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Chronz
04-04-2012, 04:54 PM
Its an easy question with answers that can vary in difficulty depending the players. Its pretty easy to spot a guy like Caron Butler and point out his sure fire best seasons, guys like Reggie Miller seemingly have no peaks & valleys, just consistent with little if any slippage throughout a decade. Still every player has an apex and every player has that stretch of play where they were at the top of their abilities, however incremental. Ive arbitrarily chosen 4 years, they dont necessarily have to come in a row but I wonder how typical that is.



For example, my top 4 seasons for Shaq dont include his 3-peat but the year before the title and his Dream season in Orlando. His final Championship with LA was actually when I began to notice the slippage, Shaqs MVP caliber year in Miami was better than that year.



AI, Kobe, Wade, Bron, KG, TD, Manu, Ray Allen, Kidd are all hard to assess.

Raph12
04-04-2012, 05:13 PM
Dwight 2010-11 season; his offense has taken a hit with all of his missed FTs this season, I expect him to bounce back better next season.

JordansBulls
04-04-2012, 05:18 PM
For me for MJ it would be:

1a. 1991
1b. 1998 (due the adversity and his age in carrying the team)
3. 1993
4. 1992/1996


Hakeem
1. 1986
2. 1994
3. 1993
4. 1995


Magic
1. 1987
2. 1991
3. 1988
4. 1989


Kareem
1. 1971
2. 1977
3. 1980
4. 1985

Chronz
04-04-2012, 05:20 PM
Dwight 2010-11 season; his offense has taken a hit with all of his missed FTs this season, I expect him to bounce back better next season.

Thats 1 season, D for effort.

Dwights easy too.

Finals
DPOY
DPOY
DPOY amirite?

FraziersKnicks
04-04-2012, 05:24 PM
LeBron James

1. 2008-09
2. 2009-10
3. 2011-12
4. 2007-08

His 2009-10 and 2008-09 are interchangeable for me. If you include the playoffs, I give the nod to 2008-09 (35/9/7 PER 37.3)

Ebbs
04-04-2012, 05:26 PM
I'm not sure we do include post season succes/numbers in our assesment?

For Dirk I'd say top 4 in order:

05-06: (Had just a phenomenal season, led in WS, WS/48, PER, Great in playoffs led us to the finals.)

10-11: (Strong season career high fg%, and absolutely threw us on his back for a title.)

06-07: (MVP season, almost as good as 05-06, 50-40-90 shooting %'s, led in PER, WS, WS/48.)

02-03: (Typical Dirk season great numbers, lost to eventual champions in playoffs, 6th in PER, 2nd in WS, 3rd in WS/48.)

Longhornfan1234
04-04-2012, 05:33 PM
09 Wade... the only time he was ever a top 5 player in the league. He was a freaking beast that year. He was the real MVP, IMO.

Chronz
04-04-2012, 05:40 PM
I'm not sure we do include post season succes/numbers in our assesment?

For Dirk I'd say top 4 in order:

05-06: (Had just a phenomenal season, led in WS, WS/48, PER, Great in playoffs led us to the finals.)

10-11: (Strong season career high fg%, and absolutely threw us on his back for a title.)

06-07: (MVP season, almost as good as 05-06, 50-40-90 shooting %'s, led in PER, WS, WS/48.)

02-03: (Typical Dirk season great numbers, lost to eventual champions in playoffs, 6th in PER, 2nd in WS, 3rd in WS/48.)

Agreed on all points and ranks, the biggest difference between Champ Dirk and 07 Dirk is there was no Chandler and JET actually took some pressure off of him in the Finals. But in terms of Dirks level of play, what he did in that run up until the Finals is his greatest stretch of play ever.

Looking back Im wondering if that 02-03 team wasnt underrated somehow.

Chronz
04-04-2012, 05:40 PM
09 Wade... the only time he was ever a top 5 player in the league. He was a freaking beast that year. He was the real MVP, IMO.

What about the early Shaq years?

Ebbs
04-04-2012, 05:49 PM
Agreed on all points and ranks, the biggest difference between Champ Dirk and 07 Dirk is there was no Chandler and JET actually took some pressure off of him in the Finals. But in terms of Dirks level of play, what he did in that run up until the Finals is his greatest stretch of play ever.

Looking back Im wondering if that 02-03 team wasnt underrated somehow.

Agreed man, honestly I thought Dirk was arguably robbed of an MVP that year. (05-06)

And that 02-03 team was playing some fantastic basketball, and was so close to playing the Nets that year in the finals.

Longhornfan1234
04-04-2012, 05:57 PM
What about the early Shaq years?



Those years were nice...but Shaq is so boring to watch.

Raph12
04-04-2012, 07:11 PM
Thats 1 season, D for effort.

Dwights easy too.

Finals
DPOY
DPOY
DPOY amirite?

Yup, I meant the 1-yr peak thus far, but yeah you nailed it.

amos1er
04-04-2012, 07:13 PM
Kobe Bryant:

05/06: 35.4 ppg 4.5 apg 5.3 rpg 81 point game 62 in three quarters....biggest robbery of MVP in NBA history.

02/03: 30 ppg 5.9 apg 6.9 rpg Arguably could have been MVP, but Duncan was a good choice

07/08: 28.3 ppg 5.4 apg 6.3 rpg Won MVP and lead the Lakers to the finals where they easily could have won it all, but they unwisely believed Pierces academy award winning performance in game one, were completely robbed by David stern and the refs in game 2, and their bench completely gave away game 4 in the biggest finals comeback in NBA history. Ya, I'm still bitter.

00/01: 28.5 ppg 5.0 apg 5.9 rpg Easily Kobe's most dominant year during the three-peat. Had the best post season in his career: 29.4 ppg 6.1 apg 7.3 rpg...Lakers went 15-1 in the post season...best in NBA history. Kobe should have been a co-finals MVP in my opinion.