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since the start of the 2016-2017 season, stats are per 36 mins:

giannis: 24.5p / 9.2r / 5.2a / 1.7s / 1.8b, shooting .527/.273/.772, .603 ts%, 27.4 PER
KAT: 23.4p / 11.9r / 2.4a / 0.7s / 1.3b, shooting .538/.376/.832, .619 ts%, 25.1 PER
jokic: 21.0p / 12.6r / 6.a / 1.2s / 0.9b, shooting .562/.344/.834, .631 ts%, 25.7 PER
porzingis: 22.1p / 7.8r / 1.4a / 0.7s / 2.2b, shooting .451/.364/.808, .549 ts%, 18.8 PER
embiid: 28.1p / 11.8r / 3.5a / 1.0s / 2.9b, shooting .476/.325/.793, .582 ts%, 23.8 PER

leaving giannis out of this because he seems to have separated himself from the pack. pick who you would start a team with

Poll Results

OptionVotes
joel embiid 16
karl-anthony towns 5
kristaps porzingis 4
nikola jokic 3


k3vin k., Monday, 25 December 2017 19:45 (four years ago) link

giannis went missing from the ballot. how unicornish of him.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 25 December 2017 19:53 (four years ago) link

leaving giannis out of this because he seems to have separated himself from the pack

I sort of think it would be crazy not to vote giannis at this point, but ppl can feel free to specify their votes with "I would take him over giannis" if they want

k3vin k., Monday, 25 December 2017 20:00 (four years ago) link

at this point my feeling is that it's giannis >>> jokic > embiid = porzingis = towns but it's a really tough call

k3vin k., Monday, 25 December 2017 20:02 (four years ago) link

argh that should be 6.1 assists for jokic btw

k3vin k., Monday, 25 December 2017 20:05 (four years ago) link

giannis the obvs choice if made eligible, i voted zinger prob wld go with embiid if not for his injury history, jokic and towns fairly far behind imo for being one way players / having the wrong mindtype

lag∞n, Monday, 25 December 2017 21:48 (four years ago) link

Agreed. Though I'm just going to choose embiid anyway

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Monday, 25 December 2017 22:13 (four years ago) link

porzingis’ numbers are objectively the worst of the bunch, including basically every other stat, but it’s weird it just FEELS like he’s on a different level than the rest, hard to tell if it’s him playing in NYC or the big scoring numbers or what. I think any order of these 4 guys is reasonable tho including zinger last

k3vin k., Monday, 25 December 2017 22:24 (four years ago) link

the thing u have to be able to do is project into the future

lag∞n, Monday, 25 December 2017 22:28 (four years ago) link

yeah def that’s kind of what I was getting at, it’s easy to see him becoming a more efficient scorer and playing great defense, then again he might not and it will be easy to point to his peers being better than him at this stage of their careers and wonder why we believed otherwise

k3vin k., Monday, 25 December 2017 22:31 (four years ago) link

embiid takes this pretty easily imo, zinger hasn't been injured much yet but certainly profiles as an injury/short career guy so i wouldn't take him with longevity in mind.

i'm not overly impressed with the other two.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 01:54 (four years ago) link

feel like ppl are underrating jokic a little here, out of the 5 he’s the best passer, best rebounder, most efficient scorer, and has already been the focal point of the best offense in the NBA

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:12 (four years ago) link

it just seems so dang hard to build a winning team that revolves around a one-way all offense big man.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:44 (four years ago) link

i wanna vote for ben simmons

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:19 (four years ago) link

of these 4 i think embiid is getting to the point that he's so good it would be worth the injury risk. then i'd go KAT > zinger > jokic

i guess that's the chalk ranking but i could easily flip KP and KAT. i think ultimately i'd take KAT's mobility and offensive versatility over KP being like a 3 and D center, basically, but i think KP has elite defensive potential and can clearly be the focal point of an offense. still seems like his realistic outcome is like... a very good version of miami chris bosh which is great if you have that dominant #1 wing next to him.

jokic is fun obv but the defense is worrisome and i wonder how his game would translate to the playoffs

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:24 (four years ago) link

I really considered including him, maybe I should have xp

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:25 (four years ago) link

jokic is fun obv but the defense is worrisome and i wonder how his game would translate to the playoffs

― J0rdan S., Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:24 PM (fifty-one seconds ago)

you don't think being arguably the most impactful half court offensive player in the league would translate to the offs??

