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SAVAGE CLAW
12-08-2008, 02:37 AM
Ok ,let me make something clear:
By 80s generation i dont mean players that played even 1 game in that decade, yes Jordan played in the 80s but his Heyday was in the 90s with all the titles.
Thats also the case for players like Karl Malone, Stockton, Dream, Ewing etc.

Of course those drafted in late 80s like Robinson or Kemp are 90s generation Players.

This rule also aplies for 70s players, yes Walton Sr did play the same amount of years in the 80s than in the 70s but his glory days are the 70s.

So thats the rule to aply " players that have played the most years of their careers , or at least the MOST IMPORTANT years of their careers trough the 79-90 to 88-89 seasons" qualify.

You can have some consideration with ABA merger victims, since we are talking Nba, it doesnt matter their best days were 70s tough.

Here is my list , top ten for every Position :


Point Guards:

10 Andy Toney

9 Ray Williams

8 Gus Williams

7 Norm Nixon

6 Mo Cheeks

5 Dereck Harper

4 Fat Lever

3 Dennis Johnson

2 Isiah Thomas

1 Magic Johnson

SHOOTING GUARD:

10 Otis Birdsong

9 Rolando Blackman

8 M Ray Richardson

7 Sidney Moncrieff

6 Rickey Pierce

5 Calvin Natt

4 World Be Free

3 Walter Davis

2 Joe Dumars

1 George Gervin

SMALL FOWARD

10 Eddie Johnson (Suns)

9 Jamaal Wilkes

8 Adrian Dantley

7 Alex English

6 Kiki Vandeweghe

5 James Worthy

4 Bernard King

3 Dominique Wilkins

2 Julius Ervin

1 Larry Bird

POWER FOWARD

10 Thurl Bailey

9 Orlando Woolridge

8 Darryl Dawkins

7 Alvan Adams

6 Terry Cummings

5 Marc Aguirre

4 Buck Williams

3 Larry Nance

2 Tom Chambers

1 Kevin Mchale

CENTER

10 Joe Barry Carroll

9 Robert Parish

8 Brad Daugherty

7 Jack Sikma

6 Bill Lambieer

5 Ralph Sampson

4 Mark Eaton

3 Bill Cartwright

2 Artis Gilmore

1 Kareem Abdul Jabbar.


Wow is kind of freaky how weak was the PF position back then.... and how STRONG is now.

superkegger
12-08-2008, 02:40 AM
I'm not old enough to know anyone but the bigger names...and I'm probably on the older end of the average aged poster in here.

SAVAGE CLAW
12-08-2008, 02:44 AM
Yes i did have to look in some pages to remind some of the names because i had COMPLETELY forgotten about them, and i watched that era from 83-84 on.

Its strange how some players get forgotten everybody remembers the top dogs, Magic Bird, some of us remember the consistent allstars too like Gilmore or English, but some just fade away.

I wonder wich active players will go into each category.... Easy remembrance,Fan remembrance, oblivion.

rhino17
12-08-2008, 02:50 AM
Hakeem Olajuwon needs to be added to the POWER FORWARD list


YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
84-85 HOU 82 82 35.5 .538 .000 .613 5.40 6.50 11.90 1.4 1.21 2.68 2.85 4.20 20.6
85-86 HOU 68 68 36.3 .526 .000 .645 4.90 6.60 11.50 2.0 1.97 3.40 2.87 4.00 23.5
86-87 HOU 75 75 36.8 .508 .200 .702 4.20 7.20 11.40 2.9 1.87 3.39 3.04 3.90 23.4
87-88 HOU 79 79 35.8 .514 .000 .695 3.80 8.30 12.10 2.1 2.05 2.71 3.08 4.10 22.8
88-89 HOU 82 82 36.9 .508 .000 .696 4.10 9.40 13.50 1.8 2.60 3.44 3.35 4.00 24.8
89-90 HOU 82 82 38.1 .501 .167 .713 3.60 10.40 14.00 2.9 2.12 4.59 3.85 3.80 24.3

He put up those stats in the 80s and took 2 teams the the NBA finals

other accomplishments in the 80s
-5 all-star appearences
-3 all-nba first team
-1 all-nba 2nd team
-2 all-nba defensive team
-#1 overall pick in the draft

SAVAGE CLAW
12-08-2008, 02:59 AM
^His main Legacy has come in the 90s with the two rings, and he retired in the 00s so he is one of the best Players in the 90s, Probably number two behind MJ.

I have doubts to add Othis Thorpe to the Pf list, but he was more like a 90s guy too....

God i had to sweat to complete the PF List.... :p

superkegger
12-08-2008, 03:01 AM
Hakeem Olajuwon needs to be added to the POWER FORWARD list



He put up those stats in the 80s and took 2 teams the the NBA finals

other accomplishments in the 80s
-5 all-star appearences
-3 all-nba first team
-1 all-nba 2nd team
-2 all-nba defensive team
-#1 overall pick in the draft

I don't think hes discounting hakeems 80's accomplishments, but its pretty clear hakeems glory days came in the 90's.

