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Old 07-06-2007, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default Who is the greatest big man of all-time???

Bill Russell
Wilt Chamberlain
Shaq
Tim Duncan
Kareem
Olajuwon
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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Take David Robinson off for Moses Malone. Then u got the perfect big men.

BTW i'll go with Wilt Chamberlain.
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Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:51 PM   #4
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Bill Russell Wilt ChamberlainShaq
Tim Duncan
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Highlighted because these two played in a era in which there wasn't that much big men who were the size of those two..


Duncan is a PF..


Um...Kareem Abdul Jabbar I'd say.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: Who is the greatest big man of all-time???

It's hard to tell, I guess. If they all played in any of their repective era's then it wouldn't be too difficult to clarify. I'm going with Wit.
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Take David Robinson off for Moses Malone. Then u got the perfect big men.

Yeah sorry..I for got about Moses...Thanks
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:53 PM   #7
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Default Re: Who is the greatest big man of all-time???

NOT IN ORDER

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Bill Russell
Shaquille O'Neal
Wilt Chamberlain
Tim Duncan
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kareem had the best beard and the best goggles. also the best role in a bruce lee movie and the movie airplane. hard to top all of that.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #9
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Default Re: Who is the greatest big man of all-time???

assuming big men - center
russell, chamberlain, walton from the era i never saw!
kareem, akeem, david, ewing, moses
shaq never had an antagonist by the time he learned how to play the best centers were on the way out.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:22 PM   #10
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Wilt- dominated his era, 100 point game, 55 rebound game and 50 per season
Kareem- leads nba all time in socring, 19 time all star
Russel- 11 nba championships 2 as a coach, 5 time nba mvp
shaq- nba mvp, 3 finals mvp, 4 rings and most dominant ever
Duncan- 2 time league mvp, 3 time finals mvp, 4 rings

But now in the nba the best players would prob be shaq and kareem
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Wilt, Shaq, Kareem, Bill, TD, and Hakeem in that order.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:29 PM   #12
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Wilt is the greatest. How could anyone dispute this?
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Wilt is the greatest. How could anyone dispute this?
i'm not saying he isn't the greatest, but there are arguments to be made.

take kareem for instance. he was a more efficient scorer who won more (and wilt had a lot of help too, so don't blame all of it on magic. jerry west and elgin baylor were the best 2 and 3 of their era) made more all-nba teams and took home more mvp awards, played longer, and scored more total points than anybody. he also has a better playoff scoring average on better shooting (esp free throw shooting) despite having torn down his own averages by played at 40 and 41 years of age. hell, you can ignore everything else and just look at kareem's effectiveness in the post season. the captain's average jumps two points in the post season. wilt's dips 8 points.

i know the rebounds are attrociously one-sided, but that has a lot to do with the number of shots that were taken in the 60s / 70s being very high. even small forwards and guards were pulling down outrageous rebounding numbers because there were tons of fgas and tons of misses. if you factor in game pace i think wilt's rebounding average dips to something like 15, which is still brutalizing and amazing, but it's slightly less otherworldly.

it's not a definitive proof for kareem (not sure i believe there's a convincing case for anyone), but it's an argument anyway. personally i think the most talented big i ever saw was hakeem, but he didn't always rise to the occassion, and he didn't always have the team, so i don't think he can be counted ahead of so many more accomplished players. shaq also was totally unguardable and amazingly destructive to defenses in his prime.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:59 PM   #14
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I dont think if Wilt in his prime played today, he would have as many rebounds or score as many points, but I vote Bill Russell...
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Old 07-06-2007, 04:06 PM   #15
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Wilt is the greatest. How could anyone dispute this?



There is one good reason why he was the greatest in the 60s and the early 70's.


Because he was the tallest center and man back in 60s.



If he was playing today, he would only average only about 14 rpg? and 21 ppg?
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