Re: CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE KG VS. GASOL
posted at 12/17/2010 9:55 PM EST
In Response to Re: CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE KG VS. GASOL
[QUOTE]P34, all statistics lie if they are not taken in the correct context. Yes, in 2004, KG's Wolves swept the Lakers with Shaq in the regular season. The Wolves were the number one seed in the NBA. They played with a center by the name of Erivin Johnson (no not Magic), a real stiff. The two teams met again in the western conference finals, and were playing very well until both Wolves point guards became injured and could not play. So in final game, KG had to play point guard. KG could play Duncan, extremely well, and any center that was not allowed to break the rules to score with impunity. He could also guard, Lebron, Carter, Stotlemeir, Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, and Mcgrady, something that Duncan could not do. When one compares both players statistics, in the ten years that both played against each other, as their team's number one scoring option, KG's stats are better. No other player in NBA history has averaged more than 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists for six years of their career. Only Larry Bird did it for 5 years. Using the years with the Celtics for statistical comparison is suspect because KG's situation changed as did his role, and this year, Duncan's role changed. Both are great players, however, if KG had been with a better team like the Celtics or the Spurs, his image would be at least on par with Duncan, if not above him. That is why statistics lie. By the way, KG was the first high school player taken in the draft in a very long time. Because he was so good, it started the trend again. However, when KG was drafted, taking a high school player was considered a big risk. It is too bad that so many great players are forced to play for organizations like the Wolves, and the Clippers. I am sure that KG feels greatful for the chance to play for the Celtics.
Posted by Jump-ball-overtime[/QUOTE]
The problem with your argument is you base on it what favors KG. I'm not only talking about 2004. What I'm saying is they should be judged according to what they did their whole careers.
While it's true that KG can guard some of the quicker players and Duncan can't. It's also true that KG can't guard the Shaq of the Lakers and Dwight Howard of the Magic. Even against Zach Randolph KG struggles to contain him. The difference is Duncan is a great inside the paint big man while KG is a great PF with speed and quickness.
It's also not fair to manipulate the stats. Is it Duncan's fault that he went to college and KG didn't?
Making excuses like KG had a stiff for a Center in Ervin Johnson is not a valid excuse. Duncan won even without David Robinson. After Robinson retired the Spurs won with Nazr Mohammed in 2005 and Fabricio Oberto in 2007.
Again, KG is a PF with speed and quickness. Duncan is old school dominant inside the paint big man, can play and defend both Centers and PFs. That's Duncan's edge right there, no matter who's the other big man playing opposite Duncan the interior defense and the scoring down low will remain a constant.
I hope you realize that back in 2003, 2005, and 2007 if you didn't double Duncan down low it's automatic 2 points. That's one aspect of the game where KG is lacking, he doesn't have the bulk to overpower guys inside the paint.