HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #38 Allen Iverson

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #38 Allen Iverson

  The Answer is not easy to assign. He poses a unique challenge, a player beloved by many, who stood as a totem for both the league on the floor, and the culture of the game off the court. He scored a ridiculous amount of points and yet none of those baskets resulted in a Championship. There are those who would argue he was a ‘chucker’ and those who would argue he was a gunner who didn’t have the right gang behind him. Although I personally believe the now infamous 01 Sixers were much better than given credit, he was the lead dog on a less than stellar Finals team. In most people’s eyes winning game one in the 2001 Finals, against a vastly superior Lakers squad marked the pinnacle of Iverson’s career. Regardless of how you feel about Iverson; whether it be his controversial contributions, his impressive accolades, and less than impressive team accomplishments he was a polarizing figure who helped define the game we all love. For that alone he will be remembered far, far, far into the future. The Hall is calling Mr. Iverson. The Resume: First Overall Pick 1996 – Philadelphia 76ers 11x All-Star 7x All-NBA 4x Scoring Champ 2x All-Star MVP MVP   How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Shane Young (21). The Barn Burner: Josh Eberley (Did not Rank). How did the other guys rank Iverson: Brian Geltzeiler (25), Jacob Noble (28), Lang Greene (35), Matt Drappel (38), Justin Rowan (38),  Marc Griffin (39), James Holas (40), Robert Littal (41), Justin Termine (41), Justin Salkin (45), Adi Joseph (48), and Will...
Nets Franchise Leaderboard: All-Time And Current Record-Holders

Nets Franchise Leaderboard: All-Time And Current Record-Holders

The Franchise Leaderboard series looks at active and franchise leaders in five major statistical categories-points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals- for all thirty NBA franchises. Running through two teams per week, we look at the marks set by all-time leaders for each franchise, analyze the respective trajectories of current leaders, compare how they stack up, and do a bit of projecting. As in every preceding installment, each edition of the Franchise Leaderboard series comes with an accompanying disclaimer: While a great honor, long-lived and unforgotten in history books, franchise leaderdom goes a step beyond the intrinsic value found in efficiency and per-game performance. The name of the game, here, is volume—not only in terms of accruing a particular statistic as much as possible per outing, but also in terms of the number of outings you manage to appear (and accrue your statistic) in. Because, at the end of the day, whether you manage to score 32 points per game but only play in 50 games, or whether you only manage 20 points per game, but do so while appearing in 80 whole games, you are nonetheless left with 1600 points—no farther or lesser along the path to franchise leaderdom, through one season, than your counterpart. On top of all that, of course, is one more variable: the number of seasons, and hence, further outings, you manage. Use as many or as few as you want, but the franchise leaderboard does not discriminate. The system is simple: play as much, as long, or as well as you can or want. But the only thing that puts you above all others, here,...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #39 Clyde Drexler

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #39 Clyde Drexler

Clyde the Glide was a force to be reckoned with in Portland, but it was after paying his dues for the black and red that he found real success with the red and yellow. Along side Hakeem Olajuwon Drexler watched his dreams come true. That being said Drexler was in Portland long enough to still sit as their all time leader in games, minutes, points, and steals. Though he lined up at the shooting guard position Drexler contributed all over, he is also the Blazers second all time leader in both rebounds and assists. Drexler is  one of the best to ever line up at the shooting guard position and he would have a whole lot more NBA first team honors had he not played in the Jordan era. The Resume: 14th Overall Pick 1983 – Portland Trail Blazers 10x All-Star 5x All-NBA Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: James Holas (22). The Barn Burner: Robert Littal and Marc Griffin (NR). How did the other guys rank Drexler: Adi Joseph (27), Jacob Noble (33), Shane Young (34), Matt Drappel (35), Brian Geltzeiler (39), Will Reeve (39), Josh Eberley (40), Justin Salkin (41), Justin Rowan (42), Justin Termine (44), Lang Green (47),     #38 Monday, August 31.    Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!   Contributors: Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #40 Elvin Hayes

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #40 Elvin Hayes

  The Big E did big ol things for the Bullets. He led them to the Finals his first year in the uniform (74-75) and along with Wes Unseld and Bob Dandridge brought home the Championship in 1978. During the 1978 playoffs, Hayes led the team in points, rebounds, and blocks but did not win the Finals MVP award. Hayes is one of those rare players who has better numbers across the board in the post-season. He averaged more points, more rebounds, more blocks, and shot a better percentage from the field in the playoffs. Hayes also crushed the all time numbers finishing ninth all time in points, and fourth all time in rebounds. The Resume: First Overall Pick 1968 – San Diego Rockets 12x All-Star 6x All-NBA 2X All-NBA Defense Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Marc Griffin (18). The Barn Burner: Justin Termine, Justin Salkin, Shane Young, Robert Littal, Jacob Noble, and Matt Drappel (NR). How did the other guys rank Hayes: Brian Geltzeiler (22), Lang Green (24), James Holas (33), Will Reeve (36), Josh Eberley (37), Justin Salkin (44), and Adi Joseph (49).       #39 Sunday, August 30.    Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!   Contributors: Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC James Holas...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #41 Gary Payton

