When Drexler was playing, he was widely regarded, uncontestedly through to the mid 90's, and the second best shooting guard in the league. This was a guy who was posting 25-6-6 for several years during his prime on a very good team. He sometimes missed out on All-NBA teams due to the dpeth of point guards that made it ahead of him, but he was second to only Jordan from at least 88, through to 92 if not longer.
I had the privileged to watch him play, and even as a Detroit fan I would have easily conceded Drexler was better than Dumars, and would have ranked Drexler ahead of Mitch Richmond until around 95.
Drexler played during the hand-checking era, and only one guard in the league got more attention on defense (Jordan), but he still managed to put up some amazing numbers.
So my question is: How would he stack up against the likes of Kobe and Wade? Do you think Drexler would have been playing on a par with them? Better than them? Or perhaps near their level but not quite at their level?
Looking at his numbers, it might be easy to dismiss him and say he would not be as good, given Kobe and Wade's pique scoring averages, but having watched both play, and considering how the rule have changed to made the game easier for perimeter players, I have to say, I think Drexler's number would be up significantly from the late 80's and early 90's when the fouls were hard and the rule were geared toward big-man play.
What are your thoughts?