Originally Posted by WillC
Welcome to ISH, where Pau Gasol is better than Dave DeBusschere, Dennis Johnson, Bill Sharman, Earl Monroe, Robert Parish, Dave Bing, Alex English, Lenny Wilkens, Artis Gilmore, Bernard King, Bob Lanier, Dan Issel, Chris Mullin and other legends.
Pau Gasol shouldn't even be ahead of other recent All-Star power forwards such as Chris Webber (I'd take Webber over Gasol in a heart beat). I'd take Shawn Kemp over Gasol too.
esp. monroe, king, lanier, mullin imo. crazy that webber is ahead of him to me too...5x he was voted top 10 in MVPs. gasol's never finished in the top 10. don't get me wrong, i think gasol is one of the greatest second options ever but he's just not long-term, clear #1 option material.
give webber a prime kobe or shaq and i can just about guarantee he'd be a champion and looked upon much differently. webber was just never really in the posiiton aside from a couple seasons if everything fell into place. dude led the league in rebounding one year too while putting up 20 ppg. even with the injuries that really dropped his career stats, he finished as a near 21 ppg scorer and one of the best passing big men ever.
so there you go...i vote c-webb