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Best player in the league every season since 1998

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by Optimal6, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Optimal6

    Optimal6 Member

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    since 1998 also known as since Jordan retired as a member of the Chicago Bulls

    my list

    1999 - Tim Duncan
    2000 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2001 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2002 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2003 - Tim Duncan
    2004 - Kevin Garnett
    2005 - Steve Nash (yep, I use to say Duncan, but Nash for me)
    2006 - Kobe Bryant
    2007 - Kobe Bryant
    2008 - Kobe Bryant
    2009 - Lebron James
    2010 - Lebron James
    2011 - Lebron James
    2012 - Lebron James
    2013 (currently) - Lebron James
     
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    Cool story bro.
     
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    Brian Scalabrine disagrees.
     
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    1999 - Shaq
    2000 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2001 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2002 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2003 - KB24
    2004 - KB24
    2005 - KB24
    2006 - Kobe Bryant
    2007 - Kobe Bryant
    2008 - Kobe Bryant
    2009 - KB24
    2010 - KB24
    2011 - LBJ
    2012 - Jeremy Lin
    2013 (currently) -Jeremy lin
     
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    No one gives a damn you ass
     
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    1998-present: Kobe.
     
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    Shane Battier super duper cool story bro.
     
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    I'm less interested in your choices (which look fine to me) than how you arrived at them. What criteria do you use to identify the league's best player?
     
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    1999 - Tim Duncan
    2000 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2001 - Allen Iverson
    2002 - Kobe Bryant
    2003 - Tim Duncan
    2004 - The Detroit Defense
    2005 - Dwade
    2006 - Dwade
    2007 - Tim Duncan
    2008 - Kobe Bryant
    2009 - Dwight Howard
    2010 - Kobe Bryant
    2011 - Dirk
    2012 - Lebron James
    2013 (currently) - Chris Paul
     
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    In my opinion, lebron has been the best player in the league since 05. Just look at those sorry teams he carried to those great regular season records. People can say kobe this or kobe that, but I think if you gave lebron that lakers team that lost to the celtics,they ain't losing to the celtics.
     
  11. Optimal6

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    It's just the guy that had the combination of the best overall season and was the best in terms of abilities and production to help his team win.

    I'm not sure how you can prove that to be true considering how Lebron played worse in the 2008 playoffs than Kobe did. It had more to do with how their games worked. In 2008, Lebron's jump shot was still very weak and considered to be a noticeable flaw. That was why Lebron shot very poorly in the first 2 games of the series.

    You might say, "well, Lebron got his team to 7 games vs. the Celtics, while Kobe only got his team to 6 games." While this is true, it doesn't say much about how Kobe and Lebron performed. The truth is Ray Allen was shooting like complete garbage in that series. He averaged less than 10 ppg and less points than Rajon Rondo. It's hard to do well in a series when your 3rd option is invisible out there. We all saw how Ray played in the 2008 Finals, he arguably should have been the Finals MVP over Pierce.
     
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    1999 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2000 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2001 - Allen Iverson
    2002 - Tim Duncan
    2003 - Tim Duncan
    2004 - Kevin Garnett
    2005 - Steve Nash (yep, I use to say Duncan, but Nash for me)
    2006 - Kobe Bryant
    2007 - Kobe Bryant
    2008 - Kobe Bryant
    2009 - Lebron James
    2010 - Lebron James
    2011 - Lebron James
    2012 - Lebron James
    2013 (currently) - Lebron James
     
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    1999 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2000 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2001 - Allen Iverson
    2002 - Tim Duncan
    2003 - Tim Duncan
    2004 - Kevin Garnett
    2005 - Steve Nash (yep, I use to say Duncan, but Nash for me)
    2006 - Kobe Bryant
    2007 - Kobe Bryant
    2008 - Kobe Bryant
    2009 - Lebron James
    2010 - Lebron James
    2011 - Lebron James
    2012 - Jeremy Lin
    2013 (currently) - Jeremy Lin
     
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    1999 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2000 - Shaquille O'Neal
    2001 - Allen Iverson
    2002 - Tim Duncan
    2003 - Tim Duncan
    2004 - Kevin Garnett
    2005 - Steve Nash (yep, I use to say Duncan, but Nash for me)
    2006 - Kobe Bryant
    2007 - Kobe Bryant
    2008 - Kobe Bryant
    2009 - Lebron James
    2010 - Lebron James
    2011 - Lebron James
    2012 - Jeremy Lin
    2013 (currently) - Jeremy Lin
     
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    1999-2001 Shaq
    2002-2008 Duncan
    2009-now LeBron
     
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    99-00 - Shaq

    01-12 - Scalabrine

    13 - Austin Rivers obviously
     
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    No love for 02-03 Tracy McGrady?
     
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    Hard to argue with 02-03 Tim Duncan, however.
     
  20. Optimal6

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    He was quite clearly worse than Duncan and KG. I would say he was worse than Kobe too that season but that's debatable.
     
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