Re: Let's compare this team to the 1994 NBA champion Houston Rockets
posted at 3/6/2013 6:48 AM EST
While KG may no longer be able to defend Vince Carter, a two guard league scoring champ like he did in 2003, He held him to 9 points while scoring 37. He is still quicker than any Center today, or in 1994. Hakeem was a great player and quicker that any Center of his day. KG is still quicker.
As I said, the Dream did it with quikness. Shaq used to call him Mr.Olijiwan. Ewing, Shaq and the Admiral were traditional big man centers. There was no one like KG when the Dream played, so saying that he would get his 50% against a quiker player known for his defensive ability, of the same weight, but taller and greater length, is unlikely. It is like saying KG is average, when he most surely is not. It is much more likely that KG would cut down his shooting percentage and that the Dream would still try to score.
But, as I said, since this is conjecture, It would be much more fun to put an even quidker KG from 2004 against a slower Hakeem in 1994.
In the 2004 play-offs, both Wolves point guards went down to injury and so KG had to play point guard. The Lakers brought in Karl Malone to defend KG. One of the most amazing things I ever saw in the NBA was Malone trying to guard KG, standing about eight feet away from him, so that KG would not dribble around him; then seeing KG do it anyway, with an ankle breaking turn. Yes, Malone was past his prime, but wow!
Most Celtic fans See KG as a defensive specialist. That is because he is a team player first and does what it takes to win. However in 2004 he led the league in points, and was one of leaders in rebounds, He is also the only player in league history to score 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists for seven years in a row.
He can still play offense when needed, but unlike most stars, he does not need to take a certain amount of shots per game to maintain his ego and he does not need lead the team in scoring. He is willing to leave that to others for the sake of the team. That is one of the things that makes him special.