Thursday, February 28, 2008
Sportsguy has lebron at # 4??? And no '95 Hakeem???
Q: You called '07 LeBron and '07 Howard more untradeable than anyone in the seven-year history of the NBA Trade Value column . If you had somehow done the column since the start of your basketball viewing life, would anyone be more untradeable than Jordan in the early '90s?
--Derek, Amherst, Mass.
SG: Probably not. With the parameters being (A.) "my basketball viewing life," starting with the mid-'70s; (B.) the year counting as the summer right after that season; and (C.) you can only count each player once, the top 12 would look something like this:
1. '91 Michael Jordan
2. '77 Bill Walton
3. '84 Larry Bird, '87 Magic Johnson (tie)
4. '07 LeBron James
5. '00 Shaquille O'Neal
6. '03 Tim Duncan
7. '81 Moses Malone
8. '01 Kobe Bryant
9. '07 Dwight Howard
10. '87 Hakeem Olajuwon
11. '89 Patrick Ewing
(Follow-up note: You'll notice I moved '03 Duncan ahead of the '07 Howard. Why? Because I forgot about how great Duncan was in '03 until a reader reminded me after that Trade Value column. No way the Spurs trade Duncan after the 2003 season for the '07 Dwight Howard. Not happening.)
Funny I was just reading this 5 minutes ago and I echo your [sentiments] :-)
Lebron and Dwight's name on this list raised a few eyebrows. Maybe you can help me understand the criteria. I'm assuming Bron's on here b/c he carried the Cavs to the Finals but what about Howard? And what did '87 Ewing or '89 Dream do that was so great.....
Everyone has gone gaga over his Game 5 performance, but I don't know how that makes him more untradeable than '00 Shaq.
If he's going to use playoff performances as a major piece of criteria, then with that logic '06 Wade goes on that list
Sportsguy is usually a pretty knowledgeble dude, but Lebron and Dwight Howard on here is ridiculous. And i repeat...no 95 Hakeem? What the hell did he do in 87? He wasn't even in the mvp race that year.
And 77 Walton over '00 Shaq, '03 Duncan, '84 Bird and '87 Magic. Is he CRAZY???
We're missing something here. I hope he explains later.
In all fairness to the Walton selection, supposedly he was the truth that year. I wouldn't know, as I was probably a little preoccupied with breastfeeding and taking epic dumps in my diapers:) So maybe we should cut him some slack on that one. But I agree that '95 Hakeem should be on here. Maybe he's discounting him because of the Jordan retirement. I don't know. But I'me sure he's going by some convoluted Sport's Guy criteria:)
Done. But those are some nasty guys having monster years that he passed over.