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Old 12-22-2011, 07:56 AM   #32
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Default Re: Is James Worthy one of the most overrated players of all time?

I don't think he's overrated.

I just think other 1980s small forwards are underrated by comparison.

Ask a casual fan if they've heard of James Worthy and, chances are, the answer will be 'yes'.

Those same fans probably won't have heard of Alex English, Adrian Dantley or Bernard King (unless they grew up watching the Knicks).

More serious and older basketball fans will have a better perspective on things and realise that Worthy was a very talented player and deserving of his credit, but realise that he wasn't necessarily much better than an Alex English or a Dominique Wilkins.

Certainly, if Wilkins had been on the Lakers, he'd also have those championships and would surely be more highly regarded. Instead, he's remembered as a dunker who was somewhat selfish, which is perhaps unfair.
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