I swear if he played in new york and porzingis played in denver people would view them a lot differently

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:26 (four years ago) link

simmons def more of a unicorn than kat or jokic

lag∞n, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:27 (four years ago) link

you don't think being arguably the most impactful half court offensive player in the league would translate to the offs??

I swear if he played in new york and porzingis played in denver people would view them a lot differently

― k3vin k., Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:26 PM (twenty-nine seconds ago) Bookmark

jokic is not arguably the most impactful half court offensive player in the league

my issue is just about when playoff games get down to 1 on 1 scoring whether jokic's impact would be minimized

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:28 (four years ago) link

i think i would take simmons over all these guys... prob even embiid bcuz of health

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:29 (four years ago) link

simmons shooting and defense still huge question marks hes obvs xtremely talented but cld still end up maxing out in the gifted but flawed range, feel like hes at least somewhat benefiting in ppls projections from being a red shirt rookie

lag∞n, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:33 (four years ago) link

he'll prob never be able to shoot but having a guy who can credibly play 1-5 with that level of basketball IQ feels like the most valuable possible thing you could have in today's NBA

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:36 (four years ago) link

aside from having that guy and him being able to shoot (bron, KD etc)... but even if simmons is just 1 level below those guys that could still be the best player in the nba in 5 years

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:36 (four years ago) link

he'll prob never be able to shoot but having a guy who can credibly play 1-5 with that level of basketball IQ feels like the most valuable possible thing you could have in today's NBA

― J0rdan S., Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:36 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

he cant really credibly play the 1-5 its more of a novelty thing on a not that good team, in fact his bad shooting really limits his positional flexibility, if u cant shoot and youre super tall in todays nba u prob shd be playing the 5, but its unclear if hell ever be a good enough defender to be there, not to mention that he has a really good teammate who plays there, embiid can shoot tho so its seems like using simmons as a driver in five out situations and as a facilitator at the elbows cld work

lag∞n, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:43 (four years ago) link

Kinda wonder if Brow should be on here? He's only 12 months older than Embiid.

assuming normal health for these guys:

—KATs stock has taken a huge beating over the 12 months, rightfully so. If he cant get to at least a league average defense then he'll never reach above where he's at currently.

—I love Jokic as much as anyone but I have concerns about his conditioning and willingness to be 'the guy' took him about 2/3 of the season last year to get it going and he's been pretty passive so far this season as well, even after the Milsap injury he hasn't seemed to have that killer instinct.

—Zinger has to get more rebounds imo, no excuse not to be getting 9-10 a game. And he's a bit of a black hole, 1.4 assists per36 is really low for someone who has the ball so much.

—Embiid takes this for me (since Giannis is excluded), biggest concern for me is his turnover rate. Also shoots too many threes. I've seen a lot of possessions ending with him having to chuck a bad long two cos he didnt make a move early enough in the shot clock and had to repost or the ball came back to him after everything else failed.

Spottie, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:43 (four years ago) link

simmons def has all the tools to be a great defender tho if he cld put that part together itd prob put him over the top into superstar status

lag∞n, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:44 (four years ago) link

when i say simmons can play 1-5 i mean that you can pretty much start any line up with him and not worry too much about which "position" he's going to play. it provides an incredible amount of flexibility! i think he'll be able to guard centers and guards on switches pretty seamlessly. it's not like he's gonna be banging in the post for 20 minutes a game.

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:47 (four years ago) link

i mean it took durant like 10 years until he would really protect the rim but i don't see why simmons couldn't get there

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:47 (four years ago) link

short arms, for one.

Spottie, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:48 (four years ago) link

btw the NBA really has to do a better job of making its stats more easily findable. why is it so hard to find leaders in PPP in the half court or whatever

anyway jokic was top 10 in ORTG last year, was the focal point of the #1 offense in the league once he became a starter, and all the synergy numbers basically showed him being a half court savant in terms of scoring in the paint and creating offense. he also crushes all these dudes in real plus minus, if you put any stock into that at all

I think the fact that his impact is spread out over several very different skills makes it hard for people to appreciate but it's pretty hard at this point, based on the numbers we have at hand, to argue that he is not at the very least right with the rest of these guys (giannis excluded), if not out in front.

