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View Poll Results: Who is the G.O.A.T at their absolute peak?

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  • Kobe Bryant

    0 0%
  • Kevin Durant

    2 22.22%
  • Dwyane Wade

    1 11.11%
  • Stephen Curry

    1 11.11%
  • Kawhi Leonard

    3 33.33%
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo

    0 0%
  • Kevin Garnett

    1 11.11%
  • Julius Erving

    0 0%
  • Bill Walton

    0 0%
  • Oscar Robertson

    0 0%
  • Elgin Baylor

    0 0%
  • Jerry West

    0 0%
  • Charles Barkley

    0 0%
  • Dirk Nowitzki

    0 0%
  • Karl Malone

    0 0%
  • David Robinson

    0 0%
  • James Harden

    0 0%
  • Isiah Thomas

    0 0%
  • Scottie Pippen

    0 0%
  • Rick Barry

    1 11.11%
  • John Havlicek

    0 0%
  • Tracy McGrady

    0 0%
  • Allen Iverson

    0 0%
  • Steve Nash

    0 0%
  • Chris Paul

    0 0%
  • John Stockton

    0 0%
  • Patrick Ewing

    0 0%
  • Willis Reed

    0 0%
  • Russell Westbrook

    0 0%
  • Clyde Drexler

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    Giannis without the playoff resume over Kobe and Curry??
    its tough... he has so much help to cover up for his weakness but he still hasnt had the support curry has had or hell even durant has had... its just something i cant argue in terms of peak... giannis regular season peak is insanity... i have 0 issues if you would take kobe/curry over him though... its just tough

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    Quote Originally Posted by More-Than-Most View Post
    its tough... he has so much help to cover up for his weakness but he still hasnt had the support curry has had or hell even durant has had... its just something i cant argue in terms of peak... giannis regular season peak is insanity... i have 0 issues if you would take kobe/curry over him though... its just tough
    The fun thing about bringing Giannis into the conversation is we haven't even seen his best yet imo. He's going to have season where he finds a way to become a league average or better 3pt shooter and then it's like LeBron in Miami level of cheat code.

    Even if we look at him now though he does have a great case. Here is an MVP averaging an efficient 30-14-6 while making all-defensive 1st team on a top team. That's special.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    Then I don't trust his judgment and his opinion is invalid on this matter.
    Is his opinion valid when it matches yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYKalltheway View Post
    Is his opinion valid when it matches yours?
    I like to think I'm pretty flexible. I'm down with MJ, KAJ, LeBron, Russell, Wilt, Shaq, Magic, Larry. I'd enjoy having a discussion about any one of those guys. Maybe even a few more names. But Elgin Baylor is a 0x MVP and a 0x NBA Champion. You ain't the GOAT with 0 MVPs and 0 rings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    I like to think I'm pretty flexible. I'm down with MJ, KAJ, LeBron, Russell, Wilt, Shaq, Magic, Larry. I'd enjoy having a discussion about any one of those guys. Maybe even a few more names. But Elgin Baylor is a 0x MVP and a 0x NBA Champion. You ain't the GOAT with 0 MVPs and 0 rings.
    Why not? It's a a team sport. Why is it inconceivable that the best player may not be a part of the best team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYKalltheway View Post
    Why not? It's a a team sport. Why is it inconceivable that the best player may not be a part of the best team?
    Of course not. That happens all the time in every sport during individual seasons. However, in basketball an individual player has significantly more impact because there are only 5 players at a time and a basketball player can play an entire game. Therefore, to me, it is inconceivable that the greatest player of all-time would never be considered the league MVP or ever win a championship. Here is further proof that he had opportunities to prove his GOAT status and just choked:

    1962 NBA Finals Game 7
    Baylor = 13 for 40 with 6 fouls in a 3pt loss

    1963 NBA Finals Game 6
    Baylor = 11 for 24 in a 3pt loss

    1964 NBA 1st Round Game 6
    Baylor = 11 for 32 in a season ending loss

    1965 = injured

    1966 NBA Finals Game 7
    Baylor = 6 for 22 in a 2pt loss

    1967 NBA 1st round
    Baylor = shoots a combined 28 for 76 while being swept

    1968 NBA Finals Game 5
    Baylor = shoots 9 for 26 in a 3pt loss

    1969 NBA Finals (horrendous performances
    Game 3 = 4 for 18 from the field in a 6pt loss
    Game 4 = 2 for 14 from the field in a 2pt loss
    Game 5 = 4 for 13 from the field with 5 fouls
    Game 6 = plays well
    Game 7 = 8 for 22 from the field in a 2pt loss

