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Comparing Every NBA Team's Best Player to an NBA Legend: Part 1

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Comparing Every NBA Team's Best Player to an NBA Legend: Part 1
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One of the best things of being an NBA fan is seeing new exciting players come into the league and do things with a style of their own. In today's league, players like Chris Paul, James Harden and Kobe Bryant play basketball in uniquely spectacular ways.

However, when you watch these guys play, sometimes you get a feeling of deja vu. It's almost as if you've seen that particular pass before. Or maybe you've seen a similar shot in a similar situation. In a league that's been around since 1949, odds are you'll see players replicating, imitating and duplicating the numbers, the style and the play of previous players.

So, here in the last week of 2012, we're going to compare the best current player on every Eastern Conference squad with a legend of years gone by.

Keep in mind, these are comparisons, not an exact match for every player. Still, the similarities you'll see are interesting to know about. Yes, a player as exciting as LeBron James is amazing, talented and gifted, but his amazingly talented gifts have been seen before in some form. The same goes for all of today's best players.

Let's see who Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Greg Monroe and other Eastern Conference stars compare favorably to over the years.

*All statistics via basketball-reference and are accurate as of 12:00pm Eastern Time December 25, 2012*

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