I def hope he becomes more comfortable as a first option scorer but if he ends up being a guy who gives you 22-13-6 on like .630 ts%...that's a superstar, and arguably just as good as porzingis's 30-7-2 on slightly above average efficiency

also in terms of defense, rebounding is actually a pretty important part of defense iirc, and he is the best of this group

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:50 (four years ago) link

many xps

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:51 (four years ago) link

i havent seen too much evidence simmons can stay w guards on D when ive watched even if hes "playing point guard" on offense hes always cross matched to a forward, also having him as a non shooting primary ballhandler is exactly the type of things teams will punish mercilessly in the playoffs if the sixers ever get there, just go under every screen bump him back a step on all those weird running hooks he takes etc

lag∞n, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:51 (four years ago) link

didn't include brow because I felt like as he's in his 6th season he's already more of a known entity than these dudes, also he's way ahead numbers wise

k3vin k., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:53 (four years ago) link

I swear if he played in new york and porzingis played in denver people would view them a lot differently

― k3vin k., Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:26 PM (thirty-nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i agree with this in that zinger would be viewed as another tantalizing but probably flawed nuggets prospect.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 21:08 (four years ago) link

http://bkref.com/tiny/CAwyh

the are-we-sure-porzingis-is-that-good update

k3vin k., Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:01 (four years ago) link

zinger started off on total fire and has been very bad since

lag∞n, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:05 (four years ago) link

still his potential as a two way player is xtremely tantalizing

lag∞n, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:06 (four years ago) link

he carries more of a load offensively than any of the other 3

J0rdan S., Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:42 (four years ago) link

why is he bad at all the other stuff then lol

k3vin k., Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:43 (four years ago) link

i don't think he is personally

also he plays out of position

J0rdan S., Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:47 (four years ago) link

yeah that might have something to do with it, though he considers himself a PF and who knows whether he could really handle full center minutes at this stage of his career

you definitely can't ignore his potential and I grant that numbers aren't everything but...there aren't a whole lot of encouraging signs when you look you look at most of the publicly available stuff. and other than getting a lot of blocks I'm not aware of any of the defensive numbers being in love with him either

k3vin k., Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:54 (four years ago) link

Kristaps Porzingis: ‘I’m tired. I’m tired. I’m so tired right now’ https://t.co/XifNxZiPry

— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) January 4, 2018

lag∞n, Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:55 (four years ago) link

the team he's on is still such a trainwreck that i don't take much from some of his more questionable stats.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:56 (four years ago) link

wow great timing

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:56 (four years ago) link

his assist and rebounding numbers are, plainly, atrocious. he's pretty elite at avoiding turnovers, tho this might be because he never passes

the jury is still out on him as an efficient scorer -- you can definitely make the case that a young player like him has to get buckets first and then figure out how to score efficiently. but he's a league average 3p shooter right now and is shooting less than 50% on twos, and his percentage of total FGA that are between 10ft and the 3pt line has increased from 31% last year to 44% this year

k3vin k., Friday, 5 January 2018 00:06 (four years ago) link

knicks shd cut bait and trade him to the celtics imho

lag∞n, Friday, 5 January 2018 00:11 (four years ago) link

he does need to learn how to pass....i think he would rebound more if he played more center and played less w/kanter.

i was dumbstruck to discover that the knicks have to give minutes to kanter, o'quinn, AND jo noah to the extent that hernangomez, who i really like, barely plays.

call all destroyer, Friday, 5 January 2018 00:15 (four years ago) link

yeah wld agree that injuries are the biggest threat to zinger superstardom, the health record of guys his height is not too good

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 16:10 (four years ago) link

maybe all the guys in this poll are bad actually, embiid is still as undisciplined as a rookie and the other two cant defend

