Ranking basketball players, now ranking magic cards, with some commentary as well :). I’m starting off with the black color. Black is home to some of the most powerful cards ever printed in magic, as it is the most versatile color; black cards can do anything… often for a price. Here is my top ten:
Probably the greatest discard card next to 9. on the list, its great because its simple. 2 life for any nonland card. Fair trade right?
9. Hymn to Tourach
Only two mana and I get to choose two cards at random, its quite unfair. This card single handedly wrecks control decks; it is probably the most efficient discard card ever printed.
8. Imperial Seal
Any card that tutors any card for 1 mana and a minimal drawback is broken. Nuff said.
7. Dark Confidant
“Bob” is truly one of the best creatures that Magic has ever seen. An efficient beater, low cost for only 1B, and card advantage that he gives you is amazing. He dominated many formats, and will continue to be used as long as he is legal. The trick is that 33%+ of your deck is land, meaning that often you don’t take any damage at all.
6. Yawgmoth’s Bargain
Supposedly, this is a fix for Necropotence, but it ended up being insane as well. Turns out, there’s lots of ways to accelerate your mana to pay for 4BB, and once this comes out, your opponent is screwed. 1 life for 1 card is NOT a fair deal.
The skull has dominated many tournaments since its introduction. For a mere BBB, a player can now exchange life for cards – almost always a good deal. And often times, it comes down on the first turn, thanks to the next card…
4. Dark Ritual
Hard to imagine, but this card is only a common. Paying one black mana to receive three black mana has allowed for numerous combos throughout Magic’s history, especially combo’ed with such cards as Hypnotic Specter and Necropotence for numerous wins.
3. Demonic Tutor
So, I pay 1B and I get any card from my library? Sweet. Great card. Too bad it is also banned/restricted everywhere its legal.
2. Vampiric Tutor
It’s a tutor for only one black mana! And I get to search my library for any card! and its instant speed! This and Demonic Tutor are probably interchangeable, as both are insane broken cards.
1. Yawgmoth’s Will
The most powerful black card ever printed. It’s banned and restricted everywhere that its legal. Why? because you can replay all your 0 mana artifacts, black lotuses, ancestral recalls, and the rest of your graveyard over again, all for a measly 3 mana. Insanely powerful, but most people won’t see its full power playing Modern. It truly becomes broken in Vintage.
Edit: just made this tribute video here:
I love ranking things. And recently, I’ve gotten into basketball and NBA history, thanks to Jeremy Lin last season (Linsanity). So while I am rooting for the Miami Heat this season, I am also rooting for Houston Rockets to make the playoffs as well. Hence, I’m making a ranking for what I consider to be the greatest NBA players for each position. I don’t agree that Michael Jordan should always be considered the greatest of all time, since he plays just one position, the shooting guard. I think ranking them by position is more fair, since thats what they’re supposed to play. MJ is renowned for his scoring, not his rebounding, because of the position he plays. For each player, I’m gonna link a page to their teams, full stats, as well as PPG/RPG/APG, and any additional achievements they have had.
A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position – essentially, they are expected to run the team’s offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right players at the right time. Above all, the point guard must totally understand and accept his or her coach’s game plan; in this way, the position can be compared to a quarterback in American football.
6. Jason Kidd
12.6 PPG/6.3 RPG/8.7 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 10x All Star
7. Chris Paul
18.7 PPG/4.4 RPG/9.9 APG, 7x All-NBA, 9x All Star
8. Steve Nash
14.3 PPG/3.0 RPG/8.5 APG, 2x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 8x All Star
9. Stephen Curry
20.9 PPG/4.1 RPG/6.9 APG, 1x Champion, 2x MVP, 3x All-NBA, 4x All Star
10. Walt Frazier
18.9 PPG/5.9 RPG/6.1 APG, 2x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 7x All Star
Players of the position are often shorter, leaner, and quicker than forwards. A shooting guard’s main objective is to score points for his team
1. Michael Jordan
30.1 PPG/6.2 RPG/5.3 APG, 6x Champion, 5x MVP, 6x Finals MVP, 11x All-NBA, 14x All Star
2. Kobe Bryant
25.5 PPG/5.3 RPG/4.8 APG, 5x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 18x All Star
3. Jerry West
27.0 PPG/5.8 RPG/6.7 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 14x All Star
4. Dwyane Wade
24.3 PPG/5.0 RPG/6.0 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-NBA, 12x All Star
5. Allen Iverson
26.7 PPG/3.7 RPG/6.2 APG, 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 11x All Star
6. George Gervin
25.1 PPG/5.2 RPG/2.5 APG, 9x All-NBA, 12x All Star
7. Clyde Drexler
20.4 PPG/6.1 RPG/5.6 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 10x All Star
8. Sam Jones
17.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/2.5 APG, 10x Champion, 3x All-NBA, 5x All Star
9. Bill Sharman
17.8 PPG/3.9 RPG/3.0 APG, 4x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 8x All Star
10. Hal Greer
19.2 PPG/5.0 RPG/4.0 APG, 1x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 10x All Star
Small forwards are typically somewhat shorter, quicker, and leaner than power forwards and centers, but on occasion are just as tall. The small forward position is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the five main basketball positions, due to the nature of its role. The typical placement for a small forward would be between the key and three-point line. Most small forwards are highly versatile and highly essential in a line-up.
