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Old 02-01-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default The Most Unique Athletes in NBA history by Decade

1950's - Bob Cousy....A pure showman who made passing an artform. The original NBA showman.

1960's - Wilt Chamberlain.....the first huge, athletic black man in NBA history. Dominated the league like no one ever did or ever has. A mythological creature in NBA folklore.

1970's - Pistol Pete Maravich....possessed an array of individual skills equal parts dazzling and entertaining. The original "AND-ONE" style player many years ahead of his time.

1980's - Magic Johnson....the tallest true point-guard in NBA history. His unreal vision and ability to rebound and lead a fast break ushered in the "Showtime" era in Los Angeles. The consummate floor general, he lead the Lakers to 5 championships during the 80's.

1990's - Michael Jordan....the most gifted 2-guard in NBA history. An aerial acrobat capable of seemingly anything, he dominated his era and broke the cliche that a team couldn't win a championship with a perimeter player leading the league in scoring, and no dominant big man...he went on to finish with 6 championships without a true star at the center position.


2000's - Lebron James....There has never been a physical specimen like Lebron in NBA history. Often seen as a Magic Johnson/Michael Jordan hybrid, he does literally everything on the floor almost every single night. His overall production in the modern basketball era is only matched by Michael Jordan.
His destiny is still being written.

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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nice thread, repped
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:58 PM   #3
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I'd say Bird, Hakeem, Shaq, and Dirk deserve a mention.
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I'd say Bird, Hakeem, Shaq, and Dirk deserve a mention.

Make a case for them over the ones OP chose.
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Piston Pete Maravich was great. I loved him when he played for Detroit. They called em Pete and the Pistons. eventually the name stuck.
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Piston Pete Maravich?


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Old 02-01-2012, 11:04 PM   #7
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I just find it hard to leave Shaq off the list. I don't know who I would take off (since he's against Jordan or LeBron), but a guy with his monmouth size and agility... He'd be near #1 overall if I ranked unique athletes.

David Robinson in honorable mention as well.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
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Shaq unquestionably needs to replace Jordan. 7'1 300+ pounds could run the floor like a guard and had a 32 inch standing vert when he was young. No way in hell Jordan is a more "unique" athlete. There has been other Jordan similar athletes. There will NEVER be another similar athlete to Shaq most likely.
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Piston Pete Maravich was great. I loved him when he played for Detroit. They called em Pete and the Pistons. eventually the name stuck.


FUNNY how you deleted your previous post, and made a new one to just to add NOT FUNNY sarcasm to it....


LAME DUDE....LAAAAMMMEEE
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Make a case for them over the ones OP chose.

Not saying they deserve over them. Just an honorable mention. AI and Rodman as well.
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Honorable mention for Anderson Varejao.
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Not saying they deserve over them. Just an honorable mention. AI and Rodman as well.

Ah, gotcha.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:23 PM   #13
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Shaq unquestionably needs to replace Jordan. 7'1 300+ pounds could run the floor like a guard and had a 32 inch standing vert when he was young. No way in hell Jordan is a more "unique" athlete. There has been other Jordan similar athletes. There will NEVER be another similar athlete to Shaq most likely.

I agree with this. I mean, it's easy for a determined player to emulate Jordan. Unless you're a gifted physical freak, how are you going to duplicate Shaq?

There's no question Jordan was a much, MUCH better player, but no way is he more unique than Shaq. Much as I hated his work ethic, he's someone that we're just never going to see again.
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I agree with this. I mean, it's easy for a determined player to emulate Jordan. Unless you're a gifted physical freak, how are you going to duplicate Shaq?

There's no question Jordan was a much, MUCH better player, but no way is he more unique than Shaq. Much as I hated his work ethic, he's someone that we're just never going to see again.

Exactly. Shaq is not better but he's a more unique and better athlete IMO considering his size and how rare a specimen like him will come along. I doubt we will every again see a 7'0 300+ pound athlete with the power and athleticism Shaq had. He beat guards on his own teams in full court sprints regularly. This is no myth either.. it's legit.
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Shaq unquestionably needs to replace Jordan. 7'1 300+ pounds could run the floor like a guard and had a 32 inch standing vert when he was young. No way in hell Jordan is a more "unique" athlete. There has been other Jordan similar athletes. There will NEVER be another similar athlete to Shaq most likely.

Agreed, what set Jordan apart, especially in the long run was his skill set.

What set Shaq apart was his size, athletcism, speed and quickness. He was also skilled, but most of, if not all of us, alive right now will never see a player with the physicue of Shaq again.
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