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Curry is so ridiculous. He isn't going to drag a team kicking and screaming anywhere like LeBron but from an individual talent standpoint he's as good as anyone to ever play.

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5 minutes ago, ztejas said:

Curry is so ridiculous. He isn't going to drag a team kicking and screaming anywhere like LeBron but from an individual talent standpoint he's as good as anyone to ever play.

I think one learns more about the "greats" when they are on shit teams. I used to think of Steph as merely an elite shooter--possibly the best ever--but after watching him these past couple of seasons, I realize I was dumb. He's a complete basketball player ... and the best shooter ever.

He really is quite something.

But I still hate the way he chews on his mouthpiece. LoL

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1 hour ago, Fastbreak said:

He belongs in the conversation only if he is presenting a list of the great players. 

He said under 6’6”. Theres not A lot of those dudes who have bee best player on a title team 2 times (and also dominated in the ncaa). He’s not the best ever of those guys but he’s up there. 

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12 hours ago, aggie08 said:

So is Steph now officially the best sub 6'6" player in NBA history? It's he, Oscar, and West in some order.

Probably so. Guys off the top of my head in that neighborhood: Chris Paul, Kidd, Stockton, Isiah, Wade, Gary Payton, Iverson, Harden, Walt Frazier, Nash, Tiny Archibald, Lillard. I think I'm taking Curry over all of them.

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1 hour ago, Mitch Cumsteen said:

Probably so. Guys off the top of my head in that neighborhood: Chris Paul, Kidd, Stockton, Isiah, Wade, Gary Payton, Iverson, Harden, Walt Frazier, Nash, Tiny Archibald, Lillard. I think I'm taking Curry over all of them.

Elgin Baylor.  At his peak, Baylor was averaging almost 45 minutes a game in a high pace era, 38.3 PPG, 18.6 RPG, and 4.6 APG.  They didn't track steals or blocks back then but from most reports of that era, Baylor was a pretty fierce defensive force, and would have averaged 4-5 steals and blocks a game.  Sometimes he was considered to be the original Rodman on the defensive end with Julius Erving's offensive game.  He was sort of ahead of his time, in being the ridiculously uber-athletic forward who could play in the post, had a bit of a face up game, got out on the break and played killer defense.  He also did this being on active Army duty for a few years.  Obviously the hole in his resume' were the Celtics and the era he played in didn't have a 3 point line.

 

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3 hours ago, Patrick Bateman said:

Elgin Baylor.  At his peak, Baylor was averaging almost 45 minutes a game in a high pace era, 38.3 PPG, 18.6 RPG, and 4.6 APG.  They didn't track steals or blocks back then but from most reports of that era, Baylor was a pretty fierce defensive force, and would have averaged 4-5 steals and blocks a game.  Sometimes he was considered to be the original Rodman on the defensive end with Julius Erving's offensive game.  He was sort of ahead of his time, in being the ridiculously uber-athletic forward who could play in the post, had a bit of a face up game, got out on the break and played killer defense.  He also did this being on active Army duty for a few years.  Obviously the hole in his resume' were the Celtics and the era he played in didn't have a 3 point line.

 

I always thought Elgin Baylor was 6'7" or 6'9", but you're right.... listed at 6'5". For sure should have been on that list. 

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18 hours ago, Wulaw Horn said:

Isaiah probably belongs in that conversation somewhere as an honorable mention. 

Hope you mean Isiah not Isaiah.   Big difference

 

EDIT:   Saw your next post.   You did.   Whew.

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6 hours ago, Patrick Bateman said:

Elgin Baylor.  At his peak, Baylor was averaging almost 45 minutes a game in a high pace era, 38.3 PPG, 18.6 RPG, and 4.6 APG.  They didn't track steals or blocks back then but from most reports of that era, Baylor was a pretty fierce defensive force, and would have averaged 4-5 steals and blocks a game.  Sometimes he was considered to be the original Rodman on the defensive end with Julius Erving's offensive game.  He was sort of ahead of his time, in being the ridiculously uber-athletic forward who could play in the post, had a bit of a face up game, got out on the break and played killer defense.  He also did this being on active Army duty for a few years.  Obviously the hole in his resume' were the Celtics and the era he played in didn't have a 3 point line.