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 16:11 (four years ago) link

i definitely voted for jokic here even though there's no proof

ciderpress, Monday, 29 October 2018 03:30 (three years ago) link

unicornism is out of style now

lag∞n, Monday, 29 October 2018 03:34 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

jokic

k3vin k., Monday, 14 January 2019 04:13 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

just gonna post "jokic" to this thread every couple of weeks now to let everyone know that I always believed in and continue to support big honey

k3vin k., Monday, 28 January 2019 19:37 (two years ago) link

jokic averaging 25.5/12.2/8.5 this month on a .606 TS%, frankly absurd stuff

k3vin k., Monday, 28 January 2019 19:46 (two years ago) link

http://bkref.com/tiny/oJa02

the 20-7-7 club :o

k3vin k., Monday, 28 January 2019 19:46 (two years ago) link

im glad he's figuring out how to be assertive and act like he knows he's the best player on the court on most nights.

marcos smart (Spottie), Monday, 28 January 2019 21:25 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...
one year passes...

just gonna post "jokic" to this thread every couple of weeks now to let everyone know that I always believed in and continue to support big honey

― k3vin k., Monday, January 28, 2019 2:37 PM (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

k3vin k., Monday, 7 June 2021 02:58 (seven months ago) link

credit where its due kevin said jokic and he was right

lag∞n, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:04 (seven months ago) link

but on the other hand he only said it because jokic plays for his team

lag∞n, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:04 (seven months ago) link

kevin started saying jokic then everyone started saying it now hes gonna be mvp and hes still a beefy boi, gotta love it

class project pat (m bison), Monday, 7 June 2021 03:05 (seven months ago) link

technically i was the first person on this board to believe in jokic

lag∞n, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:05 (seven months ago) link

also i only said zinger itt for fun

lag∞n, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:05 (seven months ago) link

reread the first half of this thread and my my how much has changed in 3 and a half short interminable years

Clay, Monday, 7 June 2021 03:21 (seven months ago) link

it’s fuckin embiid btw

― k3vin k., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:20 PM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Kev you voted embiid tho

Spottie, Monday, 7 June 2021 05:28 (seven months ago) link

kinda crazy they are pretty close. embiid was the mvp favorite for a massive chunk of the season up until his injury.

Spottie, Monday, 7 June 2021 05:29 (seven months ago) link

I think embiid was on a tear as soon as the poll was about to close or something lol

k3vin k., Monday, 7 June 2021 09:42 (seven months ago) link

lmao the terrible truth comes out

lag∞n, Monday, 7 June 2021 11:11 (seven months ago) link

five months pass...

h0lling3r:


Nikola Jokic is that dude

It’s all well and good that we have some other things to entertain us, like Steph Curry doing Steph things with a real team around him in Golden State and the DeMar DeRozan-led Bulls trucking teams in the East.

Just don’t lose sight of the big picture, folks: Jokic is still the most effective regular-season player in basketball. Voters seemingly reluctantly gave him the MVP last year and again appear to be scanning the universe for alternatives, and it may be harder to convince them after seeing Curry go amazeballs on Tuesday in the league’s most prominent TV game of the season.

People: I get the Stephmania and all because the Warriors have been unbelievable (and we’ll get to that soon here), but for the love of all that is holy, would you please stop dismissing Jokic? He’s basically a 7-foot point guard at this point, dragging an injury-riddled Denver team to competence.

Yet we’ve heard comparatively little Jokic banter thus far, despite the fact that through 13 games, his PER of 35.4 ranks … (checks notes) … first all-time.

All. Time.

By a wide margin, actually — the all-time best heading into this year was 31.86 by Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2019-20. It’s only 13 games, and maybe Jokic’s numbers will dip as the year goes on, but nothing about his start has seemed particularly fluky or weird.

Even relative to the other four players who have been notably awesome in the early part of the season, Jokic has been on a completely different level (see chart).

Advanced stats: Jokic vs. errrrbody
PER BPM TS% ON-OFF DIFF.
Nikola Jokic
35.4
14.5
66.5
25.8
Kevin Durant
29.6
8.4
68.2
11.9
Giannis Antetokounmpo
29.1
8.9
56.7
23.7
Jimmy Butler
29.0
9.8
62.5
-1.6
Steph Curry
26.9
8.5
62.0
19.9
We’re blessed with some awesome players right now, but in terms of production, it’s The Joker’s world. Yet, reading the tea leaves, it already seems very possible Jokic won’t repeat as MVP due to some combination of voter boredom and embarrassing oversight.

