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Posted on: July 27, 2008 12:46 am
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Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No. 8)

8th best player of all-time:

Elgin Baylor, SF

Some players can score very well. Some players are solid passers. Some players are great rebounders. However, few players have all of these qualities. One of those who do is Elgin Baylor.

Many will argue that Baylor had the greatest all around game ever in NBA history, and I am one of those who might agree. There was not much Baylor couldn't do. As stated earlier, he was a great shooter, a monster on the boards, and an accomplished passer. Also, his strength and speed were hard to match.

Many will argue that Baylor is not good enough to be on this list, and that he is too high, but if you think about it, I think Baylor is a good pick for this spot on the list. Here are some of his accomplishments:

Although his list of awards may not be as dazzling as other's, his play on the court did dazzle the onlookers, and dazzled them in a way that the NBA had not experienced before. His trademark jump shot is one of those shots that will not be forgotten by those who watched him play.

I believe Elgin Baylor was a great player, and as much as credit as he got, he was still slightly underrated. The reason I had to include him was there is just not much he cannot do. And a solid all-around player such as Baylor must get some credit, right?

8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajuwon

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Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:30 pm
 

20 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time

1. Wilt Chamberlain, C
2. Magic Johnson, PG
3. Michael Jordan, SG
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C
5. Bill Russell, C
6. Larry Bird, SF
7. Oscar Robertson, PG
8. Hakeem Olajuwon, C
9. Tim Duncan, PF
10. Shaquille O'Neal, C
11. Jerry West, SG
12. Elgin Baylor, SF
13. Kobe Bryant, SG
14. Julius Erving, SF
15. Karl Malone, PF
16. David Robinson, C 
17. Moses Malone, C
18. Elvin Hayes, PF
19. Pete Maravich, SG
20. John Stockton, PG

Thoughts?

Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:11 pm
 

All-Time NBA Teams

First Team

PG- Magic Johnson (could do it all, played all five positions at one point in his career, great leader)
SG- Michael Jordan (hands down one of the greatest athletes ever, he was great)
SF- Larry Bird (drained threes like free throws, greatest shooter ever)
PF- Tim Duncan (had a calm personality off the court, dominated opponents on the court)
C- Wilt Chamberlain (one of the most dominating centers)

Second Team

PG- Oscar Robertson (great overall game for a point guard)
SG- Jerry West (combined high scoring offense with lockdown defense)
SF- Elgin Baylor (averaged thirteen boards a game... word.)
PF- Karl Malone (made up one of the most feared duos in basketball history, great inside presence)
C- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (so many MVP awards I've lost count, sick sky hook)

Third Team

PG- John Stockton (master passer, threw assists to the Mailman in his sleep)
SG- Kobe Bryant (can make any shot from any location)
SF- Julius Erving (the best doctor and showman in the history of the NBA)
PF- Elvin Hayes (very underrated, great rebounding and defense)
C- Bill Russell (more rings than fingers... sweet)

Posted on: June 2, 2008 10:15 am
 

NBA Finals Preview and Predictions

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (1) Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers:

PG- Derek Fisher
SG- Kobe Bryant
SF- Vladimir Radmanovic
PF- Lamar Odom
C- Pau Gasol

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Boston Celtics:

PG- Rajon Rondo
SG- Ray Allen
SF- Paul Pierce
PF- Kevin Garnett
C- Kendrick Perkins

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Two of the best dynasties in NBA history, either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics will add another championship ring to their already large collection.

In Los Angeles, the stars went from Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor, to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, to the Shaq days, and now to what you could call the Kobe Bryant era.

In Boston, the stars went from Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek to Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, and slowly to the Big Three era of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.

Now, one of these teams will win again, something that both of these teams sure know how to do.

On one side, you have the surprise team, the Celtics, who made huge changes in the offseason, acquired Garnett from Minnesota, Allen from Seattle, and rolled to the best record in the NBA. Also, a young prospect named Rajon Rondo showed he's not all hype.

On the other side, you have the Lakers, who are down but never out. Led by young prospect Andrew Bynum for the early part of the season, the Lakers looked stronger than ever. However, when tragedy struck and Bynum got injured for the season, the Lakers traded Javaris Crittenton in a package deal to Memphis for big man Pau Gasol. Gasol's impact on the team was amazing, as the Lakers rolled to the best record in the West.

The battle of the number one seeds should be a great one, but a quick one. The Cetlics' road woes throughout the postseason is a major cause of concern, and something the Lakers will look to take advantage of. The Lakers also have a problem, however, with being able to stop all of the Big Three, which will require some great defense throughout the series. Also, will the Celtics be able to stop the phenomenal NBA MVP Kobe Bryant? They did stop LeBron James, but remember that took 7 games to do. And the Lakers, unlike the Cavaliers, have other stars. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom are both excellent options.

If you compare the matchups:

D.Fisher vs. R.Rondo (Advantage Fisher)
K.Bryant vs. R.Allen (Advantage Bryant)
V.Radmanovic vs. P.Pierce (Advantage Pierce)
LOdom vs. K.Garnett (Advantage Garnett)
P.Gasol vs. K.Perkins (Advantage Gasol)

Although the Lakers win the matchup battle three to two, the Rondo-Fisher matchup could really go either way, so the head-to-head matchups don't provide much help after all.

However, if you combine the Kobe Bryant factor, the Celtics' road woes, the Pau Gasol-Lamar Odom factor, the fact that Phil Jackson is still a great coach after all these years, and Doc Rivers is just okay at best, and lastly the fact that the Lakers are simply the better team, then you get the winner...

Prediction: Lakers in 5
NBA Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant

Posted on: March 26, 2008 10:20 pm
 

Ranking the All-Time Great Small Forwards

Last one, and I'm brain-dead...

  • Larry Bird
  • Elgin Baylor
  • Julius Erving
  • LeBron James
  • John Havlicek (or is he a SG?)
  • Rick Barry
  • Scottie Pippen
  • James Worthy
  • n/a

Soon I'll post my top 20 players of all-time...

 
 
 
 
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