Originally Posted by TheMarkMadsen
Not sure what that has to do with Iverson though
Sounds like you're insinuating Iverson was only putting up those scoring numbers due to the rule change.. You're talking like he was breaking down as only did so well in 06 90% due to the rule change..
He led the league in scoring in 05, not exactly signs of somebody who is breaking down. Led the league in scoring in 01 & 02 also so it's not like he couldn't do it without the new rules.
He might not have been as quick as he was in his prime, but he was still quicker than 95% of the league from 05-07, he eventually fell off quick but that's what happens when you are 5'10 & 33/34 years old trying to rely on your quickness in the nba.
Sounds like you're really trying to downplay Iverson here
Nobody is trying to downplay Iverson. Ive been defending him here for over 10 years.........
But fact is...he performed at his peak level or beyond it while he was declining...because he like dozens of other guards was helped by rule changes.
I was here in 02...and 03..and 04. People were writing him off saying he was losing a step getting so beaten up. They change the rules....
His scoring jumps 3-4 ppg first year of the changes(05)...then goes 2-3 more the next. He went from 27 a game....to getting older and slowing down a little...dropping 33.
It isnt by chance AI, Kobe, Arenas, Lebron, Redd, Ray Allen, Pierce, and so on peaked scoring wise at the same time. I only wish Tmac has been his healthy Orlando self for those couple years.
Guys didnt just...become better scorers for 2 years.