HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #6 Larry Bird

  For at least one more year Larry Legend holds his ground above LeBron James, the GOAT small forward if you will. Larry Bird missed on an expanded run in part due to a bad back, but injuries aside, I could definitely argue him further up this list. Larry Legend was feisty, gritty, and the best shooter of his generation. A perfect mix of toughness and finesse. Bird had the all around package, he rebounded, …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #7 LeBron James

King James, at only 30 years old, has climbed his way into the seventh highest spot on this list. Remarkable, whether you agree with the ranking or not, it’s quite the statement. James is as dominant as they come, he has made virtually every team he has ever played on a contender. How many players can say that? The biggest knock against LeBron James; is that he and the teams he carried on his back, …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #8 Tim Duncan

  It’s official, in the eyes of this panel at least, Tim Duncan is the greatest player of the 2000’s. Edging out Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant for the post-Jordan honours. The Big Fundamental has it all, the longevity, the team success, and the individual recognition. You’ll never here a ‘what if’ in regards to solely Tim Duncan. No hypothetical’s are necessary, he accomplished it all. Blessed with a healthy career, and the best ran franchise …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #9 Kobe Bryant

  Kobe Bryant is as polarizing as they come, a player made for the spotlight, a player that created a cult like following fan base. The percentages can be analyzed a million times and people will still draw completely different conclusions. The fans love the big numbers he put up, the five Championships he helped bring home, and the true alpha dog personality so rarely found in any sport. For myself, the Mamba’s greatest qualities …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #10 Shaquille O’Neal

  Shaquille O’Neal comes under dominant in the dictionary. He had his flaws, most noticeably free throw shooting. That being said, he has a real case for the best Finals performer of all time. In Shaq Daddy’s first four runs to the NBA Finals (95, 00, 01, and 02) he averaged an inhumane 34.2 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.8 BPG, all while shooting 60%. Those numbers don’t even exist in the modern game. There …

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