KG did it on both ends of the floor and also provided ball distribution skills.
Dirk has gotten lucky with roleplayers that step up at the right time and bring it. He got thoroughly outplayed on both ends of the floor by T-Mac in the 2005 Playoffs, but since Yao could only play 31 MPG and the rest of the Rockets roleplayers disappeared Dirk advanced on luck.
Dirk would've had more success, though the teams would've been constructed a little differently.
The reason is that while KG is good at more different things, Dirk is one of the very best at the most important thing in basketball: scoring lots of points efficiently.
It's much easier to get very good defenders and rebounders than to get efficient elite scorers. That additional glue guy stuff looks great on stat sheets, and certainly helps the team, but it can be replaced by role players. Try to get a role player whose specialty is scoring lots of points efficiently - whoops those guys are called "stars" and they're hard to get and expensive.
Which is the main reason, why Dallas managed to be very successful with three completely different teams around Dirk (2003 / 2006 / 2011) while Minnesota only did well the one time they managed to get their hands on two good scorers.
Last edited by brain drain : 12-06-2012 at 04:59 PM.