I've loved watching some of his old high scoring games available online.
How great would he have been if he wasn't injury prone ? Where does the rest of his game rank, besides scoring (defense, passing, intangibles, etc..) ? Is he currently the best ex-player out there that isn't in the Hall of Fame ?
King played in era where the SF was the deepest most talented position in basketball .....multi talented scorers......and he was as good of a scorer as anyone of them.
played with assorted pieces and parts and never a good team, which is why he had to score so many points..
UNGUARDABLE.....cat quick first step..moves, counter moves....shooting range...
I think post Jordan, players are held to different standards
there were always your high scoring guys, but they usually never won anything.
Jordan set out to prove that wrong.....went after it on both sides of the ball,,and still scored tons of points
so in retrospect people look at high volume scorers differently....like they are lacking something, but in reality they do what they do best...
george gervin was a scorer.....
.those 80s SFs were scorers..bernard king was a scorer...alex english...dantley.....dominique, mark aguirre,
That handchecking made it harder to score in the 80's and 90's. People tend to believe nowadayws that Offensive players today couldn't cope with the physicality of the 80's and that guys like Kobe or Lebron would be stifled by handchecks. But back then offensive numbers were greater despite there being hand checks. I don't think hand checks gave any better advantage. It only worked well for post defenders. You couldn't hand check a guy facing up. Defenses are tougher today due to the diversity and more focus on 1 on 1 defending.
also..and this is a big factor....it was RARE that a player, even a top pick...would start RIGHT away..unless he was a big man
they sat and apprenticed their position for games or a year or two..playing behind vets and learning the game while playing AND watching
I think because teams made longer term investments in players, they gave them more time to really develop
hard to beleive but john stockton, drexler, didn't start right away
Not hard to believe knowing the Jazz organization. First time I saw Stockton I thought they should have traded Rickey Green who was coming off an all star berth and had value. They ended up losing him later in the expansion draft.