We all got to face it, but players like Kobe, Duncan, Garnett, both O'Neals, Allen, Pierce, Carter, Parker, Stoudemire, McGrady, Hill, Nowitzki, Nash, Kidd, Iverson, Ming, Billups, Gasol, Odom and Fisher will not be in the NBA in the next four to five years. Well who is going to replace them? These guys.
Jermaine O'Neal came in as the youngest player in NBA history. He dominated in high school and in his early years in Indiana, he dominated alonside the likes of Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson. He had a little weight problem and a big temper which showed verse the Celtics in the playoffs and the Brawl at the Palace. Demarcus Cousins also has a weight problem and an attitude. Also, both are tall center-power forwards and both can score in a multitude of ways.
Ray Allen is considered the best three point shooter of all-time and he is about to steal the most three pointers from Reggie Miller this season. Ray Allen considers himself a scorer and not so much a shooter. Well, Curry and Gordon both fit the bill here. I personally believe Curry is going to have the better careers, but there is no doubt these guys can shoot
Grant Hill was supposed to be the next Michael Jordan and lead the Pistons to multiple rings. That didn't quite happen because of injuries. The guy could not stay on the court and especially in Orlando. He has had better luck in Phoenix and it is probably because of the remarkable training staff in Phoenix that kept him and Shaq fresh for a few years. Well, Deng didn't have that much hype, but for a while many people including myself thought that he should have been an All-Star, but like Hill he can't stay on the floor.
If there were three player in NBA history that were most similar to each other it would be George Gervin, McGrady and Durant. They all were or are oversized lanky wings with remarkable shots and a pure ability to score. They are so similar its almost ridiculous. Hopefully Durant does not inherent his bad traits like his attitude, injuries and monster ego.
I want to make it clear that Ellis will never be close to as good as Iverson was in his prime. Iverson dragged his awful team in Philadelphia everywhere including the Finals. He could score with the best of them and is the best under six foot player in NBA history. He could crossover any player in the NBA and was the fastest guard in the league. Ellis, however, has made a name for himself after his fantastic season in Golden State where he averaged 25 points and still didn't go to the All-Star game. He is hands-down the most underrated player in the NBA. Ellis is a two guard stuck in a one man's body just like Iverson.
Pierce will be known for his uncanny ability to score the ball and the dedication he had for Boston through the bad times. Pierce has never been the greatest defender and this is where Carmelo comes in. Carmelo is an amazing scorer, but not a great defender. One major difference is that Anthony may not stay as loyal to Denver, but it is the fad to go out and assemble SUPER TEAMS! Plus Anthony and Pierce have been thought to be apart of "other" activities if you catch my drift?
These two players are also very similar in their style of play. Kidd will go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history and he deserves credit for dragging his team to the NBA Finals during his tenure in New Jersey. Rondo also carried his team to the Finals, but with a lot less weight on his shoulders. Rondo and Kidd are triple-double machines and are great stealers, but Rondo is more athletic where Kidd is a better shooter.
Chauncey Billups was never the most skilled, athletic, or smart player, but he was a leader. He led a Pistons team to a championship with many egos including the Wallaces. Also, he has led the Nuggets to the WCF with egos of J.R. Smith and Melo. Rose showed his leadership ability through his play in the 2008 first round playoofs verse the Celtics. As a rookie he stole three games and almost knocked off the future champions.
Both played shooting guard in college and both are mediocre shooters. Parker has always fed off of Duncan and Westbrook has fed off of Durant. Both are major slashers and very athletic. Expect Westbrook to get a few rings like Parker.
Believe it or not Stoudemire was thought of as a small forward going into the draft. Both Smith and Stoudemire are under-sized and decent shooter. Both are freakishly athletic and only if Stoudemire used his for defense like Smith.
Nowitzki will go down as one of the best players with out a ring. He was at his prime the best offensive big man in the game. This was thanks to his great shot which opened up the floor. Bargnani is the closest thing to Dirk because he is extremely skilled and is a seven footer with a great offensive game. Also, he is extremely under-rated.
You may be laughing, but mark my words Williams is going to be a stud. He is athletic, strong, fast and has a decent arsenal of offensive weapons, but he can't finish very well. Also, he has shown times where he has given up. Sound like someone familiar?
Steve Nash was in his prime the best passer the game probably has ever seen (except for Magic). Both Paul and Nash are great faciltators, shooters, scorers and leaders. Nash, though is not as athletic as Paul and not as great of a defender.
I'm just joking! There just tall.
Odom is a classic case of a SF-PF tweener. He is an athletic, quick, and skilled forward. This is the exact definition of Jeff Green. (Also, I could see Green coming off the bench and backing up Durant and letting Ibaka start after Green's troubles verse the Laker's monster frontcourt.)
I'm not just saying this because they are brothers, but they do have very similar styles of play. They are tall, skilled and have great shots. Marc will carry on the legacy of the Gasols.
Garnett was an athletic, lanky star in Minnesota. He was not happy with the progress in Minnesota so he hit the road to Boston. He joined up with Allen and Pierce and won a championship.
Bosh is an athletic, lanky star in Toronto. He was not happy with the progress in Toronto so he hit the road to Miami. He joined up with James and Wade and is vying for a championship.
Bosh will never be Garnett, but do you get the picture?
Shaq is by far the most dominant center in the league this decade. Dwight Howard has stolen some of his thunder and even his nickname. I believe Dwight is going to be something special if only he made a more dominant offensive game. They do have different styles of play. Dwight is an athletic, strong center with less offensive talent than O'Neal, who was a monstrous, skilled center during his prime.
Bryant is the most successful basketball player of this decade. With five rings and I believe more to come, he will go down as one of the greatest players in history. Kobe has also been loyal to his original team, even though there was some bickering. Dwayne Wade is more like Bryant because of his loyalty to the team. They play the same position and are mature leaders. LeBron James I think is nothing like Kobe because Bryant will never quit in games. Bryant is the closest thing to Jordan and in some way he is almost as successful. Also, Wade is such a competitor that in Game 4 of these playoffs he single-handedly won a game and prevented elimination. Also, Wade has a ring.
Tim Duncan is the best power forward of all time and there is nothing like him in the NBA currently.
They are both short, little players that are great shooters and our starting on a team with many egos. All I am going to say is that Chalmers needs to channel his inner Fisher.
John Wall is going to be a new breed of point guard. There has not been anything like him in the past and he will pave a way and become the best point guard in NBA history. He's tall, smart, athletic and skilled. Is there anything else you need to be successful in the NBA?