Theo Ratliff established himself as one of the NBA’s premier shot blockers. After ranking 19th in the NBA in shot blocking during his first two seasons (1.55 and 1.46 bpg), he climbed to fourth in the league in rejections in 1997-98 swatting away 3.15 shots per game in a season split between Detroit and Philadelphia. He climbed to third in the NBA in shot blocking in 1998-99 at 2.98 bpg helping the Sixers make the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. He was fourth in the NBA at 3.00 bpg in 1999-2000.
The 18th player picked in the 1995 NBA Draft, Ratliff played both forward and center for the Pistons as a rookie and averaged one block for every 11.2 minutes of action. He led the team in blocks for the second year in a row in 1996-97 when he started half of the 76 games he played.