, and he kept throwing up brick after brick. When we needed him the most, he was 0-8 shooting in the second half with 5 turnovers.
Game 7, we definitely need our star, he gets 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists. Again, looks good on paper (besides the horrible 4 rebounds). But on closer examination, he got his 21 on 7-25 shooting, and again, needing him the most in the 4th quarter, he only went 1-5.
And the next year, right as the playoffs started, he gets vertigo of all things to guarantee our early exit again. Not his fault of course, but adds to the frustration and disappointment of the Mashburn era here.
So yeah, unnecessarily long post on short term Charlotte player - but I'm with Chef. Even though he was much more talented than Crash, Wallace maximized his abilities and played balls to the wall every night. And he's in the record books as I think the only non-big to average 2 blocks and 2 steals a game (Hakeem and David Robinson are the only others in the last few decades). I'm going to war with that guy.