The Washington Post writes about NBA players who have done more with less while being outsized and outmatched at their position. Of course, Muggsy Bogues makes the list in the Lightweight Division; and our man Chuck Hayes is the subject of discussion in the In Over Your Head Division of the article.
In Over Your Head Division
Chuck Hayes: Talk about having to raise your game, on any given night, the 6-6 Hayes was giving up anywhere from 2-4 inches at power forward, and on the rare occasions he got slotted in at center, sometimes a half foot or more. Despite that built-in disadvantage, he averaged over 8 rpg last year and finished fourth in offensive rebound percentage among forwards.
Sometimes we get too caught up in missing Chuck in Rupp to really admire his pro career. A successful 6’6 post player in the NBA isn’t supposed to happen. It defies the laws of size and the game of basketball. Yet Hayes continues to be one of the league’s best rebounders and a key player in Houston. Hayes started in 63 of the 74 games he appeared in last season for the Rockets.
You’re the man, Chuck. You make #BBN proud.