(Also, while we’re here: It is an unconscionable, embarrassing mistake that Jokic was left off the league’s top 75 players of all-time list, just to leave room for misty-eyed wistfulness about the fourth-best players on Lakers, Celtics and Knicks teams of yore. “Sure, this Jokic fella is good, but he’s no Dave DeBusschere.”)

The breadth of what The Joker is doing is overwhelming. Skill-wise, he’s the best passer in the league, but he’s also second in rebounding; oh, and he’s shooting 38.3 percent on 3s. And — get this — he’s sixth in scoring, while very nearly leading the league in 2-point shooting percentage at 66.3 percent.

Defensively, he’s less off-the-charts awesome, but his IQ and giant mitts still make him effective. (Fun fact: Jokic has more steals than Giannis, Trae Young or Kevin Durant. He’s in the league’s top 50 in both steal and block rate.) The Nuggets, quietly, are third in the NBA in defensive efficiency despite missing multiple key players, which sort of neutralizes the “WuT AbOUt hIs D?” angle.

In addition to having the best individual stats in the league, Jokic’s impact stats are borderline hilarious. The Nuggets are plus-14.2 points per 100 possessions when he plays, minus-11.6 when he sits, nearly a 26-point swing depending on whether he’s in the game.

The eye test backs up the numbers. He’s steadily improved his doughy physique and now moves better than ever, gliding past opponents in transition and making guard-like moves closer to the rim. As a roller, it’s been interesting to see him use long strides and (gasp!) athleticism to get chances close to the rim rather than ambling into jump hooks like he used to.

And mixed in, of course, are assorted displays of a rare basketball genius. He’s reinventing the game on the fly, doing stuff no big man has ever done and adding to the repertoire as he goes. Oh, here, let me just whip this one-handed, no-look, pick-and-roll dish to a driving Aaron Gordon:

Here’s another clip from the weekend that I kept rewinding before I just threw up my hands and realized I was dealing with some completely different species of basketball player.

Jokic never looked to his left on this play. Not once. He also didn’t have the ball and, in fact, had his back facing Will Barton in the seconds leading up to this pass. Yet somehow he knew, before the ball ever arrived, that Barton was open in the left corner and immediately snapped the ball there.

How did he know this?

Even as the Nuggets scuffle along in fits and starts through early injuries and bad bench units, Jokic has been unbelievable. Night to night, he’s not just the most effective player in the league, but he also makes at least one mind-blowing play every single game … and everyone just kind of ignores it and goes about the day. Playing in the Rocky Horror Time Zone doesn’t help, but it’s still weird. It doesn’t help that the league still markets him like he’s Mason Plumlee.

Fans of good basketball: Appreciate this guy. He is an awesome, generational talent at the absolute peak of his powers.

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:32 (two months ago) link

It doesn’t help that the league still markets him like he’s Mason Plumlee.

No marketing genius could cast a spell of glamour over this guy, no matter how hard they tried. His skill set is awesome, but he's heavyset, has a permanently red nose and a face only his mother could love. He doesn't remotely look the part of an awesome athlete because his game isn't really based on speed, grace and power, but on fantastic court vision, super-efficient decision making and incredible finesse. His highlight reel shows him standing still more often than not, either glued to one spot or lumbering around slowly, then threading an amazing pass to a teammate. Plus, he's a Slav, not an All-American boy, talks with a funny accent, and looks permanently sullen.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:33 (two months ago) link

also I think most people would be terrified if they were to ever actually him

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:36 (two months ago) link

actually *meet* him, that is

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:36 (two months ago) link

In Hollywood Jokic would be typecast as the terrifying, but rather sluggish, goon who speaks in grunts and breaks arms for the Russian mafia.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:40 (two months ago) link

they'd probably cast both his brothers & his dad too

my brother's wife is Polish and she has two huge brothers who have a similar face. they also happen to be weightlifters. just humongous people. first time I met them was at their wedding when they drove up in a car dressed in tuxedos, and asked us politely to sit in the back...immediately I was like "god I hope these are the right people"

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:44 (two months ago) link

lmao

lag∞n, Thursday, 18 November 2021 20:01 (two months ago) link

if jokic's game was more thuggish, they could cast him as a heel but he plays so beautifully and crisply and lumberingly there's such cognitive disconnect. it's like watching a giant sloth do close up magic. he's unique.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:08 (two months ago) link

they should market him as "the joker" and when he makes a crazy pass be all "that was severely twisted only the mind of a lunatic could even think of such a thing" get him to ham it up a bit make crazy eyes into the camera

lag∞n, Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:11 (two months ago) link

he should also dropkick the ball into the stands every few games

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:13 (two months ago) link

the joker movie came out like 2 years ago it's an egregious missed opportunity

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:38 (two months ago) link

btw would any brave souls still make an argument for any of the other 3 in this poll?

