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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: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 6:41 pm

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

LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant?  Wow, that is hard to swallow.  Zero rings.  Discussion can end right there.

Celtics vs. Lakers, Lakers add Ron Artest, one of the best forwards in the game.  Celtics add Marquis Daniels, a reserve who plays sloppy defense, and Rasheed Wallace who hasn't been a force in several seasons.  Believe me, I had the "privaledge" of watching him play for the Pistons, he could still be great, but would rather mope, whine, and bomb ill advised threes.  I don't see the addition of Wallace being much of a help for the Garnett's C's.  The Lakers should win 70 games and the Celtics aren't going to be the #1 seed in the East.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2009 7:03 pm

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

Deron Williams has been snubbed by the fans over the last few years. Can you honestly say Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Brandon Roy, and Chauncey Billups are all better than Deron Williams. I doubt it. Last year Deron Williams averaged 19.4 pts and over 10 assists. While his best running mate Carlos Boozer was injured. He made Paul Milsap look like a borderline all-star at times last year. Since his sophmore year in the NBA Williams has always been in the playoffs. If you can find a hole in Deron Williams game i would like to hear it. Like I said in my post he can shoot the 3, the midrange, he has tremendous handles, he has sneaky speed and a great first step, he is as strong as Chauncey Billups and as savvy as a Steve Nash. He is solid defender leavin no hole in his game.

Also, LeBron is not the greatest shooter in the NBA, but he can shoot. He shot 34.1% from the 3pt line. Many of those shots were from a long distance way beyond the three point line. He had 8 games in which he made at least 4 three pointers, highlighted by a 8-11 performance against Milwaukee. I never seen a player who can't shoot make 8 threes in a game, go on and watch the highlights of that Bucks game. I've not the biggest fan of LeBron, but when you shoot threes from that distance there is clearly something special about your shooting ability. As for LeBron being a ball-hog, that news to me. He is always in the top 10 in assists. He has the ball in hands alot because he is the best plaayer on the Cavaliers and West and Williams are not suited to initiate an offense.

Age is overrated. When you have 3 players such as Pierce, Garnett, and Allen age doesn't matter as much. Most future hall of famers such as Allen, Garnett, and Pierce don't fall off until the age of 34 or 35. As for rondo being a bum. He was the point guard in the playoffs. His numbers were not fabricated by the talent around him because Garnett wasn't there. Most teams have 3 all-stars. The Celtics essentially had 2 last year running with Rondo. Are you gonna tell me that Jameer Nelson isn't a good player because he played with Turk, Dwight, and Rashard? Can you really say Tony Parker wasn't good because he ran with Duncan and Ginobili. Can you honestly tell me that Steve Nash is a bum because he played well with Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire, and Shawn Marion a few years ago. Look at the games on youtube, for the majority of the Celtics best playoff games last year Rondo was the best player on the Celtics.

I'm not trying to put down what the Lakers did because they were great last year, but the Celtics didn't really have a fair chance at defending their title without Kevin Garnett.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2009 5:45 pm

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

Im a really big fan of all your post and blog's.And I agree on every post.

But I have to disagree with you on every argument here.

Has Deron Williams made an All-Star team yet?

Lebron is a ball-hog and he can't shoot.

I would put Cleveland before the Celtics.They have an PG who is a bum and his team make's him look good.4 of 5 starter's are 32+ years old.They want hold up for 82 games. 

Until someone else when's the NBA championship I belive the Lakers are the best team in the NBA.

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