76ciology wrote:I was following the Magic a lot at that time. Because i have a brother who is a big magic fan and is also a long time realgmer. (This explains if he has same IP address with me, mods)
What you are saying is true. But Magic folded as soon as Dwight isnt as effective as he was during the Raps and Hawks series where both teams basically have no ideas to stop him.
Let’s just say that at one point i think the gameplan Hawks had was to just defend D12 on single coverage and live with the result. D12 can’t just score the entire game alone.
D12 made everything clicked. Whether it’s the two man game with him and Jameer or Turkoglu. Or how Lewis (pre-steroids) found his perfect role as the stretch 4 for D12.
After D12 was neutralized and Lakers was reigning supreme, they realized that D12 won’t be valued as a “queen” but more as a “rook” only against the Lakers. So they searched for that closer in Vince Carter and Gilbert Arenas.
Then they just collapsed on and off the court.
If you ask me, Dwight was just at the right place and at the right time. He reigned in the east when he faced the Bargnanis, Varejaos and Al horfords in the east. But if you look at his numbers, he struggles generally against western conference teams for these teams have the right guys to slow him down.
Well, yeah, Dwight wasn't that great of an offensive player. Most of his buckets occurred on 2nd chance points off of offensive rebounds, screen and roll, and occasionally in the post. His post game was severely underdeveloped compared to the bigs we're talking about.
And he never had a worthy co-star.