Comments on: Chris Paul — Still the NBA’s Best PG — On the Trading Block? NBA & ABA Basketball Statistics & History Mon, 21 Nov 2011 20:56:04 +0000 hourly 1 By: Big E Sat, 02 Oct 2010 23:28:58 +0000 #27 Cjd-it's time to come up with something new dude. Deron has a better supporting cast than Paul. Would you take West and Peja over Boozer and AK? Would you take Scott/Bower over Sloan? Come on now son. Time to get some new reasons. That reason paired with "Deron is bigger" is as tired an argument as they come. When will Deron be a serious MVP candidate? When will he lead in a stat at his position? When will he average less turnovers than Paul? When will he make an All-NBA First Team? Come on now.

By: Joseph Tue, 17 Aug 2010 22:36:47 +0000 DSMok1, is the sort for Nash being the best offensively under TORtg?

By: Romain Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:09:13 +0000 Neil, since you're bringing up the Hakeem vs. Robinson debate...

I'm surprised that you always fail to mention how D-Rob's production dropped dramatically in the PO compared to the RS.
There's no questionning that he was an outstanding RS player, but at some point in your analysis you have to take into account how he repeatedly tanked in the PO when he was the best player on his team. I guess he was just too soft.
For instance if you look at WS/48 it's just a joke:
1990: 0.219 in the PO vs 0.241 in the RS
1991: 0.234 vs 0.264
1992: DNP in the PO
1993: 0.172 vs 0.197
1994: 0.105 vs 0.296
1995: 0.176 vs 0.273
1996: 0.214 vs 0.290

I don't mention his career after Duncan's arrival. I know he had a very good 1999 season (including the PO for a change!) but when you compare him to other all-time greats like Hakeeem I think you have to stick to his prime when he was the best player on his team.

I think the Paul/Williams situation that you mention can be compared to the Federer/Nadal rivlary for those who love tennis.
For instance, at his absolute peak in 2006 Federer was mind-blowing, going 92-5, winning 12 tournaments including 3 Slams of out 4 and the Masters, reaching a total of 16 finals in 17 tournaments... And yet Nadal who was world n° 2 owned him head-to-head, beating him 4 times in a row between February and June of that year!
So who's the best? I pick Federer but on the basis of their head-to-head some disagree.

By: P Middy Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:56:23 +0000 RE: #28 - Well, Dreamshake did win two rings as the main guy on his team. Admiral was already second fiddle by the time he won his . . . of course, so would have Hakeem if he had won in 99, and 00 instead of 94 and 95 . . .

By: Neil Paine Sun, 27 Jun 2010 22:26:31 +0000 Poor KG, Allen, and Pierce -- once they were the Big 3, but now I guess they're just chopped liver. After all, Rondo apparently carried the C's to within a game of the championship "by himself".

By: RONDO Sun, 27 Jun 2010 21:49:34 +0000 how can you say paul is the best point guard in 2010!! RONDO is the best you idiots. he led a whole team no no carried the team by himself, and you still do not consider the best point guard

By: Neil Paine Sun, 27 Jun 2010 15:20:28 +0000 Do we have a burgeoning Olajuwon-Robinson/Rock-Paper-Scissors situation with those two?

(For the uninitiated, Olajuwon owned David Robinson head-to-head but Robinson played much better than the Dream vs. everyone else... Which begs the question: how can you definitively say who's better? If I'm better against you but you're better than me against everybody else, am I really better than you? It's like rock-paper-scissors -- rock is better than scissors, but paper is better than rock, and scissors are better than paper. So which one of the three is the best?)

By: cjd Sun, 27 Jun 2010 04:23:18 +0000 Sorry Deron Williams is the best point gaurd right now. DWill smoked cp3 everytime they faced each other!!!!

By: P Middy Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:49:41 +0000 Even Bill Simmons, perhaps the most pessimistic of all bball writers, put him as an absolutely-do-not-trade-under-any-conditions player AFTER the surgery.

If your the Hornets, you have to keep him . . . unless you know ahead of time you are not going to put the money and effort into getting the pieces to make the team a real competitor in the West (they know). Then you better trade him and get the most you can before he's a disgruntled superstar demanding a trade halfway through the season, and you suddenly wind up with Jason Kidd and DeShawn Stevenson as the face of your franchise (for example). Unless, of course, you want to market David West and his Kratos-looking face instead.

By: Jason J Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:42:28 +0000 But Rondo had a good playoffs, and his team made the finals... According to the commentators on ESPN that makes him the best point guard in the league. Would Magic Johnson lie to me?