Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Yes, David West is such an impactful player and would have swung that series. He's almost Kurt Thomas-esque.
And to answer your question, the '04 Pistons, '00 Lakers, '84 Celtics all got swept the year before, just off of the top of my head.
LOL. Again, name me players that have never made an all-star game that CLEARLY have had a better career than Kurt Thomas. Jeez, you act like I said Shaq is the best free throw shooter of all time or something. I don't get how saying he may be the best player to have never made the all-star game is such a ridiculous statement, and I likely never will as I have yet to get a rebuttal. If me saying that is so absurd, name just 5 guys that have UNQUESTIONABLY had better careers and not made it. And don't be cute and say like John Wall or something.
It has to be guys that haven't made it AND are unlikely to ever make it in the future. And the Hornets won 2 games even without West. And West is CLEARLY their 2nd best player, and the only guy on the entire team other than CP3 whose offensive game is even remotely capable of being a concern to the opposing team. He's a multiple time all-star and arguably a top 5-7 PF in the NBA. 4 of their starters that series were Marco Belinelli, Trevor Ariza, Carl Landry, and Emeka Okafor.
Their mighty bench consisted of Willie Green, Jarrett Jack, and Jason freakin' Smith. But West wouldn't have made a big difference? You're talking about a starting lineup upgrade of Landry to West and a bench upgrade of Smith to Landry. That's a HUGE difference.
And yes, I was certainly mistaken on that swept-to-champions thing, but I still don't understand how the odds of LAL winning the West are twice as good as Dallas'. Is Dallas even gonna be losing any players key to their championship run?
[ Edited by andes14 on Nov 30, 2011 at 23:30:43 ]