SC says this


the MOST IMPORTANT years of their careers

so unless hakeems 2 rings in the 1990's were the msot important years of his career, hes off the list for the 80's under savage's rules....

rhino17
12-08-2008, 03:04 AM
i thought it was just best players, not 80s legacy guys, nwm then

MooseWithFleas
12-08-2008, 03:08 AM
No Moses Malone = Fail

marvILLous
12-08-2008, 03:11 AM
No Moses Malone = Fail

haha nice

superkegger
12-08-2008, 03:21 AM
No Moses Malone = Fail

Good call. Moses Malone is one of the greatest players of all time. Probably just outside the top 10 IMO.

Lakerfrk
12-08-2008, 03:33 AM
Where is Joe Dumars!?!?!

kobe_isnt_human
12-08-2008, 04:09 AM
where is mj?

Lakersfan2483
12-08-2008, 04:29 AM
Ok ,let me make something clear:
By 80s generation i dont mean players that played even 1 game in that decade, yes Jordan played in the 80s but his Heyday was in the 90s with all the titles.
Thats also the case for players like Karl Malone, Stockton, Dream, Ewing etc.

Of course those drafted in late 80s like Robinson or Kemp are 90s generation Players.

This rule also aplies for 70s players, yes Walton Sr did play the same amount of years in the 80s than in the 70s but his glory days are the 70s.

So thats the rule to aply " players that have played the most years of their careers , or at least the MOST IMPORTANT years of their careers trough the 79-90 to 88-89 seasons" qualify.

You can have some consideration with ABA merger victims, since we are talking Nba, it doesnt matter their best days were 70s tough.

Here is my list , top ten for every Position :


Point Guards:

10 Andy Toney

9 Ray Williams

8 Gus Williams

7 Norm Nixon

6 Mo Cheeks

5 Dereck Harper

4 Fat Lever

3 Dennis Johnson

2 Isiah Thomas

1 Magic Johnson

SHOOTING GUARD:

10 Otis Birdsong

9 Rolando Blackman

8 M Ray Richardson

7 Sidney Moncrieff

6 Rickey Pierce

5 Calvin Natt

4 World Be Free

3 Walter Davis

2 Joe Dumars

1 George Gervin

SMALL FOWARD

10 Eddie Johnson (Suns)

9 Jamaal Wilkes

8 Adrian Dantley

7 Alex English

6 Kiki Vandeweghe

5 James Worthy

4 Bernard King

3 Dominique Wilkins

2 Julius Ervin

1 Larry Bird

POWER FOWARD

10 Thurl Bailey

9 Orlando Woolridge

8 Darryl Dawkins

7 Alvan Adams

6 Terry Cummings

5 Marc Aguirre

4 Buck Williams

3 Larry Nance

2 Tom Chambers

1 Kevin Mchale

CENTER

10 Joe Barry Carroll

9 Robert Parish

8 Brad Daugherty

7 Jack Sikma

6 Bill Lambieer

5 Ralph Sampson

4 Mark Eaton

3 Bill Cartwright

2 Artis Gilmore

1 Kareem Abdul Jabbar.


Wow is kind of freaky how weak was the PF position back then.... and how STRONG is now.

Michael Jordan should be on your list, he was "arguably" the best player in the 80's, he didn't have the supporting cast during that time to win titles. All of that said, he still led his team to the playoffs and he put up "great" numbers, just ask Bird and the Celtics. lol

LAKERMANIA
12-08-2008, 04:35 AM
where is mj?

explained in the first post.

Draco
12-08-2008, 10:58 AM
explained in the first post.

Makes little sense to me.. he played more than half the 80s decade.. who cares if he won his titles in the 90s.

SAVAGE CLAW
12-08-2008, 08:33 PM
^No need for homerism specially since there are 5!!! former Bulls listed.

Draco
12-08-2008, 08:38 PM
^No need for homerism specially since there are 5!!! former Bulls listed.

You have Brad Daugherty who was drafted in '86 and Joe Dumars who was drafted in '85 and MJ was drafted in '84 yet his 'hey day' was in the 1990's. Your post made no sense.. nothing to do with 'homerism'

SAVAGE CLAW
12-08-2008, 08:42 PM
Joe Dumars, a champion in years 88-89 and 89-90 , his numbers in the 90s were not as good and Pistons sucked.

Daugherty SHOULD have been a 90s guys, pity he injured himself so bad and had to retire soon and his game took a hit thats why he is in the 80s when he was good.

Its the same case than Grant Hill and Afernee, should have been in the 00s list but im placing them in the 90s list because they spent current decade in medical rehabilitation centers instead of the court.

MooseWithFleas
12-08-2008, 08:52 PM
Put Moses Malone in :mad:

Chronz
12-09-2008, 04:52 PM
Why cant players make both lists? You said you were amazed by how weak certain positions were but some of that is attributed to you not acknowledging the great players who didnt make the list because.....why?


Also how do you define better? Im sure some players spent their prime years in the 80's but won more in the 70's/90's or vice versa. I mean what makes you think Kareem was a better player in the 80's than in the 70's, despite the fact that he was 32 when the 80's began. Your essentially saying that youd rather have a Kareem from age 32-41 than Kareem from 22-31. I get confused when people try to set subjective limitations.

Chronz
12-09-2008, 04:54 PM
Put Moses Malone in :mad:

Maybe he thought Moses was better in the 70's, or the 90's.... goddamn that man played in 3 eras