NBA Jersey Olympics 11-15
We return to take on the challenges of 11-15, and I'm sure there will be a few that not everyone agrees with.
Gold - Elvin Hayes: In the conversation for best big man of all time, Hayes was a collegiate star, and NBA superstar. He is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He made 12 All-Star games, 6 time All-NBA, and 2 time All defense. Career averages of 21.0ppg and 12.5 rebounds.
Silver - Walt Frazier: Frazier medals at 2 numbers (10 and 11). He is also a Hall of Famer, and for those that forgot his status from the last blog, he is a 7 time NBA All-Star, 6 time All-NBA, and 7 time all-Defense. He won 2 championships when the Knicks were good, and finished his career with averages of 18.9ppg, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.1 assists.
Bronze - Bob McAdoo: McAdoo was a 3 time scoring champ, 5 time All-star, 2 time All-NBA. If you look at those numbers close enough, you’ll realize he led the NBA in scoring one year, and didn't make the All-NBA team that year. A 2 time NBA champion, his bust is in Springfield. Career stats 22.1ppg, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
Honorable: Isiah Thomas, Paul Arizin, Gail Goodrich, Charlie Scott
Gold - John Stockton: He retired as the NBA’s all time leader in steals and assists. Stockton made it to back-to-back NBA finals, and was bested both times by Michael Jordan. He made 10 All-Star appearances, 11 time All-NBA, 9 time assist champ, and 2 time steals champ. 5 times he was on the All-Defense team. Safe to say, he won gold by a mile. Career averages 13.1ppg and 10.5 assists.
Silver - Dwight Howard: Kobe called him a b****. He is regarded in many NBA circles as soft as ice cream, but in his heyday, he was not one of, he was the best center in basketball. He was an All-Star 8 times, 8 times made the All-NBA team, 5 times was all-Defense, and 3 times was defensive player of the year. He won the rebounding title 5 times. Career averages 16.8ppg and 12.3 rebounds.
Bronze - Maurice Stokes: He edges out LaMarcus Aldrige, as he is in the Hall of Fame. He was an NBA All-Star 3 times, and All-NBA 3 times as well. His career averages were 16.4 points, 17.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.
Honorable: LaMarcus Aldrige, George Yardley, Vlade Divac
Gold - Wilt Chamberlain: I didn’t even need to put his last name. The most dominant player in the history of the sport of basketball, is also my GOAT (sorry MJ). 13 time All-Star, 10 time All-NBA, 7 time scoring Champion, 11 time rebounding champion, and led the league in assists one year. Crazy stats, for fun. Highest scoring averages for a season, he is ranked 1,2,3,4,6. Most 50 point games in a career, he has 118. MJ is second with 31. Career 30/30 games, Russell is 2nd with 3 games of 30/30 all-time. Wilt just edges him out with 126. Career averages 30.1ppg, 22.9 rebounds (I mean, REALLY?!), 4.4 assists.
Silver - James Harden: This was a tough one because of who gets bronze. Harden is not known for his defense, but can anybody score like this guy? 8 time NBA All-Star, 6 time All-NBA, 2 time scoring champ, assist champ once. Also won MVP and 6th man. Career averages 25.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists.
Bronze Steve Nash: Yes, Harden IS better than Nash. Its close, but Nash gets bronze. A 2 time MVP, he is a Hall of Famer. 8 time All-Star, 7 time All-NBA, 5 time assist champion. His court vision was legendary. And he could shoot the lights out from anywhere on the floor. Career averages 14.3 points and 8.5 assists.
Honorable: Glenn Robinson, Paul George
Gold - Oscar Robertson: 2 Gold medals for the first player to average a triple double for season, and he almost did it 5 times. Hall of Fame player, 12 time All-Star, 11 time All-NBA, 6 time assist champion, and 1 MVP award. Career averages 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 9.5 assist.
Silver - Bob Cousey: A member of the first ever super team formed in the NBA, Cousey made 13 All-Star games, 12 All-NBA teams, won the assist championship 8 times, and won an MVP. Ended up in the Hall of Fame, with career averages of 18.4ppg, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists.
Bronze - Lenny Wilkens: A Hall of fame coach and player. He was a 9 time All-Star, and finished his career averaging 16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists.
Honorable: Michael Adams
Gold - Hal Greer: A teammate of Wilt for a time in Phili, Hal Greer made 10 All-Star appearances, 7 time All-NBA, and did it all for a little while. Career averages of 19.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Silver - Carmelo Anthony: The most versatile scorer I have ever seen play in the NBA. Post up, dribble, mid range, finishing, and 3pt. He had no weaknesses in his offensive game. 10 time All-Star, 6 time All-NBA, and shamefully never won MVP, and cheated out of ROY. Career averages 23.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Bronze - Tommy Heinsohn: Another super team member of the 60’s Celtics, Heinsohn is in the Hall of Fame, and not for Tommy points. He was a 6 time All-Star, 4 time All-NBA, and won 8 titles in beantown. Career averages 18.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Honorable: Vince Carter, Richie Guerin, Earl Monroe, Ron Artest
Coming soon - 20-25: Weird numbers like 37 and 77 will all be lumped into an oddball category at the end. From here on out, it will just be 0-5 ending numbers.