If a completely average modern NBA player were to play 50 years ago, would he be an elite player in that time?

Probably, but I hate comparing eras because there’s a few problems with it:

  1. Time travel does not exist
  2. A modern player is only a modern player because of the basketball rules, training and advances that developed as a result of the older players who 50 years ago pioneered the standard. It would be a complete paradox for that player to play with those older players.
  3. Conversely, a player from that time transported into today’s time would have all the benefits of modern medicine and training as well.

for these reasons, this is why greatness is always measured based on their own era, not across eras. Bill Russell, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain dominated their eras and thats what matters.

It doesn’t make sense to compare them to today’s players in hypothetical time travel machinations, and thats why I dislike that modern NBA fans put down those older players because of it. It’s like saying ‘if an average scientist from today went to Isaac Newton’s era, he’d be the smartest person alive’ it just doesn’t make any sense.