A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
I caused a bit of a ruckus with yesterday’s post on the 100 Greatest players in the Turnover Era. Apparently there’s no way that Michael Jordan cannot be the number 1 player on the list (even though he missed the better part of five seasons to injury or other causes). My response comes as always in the form of a graph:
Or maybe two:
The conclusion? Consistency matters. Barkley, Magic, Duncan and Rodman are the only 4 players among the top 100 that always played like stars. Jordan was the greatest shooting guard ever but:
- He missed time to injury
- He missed time because he was bored with basketball (take a look at that sentence again)
- His teammates and coach were a little better than average (Just a little).
- He was bad at the end
If we set up a hypothetical 100 best players ever draft, I’m comfortable saying Jordan is not my number one pick. My list actually goes something like this:
But that just my opinion. Feel free to disagree.
In fact, I dare you. Make your own draft list and post it below. 🙂