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#21 bnickle

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:40 PM

Hes a walking PED so there is that

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:57 PM

We're all just lucky we get to watch. 


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:48 AM

MJ is second!

Which obviously leaves Kareem at first.

That's certainly understandable given the methodology here.

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 11:26 AM

Idiot. Pedro, go in hard on this goof

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 11:29 AM

Idiot. Pedro, go in hard on this goof


I'm guessing you haven't read the criteria or the profiles.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:35 AM

Here is his last post on this topic which sums up his thoughts on the whole project.  http://www.backpicks...-and-longevity/

 

Here is the conclusion to the post:

Looking back, this exercise highlighted both underrated careers (like Miller’s) and how absurdly valuable marathoners like Abdul-Jabbar and Malone were. It also demonstrated how painfully close many of these careers were; it’s more fun (and satisfying) to draw a clear line in the sand, but the differences in impact rarely seem to warrant it. Emphasizing order — who is 12th versus 14th — now feels hollow to me, and I’ve come away largely GOAT-agnostic. Plus, different criteria will produce radically different lists.

I give Jordan the best peak, but it’s not by a lot. LeBron has the best consecutive eight-season stretch ever. Kareem has the most valuable career relative to his era. And even Russell has a backdoor claim as the most valuable player of all time. Any of those four are great GOAT choices. I think (hope) that the career ranges that players fell into on this list are a good starting point for any all-time discussion or best player list moving forward.

So, some 80,000 words, 500 videos and 250 graphics later, I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. Thanks so much for reading and being open to something a bit different.

 

For me, this was the best work on the NBA all-time greats that I have encountered. That doesn't mean I agree with everything by any means, but it did open my eyes to different ways of thinking about the game and the greats, and it did change my mind on quite a bit actually. 


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 04:15 PM

Airplane > Space Jam


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 04:23 PM

Here is his last post on this topic which sums up his thoughts on the whole project.  http://www.backpicks...-and-longevity/

 

Here is the conclusion to the post:

 

For me, this was the best work on the NBA all-time greats that I have encountered. That doesn't mean I agree with everything by any means, but it did open my eyes to different ways of thinking about the game and the greats, and it did change my mind on quite a bit actually. 

 

Enjoyed the read, thanks for the link Mike.



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:18 AM

Enjoyed the read, thanks for the link Mike.

 

Any opinions on his thoughts / rankings?



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:24 AM

Any opinions on his thoughts / rankings?

 

I liked the video on Wilt.   Brings him to life more than just his stats.  It didn't really change my opinion on him though, and I think the charge of offensive blindness isn't something I consider a real weakness for him. Do think the video showed what the author said though, that he wasn't quite as fluid as we've all read.

 

The guy spelled out his criteria for the rankings, and that's fine.  He made clear what the list was and wasn't.

 

Loved the detail with each guy.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:42 AM

Regarding, Wilt, between this piece and some other stuff I've read, I have soured on him some over the years. It does seem like he generally failed to find the right mix of scoring and passing, and whatever extreme he tended to be on diminished his offensive impact below what the standard stats would suggest.

 

As for the criteria for the rankings, Taylor has brought me around a little bit towards his position, but I still prefer to lean more on peak when talking about GOAT rankings. He definitely changed my opinion on several guys though.

 

See, people can get me to change my mind, they just have spend hundreds of hours doing research and piecing together convincing arguments.  :lol:


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