KobesScarf wrote:Karl Malone is several tiers above Dwight.
Offensively Malone>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dwight
There’s no way the offense is that much larger than the defensive gap.
Peak Dwight if 2011 averaged 27 ppg on 68 ts% in a first round exit.
Peak Malone if 1992 averaged 29 ppg on 62 ts% in the playoffs.
And you and others are underselling the defensive gap by a lot, Malone was nothing more than a good defender, not an anchor. Dwight was a legit 3 time DPOY player, he wasn’t quite KG/Duncan level but he wasn’t far off and he was certainly better than weak DPOY winners like Chandler or Noah.
I probably agree with your conclusion, but the offensive gap is much bigger than the stats you quoted suggets.
First of all, Karl was excellent passer. Not just decent, but excellent - one of the best in the league at his position. He really impacted the game with passing and playmaking from the high post. Meanwhile Howard was probably the worst passing star I've ever watched.
Secondly, Malone was much more versatile. Howard's volume in 2011 is an outlier, usually he was more of a finisher than shot creator. That's why their efficiency is comparable, but their impact is not.