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Who Is The Best Player At Each Position?


I dont know about you, but this seems like the longest summer ever to me. With the lockout in full effect and no possible end in sight, the dog days of summer really bite. Even Blazersedge has slowed way down just because there simply isnt much basketball news let alone Blazers related news.

Anyways, in my attempts to find Blazers news, I came across this story on ESPNs website that they just posted on who they think are the best players at each position. It has some Blazers related quotes and  I thought it made for some interesting conversation and figured what the heck, lets see if anyone else has an opinion. So below I posted ESPNs picks for each position, the Blazers related info, and some of my own silly comments. Check them out, and tell me what you think. Where would you differ from their picks?

Point Guard-

3 votes for Chris Paul

1 for Derrick Rose

1 for Rajon Rondo

Magic Johnson got all 5 votes for Best PG ever!

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Shooting Guards-

Dwayne Wade gets all 5 votes (sorry Kobe)

Michael Jordan gets all 5 votes for best SG ever

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Small Forwards-

4 votes for Lebron James

1 vote for Kevin Durant

Greatest ever SF Larry Bird 3 votes, Scottie Pippen 1 vote, Julius Irving 1 vote

Our own Nicolas Batm get a vote for most underrated small forward in the NBA. quote:

"Many a GM has tried to pry Nicolas Batum away from Portland. No such luck. He's defense first with earnest promise to boost his offense. He embraces whatever role hes given while working to improve. He's just 22. Batum may never be a household name, but one day teams will be fighting for his services." Kyle Weidie, Truth About It

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Power Forwards-

4 votes for Dirk

1 vote for unbelievably enough Zach Randolph

3 votes for Tim Duncan as best PF of all time! 2 votes for Karl Malone

Lamarcus got a vote for the most underrated PF. here the quote:

"Lamarcus Aldridge quietly posted one of the best seasons for a power forward in 2010-2011. His PER was the 7th highest among power forwards, and, with the decline of Brandon Roy, Aldridge carried the Trailblazers to the playoff and gave the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks one of their toughest series." Justin Defeo, Nets Are Scorching

Lamarcus gets a vote for most promising PF in the NBA:

"Blake Griffin and Lamarcus Aldridge are leading the pack that includes all kinds of potential in the likes of Derrick Favors, Thaddeus Young, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams and Bismack Biyombo." Henry Abbot, True Hoop

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Centers-

Dwight Howard all 5 votes

Best center of all time 2 votes Bill Russel, 1 vote Wilt, 1 vote Shaq, 1 vote Kareem Abdul Jabar

The quote on Shaqs vote was semi Blazers related:

"Shaq. I know Wilt was great, but I never got to see him play. Shaq I saw in his prime, there was nothing like him. During the Lakers 3peat run, Shaq averaged 30 points and 14.5 rebounds per playoff game. Averaged! Only Portland could kinda slow him down, and it took three elite defenders - - Scottie Pippen, Rasheed Wallace and fellow giant Arvydas Sabonis."-Jordan Heimer, ClippersBlog

Personally, I was hoping for Oden to atleast get a vote for most promising center in the NBA. But Nay, he isnt even mentioned.

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So what do you think? Do you agree with the players they picked or would your lineup look a little different? Heres an interesting thought - Who do you think would win a game between the best players of all time and the current best players in the NBA? That would be a game to see! Imagine these 2 teams going head to head:

PG - Chris Paul / Magic Johnson

SG - Dwayne Wade / Michael Jordan

SF - Lebron James / Larry Bird

PF - Dirk Nowitski / Tim Duncan

C - Dwight Howard / Bill Russell

 

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my post.

Peace,

CJB

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