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #41 Gary Payton

The Glove was fierce, as fierce as it gets at the point of attack. This is a man who both ran the offense and guarded the GOAT in the same NBA Finals. Gary Payton is one of if not the most dominant two way player to ever play his position, he also went to the NBA Finals with three different teams. I’ve always wondered how much the Championship with Miami late in his career effected his legacy, whether it boosted him above other comparable greats, or remained a footnote in a terrific career. Payton didn’t win a ring as, “the guy” but never-the-less, a ring was on his finger when he hung up J’s. He also didn’t get his long awaited Championship until he was 37 years old, cough, Chris Paul is 30, cough. Payton quietly racked up the stats over his career, he sits fourth all time in steals, eighth in assists, and 30th in points. The Resume: Second Overall Pick 1990 – Seattle SuperSonics 9x All-Star 9x All-NBA 9x All-NBA Defense Defensive Player of the Year Championship Hall of Fame   How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Matt Drappel and Justin Termine (31). The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler and Marc Griffin (NR). . . How did the other guys rank Payton: Robert Littal (32), Will Reeve (33), Jacob Noble (34), Josh Eberley (38), Justin Rowan (39), Justin Salkin (40), Shane Young (44), James Holas (47), Lang Greene (48), and Adi Joseph (50)     #40 Saturday, August 29.    Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right?...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #42 Bill Walton

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #42 Bill Walton

  The Terrell Davis of the NFL! Yes his career was short, yes his career totals are slim, yes his per game numbers lack some flash. But what more could he have done? In a sadly small span as a non-broken man he won a MVP award, Finals MVP, two Championships, and a Sixth Man of the Year award. He capitalized on his incredibly short prime and he cashed in where he could. As an aside, Walton also owned College basketball, that might even be an understatement. It’s hard to reward guys who were on the right track before tragedy hit on lists like these. But Walton accomplished enough in his brief tenure as one of the league’s best to earn his spot. The Resume: First Overall Pick 1974 – Portland Trail Blazers 2x All-Star 2x All-NBA 2x All-NBA Defense Sixth Man of the Year Finals MVP MVP 2x Champion Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Josh Eberley and Justin Termine (27). The Barn Burner: Seven tied (NR). How did the other guys rank Walton: Shane Young (28), Justin Rowan (32), Jacob Noble (36), James Holas (42), and Justin Salkin (43).   #41 Friday, August 28.      Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any tweets with #HCHot50 may be featured on the site going forward, tweet us your feedback!   Contributors: Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #43 Chris Paul

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #43 Chris Paul

CP3 despite not seeing playoff success of any kind has statistically dominated the NBA. Chris Paul is the best point guard to be drafted post 2000 and it isn’t close. His case is hard to argue, individually by the numbers he can go toe-to-toe with any point guard not named Big O or Magic. However the resume leaves some to be desired in terms of winning. It really depends on how you view greatness, and how you view this list. The fact that Paul is the first point guard on this list, despite never surpassing the second round of the playoffs speaks volumes on the level of his play. He is an elite competitor and the narrative on his failures is overstated and often fabricated. Paul owns the sixth highest playoff player efficiency rating (PER) all time. . . He trails only Michael Jordan, LeBron James, George Mikan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Hakeem Olajuwon (Via basketball-reference.com). Not bad company, to say the least. Hopefully Paul isn’t doomed to end his career similar to that of fellow point guard great Steve Nash or worse yet the playoff cursed Tracy McGrady, Paul who is only 30 still has time. The Resume: Fourth Overall Pick 2005 – New Orleans Hornets 8x All-Star 7x All-NBA 7x All-NBA Defense All-Star Game MVP Rookie of the Year   How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Justin Rowan and Justin Salkin (28). The Barn Burner: Jacob Noble, Will Reeve, Matt Drappel, Lang Greene, and Marc Griffin (NR). How did the other guys rank Paul: James Holas (34), Josh Eberley (39), Shane Young (39), Brian Geltzeiler...
HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #44 Dominique Wilkins

HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #44 Dominique Wilkins

The Human Highlight Film was a feature attraction for the NBA from 1982 all the way through to the 1999 season. Dominique Wilkins got to play against the best over his elongated career. The Bird led Celtics, the Showtime Lakers, the Bad Boy Pistons, Jordan’s Bulls, and even Kobe’s Lakers at the tail end of his career. The previous may in fact be why Wilkins, who happens to be the league’s 12th leading scorer all time, left the game without a ring. Wilkins will be remembered for his high flying duel with his Airness in the 1985 dunk contest, he will also be remembered for the endless buckets he dropped on two decades of NBA greats. Wilkins coming in at #44 finishes one spot ahead of Kevin Durant, and two spots in front of Paul Pierce. Not a bad ranking for a guy who never won a MVP award or Championship. The Resume: Third Overall Pick 1982 – Atlanta Hawks 9x All-Star 7x All-NBA One Time Scoring Champ Hall of Fame How did the guys rank him? The Flag Bearer: Will Reeve (32). The Barn Burner: Josh Eberley, Justin Rowan, Marc Griffin, and Justin Salkin (NR). How did the other guys rank Wilkins: Robert Littal (33), Shane Young (35), Brian Geltzeiler (36), Adi Joseph (37), James Holas (38), Matt Drappel (40), Lang Greene (43), Jacob Noble (49), and Justin Termine (50).     #43 Wednesday, August 26.    Don’t like it? Think we got it wrong? Maybe, just maybe we got it right? Let us know using the #HCHot50 hash-tag. Or give the contributors hell, contact info below. Any...