1993Playoffs wrote:The more and more I evaluate his career I'm left with one prevailing thought.........The amount of pure destruction to opposing teams this guy did in his peak and prime is simply unmatched. Even Jordan and LeBron were never quite as unstoppable as peak Shaq imo.
I also think he was a better basketball player with the better peak and prime than his contemporary who is ranked higher most places in Duncan,
of course he had his faults like FT shooting and pick and roll D but his man to man Defense was pretty great in his career
but do you have Shaq in your top 5? he was such a unique and dominant player its getting hard for me to leave him ouy imo
Top 10 not Top 5. There's a simple question here relating to Duncan that's important:
If you were drafting these guys for the future of your franchise, who would you expect to give you more?
The answer is clearly Duncan for reasons that have to with attitude.
I tend to make some allowances for stars who had some attitude problems early on but figured it out while still relatively early in their prime, but Shaq never changed. He just proved over and over again that he would inevitably have drama wherever he was, and once he caused that drama, it was only a matter of time before he'd be gone.
And yet still, I have Shaq in my Top 10 because he was that freaking good.