- 06/03/2011, 02:57AM ET
Sabih said 06/03, 02:57 AM
A lot of people on this site and media (ESPN) have been talking about is Dirk a top 10 player of all-time? In my opinion he is barely a top 10 player of this era.
For this TD, the focus will be on another PF who played during Dirk's era. Kevin Garnett.
Let's look at the numbers
I will give Dirk the edge in scoring but KG was no bum on offense. He consistently averaged 20+ PPG and shot a high%. He could distribute the ball and his athleticism and size created problems for a lot of defenders. He could stretch the D with the jumper.
On defense, no contest. KG wins by a landslide DPOY. 9X ALL-Defensive Team. Rebounding champion for 4 straight years.
KG at his prime (I am talking the years he spent in MIN and his first couple years with BOS) was a force on both ends of the court.
J-Business said 06/03, 11:54 AM
Both were great players, without a doubt.
Both played in two NBA Finals and it remains to be seen if Dirk will get the ring to match KG
Dirk gets the edge on offense
But it's Dirk's legacy that will make him remembered much more than KG
Dirk Nowitzki is the first NBA superstar who developed his game outside of America. )Olajuwon largely refined his game at U. of Houston)
Dirk learned his entirely in Europe
20 yrs from now, when the NBA has a franchise or two in Europe Dirk will receive a lot of the credit.
When we look at the NBA draft this coming summer and see all of the European players, Dirk's the reason we no longer call them soft or think they can't compete with the big boys.
Dirk became what Sabonis, Kukoc and Divac couldn't do. He became a true NBA superstar
It can not be underestimated how much Dirk has meant to the NBA. In the history of the NBA he may very well go down as one of the 10 most influential players.
Dirk has given hope to an entire new generation of European players
KG was great and so is Dirk
But 10-20 yrs from now, it will be much clearer that Dirk's legacy, his impact on the game was much bigger
Sabih said 06/03, 01:05 PM
Lets compare there performances vs each other
So head-to-head, KG beats him in every category except for 3PT % and FT%.
If you wanna talk about changing the game.
KG became the first player in 20 years to go straight from high school to the NBA.
Look at the stars have went straight from high school to NBA following 95.
Also, Dirk was not the first European star, there was Drazen Petrovic before him who was inducted into the HOF primarily due to his play in Europe. And he, along with Divac, had a big impact and opened doors for other Eastern European players including Dirk.
You seem to be overestimating Dirk's impact.
Dirk's the reason we no longer call them soft or think they can't compete with the big boys.
In what world is Dirk not considered soft. The biggest knock on Dirk is his rebounding and defense. Dirk has never averaged over 10 RPG in a season. And European players are still considered soft.
J-Business said 06/03, 02:23 PM
There's a big difference between Dirk's legacy and KG's
Dirk is by far the greatest internationally bred basketball in NBA history. Petrovic was a decent player with a 15pt a game average.
Comparing Divac is a waste of cap space
Dirk's impact can not be underestimated at all. He's a 7 ft PF, who can put the ball on the floor and shoot from a distance.
He's one of the best players in the game
and he's European.
Dirk is to the NBA what soccer wanted Freddy Adu to be. An across the water phenom who could compete with the best in the world.
KG was good but he's not even the best player to come out of college. In fact, he's not even top 3. That belongs to
Moses Malone (the real first high school player to come into the NBA)
And possibly by the end of his career, Dwight Howard.
Dirk shed the soft label a few years ago.
There's a reason why Dirk is getting as much press if not more than LeBron.
Dirk is international.
After the end of his career, KG will quietly fade away. A lot of it has to do with his attitude.
On the other hand Dirk will be on the game's biggest ambassador bridging the NBA to one of the world's largest markets.
Sabih said 06/04, 12:08 AM
This TD is not about legacy, its about talent, its about skill, its about talent and its about production. (Something you have not compared)
KG is the better player.
Look @ the head-to-head matchups. Since Dirk came into the league in 1999, the two have played against each other on 39 occasions. KG outscored him, out rebounded him and out played him on the defensive side of the ball.
The great thing about KG is, he doesn't need to score to impact the game. He is one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game. His combination of size and athleticism allowed him to guard multiple positions.
Its a shame he never was able to get the talent in MIN. Sam Cassell, Sprewell, Brandon, Wally, Marbury aren't exactly guys that will help you beat the juggernaut of the LAL and Spurs of a decade ago. Even C-WEB had a better cast with the Kings than KG.
Dirk has perhaps a greater impact and may have a more memorable legacy, but in terms of basketball talent, KG > Dirk.
J-Business said 06/04, 01:21 PM
It has to be remembered that Dirk took the Mavericks much further than KG ever did with Minnesota.
Both players took weak franchises and raised their profile but Dirk turned the Mavs into a perennial contender.
Let's look at the playoffs:
KG: 57 wins 58 losses
Dirk: 63 wins 60 losses
But get this, 40 of KG's wins came in his 3 seasons with Boston.
With Minnesota KG had a record of:
17 wins 30 losses
In fact KG only made it out of the 1st rd once with Minnesota
In the 2001-02 season they were swept by the Mavs and Nowitzki
Dirk has taken the Mavs to the Finals twice. Twice.
He already has more playoff wins than KG with 3 less seasons
Had KG not been traded to a team with two Hall of Famers he would have most likely been remembered as a stat stuffer who could never make his team a real contender.
And even from the legacy aspect, the player's impact on the game has to be considered. It's the reason why Juluis Erving is more remembered than Bob McAdoo.
After it's all said and done Dirk legacy both on and off the court will be measured as being better than KG.
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