We had an article about this in the past, but would your opinion sway a little bit seeing they went head to head in the ECF this year?
Lebron is 24 going to be 25 at the beginning of the season. Dwight is 23 going to be 24 at the beginning of the season.
Former PSD Thread on Dwight vs Lebron - Link
Through a study of NBA history, the debate largely has been decided, the outcome even repeated in recent times.
You'd take a great big man over a great small man any day of the week and twice during the NBA Finals.
There are championship banners in Boston, thanks to Bill Russell. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the grand marshal for parades in Los Angeles. Seven of the last 10 titles have been won by the San Antonio Spurs and the Lakers, teams that were anchored by Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal.
Of course, there have been exceptions to the rules — and to the rulers.
Like Michael. Like Isiah.
And like LeBron?
If you had to start a franchise, would you take Magic all-star center Dwight Howard, 23, or the Cavs all-star small forward LeBron James, 24?
"Uh, oh, wow. ... I played with Shaq, but that's a tough one," said former NBA veteran Dennis Scott. "I would, um, go with. ..."
"Traditionally, I'd have to go with the big guy — Dwight. At the end of the day, you need that inside presence ... for defense, rebounding. He opens everything up and makes the game easier. Not to discredit LeBron, but as good as he is, I think it's easier finding another LeBron than a Shaq or a Dwight.
Teams find a way to take away your best player, so you have to have good players around them.
"If you just have Shaq and nothing around them, you have problems. If you just have Jordan and nothing around them, you have problems."
Asked if LeBron should get the edge over Dwight because he led the Cavs to an NBA Finals appearance in 2006-07, Smith cracked, "OK, what do you get for that? A parting gift?"
The Case for Lebron
•Five reasons to build around Cleveland's LeBron James:
1. Michael Jordan effect.
King James has taken Cavs to Finals without great cast.
2. He IS big.
A matchup nightmare, there's never been a more freakish 6-8, 260-pounder.
3. Late-game magic.
LeBron can get calls, make FTs in clutch.
4. He has believers.
Several teams are creating cap-room for his 2010 free-agent season.
5. Box office boon.
Why else would you buy a Cavs ticket?
The Case for Dwight
• Five reasons to build around Orlando's Dwight Howard:
1. Big men rule.
What Shaq and Tim Duncan have in common the last decade: Rings.
2. He's a rare find.
Especially a great center with Howard's athleticism.
3. Hello, easy baskets.
Howard provides plenty of dunks and lay-ups.
4. Intimidation factor.
He has discovered he can change games defensively, too.
5. Recruiting magnet.
Free agents love to play with a franchise center on a contender