Originally Posted by Kblaze8855
If you only care about people who led team to titles you dont have much to talk about on any subject though.
Most greats are gonna lose in every era. Doesnt mean they arent worth discussing.
I phrased that wrong.
At least most greats you could have seen "potentially" win a championship if they didn't go up against another great.
But these dudes? They have no hope without jumping on someone else's bandwagon.
Paul George? Never. He was simply never good enough.
Kawhi might be the closest but he was injured so I don't consider him truly to be outside of the top 10.
Giannis? Can't even get out of the first round. We'll see how he improves.
And on and on and on....
My biggest gripe about most of these guys is that most of them simply don't play smart enough. You would think with all of the film they have now, as well as the benefit of learning from the greats (Bird, Magic, Wilt, Oscar, West, etc, etc) they would understand how to win and make it their mission to win, but for some reason that just doesn't happen.
Too much focus on athleticism, being physically ready and in shape, meanwhile their skills either deteriorate or remain constant.
Durant was told that he was too scrawny, small, and weak. He was encouraged to lift more weights because they all laughed at him at the Draft Combine.
Even though he did get much stronger, he doubled down on his skill-set of scoring and became much better. Now he's making shots with more regularity than he ever used to and he picks his spots better.
He was criticized as a passer/playmaker and he's considerably better now than he's ever been.
Overall I just want to see better basketball. And lately I just haven't been seeing it. Outside of the usual suspects, these other guys just haven't shown me enough.