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kArSoN RyDaH
08-31-2010, 10:34 PM
simple question. which players in todays game would/could be as successful or more successful than they are now playing in the 90's 80's 70's etc.

Hawkeye15
08-31-2010, 10:35 PM
I would guess a huge percentage of them, due to evolution of sports factor. People get bigger, stronger, faster, etc, as the generations grow. Tell me how KG in his prime is stopped in 1960. One example. You understand

_KB24_
08-31-2010, 10:36 PM
Quite a few, but their is a heck of a lot more that won't make it.

Becks2307
08-31-2010, 10:37 PM
kevin love

Aapox
08-31-2010, 10:37 PM
I think Tim Duncan would have just as good as a career in any era. He is a solid fundamental basketball player.

_KB24_
08-31-2010, 10:39 PM
I would guess a huge percentage of them, due to evolution of sports factor. People get bigger, stronger, faster, etc, as the generations grow. Tell me how KG in his prime is stopped in 1960. One example. You understand

Don't agree with that. We may get faster, but that has to due with the league getting weaker and smaller. A Dominque/Erving in this day and age would be deadly.

Hawkeye15
08-31-2010, 11:02 PM
Don't agree with that. We may get faster, but that has to due with the league getting weaker and smaller. A Dominque/Erving in this day and age would be deadly.

thats fine. But its absolute science we are taller and weigh more now.

Hawkeye15
08-31-2010, 11:03 PM
send LeBron back to 1970. Good luck league!

RocketPower2010
08-31-2010, 11:05 PM
I think the better question wouldve been which old player would be still a star in present day. I question whether or not old guys like the McHales or the Fraziers would be as great as they were if they played against Dwight Howard or Deron Williams.

nuggetsyankees
08-31-2010, 11:07 PM
Yao would be unstoppable

97NYer
08-31-2010, 11:14 PM
Shaq in his prime in the 50's. 65 PPG

mynameismo
08-31-2010, 11:16 PM
send LeBron back to 1970. Good luck league!

Hahaha. Exactly.

td0tsfinest
08-31-2010, 11:17 PM
send LeBron back to 1970. Good luck league!

lmao.

I do agree though. Players would literally be years ahead when it comes down to skill.

The first thing that hit my mind was dribbling skills. How it was in the 60s, to what it is now. How many guys would be able to stay in front of the guards of today.

scyfer
08-31-2010, 11:25 PM
Dwight Howard against 1950s NBA centers would be entertaining.

Derrick Rose in the 70s

Kobe ten years sooner (just to see him up against Jordan for ten seasons)

Hangtime
08-31-2010, 11:28 PM
Why don't we just send the whole league back to 1970 and let them lace up the old Chuck Taylors and short shorts and see how good they can really be.

Bishnoff
08-31-2010, 11:29 PM
Quite a few, but their is a heck of a lot more that won't make it.

I agree. Although some of the better players would still thrive, the overall talent of the league seems to have declined in my opinion. The NBA used to be more team-orientated and all teams ran much deeper rotations and gave their bench/role players more court time.

I wonder how well 3 point specialists (such as Korver, Peja etc.) would have faired in the past? Teams shoot a lot more 3ís than in previous decades, so itís hard to gauge whether the long-range shooting has improved over time, or whether coaches have become more tolerant of 3 point attempts.

llemon
08-31-2010, 11:32 PM
Just remember that the league was much more physical prior to the '94-'95.

Many teams invoked the 'no-layups' rule, and much more contact was allowed.

Guards would start getting bumped and grabbed 22 feet from the basket.

BlazingJ
08-31-2010, 11:33 PM
shaq, lebron, dwight. pretty much any bigger sized person. I actually don't think many of our point guards would last cause of the hip checking rule

Bishnoff
08-31-2010, 11:34 PM
Just remember that the league was much more physical prior to the '94-'95.

Many teams invoked the 'no-layups' rule, and much more contact was allowed.

Guards would start getting bumped and grabbed 22 feet from the basket.

Good points. You certainly had to earn it back in the day.

king2218
08-31-2010, 11:43 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/444457-why-chamberlains-100-points-was-more-impressive-than-kobes-81-points?search_query=wilt%20chamberlain

Check out this interesting article I found about wilt chamberlain.

Hawkeye15
08-31-2010, 11:47 PM
Just remember that the league was much more physical prior to the '94-'95.