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Thursday, 18 November 2021 23:33 (two months ago) link

I might argue that a 100% embiid over ten years would be competitive with a 100% joker over ten years if we’re talking about who you want to build a franchise around, but I would be surprised if Embiid is anything other than a bench option even five years from now the way he is deteriorating. Slim jokic is the movement

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 November 2021 00:08 (two months ago) link

I would just like to point out that I have been otm itt

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Friday, 19 November 2021 00:16 (two months ago) link

this thread would be your magnum opus if only you could delete that one double post in your moment of weakness

it’s fuckin embiid btw

― k3vin k., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:20 PM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

it’s fuckin embiid btw

― k3vin k., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:20 PM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Spottie, Friday, 19 November 2021 00:22 (two months ago) link

once again I implore the good folks of the jury to recognize the immense pressure visited on me by my peers and also the fact that embiid was in the middle of a really nice run at the time

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Friday, 19 November 2021 00:27 (two months ago) link

i wanna vote for ben simmons

― J0rdan S., Tuesday, December 26, 2017 1:19 PM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

jordan really went hard for ben for a while

Spottie, Friday, 19 November 2021 00:28 (two months ago) link

i think KAT could have something to say here if he ever gets out of minnesota

J0rdan S., Friday, 19 November 2021 01:12 (two months ago) link

simmons never got better in three years, possibly got worse. hard to do

J0rdan S., Friday, 19 November 2021 01:12 (two months ago) link

if you put bam on this list you'd at least have one guy who has played in an nba finals, food for thought

J0rdan S., Friday, 19 November 2021 01:17 (two months ago) link

and if you put giannis in here you wouldn't even have a conversation

J0rdan S., Friday, 19 November 2021 01:18 (two months ago) link

if you put bam on this list you'd at least have one guy who has played in an nba finals, food for thought

― J0rdan S., Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:17 PM (twenty minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

bye troll

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Friday, 19 November 2021 01:39 (two months ago) link

giannis was explicitly excluded for being too advanced

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Friday, 19 November 2021 01:39 (two months ago) link

zinger being on here speaks to a more innocent time

Clay, Friday, 19 November 2021 01:45 (two months ago) link

zinger came out that season on fire made the allstar team then tore his acl rip

lag∞n, Friday, 19 November 2021 01:52 (two months ago) link

what they don’t want you to know about porzingis is he’s had the exact same stats every year since then perhaps even has been better but was so overrated that year it’s skewed everyone’s perception of him

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Friday, 19 November 2021 02:00 (two months ago) link

I mean you expect young bigs to get better in their mid 20s and he just didn’t

Spottie, Friday, 19 November 2021 02:12 (two months ago) link

the thing with zinger was that he had the promise of being an elite floor stretcher on offense and an elite rim protector on defense. there still is basically no one in the NBA who has that skill set. some are close in various ways but an exponential arc in his game back from his healthy knicks days would have made him a unicorn, like KAT crossed with roy hibbert or something. alas he can still shoot bcuz he’s so tall but the injuries robbed him of all defensive value, and also he keeps getting hurt.

J0rdan S., Friday, 19 November 2021 02:51 (two months ago) link

also it’s insane no one ever made him figure out a way to score over 6’ 6” guys in the post, just completely inexcusable

J0rdan S., Friday, 19 November 2021 02:53 (two months ago) link

Zinger still looks the most like an actual unicorn out there, like he just doesn’t make sense by the laws of physics and human anatomy. But I guess maybe that’s why he can’t stay healthy…

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Saturday, 20 November 2021 14:24 (two months ago) link

yeah zinger couldve been an alltimer but the human body just isnt designed to be 7-3

lag∞n, Saturday, 20 November 2021 15:23 (two months ago) link


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