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    I don't know if someone in this thread has said this already (I didn't get to read the whole thing) but hasn't KG spent the early part of his career at the small forward, up until 2000? He's had his best and latter years in his tenure as PF, but would having started his career at SF and spending a good portion of it at that position affect his legacy as a PF, Glove_20?

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    Coming from the idiot who said Shawn Marion was better than Tim Duncan back at the all star break. You also said Marcus Camby was first team All-NBA.
    whats funny?

    there has been ammendments to the official list and it now stands as this:
    1. tim duncan
    2. kevin garnett
    3. karl malone
    4. bob pettit
    5. charles barkley
    6. dirk nowitzki
    7. chris webber
    8. dolph schayes
    9. jerry lucas
    10. shawn kemp

    i'll play the honorable mentions game too
    tom heinsohn, bill bridges, bailey howell, vern mikkelson, larry nance, kevin mchale, elton brand, antoine walker, terry cummings, rasheed wallace
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Fence
    Another good list, Glove.

    I agree with Duncan leading the list. I could see maybe moving the other players around, but I don't have much disagreement with your placements. I'd probably try to find a spot for Dolph Schayes and Dennis Rodman, though. I don't think 6 though 10 are too much if any better than those two. Schayes was a great scorer from anywhere, rebounder and passer for his size, even though he wasn't really a power forward (since there really wasn't such a position then) and didn't have a jump shot. He also led his team to a championship and was tougher and more durable than anyone else on this list. And, Rodman was everything but a scorer; only DeBusschere competes with him for defensive versatility. I can't count too much against him, either, since he won 5 rings.
    Schayes is a good mention. He was like you said, a good rebounder/scorer/passer for a PF. And he did lead his team to a title. But the thing with him, first of all he was a poor shooter even with the FG% adjustments. He was a little below or at the league averages back then. So today he'd be around 45-46% for a PF, which isn't good.

    2nd he didn't play in a league that was very compeitive at all. Most of his career was in the 50s, including his title. He won it before Russell or Chamberlain ever came. Pettit on the other hand won his title against Russell and played a good share of great seasons in the 60s as well. Schayes not so much. He played in a less competitive league compared to everyone else. Today a comparison of Schayes would probably be a Elton Brand with lower FG%. Though their games are kind of diff. too.






    I'd add Vern Mikkelsen, Maurice Stokes, Tom Heinsohn, Gus Johnson, Spencer Haywood, and Bobby Jones to the Honorable Mentions.
    I'll add them.

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    Here are a couple points on which I'm not too sure about, though:
    Pettit was a great defender? I don

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glove_20
    Schayes is a good mention. He was like you said, a good rebounder/scorer/passer for a PF. And he did lead his team to a title. But the thing with him, first of all he was a poor shooter even with the FG% adjustments. He was a little below or at the league averages back then. So today he'd be around 45-46% for a PF, which isn't good.
    Adjusted, Pettit would be about 47%, and Schayes took more perimeter shots and otherwise drove to the basket. Moreover, (using Hollinger's stats) Hayes 43%, DeBusschere 43%. Nowitzki is a career 47% and is probably a better post scorer than Schayes was. Webber at 48%. So, there doesn't seem to be a significant difference between Schayes and half of the players on your list in era adjusted FG%. (Granted, Schayes' actual FG% looks atrocious without era consideration.) Schayes was also a great FT shooter (85%, led the league 3 times, was in the top 3 10 times), and he got to the line often even for his foul-prone era, so that adds to the thought that Schayes was a good shooter. His TS% is better than some on your list. And, he was a good scorer, with his stats suffering some due to playing part of his career in the dead-ball era.

    Schayes was more of a 3 to 4, although he did play some center, too. He wasn't really a 4-5 like Duncan, Pettit, older KG, McHale, Hayes, or even Nowitzki and Webber. He could drive, ran to get open, had 3pt range, and yet was tough--even dirty--and was an elite rebounder during his time (led the league once, 8 times within top 5). Perhaps, most impressive for Schayes, and which you consider highly, is that he was very durable (played 705 consecutive games and played through injuries).

    2nd he didn't play in a league that was very compeitive at all. Most of his career was in the 50s, including his title. He won it before Russell or Chamberlain ever came. Pettit on the other hand won his title against Russell and played a good share of great seasons in the 60s as well. Schayes not so much. He played in a less competitive league compared to everyone else. Today a comparison of Schayes would probably be a Elton Brand with lower FG%. Though their games are kind of diff. too.
    That's true. Still, Schayes' Nats were in the hunt for most of his 16 professional seasons. In additon to a title, they made the Finals 3 times, they took Mikan's Lakers to 7 in the 1954 Finals, Russell's Celtics to 7 in the 1959 Conference Finals. Schayes played against Mikan, etc. during the dead-ball era, but also played against Pettit, Russell, Chamberlain, Baylor, Oscar, etc. and was still an All-NBA player. Until his injury at 33 years old, he lead the Nats over young-to-entering prime Hal Greer, whom Shchayes would have to be ranked ahead of all-time. So, Schayes and his Nats were competitive during two or three eras--sometimes more competitive than Pettit and his Hawks, who often didn't do so well in the regular season and looked rather mediocre outside of the seasons they went to the Finals.