Many teams invoked the 'no-layups' rule, and much more contact was allowed.

Guards would start getting bumped and grabbed 22 feet from the basket.

I have said this 100 times. And quite frankly, do you really think a player like LeBron wouldn't thrive in a league where physical punishment was ok? Some of the players would have a major adjustment, but most would have no problem with the physicality of the old rules.
Though it does sicken me how pansy the league has gotten.

_KB24_
09-01-2010, 12:09 AM
I have said this 100 times. And quite frankly, do you really think a player like LeBron wouldn't thrive in a league where physical punishment was ok? Some of the players would have a major adjustment, but most would have no problem with the physicality of the old rules.
Though it does sicken me how pansy the league has gotten.

In terms of today's standard? Then definitely not. Keep in mind that the league HAS adapted to this new era of basketball where the amount of physical leniency is at slime to none, not the other way around. Many of the current players in the NBA would not be what they are now if they played in the old days sans pre-1960s.

Hangtime
09-01-2010, 12:33 AM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/444457-why-chamberlains-100-points-was-more-impressive-than-kobes-81-points?search_query=wilt%20chamberlain

Check out this interesting article I found about wilt chamberlain.

That's a very interesting article. Thanks for posting. I love it when we get into these "What if" discussions and say what if we drop Lebron James from 2010 to 1965 he would kill those guys. It's not that simple. It would be the same era style of ball and rules no matter when they play. The same thing if you took those guys and played today they would adapt to the style of ball played now.

Storch
09-01-2010, 01:30 AM
Everyone that can take hand checks can play. I would say Lebron, Wade, and Kobe have the toughness and grit to excel.

BRADfromOZ
09-01-2010, 02:10 AM
send LeBron back to 1970. Good luck league! Could you imagine VC's in game dunks if he was set loose in the 70's?

k24springs
09-01-2010, 02:25 AM
Tim Duncan would definitely be successful back in the late 80's early 90's because this guy has no weaknesses in his game other than his free throw shooting then again he never shot under 60% in his career. In my opinion he is probably the top 5 PF of all time.

Some of these guards today wouldn't be nearly as successful if they played in the NBA about 20 years ago without all the hand-checking and putting pressure on the ball-handler I mean the way it is right now if you even touch or breathe on them its a foul.

Becks2307
09-01-2010, 06:55 AM
I Think a better question would be, which 'star' players now couldnt go back in time and be as dominant as they are today.

JasonJohnHorn
09-01-2010, 07:50 AM
LBJ I think, if you were to bring modern players into previous decades, would likely dominate the league during the 60's or 70's, but even a dominant player (Wilt) had a hard time beating that Boston team. In the 70's I think he would have been a monster at SF, and his passing and defence...

Kobe I think would have done well in the 90's, if his pique was paralleled with Jordan and Drexler, that would have been great to watch.

I would be curious to watch Shaq (and Mourning) in the early 80's into the early 90's, where they would be playing Kareem, Moses and then Ewing, Robinson and Hakeem.

Steve Nash would have been fun to watch with the high octane offenses of the 80's, like the Nuggets and Lakers.

Most starters today would have done about as well in the 90's and 80's, though I think if Dwight Howard had played from like 86-96, people wouldnt think of his as the dominant force he is given the depth at center in that time period. Any time you are making a 'Dream Team' and Hakeem doesnt make the cut, you know you have depth at center.

ewing
09-01-2010, 08:03 AM
I think the better question wouldve been which old player would be still a star in present day. I question whether or not old guys like the McHales or the Fraziers would be as great as they were if they played against Dwight Howard or Deron Williams.


You question Kevin McHale??? Wow did you pull that one out of your ***. McHale was a 6'10, had the longest arms in the league, was capable of playing all 3 front court positions, and had the best post moves in basketball. Seriously, what do you know about Kevin McHale's game other then the fact that you are too young to remember it?

SupeUnagi
09-01-2010, 08:26 AM
most of these guys would get killed driving to the lane or in the post

Hawkeye15
09-01-2010, 08:28 AM
In terms of today's standard? Then definitely not. Keep in mind that the league HAS adapted to this new era of basketball where the amount of physical leniency is at slime to none, not the other way around. Many of the current players in the NBA would not be what they are now if they played in the old days sans pre-1960s.

I am not measuring them by today's standards. LeBron owns the league physically, and wouldn't be bothered by the physicality of the past due to his size. if anything he would thrive