Originally posted by pantstickle:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Vince Carter? (do people still think highly of him?
SF: LeBron James
PF: Amare Stoudemire
C: Chris Bosh
BTW, LeBron's appearance on this list is solely based on the accolades that he's received from many people. He's a legitimately great player, but not as good as he's been made out to be.
I agree with everything but Lebron. He's gotten those accolades because he's probably the best player in the NBA. If he's not #1, then he's a close #2, and I think that's where everyone rates him.
Along the lines of what dobo said, I consider Michael Jordan to be the best player that I’ve ever seen, and I think he’s very overrated. I don’t think the two concepts are mutually exclusive. Lebron is incredible, but he has holes in his game that make his team easier to game plan for, and I think that Kobe showed during the playoffs that he’s still the better player.
As far as Kobe goes, that’s a really difficult one to measure. On one hand, you have a group of people who have been going out of their way to discredit him ever since he committed the sin of being compared to Michael Jordan. There were several other players who were given this title (Harold Miner, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill, & Vince Carter, to name a few), but the argument became moot in each of those cases.
Well, this country loves their MJ, and NO ONE will ever compare to him. Doesn’t really matter what they do, they just can’t
be in his league. The public won’t allow it. ESPN ran a poll yesterday on what Kobe would have to do to be considered better than him. Win 7 Finals MVPs (one more than Jordan, and would give him 10 titles)? Nope. Win 11 scoring titles? (one more than Jordan, which means he would have to win every year for the next 9 years) Nope. Win 7 MVP awards? (he’d had to win every year through age 36) Nope.
The overwhelming result? Kobe will NEVER be considered better than Jordan. It doesn’t matter what he actually does.
So, you have that contingent, and then you have people like me that have spent an embarrassing amount of time defending the guy’s game against every irrational diminishment that came along. And at this point…we’re definitely not unbiased either.
The problem is, very few avid basketball fans are ambivalent about the guy. So is he overrated? Depends on who you’re asking.