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Old Yesterday, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Best and worst playoff series from the top 10 players of all time

Just was curious to see which series ISH would pick for each player, and yes, I know I put down 11. Try to use series from the players primes/near primes

Kobe
Best: 2010 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2004 NBA Finals

LeBron
Best: 2009 Eastern Conference Finals
Worst: 2011 NBA Finals

Shaq
Best: 2000 NBA Finals
Worst: 2006 NBA Finals

Hakeem
Best: 1995 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 1996 Western Conference Semifinals

Duncan
Best: 2003 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2005 NBA Finals

Bird
Best: 1984 Eastern Conference Semifinals
Worst: 1981 NBA Finals

Magic
Best: 1987 NBA Finals
Worst: 1981 First Round

Wilt
Best: 1967 Eastern Conference Finals
Worst: 1969 NBA Finals

Kareem
Best: 1977 Western Conference Semifinals
Worst: 1972 Western Conference Semifinals

Russell
Best: 1962 Finals
Worst: 1958 Finals

Jordan: 1993 Finals
Worst: 1996 Finals

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Kobe (2001-2013)
Best: 2001 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2004 NBA Finals

LeBron (2005-today)
Best: 2009 Eastern Conference Finals
Worst: 2011 NBA Finals

Shaq (1993-2004)
Best: 2000 NBA Finals
Worst: 2004 First round

Hakeem (1985-1996)
Best: 1995 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 1996 Western Conference Semifinals

Duncan (1998-2010)
Best: 2003 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2009 1st round

Bird (1980-1988)
Best: 1985 First Round
Worst: 1988 Eastern Conference Finals

Magic (1980-1991)
Best: 1987 NBA Finals/1986 First Round
Worst: 1981 First Round

Jordan (1985-1998)
Best: 1992 First Round
Worst: 1996 Finals

Wilt (1960-1969)
Best: 1967 Eastern Division Finals
Worst: 1969 NBA Finals

Kareem (1970-1981)
Best: 1977 Western Conference Semifinals
Worst: 1973 Western Conference Semifinals

Russell (1957-1969)
Best: 1965 NBA Finals
Worst: 1967 Eastern Division Finals
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Kobe (2001-2013)
Best: 2001 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2004 NBA Finals

LeBron (2005-today)
Best: 2009 Eastern Conference Finals
Worst: 2011 NBA Finals

Shaq (1993-2004)
Best: 2000 NBA Finals
Worst: 2004 First round

Hakeem (1985-1996)
Best: 1995 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 1996 Western Conference Semifinals

Duncan (1998-2010)
Best: 2003 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2009 1st round

Bird (1980-1988)
Best: 1985 First Round
Worst: 1988 Eastern Conference Finals

Magic (1980-1991)
Best: 1987 NBA Finals/1986 First Round
Worst: 1981 First Round

Jordan (1985-1998)
Best: 1992 First Round
Worst: 1996 Finals

Wilt (1960-1969)
Best: 1967 Eastern Division Finals
Worst: 1969 NBA Finals

Kareem (1970-1981)
Best: 1977 Western Conference Semifinals
Worst: 1973 Western Conference Semifinals

Russell (1957-1969)
Best: 1965 NBA Finals
Worst: 1967 Eastern Division Finals

I would agree with most all of it.

My exceptions would be...

Kareem in his '72 first round against Thurmond, when Nate outscored and outshot him, and held him to a .405 FG%, albeit, in a 4-1 series win.

And Wilt's '67 EDF's were certainly right at the top, especially since they blew out the Celtics, but his '65 EDF's, with a 30-31 .555 FG% series, albeit, in a seven game series loss, has to rank with it.
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Default Re: Best and worst playoff series from the top 10 players of all time

kobe's 2001 wcf was amazing but i think his 2009 and 2010 wcfs were just as impressive. his 2009 run for how clutch he was. and his 2010 wcf is one of the most dominant offensive performances i've ever seen in a 6 game series

as for lebron, his 2009 ecf was great even in a loss, but i think his 2012 finals were better. i don't know, i just look at that as the most mature lebron...like the final product.
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There's no way that bron is top 10
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Kobe (2001-2013)
Best: 2001 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2004 NBA Finals

LeBron (2005-today)
Best: 2009 Eastern Conference Finals
Worst: 2011 NBA Finals

Shaq (1993-2004)
Best: 2000 NBA Finals
Worst: 2004 First round

Hakeem (1985-1996)
Best: 1995 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 1996 Western Conference Semifinals

Duncan (1998-2010)
Best: 2003 Western Conference Finals
Worst: 2009 1st round

Bird (1980-1988)
Best: 1985 First Round
Worst: 1988 Eastern Conference Finals

Magic (1980-1991)
Best: 1987 NBA Finals/1986 First Round
Worst: 1981 First Round

Jordan (1985-1998)
Best: 1992 First Round
Worst: 1996 Finals

Wilt (1960-1969)
Best: 1967 Eastern Division Finals
Worst: 1969 NBA Finals

Kareem (1970-1981)
Best: 1977 Western Conference Semifinals
Worst: 1973 Western Conference Semifinals

Russell (1957-1969)
Best: 1965 NBA Finals
Worst: 1967 Eastern Division Finals
Pretty much this, nice post. I would just swap Lbj's 2009 ECF with his 2012 ECF or 2012 finals. But that's just me
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Psileas iz truly slippin' today. How tha hell is MJ's worst was 1996 finals????
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Shaq (1993-2004)
Best: 2000 NBA Finals
Worst: 2004 First round

I wound pick 2002 WCSF vs Spurs as his worst. 21&11 but 45% shooting and a complete liability in the clutch.

And this was Shaq at his peak.

But this depends on the criteria. Worst with big expectations or just plain worst.

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I wound pick 2002 WCSF vs Spurs as his worst. 21&11 but 45% shooting and a complete liability in the clutch.

And this was Shaq at his peak.
Well he was also dueling with another top 10 player of all time at his peak.
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Well he was also dueling with another top 10 player of all time at his peak.

David Robinson?
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Psileas iz truly slippin' today. How tha hell is MJ's worst was 1996 finals????

jordan didn't have many bad playoff series, so he just picked the one series in which he shot one of his worst percentages. i would say his '93 ecf series was worse even though he dropped a double nickel in one game. scottie was really the mvp of that series for them
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I wound pick 2002 WCSF vs Spurs as his worst. 21&11 but 45% shooting and a complete liability in the clutch.

And this was Shaq at his peak.

But this depends on the criteria. Worst with big expectations or just plain worst.

i think his '99 wcsf was just as bad. even though most people wouldn't consider shaq to be at his peak at that time, shaq was still the same monster. he just didn't have phil's guidance yet
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Psileas, Why you have 11 players on your list? Just take bron off of there like a REAL man bro by the way Isiah is underrated as hell. Isiah is the most underrated.
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David Robinson?
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jordan didn't have many bad playoff series, so he just picked the one series in which he shot one of his worst percentages. i would say his '93 ecf series was worse even though he dropped a double nickel in one game. scottie was really the mvp of that series for them
True. 1993 vs the knicks was truly hard for him. I would of pick an early year where he didn't won a ring.
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