Originally Posted by Im Still Ballin
Barkley along with Mark Jackson caused the 5 seconds back to the basket rule
Shaq got rid of illegal defense
Lebron popularized efficiency culture/made passing cool again/popularized position-less basketball/1-5 play versatility
A lot of the Golden State team today, is based upon the Miami Lebron teams fundamentals
This is a pretty nice list but pardon moi if I have slightly different opinion on that
We are talking purely players now I see, right? Not coaches who for the most part have had more impact on the game than players including ATGs.
You gotta have Mikan on there I mean dude introduced skilled big man which ruled basketball ever since.
Bill Russell introduced all kinds of defensive strategies.
Kareem - Magic/Bird - Jordan
No. None of these guys changed the game. They made it more popular, but they didn't change anything. They perfected existing styles but they didn't do anything new nor were rules changed around them. Now as I say that. I have Jabbar & Jordan as 2 of the 3 all time greatest ever when I say that (with #13) but fact is they excelled within the game they didn't change it. Jabbar and dunking in college but in a way that was stupid rule since many many great players had been dunking in college for decades, including Chamberlain & Russell, before he ever showed up. And anyhow that's college not NBA.
Barkley okay somewhat but why not list off Mark Price equally
Shaq of course. Fouls stopped being called with Jordan but it went from star rules to no rules with O'Neal. Disclosure: i was a huge Lakers fan for 40 years.
LeBron no it was Steve Nash who did what James is getting credit for.
Curry of course.
Also saw somebody listed dr. j but his whole style was everywhere in the '60s already although nobody was as good at it as Erving except Connie Hawkins who was probably even better and a good 10 years earlier.