 

Yep on top of all of that at one stretch he was only playing weekend games as he was actually serving active duty during the week.

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5 minutes ago, d2o said:

Yep on top of all of that at one stretch he was only playing weekend games as he was actually serving active duty during the week.

I would have thought 6’7 too. As a 6’5 guy he’s my choice for GOAT. 

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Steph has 21 games with 10+ threes in his career (4 in the last week). Klay is 2nd with 5. No one else has more than 3. That's stupid.

Machinator beat me to it up thread.

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7 minutes ago, Machinator said:

He's not going to win it... 

I'm definitely not as convinced of that as I was a week ago.

Their schedule eases up the rest of the way out. 9 of their 14 remaining games are against teams with losing records. If they go 10-4, and finish at 39-33 (which would make them 38-26 when Steph plays) continuing to do what he's been doing, that's a solid case.

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58 minutes ago, Machinator said:

 

This last stretch from Steph has been pretty epic.  He's been crazy efficient lately.  Carried me in the first round of my fantasy playoffs.  Hope he can keep it going, but really this is an all-time stretch.  Good for him.

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3 hours ago, aggie08 said:

Assuming Denver doesn't go into a tailspin (unlikely), gotta think here's your MVP.

Yeah, except every time we've said that about someone they've immediately missed 4-6 weeks after we said that.  If he stays healthy it pretty much has to be him by default.  Unless you wanted to give it to Giannis, which nobody does (rightly so in my opinion). 

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Player A
Mins Per Game: 36.3
Points: 19.2
Assists: 9.3
Rebounds: 3.6
2P%: .468
3P%: .290
eFG: .465
FT%: .759

Player B
Mins Per Game: 35.6
Points: 19.1
Assists: 9.1
Rebounds: 4.3
2P%: .456
3P%: .324
eFG: .462
FT%: .779

Hint: Player A is Isiah - Player B is John Fucking Wall.  They are statistically identical. Isiah was a better player, but he shouldn't be in the convo as a top 5 short guy. There are 4 better right now in the league:

Steph
Harden
Russ
CP3
.....and perhaps Dame

 

 

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4 hours ago, Fastbreak said:

Player A
Mins Per Game: 36.3
Points: 19.2
Assists: 9.3
Rebounds: 3.6
2P%: .468
3P%: .290
eFG: .465
FT%: .759

Player B
Mins Per Game: 35.6
Points: 19.1
Assists: 9.1
Rebounds: 4.3
2P%: .456
3P%: .324
eFG: .462
FT%: .779

Hint: Player A is Isiah - Player B is John Fucking Wall.  They are statistically identical. Isiah was a better player, but he shouldn't be in the convo as a top 5 short guy. There are 4 better right now in the league:

Steph
Harden
Russ
CP3
.....and perhaps Dame

 

 

That totally ignores context of leagues, when they played, and IT’s ability to do what he had to do to make his team win in a time when the league was stacked. 
they ended bird and held off MJ for 3 years and IT was responsible for so much of that. He’s better than Wall and Westbrook for sure. 
hell- that 3% for him was probably near the league lead for his time. bird led the league one year at like 32%

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48 minutes ago, Wulaw Horn said:

That totally ignores context of leagues, when they played, and IT’s ability to do what he had to do to make his team win in a time when the league was stacked. 
they ended bird and held off MJ for 3 years and IT was responsible for so much of that. He’s better than Wall and Westbrook for sure. 
hell- that 3% for him was probably near the league lead for his time. bird led the league one year at like 32%

I agree with much of this although I do think Isiah is a tad overrated, but the worst possible comparison is comparing players from an era 40 years ago to an era now.  It's silly and all the context is lost.  Compare Isiah to players of his era and how he stacked up.  I feel Isiah has a little of the Kobe Bryant effect, he had great individual moments especially early in his career and was the leader (co-leader) of a championship squad, but many put him way above where his numbers say he should be placed.

