View Full Version : Which position has produced the NBAs greatest talent? (II)

08-25-2011, 03:25 PM
Guard- Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Dwyane Wade, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, George Girvin, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Bob Cousy, Walt Frazier, Clyde Drexler Gary Peyton, Pete Maravich, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Chris Paul, ect.

Forward- Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Scottie Pippen, Rick Barry, Dominique Wilkins, John Havlicek, James Worthy, Dennis Rodman, Kevin McHale, Paul Pierce, Buck Williams Adrian Dantley, Pau Gasol, Kevin Durant, ect.

Center- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Shaquile O'neal, Hakeem Olajuwan, Moses Malone, Bill Walton, George Mikan, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Ben Wallace, Willis Reed, Dwight Howard, ect.

08-25-2011, 03:27 PM
Thought that consolidating the guard and forward positions would make the question a bit more interesting than this question/poll:


08-25-2011, 03:39 PM
it still is center.

you can merge all the other categories in one at it would still be center

08-25-2011, 03:41 PM
It's either Forward or Center. Can't decide.

08-25-2011, 04:19 PM
it still is center.

you can merge all the other categories in one at it would still be center

No way, guards combined with forwards take C's alone with ease. Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kobe, Duncan, LBJ, KG, West hang with the top 8 centers just fine. And after that C thins out considerably. *Were not just talking about the players I listed above, just all the greatest guards, forwards and centers.

IMO guard gives C a run for its money here.

08-25-2011, 04:20 PM
Oops, I thought you meant in today's game at first. All time, I'm gonna go with with center. So many greats dominated that position, it's sad that today's game has only one real legitimate dominant center.

08-25-2011, 04:24 PM
I think everyone could agree that the top 5 Centers can not be touched by the top five guards or forwards. But can we also agree that guard and forward are also a lot deeper, in terms of all-time talent pools, and that the depth at those positions can help narrow the lead established at the peak? Is there a balance between peak and depth in which case guard or forward surpasses center?

08-25-2011, 04:45 PM
Center has 5 of the top 10 players all time. Also Center is missing Patrick Ewing, Dave Cowens, Elvin Hayes to name a few.

08-25-2011, 04:52 PM
Depth wise it's either guards or forwards, but center list is top heavy. Half of the top 10 all time are centers.

08-25-2011, 05:04 PM
It's Center and probably will always be, considering the influence and dominance a C can have in a game

08-25-2011, 05:20 PM
Well,in terms of producing the greatest players ever,then C
but overall depth and amount of talents,Guards

08-25-2011, 11:38 PM
People seem to be confusing talent with dominance. A 7' player with the talent of a backup guard is likely to be the most dominant player in the league. If you are talking about straight up talent the guard position can't even be touched. If you are talking about dominance then the center position can't be touched. Centers like Shaq, Wilt, and Howard now were absolutely dominant but the reality is that it is mostly physical and had a lot less to do with actual talent.