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NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

Posted on: September 19, 2009 1:58 pm
Every basketball fans have these arguments with the colleagues or friends all the time. Who's better LeBron or Kobe? Chris Paul or Deron Williams? Lakers or Celtics? Well im going to answer some of these questions.

1. Deron Williams vs. Chris Paul

Argument for Chris Paul: Paul is faster, he's been an all-star, and he puts up better numbers. He's also played with less talent around him. Deron Williams has had Carlos Boozer, Memhet Okur, and Andrei Krlenko.

Argument for Deron Williams: The majority of the times Paul and Williams match up Williams gets the better of Paul. Williams has gone farther into the postseason.

Winner: Deron Williams

Analysis: Point guards are much like quarterbacks, and are judged by the level of success they have had throughout their career. The Jazz have been better than the Hornets since Deron Williams arrived. Aside for that Deron Williams is the more complete player. Yes, Paul is a great point guard, but when teams like the Nuggets got physical with him he seemed to be uncomfortable. Deron Williams has the body to handle physical punishment from big point guards like Chauncey Billups. Deron Williams does everything a point guard is supposed to do. He is a great ball handler, a fantastic passer, a solid 3pt shooter, and has a terrific mid-range jumpshot. He also his a great defender.

2. LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant

Argument for LeBron James: Over the last 3 years he's statistically has been the most productive player in the NBA. He's carried a team to the playoffs and even the NBA finals with no much of a supporting cast. He's the most athletically gifted player in NBA history. He's a better passer than Kobe and is bigger, stronger, and faster.

Argument for Kobe Bryant: He's won 4 championships. He scored 81 points in a game. Has averaged over 35 points per game in a single season. He's the smarter player and is the better 3pt shooter. He's also the better defender and has been in the league longer. Also LeBron James can't shoot.

Winner: LeBron James

Analysis: LeBron player does too much to not be considered the NBA's best player. He's the only player since Michael Jordan that could average 30 points 7 rebonds and 7 assists over a stretch of a few months and still have a winning team. Yes it is true that Kobe is prolific scorer and cannot be stopped when he is on his game, but the same applies to LeBron James. The myth that LeBron can't shoot is clearly false. In career totals LeBron James and Kobe Bryant's three point shooting percentage is only seperated by 1.3%. As a matter of fact Kobe Bryant just like LeBron James only shot over 35% from the three point line in the first 6 years of his career. 

3. Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Argument for Celtics: The Celtics dominant when the Celtics were at full force with Kevin Garnett healthy. The Celtics have too many players to worry about: Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, Wallace, and House. The Celtics are hands down the NBA's best defensive team. The Celtics have the perfect chemistry seeing that everyone's mind is on winning. The only reason the Celtics didn't win the 2008-2009 championship is that they didn't their best player and the heart of the defense.

Argument for Lakers: It doesn't matter what you did before we are the most recent champions. We played without Andrew Bynum who could have changed the tide in our series against each other. The addition of Ron Artest is only going to make us better. Plus we have the best player in the NBA in Kobe Bryant.

Winner: Boston Celtics

Analysis: The Celtics dominated in their first season with Garnett. Even though they weren't close to perfect in the playoffs, they won every game that they had to win. If you take away Jordan away from the Bulls, Duncan away from the Spurs, Chauncey away from the Pistons, or Kobe away from the Lakers they surely would all falter. With the return of Garnett and the additions of Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels the Celtics clearly are the better team.

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2010 8:22 pm

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

oh sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2010 1:46 pm

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

Kobe is better than LeBron

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2010 12:59 pm

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

man your on all-star level and you say ther isnt any thing about D Williams game that pops out at you,man you must be living in the days of way back.Put D Williams on a top 5 team in the east ,I bet that team makes the NBA finals.Man D Williams is one of the top yeah I did say top PG in the game today,what are blind.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2010 3:23 pm

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

It's not even close between dwill and cp3? i think you must not watch much of both guards actual play. Your probably one of the guys who just bases judgments off stats

Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2010 12:14 am

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

ok D williams is just a really solid PG that everyone would like on there team but there isnt alot about his game that just POPS out at me. Great passer though.

Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2010 12:10 am

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

deron williams is a very good PG dont get me wrong but cmon its Chris Paul dude its not even close.

i agree with lebron and the celtics though thats good

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 1:12 pm

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

   Personally, I have read and liked when others posted about "WHO is better...Kobe or LBJ". I found it intriguing what others thought around the world. Though I'm new to posting, I have read the boards often. Now I'm putting my 2 cents out there for all who wants to know the truth.
    I am a Clevelander, born and raised. Love my sports teams but never idolized players. After watching this video... New York, You can have him! LBJ that is, Im no longer rooting for "the King", "the chosen One" "Witness" or any other name you want to give him... I have done lots of research and it all makes sense now to me. WAKE UP PEOPLE, Theres no wonder anymore as to why so many Idolize these 2 great players, and why one of them (LBJ) wants to be the biggest superstar the sports scene has ever had!!

Watch it all, if you have the guts!

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:59 am

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

That's a refreshing approach, DETboitay. Let the system work out who the best team is. Let the champion reign, and then let all comers challenge that champion until the end of the next season and see who comes out on top. Isn't that why the games and the play-offs are played? If its nothing but blogger speculation, why bother with the actual games?

OK, you can argue endlessly about a player in the 60s and one in the 90s or about a team from the 70s and one from today, but there is no need to argue about the best team. The NBA has already worked out a way to determine that.

One argument no one is going to dispute is that my team (the UCLA Bruins) this year must be the worst team in living memory.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 12:16 pm

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

Boston fans/supporters love to throw around the fact that KG was out with an injury and that fact alone is why the didn't repeat as champs. The last time I checked the celtics still had 2 future HOF's on the roster who contributed well during their run. The fact of the matter is while KG would have certaintly helped in their run , if feel they still would have been beaten in the Eastern Conference Finals. Heck the Bulls took them to seven games with paul pierce and ray allen(those two HOF's I mentioned earlier).

As for the argument who's better Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams it's close, but I'll have to give the nod to Deron Williams. Deron Williams can score, pass, and his ball handling ability it up to par with Chris Paul. To be me separates the two is the fact that Deron Williams is bigger and stronger. An asset that is needed in the Western Conference with all the big guards. Bigger guards can get CP down on the blocks and punish him, often times needing a double team that frees up another shooter, which could the Hornets. Deron Williams is able to man up on those big guards and not need help on defense.

As for the Kobe vs Lebron argument, Kobe is the better defender, ball handler, and shooter. He's also got the notion as being the best closer in the game. Lebron is the better passer, but Kobe can pass the ball as well. Lebron just doesn't have that cold-blooded mentality that Kobe has. Kobe is the only player that will guard the best player when you need a stop on the defensive end in crunch time, AND come down and put up the game winning shot on the other end. Nothing against Lebron I just think Kobe is the better player.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2009 11:00 pm

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

With the Celtics Rasheed being on the Celtics he doesn't really need to be a force. He probably will play 25-30 minutes. As for Marquis Daniels being a poor defender im not sure about that. When he was with Dallas he was one of the few players on that team who played defense. Tony Parker has 3 rings. Us he really better than Chris Paul. You give LeBron James Shaq or Pau Gasol and he would've won a couple rings by now. Rings are not one by players, but by teams. It is appearent that you need to have a team to win, not the best the player.

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