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7 hours ago, Fastbreak said:

Player A
Mins Per Game: 36.3
Points: 19.2
Assists: 9.3
Rebounds: 3.6
2P%: .468
3P%: .290
eFG: .465
FT%: .759

Player B
Mins Per Game: 35.6
Points: 19.1
Assists: 9.1
Rebounds: 4.3
2P%: .456
3P%: .324
eFG: .462
FT%: .779

Hint: Player A is Isiah - Player B is John Fucking Wall.  They are statistically identical. Isiah was a better player, but he shouldn't be in the convo as a top 5 short guy. There are 4 better right now in the league:

Steph
Harden
Russ
CP3
.....and perhaps Dame

 

 

Good grief

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8 hours ago, Fastbreak said:

Player A
Mins Per Game: 36.3
Points: 19.2
Assists: 9.3
Rebounds: 3.6
2P%: .468
3P%: .290
eFG: .465
FT%: .759

Player B
Mins Per Game: 35.6
Points: 19.1
Assists: 9.1
Rebounds: 4.3
2P%: .456
3P%: .324
eFG: .462
FT%: .779

Hint: Player A is Isiah - Player B is John Fucking Wall.  They are statistically identical. Isiah was a better player, but he shouldn't be in the convo as a top 5 short guy. There are 4 better right now in the league:

Steph
Harden
Russ
CP3
.....and perhaps Dame

 

 

I can almost get past the idiotic Isiah/Wall comparison, especially since Wall's career trajectory was completely wrecked by injury. There's no telling what he could have been. It's horribly ill informed, but whatever.

And I can maybe get onboard with Harden and CP3 being ranked above Isiah, even though I don't necessarily think they were and neither of them has ever won shit... but Russell Westbrook? Are you fucking kidding me? He's the absolute antithesis of Isiah Thomas. Westbrook is the epitome of the empty stat sheet stuffer, putting his own numbers up while his team loses night after night.

Don't get me wrong, I can't stand Isiah as a person, but all that fucker cared about was winning. That's it. He would cut his mother's throat out if it meant winning a basketball game. He didn't give a shit how many points he scored or if his teammates were getting the glory, he just wanted to win. His stats may not show it and he's an absolute phony piece of shit human being, but he had more competitive drive in his pinky than Harden and Westbrook do combined in their whole bodies.

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Here's another player to add to the mix.  Numbers below are his best 3-year run...

Player C
Mins Per Game: 37.0
Points: 19.0
Assists: 10.6
Rebounds: 3.3
2P%: .483
3P%: .358
eFG: .522
FT%: .817

2x All-NBA 2nd Team 

That player.... Deron Williams

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I think IT trends towards overrated, personally (like - I'd definitely take CP3 over IT all-time),  but putting Russ above him - 2021 dogshit-teammate couldn't-win-anything-if-he-tried Russ at that - is just...

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Zeke is one of those guys who is somehow both overrated and underrated. i tend to lean towards him being more underrated, because his stats aren't eye popping, and if you didn't watch him play and lead his team to multiple titles in a very competitive era, then you probably won't appreciate him as a player as much as you should. i mean, has anyone here even mentioned Steve Nash in this conversation? two-time MVP Steve Nash? we've had probably 8 or 9 named thrown out there, and i don't remember hearing his. statistically and (many would say) aesthetically Nash >> Zeke. and yet Nash isn't in this conversation. that's why it's tricky to play stay games across generations. 

also, pretty much everyone agrees that Isiah deserved to be on the Dream Team, so let's keep that (and his two titles) in mind before we start throwing out names like Dame Dolla and John Wall. 

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1 hour ago, ztejas said:

I think IT trends towards overrated, personally (like - I'd definitely take CP3 over IT all-time),  but putting Russ above him - 2021 dogshit-teammate couldn't-win-anything-if-he-tried Russ at that - is just...

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I love and respect CP3 and the difference he makes to teams but no way in hell should anyone take him over Zeke.    I wonder if many of your guys actually watched him play.

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