    This is the greatest player of all-time? If you are a superstar player for over 10 years... which Elgin Baylor definitely was in the 60s. Then that means you have had so many chances to win a title that to win 0 is a mark AGAINST your legacy. Especially when the playoffs was only 2 rounds instead of 4 rounds like it is now. Combine that with the most glaring fact that he never even won an MVP and it's absurd to say he is the GOAT.
    Last edited by KnicksorBust; 07-26-2020 at 01:29 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    Of course not. That happens all the time in every sport during individual seasons. However, in basketball an individual player has significantly more impact because there are only 5 players at a time and a basketball player can play an entire game. Therefore, to me, it is inconceivable that the greatest player of all-time would never be considered the league MVP or ever win a championship. Here is further proof that he had opportunities to prove his GOAT status and just choked:

    1962 NBA Finals Game 7
    Baylor = 13 for 40 with 6 fouls in a 3pt loss

    1963 NBA Finals Game 6
    Baylor = 11 for 24 in a 3pt loss

    1964 NBA 1st Round Game 6
    Baylor = 11 for 32 in a season ending loss

    1965 = injured

    1966 NBA Finals Game 7
    Baylor = 6 for 22 in a 2pt loss

    1967 NBA 1st round
    Baylor = shoots a combined 28 for 76 while being swept

    1968 NBA Finals Game 5
    Baylor = shoots 9 for 26 in a 3pt loss

    1969 NBA Finals (horrendous performances
    Game 3 = 4 for 18 from the field in a 6pt loss
    Game 4 = 2 for 14 from the field in a 2pt loss
    Game 5 = 4 for 13 from the field with 5 fouls
    Game 6 = plays well
    Game 7 = 8 for 22 from the field in a 2pt loss

    This is the greatest player of all-time? If you are a superstar player for over 10 years... which Elgin Baylor definitely was in the 60s. Then that means you have had so many chances to win a title that to win 0 is a mark AGAINST your legacy. Especially when the playoffs was only 2 rounds instead of 4 rounds like it is now. Combine that with the most glaring fact that he never even won an MVP and it's absurd to say he is the GOAT.
    I'm not a big fan of Baylor cuz of the clash with wilt but some of those aren't really chokes. Like did bron choke the year he pushed the champion celtics to 7 with his 47 win team or whatever they were, think they were win less without him that year.

    Outside that legendary duel in g7, bron shot 32% games 1 thru 6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddletramp View Post
    Is Curry going to be guaranteed to have Kerr coaching and Klay/Dray/AI playing perfectly to his strengths? Curry is right around the corner but Durant is going to be Durant any and everywhere he goes.
    I mean, the Kerr/Curry system brought out the best in KD too, didn't it? Once he abandoned the offense in his fed up year, yeah he could shine but the team suffered as a whole. When he went down they went right back to running their motion offense and tore up what was left of the West and snuck out 2 wins before bowing out in the Finals. Its alot easier to have a coach with a system than the player who can unlock it all to the highest degree. You really think KD could have led the same squad further despite never once displaying that ability before? Even in the RS it was obvious who made the team click. Iso KD had degraded the team cuz hes simply not a good enough playmaker

    Besides, I think you guys overblow the situation, M.Jackson wasted possessions running post ups for Klay and Barnes alike but there were some obvious developments with Curry taking reigns of the offense from a scoring perspective. It was only a matter of time before Curry became the "sky ****er" as they say. KD had MVP caliber teammates with some great defensive support, and a solid bench most years. Lets not act like he was toiling away ala Tmac in Orlando. KD squared off and got beat. In fact, Curry had better post seasons like 3 or 4x before sending him to the Hamptons.

    The year before that KD missed the loff's due to an injury plagued season that we wont hold against him but Curry won the Chip this year so the standard has been set.

    In 2014 KD had his MVP season but arguably his least productive postseason outside of his failures before jumping ship. I swear a younger Curry without his alleged All-Star (David Lee at the time) put a bigger scare into those championship/finals Caliber Spurs that KD lost to. This year Curry lost in R.1 to my Clips but we through the kitchen sink at him and he was without Bogut at the time. The year prior he beat the Nuggets and scared the **** outta San Antonio so Im kind of looking at these 2 years in conjunction with each other. KD got locked down by the Grizz and held him to his worst series but its worth noting they had lost RWB to Pat Bevs knees. So lets not ignore how much RWB helped open up KD's game if we're mentioning the likes of Dray and Klay.

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    Rest of the list goes like so

    09 Wade - Arguably better than some peak Bron years so we might've underrated him
    09 Kobe - Kobe swore he played better in 2010 leading up to the Finals than he did the prior year, in terms of offensive efficiency, its crazy how consistent he was VS the West those 3 Finals trips.

