Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
Unlike a football player (who is one of 11 members of his team on the field and does not play both offense and defense) or a baseball player (who cannot affect play but only respond to events as they occur), a basketball player has a direct and significant effect on the outcome of a game. For that reason, postseason success, or lack thereof, is an important part of a basketball player's legacy, much more so than that of a football player or baseball player. Obviously, this proposition has limits; no one would contend that Robert Horry is a better basketball player than Charles Barkley. It is quite useful in ranking comparable players, however. Why do you think Olajuwon is ranked above Robinson, who is ranked above Ewing?
i understand they use that for ranking, but i don't think they should. as i said, if you put a great player on a lousy team, he's not going to win anything, but he's still a great player. you can rank kobe as better than lebron because of his championships, but if kobe played for cleveland, he wouldn't have any championships either. if lebron played for the lakers, he'd be the champion right now. that's all i'm saying.