1. Overrating, the most chronically underrated player in NBA history is impossible.
2. Who could have had the same impact with Malone
Nash, not a chance in hell. Now there is an unbelievably overrated player.
3. The other guys with Stockton
Duncan: Nothing Malone could do that Duncan couldn't. wonderful fit.
Dirk, not on Malone's level defensively, played a terrific pick and roll game, much better shooter than Malone.
McHale. Until McHale screwed up his career by insisting on playing in the playoffs with stress fractures in both feet, you could make the case that McHale was better PF of his era than Malone.
Webber, see Dirk
Barkley, skilled old school power player like Malone.
Any of these guys would have had their careers elevated by playing with Stockton. And they had pretty damn good careers to begin with.
I'm sure all of those guys would have played great with Stockton, but IMO it wouldn't have been the same. As for Isaiah Thomas the original IT, he was a brilliant individual player, but would much better fit the description you so inappropriately gave Nash of not elevating those around him. Certainly not one of the great assisting PGs of all time.
Regarding Nash you can go on being a hater, but there has never been and possibly never will be a better offensive player than Nash. How he single handedly made those Suns teams offensive juggernauts defied logic. It's almost like you never watched him play to come up with your take on him. Why the hate and the disrespect? It's almost like he mistreated some important family member. Was it your mother, sister, wife or daughter? I'm trying to understand this.
< Message edited by kgdabom -- 7/23/2018 8:04:15 AM >
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