    08' 119 ORTG, 33.4 Usage%
    09' 119 ORTG, 31.8 usg%
    10' 119 ORTG, 31.4 usg%

    Thats legit MJ territory, I remember vividly how he tortured the Suns, even slapping Gentry on the ***. The difference in his overall playoff lines usually came down to the Finals where the Celtics just overloaded his side of the floor, 98 ORTG in 08 and 108 in 2010. The Magic had the best defense in the league but they didn't really lockdown on star scorers so much as the support around them. The one team that did give Kobe alot of trouble was the uber athletic Thunder when they were starting to show signs of being a future power. Overall Im going with 2009 because I think he had more in the tank defensively (though how he played free saftey against the Celtics in 2010 deserves high praise) and was just fully honed in on making this 3bigman rotation work. He brought out the best in Pau.

    Then its prolly Curry for me
    Dirk, KG next in some order

    Drob, KD, Malone and Chuck all have equally strong cases next.

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    I gotta fit West, Oscar and Tmac in these tiers somehow. I know you wouldn't worry about their fit today given their shooting prowess but what of West's inability to go left? They had far more stringient rules on palming back then, can we just assume everyone gets better handles in todays rules too?


    Also, Pistol Pete may very well have been the first Curry but he played in the era without the 3pt line, that shot selection limited his efficiency compared to West who would attack from the midrange but in todays NBA, how much of that would be inverted? Does Piston become better than West or does West superior IQ translate to better shot selection even in todays NBA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    Wings:
    Kobe = resume
    Curry = captain of the greatest regular season team
    Durant = Finals dominator
    Kawhi = best 2 player / finals mvp
    Giannis = best "stats" regular season player.

    I'm torn on the wings. How do you guys rank them?

    I can't vote for Giannis but the other 4 are all deserving here. I almost feel like because Russell went at #11 that Bill Walton should go at #12.

    Plus when do the gaggle of PF (KG/Dirk/Barkley/Malone) all go and do they go as a package deal or is there separation in between them? Thoughts?

    Then you have Big O / West / Baylor that dominated their eras and Big O and West could shoot so I'm not really that concerned about if their games would translate. Soooo... I've narrowed it down to those 12 guys. lmao
    I thought this was a Peak thread. GIANNIS Peak is above Kobe’s

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKnowHoops View Post
    I thought this was a Peak thread. GIANNIS Peak is above Kobe’s
    Not if it doesn't translate into the post season, but it very well might this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronz View Post
    I mean, the Kerr/Curry system brought out the best in KD too, didn't it? Once he abandoned the offense in his fed up year, yeah he could shine but the team suffered as a whole. When he went down they went right back to running their motion offense and tore up what was left of the West and snuck out 2 wins before bowing out in the Finals. Its alot easier to have a coach with a system than the player who can unlock it all to the highest degree. You really think KD could have led the same squad further despite never once displaying that ability before? Even in the RS it was obvious who made the team click. Iso KD had degraded the team cuz hes simply not a good enough playmaker

    Besides, I think you guys overblow the situation, M.Jackson wasted possessions running post ups for Klay and Barnes alike but there were some obvious developments with Curry taking reigns of the offense from a scoring perspective. It was only a matter of time before Curry became the "sky ****er" as they say. KD had MVP caliber teammates with some great defensive support, and a solid bench most years. Lets not act like he was toiling away ala Tmac in Orlando. KD squared off and got beat. In fact, Curry had better post seasons like 3 or 4x before sending him to the Hamptons.

    The year before that KD missed the loff's due to an injury plagued season that we wont hold against him but Curry won the Chip this year so the standard has been set.

    In 2014 KD had his MVP season but arguably his least productive postseason outside of his failures before jumping ship. I swear a younger Curry without his alleged All-Star (David Lee at the time) put a bigger scare into those championship/finals Caliber Spurs that KD lost to. This year Curry lost in R.1 to my Clips but we through the kitchen sink at him and he was without Bogut at the time. The year prior he beat the Nuggets and scared the **** outta San Antonio so Im kind of looking at these 2 years in conjunction with each other. KD got locked down by the Grizz and held him to his worst series but its worth noting they had lost RWB to Pat Bevs knees. So lets not ignore how much RWB helped open up KD's game if we're mentioning the likes of Dray and Klay.
    Cool. All I know is Durant is Durant no matter the cast and without knowing who else is on “my team”, I want the guy that flourishes no matter the situation. I’m not sure if Curry would be Curry with <insert random coach here> and <insert random players here>. I know Durant will blend better than about a dozen other guys at this point.

    But you do you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYKalltheway View Post
    Why not? It's a a team sport. Why is it inconceivable that the best player may not be a part of the best team?
    Not only is Elgin Baylor the GOAT, he wasn't even the best player on his own team...

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    Rookie coach who never coached a NBA basketball game. Klay Thompson who had zero NBA awards. Draymond Green who never started a NBA game. Yet this is the team Curry had when the “2nd greatest peak player of all time” joined a 2014 MVP candidate and the 2014 all star MVP going into 2015. Yet Curry won a championship.

    Basically Curry is beating every player ever not named Jordan with a rookie coach.

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