Originally Posted by D-Fence
Earl Monroe doesn't deserve to be ranked over Dave DeBusschere no matter how flashy his game, nor how colorful his nicknames.
They played on the same team for 3 seasons and won a championship together. In case someone here doesn't know already: DeBusschere was more important to the Knicks than was Monroe.
1972: Monroe averaged 11.9 PPG and 2.3 APG in 63 games. DeBusschere averaged 15.4 PPG and 11.3 RPG over 80 games and was selected to the All-Defensive 1st Team and to the All-Star game.
1973: Monroe averaged 15.5 PPG and 3.8 APG in 75 games. DeBusschere averaged 16.3 PPG and 10.2 RPG in 77 games and was selected to te All-Defensive 1st Team and to the All-Star game.
1974: Monroe averaged 14 PPG and 2.7 APG in 41 games. DeBusschere averaged 18.1 PPG and 10.7 RPG in 71 games and was again selected to the All-Defensive 1st Team and to the All-Star game.
Red Holzman is rolling over in his grave at the prospect of Monroe over DeBusschere.
Again why does flashiness not matter here? Please let me know when flashiness is important and can be factor in over actual skill and when it cannot be.....