aminiaturebuddha wrote:Totally random hypothetical. Let's say someone came back from 25 years in the future and told you that one of the Canadians currently playing in the NBA joined Steve Nash and James Naismith as the only Canadians in the Hall of Fame. Who would you think that would be? And how would you see the best-case scenario of their career turning out to have that happen.
SGA for me (easily). He is just doing so many things at a truly elite level already and still improving at a quick pace. He may be on a path to being a Top 5 player in the NBA - I really think he will be an all-NBA caliber player. I don't quite see that ceiling with Murray or Barrett (could happen). Both easily could become allstars (Murray is pretty much already), but SGA has the potential to be another tier up for them.
I think you're probably right, and he seems like the obvious choice. But I posed the question because I could see a scenario where Murray gets there as well. Team success is a big factor in Hall of Fame selections, and Murray is clearly on the superior team at the moment (and who knows when or if OKC's draft pick bonanza team building strategy will pay off).
If Denver improves into a solid contender for the next 6-8 years, and Murray becomes more consistently the guy that he's been for the past couple of months (or better yet, playoff-Murray), and perhaps Denver wins a couple of championships over that time period, that could be a path to get him there, as the second banana on a top championship team, with maybe 3 or 4 All-Star appearances thrown in. He'd probably still need to play for another 12 years or so, and get his totals up so he's above the 20,000 career points mark (he's at 5600 right now), but I think it's possible. Probably about a 20% chance.
But yeah, SGA seems to be on a more likely path right now. I just hope OKC is done selling for the future, and can now start building around him so we can see what he can do on a good team. His playoff performance last year wasn't great, and I'd like to see him get back there sooner rather than later to get a better sense of how he handles the post-season.