Shawn Kemp should have been a Hall of Fame player, but due to his ballooning weight issue and drug problems his career declined prematurely. Before he abused substances, Kemp was abusing the basketball rim with his highflying dunks.
In his prime, Kemp was one of the best in-game dunkers in NBA history, he was explosive, brutal, ruthless, powerful and had a lot of flair to his dunks. Kemp was a showman who would celebrate with passionate post-dunk antics.
A Seattle Supersonics announcer gave Shawn Kemp his nickname ‘The Reign Man’ due to his ability to reign over his opponents. Seattle is a city with a reputation to have frequent rain, which made the double-meaning of the nickname even more memorable.