    For me, Schayes would be a rather easy selection for top 10. But, he's one of those early players that gets forgotten. I'll concede that Rodman isn't an easy pick, and I like DeBusschere, too.

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    I want to throw a name in here:

    George McGinnis

    Yes, he played in the ABA (which, at times, actually had a slower pace than the NBA at the time), and dominated.

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    I didn't read through the thread (your list is excellent tho Glove20), I just found your picture choice for Dirk extremely funny
    Quote Originally Posted by Glove_20

    Probably the toughest to guard with his great outside game. There hasn't been a better perimeter big man as good as him.
    is that a fake dribble? what skills!

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    switch KG with Dirk and then Webber with KG and you have a good list...

    Dirk is a top 5 Power forward...

    and where is moses malone

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartmanclone
    switch KG with Dirk and then Webber with KG and you have a good list...

    Dirk is a top 5 Power forward...

    and where is moses malone
    Why is Dirk a top 5 PF?

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    Why is Dirk a top 5 PF?
    He's not, Cartmanclone is an idiot who doesn't know even the most simple thing about basketball That also explains why he doesn't realize Moses Malone was a center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Fence
    Adjusted, Pettit would be about 47%, and Schayes took more perimeter shots and otherwise drove to the basket. Moreover, (using Hollinger's stats) Hayes 43%, DeBusschere 43%. Nowitzki is a career 47% and is probably a better post scorer than Schayes was. Webber at 48%. So, there doesn't seem to be a significant difference between Schayes and half of the players on your list in era adjusted FG%. (Granted, Schayes' actual FG% looks atrocious without era consideration.) Schayes was also a great FT shooter (85%, led the league 3 times, was in the top 3 10 times), and he got to the line often even for his foul-prone era, so that adds to the thought that Schayes was a good shooter. His TS% is better than some on your list. And, he was a good scorer, with his stats suffering some due to playing part of his career in the dead-ball era.
    Well in some years Pettit was even higher, many years higher than average FG% in those days. While Schayes was usually lower than average FG%. I don't remember exact numbers, but Pettit is like 47-49%, while Schayes is 44-46% (Adjusted).

    Clearly there are differences. Having a PF that shoots that bad? Not a good thing at all for a PF. And I'm sure Dave is at least average in FG% for his era. Hayes FG% isn't great either, and thats why he is ranked 7th. He is other arguments that easily put him over Schayes though.

    Schayes was more of a 3 to 4, although he did play some center, too. He wasn't really a 4-5 like Duncan, Pettit, older KG, McHale, Hayes, or even Nowitzki and Webber. He could drive, ran to get open, had 3pt range, and yet was tough--even dirty--and was an elite rebounder during his time (led the league once, 8 times within top 5). Perhaps, most impressive for Schayes, and which you consider highly, is that he was very durable (played 705 consecutive games and played through injuries).
    I don't consider longevity highly. I just consider it, and don't overlook it.



    That's true. Still, Schayes' Nats were in the hunt for most of his 16 professional seasons. In additon to a title, they made the Finals 3 times, they took Mikan's Lakers to 7 in the 1954 Finals, Russell's Celtics to 7 in the 1959 Conference Finals. Schayes played against Mikan, etc. during the dead-ball era, but also played against Pettit, Russell, Chamberlain, Baylor, Oscar, etc. and was still an All-NBA player. Until his injury at 33 years old, he lead the Nats over young-to-entering prime Hal Greer, whom Shchayes would have to be ranked ahead of all-time. So, Schayes and his Nats were competitive during two or three eras--sometimes more competitive than Pettit and his Hawks, who often didn't do so well in the regular season and looked rather mediocre outside of the seasons they went to the Finals.

    For me, Schayes would be a rather easy selection for top 10. But, he's one of those early players that gets forgotten. I'll concede that Rodman isn't an easy pick, and I like DeBusschere, too.
    But either way, most of his good still was in the 50s. He barely had any success in the 60s. He basically faced very inferior competition all his career, and just was an All-Star level there. Similar to Elton Brand.








    Summary:
    I'll admit its a close call. But this is what it is...


    Dolph
    Weak FG%
    Weak Era
    Good Scoring/Rebounding


    Dave
    Stronger Era
    Worse Scoring/Rebounding


    It comes down to how much you value how much weaker the era was. I'll give it some further thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawsey6
    I don't know if someone in this thread has said this already (I didn't get to read the whole thing) but hasn't KG spent the early part of his career at the small forward, up until 2000? He's had his best and latter years in his tenure as PF, but would having started his career at SF and spending a good portion of it at that position affect his legacy as a PF, Glove_20?
    Well he still is widely considered a PF and has most of his career at PF. As long as he is considered a PF, the fact that he played SF shouldn't hurt his legacy at all. If anything it can help his case as he can be considered versatile.

    Dennis Johnson, considered a PG, won his Finals MVP as the SG of the Sonics. It hasn't hurt his legacy at all when it comes to ranking PGs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartmanclone
    switch KG with Dirk and then Webber with KG and you have a good list...

    Dirk is a top 5 Power forward...

    and where is moses malone
    McaDoo (to poster before) and Moses are Centers.

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