Posted on: January 1, 2010 4:21 pm
Welcome everyone to the new year and I thought I would write my 1st Blog on the 1st of the year. For a topic I thought we should tackle amazing single season stat lines for currently playing players. There have been some crazy numbers put up by the superstars of the past decade and I am sure we will continue to see some insane season stat lines from our younger players like Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy, and Dwight Howard as we kick off this new decade. Now none of these stats compare to the likes of what was seen back in the early years of the league, but time are different and nobody will ever average 50 points a game or 20 rebounds. Those days are clearly in the past. So let us take a look at some standout seasons by some standout players. In no order.
Shaquille O'Neal 99-00. Shaq has had many great seasons and if you ask me he should have at least 5 MVPs on his self at home. Nobody could stop Shaq in his prime, not even a triple team. He was a force and this was the season that stands out to me. Flat out crazy stuff.
29.7ppg, 13.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, and 3 bpg while shooting .574 from the floor.
Allen Iverson 04-05. The very next season AI would go on to average 33 points a game but it was in this season that I believe he played his best basketball and he averaged his career high in assists.
30.7ppg, 7.9apg, 4rpg, and 2.4 spg.
LeBron James 07-08. One thing that can be said about LBJ is that he is very consistant and every season has been very good for him, but this season jumps out with his career high in rebounds.
30ppg, 7.9rpg, 7.2apg, and 1.8spg while shooting .484 from the floor.
Kobe Bryant 02-03. Sure there was 04-05 when he averaged 35.4ppg but t was in 02-03 that Kobe shined as an all-around great player as he averaged career highs in rebounds and 3p% and almost in assists as well.
30ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.9apg, 2.2spg, while shooting .383 from the arc and .451 overall.
Tracy McGrady 02-03. In the same season that Kobe was at his best he was not alone and at the time many even thought McGrady was the better of the two and the best in the league. Sad to see him fade.
32.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.5apg, 1.6spg, while shooting .386 from the arc and .457 overall.
There are many more great season out there that i have left for you to reply with. So what other great single seasons can you offer up and am I wrong with the selections I made for the players above?
Posted on: May 24, 2009 1:01 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2009 1:02 pm
While checking out a few of the now notorious Kobe vs Jordan or LeBron vs Jordan threads I keep running into this single argument that I have trouble swallowing. Some Posters keeps refering to the 1990s as a weak decade for NBA basketball. Often the argument states that there were few teams outside the Bulls that were really even that good and that that is why Michael Jordan is looked at so greatly. Then you will here this followed by the fact that the Lakers and Celtics were old and could no longer challenge the Bulls. That idea is an injustice to many great teams of the 1990s, many of which could have given the 80s Lakers and Celtics a run for their money. Am I saying that the 90s were better then the 80s? No, what I am saying is that they were very close and solid arguments can be made in both cases. Let us take a look.
The 1980s were really dominated by two teams and we all understand that. The rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics is by far the greatest in the NBA and maybe in all sports behind Yankees/Redsox. Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson in college and then on the NBA hardwood is a storybook-type legend that shaped the NBA into a powerhouse league. The Celtics with Bird, Parish, McHale, and Walton created perhaps the greatest frontcourts in NBA history and the Lakers with Magic, Worthy, Kareem, and Cooper were maybe the most balanced and exciting teams ever. Nothing can be taken away from what these two teams did and how great they were.