VUK1 wrote:I think after these three there are genuine arguments for and against a number of players, and as I've said, Bodiroga's metal tally puts him well and truly in the discussion.
Jasikevicius's accomplishments would have also been super impressive if he didn't go to the NBA, but since he did, he was exposed as nothing more than an average player. Now no-one talks about him, and rightfully so.
All the great euro talents who made in their name in 90s and 00s eventually went to the NBA to prove their worth, except for Bodiroga. He's the odd man out - he backed out of the fight, hence why I don't understand the logic of putting him alongside other euro greats.
1992 onwards, a player's ultimate worth is based on his success in the NBA. Gold, silver, bronze medals were OK (but not good) measure before the 90s, but now they are worthless when discussing the best players in the world. Why? Because, unlike soccer, the best basketball players in the world are not 100% committed to play for their national team. Just about every team in every international competition have a few of their best players missing. Whereas in the NBA, the best are always playing.