Year: 1995

Penny Hardaway was on pace to be a surefire Hall of Famer, but injuries derailed any possibility of that happening. Hardaway's size and athleticism were a unique combination. Penny's handles were so good he didn't have to worry about protecting the ball from smaller guards. At his peak, Hardaway was drawing comparisons to MJ in terms of league dominance. And his Orlando Magic became a major foe for the Chicago Bulls, eliminating Jordan back in the '95 Eastern Conference Semis—the year he came back wearing that four five. While Penny impressed, his game and style were very different from Jordan, and Jordan never was hit with the injury bug. Those injuries still have us asking what if?