migya wrote:Championships and accolades mean alot to most people evaluating nba careers, it's just plain and simple. It isn't justified to a large degree in relation to many star players throughout history. Patrick Ewing is ranked somewhere between 30 -40 in ranks I've seen the last five years or so. For those who saw him play they know he was every bit a superstar like Olajuwon, Robinson, Jordan, Pippen and others and deserved to be on the Dream Team.
If Ewing had played most of his career with another star, let's say Clyde Drexler, from 1986 - 1996 at least, and won two championships, he'd be ranked higher alltime. Question is where abouts would he be ranked? Same stats and everything else but win two championships?
As a side note, had Lebron stayed in Cleveland his entire career, like Jordan basically did, Olajuwon, Robinson, Stockton and Malone, Duncan, Nowitzki and Ewing, AND win only one championship, let's say after 2010, his ranking would surely be different. Answer that as well; Where would Lebron be ranked?
Could have won one in 1992, 1993, 1994, maybe 1995. Easily could have “hurt” Jordan’s narrative.
1992: took 67 win, 10+ SRS Bulls to 7, series was tied in points after 6 games so no fluke. Not much offensive talent there.
1993: all time great defense, up 2-0 against a Bulls that had coasted during the regular season. There were some bad calls in game 5 vs. the Bulls, a game the Knicks blew because of shoddy FT shooting (20-35) so they can’t blame anybody. Have to say, all time great defense failed to stop the Bulls as Chicago scored well the entire series DESPTE Jordan throwing up a lot of bricks but getting the favor of a ton light contact fouls FTs (11+ FTA a game in a 86 possession per game series). Probably one of Pippen’s greatest series especially game 3 when Jordan went 3-18 and pippen saved the season and later in history, helped Jordan’s legacy. Grant played well offensively as well.
1994: Could have lost to the Bulls if not for a questionable call in game 5. As it was, with better offensive talent, they should have won the title vs. the Rockets, but Ewing had a terrible offensive finals himself. Another star could have helped.
Imagine Ewing were paired with someone like Curry. All of NBA history would be looked at differently and who the GOAT is would be a different discussion for the casuals, the RANNGZZZ crowd, etc.