Originally Posted by Kblaze8855
Zo and drexler also got second place once.
Zo only finished a couple votes behind Karl in MVP voting.I'd have to look it up, but I think that's the closest anyone not on the list has come to being named MVP. He also finished 3rd during Shaq's MVP season.
On to my vote, I've decided to vote for Dennis Johnson.
Dennis has a great combination of accolades that should get him on this list in the near future....
5 Time All-Star
6 All-NBA Defensive First Team
3 All-NBA Defensive Second Team
3 Time NBA Champion
1 Finals MVP
2 Top Ten Finishes in MVP voting(5th, 8th)
2 Other Seasons with MVP votes(21st, 18th)
Dennis Johnson's career stats are modest(14 ppg, 5apg, 4rpg), but he had all the intangibles a player should have. His greatest skill was arguably his defense. Dennis was one of the few players who could control the legendary Magic Johnson. Dennis shut Magic down as well as anybody could in the 1984 NBA Finals, allowing the Celtics to defeat their archrivals. Another example of Dennis's outstanding defense was against Philadelphia and Andrew Toney. Toney torched the Celtics the year before DJ's arrival. Next year, Dennis took him Toney completely out of the game, and allowed the Celtics to advance past the 76ers.
Dennis could do a lot more than just defense though, he could do practically whatever his team needed him to do. During his early days in Seattle he was mainly counted on to score and defend. His versatility reached another level during his Phoenix tenure. During his first year, he had to adjust to the Sun's fast-paced style. He adjusted well, and put up a career high PER, along with being an integral part in the Sun's 57 win season. His role with the Boston Celtic's changed dramatically. Instead of the athletic, highlight reel scorer Dennis was in his earlier days, he played played point guard for the Celtics, and continued to develop a solid mid-range game.
His separate Season career high's show some of his versatility....
Top Scoring Seasons
19.5, 19, 18.8
Top Rebounding Seasons
5.1, 5.1, 4.7
Top Passing Seasons
7.8, 7.5, 6.8
Dennis played great in the regular season, but played even better in the play-offs. He won a finals MVP with the Sonics after putting up 20ppg, 6rpg, and 4 apg in the play-offs, while playing smothering defense on Grevey/Dandridge.
In other play-off years....he put up
, 4.4 rpg, 4.6 apg
-18ppg, 7.7 rpg
, 5.7 apg
-19ppg, 9 apg
Individual play aside, Dennis Johnson was considered one of the greatest team players to ever play the game. Every team he played on was successful. Every team Dennis played on won atleast 40 games, including numerous seasons where his team won over 50/60 games. Dennis was also as durable as a player can come, playing in at least 70 games for his team each season.
Larry Bird himself named Dennis Johnson the greatest teammate he's ever had. Larry's played with quite a few great players.... McHale, Parish, Tiny, Pete, and yet he thought of DJ as a greater teammate than all of them.
I think what I wrote gives you a a good feeling of DJ's greatness, and I barely even got into DJ's clutch play's and amazing basketball IQ.
My vote goes to the late Dennis Johnson.