Originally posted by dobo:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
I just looked, and MJ got to 60 four times in his career...three of which were overtime games.
But yeah, he'd score 100 today. Why stop there? Why not 120?
I think his point is that the league's rules favor guards more now than they did before. I don't have the stats, so I can't say whether or not his point is valid.
From what I've seen, the league seems to have moved in a more guard-oriented direction. It's exciting to watch 6'5" - 6'8" athletes run and jump like gazelles. Centers ain't what they used to be, and I can't imagine that has to do with talent alone.
I'd argue that it's moreso a case of post play being considerably more difficult due to the rule changes, rather than those rules benefiting swingmen. Swingmen may be more important now, but I don't think they're more productive. Bernard King, Larry Bird, Purvis Short, Alex English, Dominique Wilkins, Adrian Dantley, Kiki Vandeweghe, Mark Aguirre, Clyde Drexler, Mitch Richmond, and several others were high scoring swingmen during the same time.
He was the best of the bunch in terms of scorers, but he wasn't nearly as anomalous as he's made out to be. Wings don't score more now, it's just that the bigs score less.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Oct 15, 2010 at 09:39:45 ]