When talking about the best players in the NBA, folks far too often refer to past accomplishments as if they are the end all discussion to what’s really the truth. People also have the bad habit of talking about what a player will one day be able to do.
It’s as if people chose to ignore what’s presently in front of them.
Most fans and Media personalities don’t even watch players or teams that they don’t consider relevant. So how can one accurately gauge who’s better than whom?
Opinions are still opinions...no matter how you want to dress them up. The only thing that gives credibility to an opinion is reasonable logic set upon an equal foundation.
Simply put. Don't speak on things you aren't familiar with.
There’s no logic in arguing about what player is better than the next if you haven’t devoted equal amount of attention to both players. It’s just not a reasonable notion.
People owe it to themselves, the players and the game itself to try and watch each player as much as possible. And until one does, he need not engage in certain discussion of basketball.
Premises For This Article
The basis for this article is not to discuss the greatness (career achievements) of a player. The premises for the article is to discuss the top players in the game based on their current abilities.
What a player did five years ago isn’t important if he isn’t doing the same thing today. If you’re going to bring up an 81-point game and speak in terms as if it’s being achieved on a regular occurrence, then you’re truly as dumb as this article suggests.
Potential is also a word thrown around carelessly. You cannot use the expectations of what a player may become to put him over a player who’s already achieved levels of skill and success that he hasn’t.
When discussing who the best players are, it isn’t important about what a player was or will be able to do...only the now bares relevance.
You can’t put player-A over player-B because of what he was able to do four or five seasons ago. To do so is to show you are an individual void of logical thinking.
I don’t care to hear about an 81-point game if it hasn’t been followed up with another or one remotely close in the past season. Only a complete idiot would argue past abilities as if they are current occurrences.
It’s great to be a fan but it isn’t healthy for the sport of basketball to be blindly devoted to one player. It’s borderline ridiculous to think that you over-valuing a players abilities somehow makes him even more capable.
Using team accomplishments to determine what player is greater is borderline idiotic in my opinion. Players do not increase the abilities of their teammates skill-set. They either make the game easier or motivate those teammates to play at or near their potential.
My method of critiquing players are based on overall abilities, consistency of performing at their peak levels, abilities to get the most out of their surrounding cast and how they fare when facing the top 16 teams.
I don’t expect many to share my opinions. I’m actually hoping that many don’t…thus creating room for great debates.
Anyway, if you’re going to try and sell me on your beliefs, don’t waste your time. Until we are at the midway point of the season, my opinions want be swayed.
So enjoy the article and do be reasonable in whatever response you choose to leave.