1. Lebron James
27.5 PPG/7.2 RPG/6.9 APG, 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 11x All-NBA, 12x All Star
2. Larry Bird
24.3 PPG/10.0 RPG/6.3 APG, 3x Champion, 3x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA, 12x All Star
3. Julius Erving
24.2 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.2 APG, 3x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 17x All Star
4. John Havlicek
20.8 PPG/6.3 RPG/4.8 APG, 8x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 11x All-NBA, 13x All Star
5. Elgin Baylor
27.4 PPG/13.5 RPG/4.6 APG, 10x All-NBA, 11x All Star
6. Rick Barry
24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.9 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 6x All-NBA, 8x All Star
7. Kevin Durant
27.4 PPG/6.9 RPG/3.5 APG, 1x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 5x All Star
8. Scottie Pippen
16.1 PPG/6.4 RPG/5.2 APG, 6x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 7x All Star
9. Paul Arizin
22.8 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.3 APG, 1x Champion, 4x All-NBA, 10x All Star
10. Paul Pierce
19.7 PPG/5.6 RPG/3.5 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 4x All-NBA, 10x All Star
Power forwards play a role similar to that of center in what is called the “post” or “low blocks”. They typically play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense.
1. Tim Duncan
19.9 PPG/11.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 5x Champion, 2x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 15x All Star
2. Karl Malone
25.0 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.6 APG, 2x MVP, 14x All-NBA, 14x All Star
3. Bob Pettit
26.4 PPG/16.2 RPG/3.0 APG, 1x Champion, 2x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 11x All Star
4. Charles Barkley
22.1 PPG/11.7 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 11x All Star
5. Kevin Garnett
18.6 PPG/10.3 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 9x All-NBA, 15x All Star
6. Dirk Nowitzki
22.5 PPG/8.1 RPG/2.6 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star
7. Elvin Hayes
21.0 PPG/12.5 RPG/1.8 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 12x All Star
8. Dolph Schayes
18.2 PPG/12.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 1x Champion, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star
9. Kevin McHale
17.9 PPG/7.3 RPG/1.7 APG, 3x Champion, 1x All-NBA, 7x All Star
10. Bob McAdoo
22.1 PPG/9.4 RPG/2.3 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x All-NBA, 5x All Star
The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass as well. In many cases, the center’s primary role is to use his or her size to score and defend from a position close to the basket. A center who possesses size along with athleticism and skill constitutes an unparalleled asset for a team.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
24.6 PPG/11.2 RPG/3.6 APG, 6x Champion, 6x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 19x All Star
2. Wilt Chamberlain
30.1 PPG/22.9 RPG/4.4 APG, 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA, 13x All Star
3. Bill Russell
15.1 PPG/22.5 RPG/4.3 APG, 11x Champion, 5x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 12x All Star
4. Shaquille O’Neal
23.7 PPG/10.9 RPG/2.5 APG, 4x Champion, 1x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 14x All-NBA, 15x All Star
5. Hakeem Olajuwon
21.8 PPG/11.1 RPG/2.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star
6. Moses Malone
20.6 PPG/12.2 RPG/1.4 APG, 1x Champion, 3x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-NBA, 12x All Star
7. David Robinson
21.1 PPG/10.6 RPG/2.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 10x All-NBA, 10x All Star
8. Willis Reed
18.7 PPG/12.9 RPG/1.8 APG, 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star
9. Bill Walton
13.3 PPG/10.5 RPG/3.4 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 2x All Star
10. George Mikan
22.6 PPG/13.4 RPG/2.8 APG, 7x Champion, 1x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 4x All Star
I love nerf guns. I really do. That’s why I hope someone out there makes a Nerf Arena. You know, something like this but indoors and with something more solid looking instead of inflatable obstacles:
Why has no one done a Nerf Area concept before? So there’s arenas to play Laser Tag and arenas to fire paintballs, but no arenas to play nerf in?? I wanna have an arena that is similar to laser tag, but with bright lights that can be used for Nerf tournaments. And places to rent guns and accessories. That would be awesome. For both adults and kids. And while we’re at it, let’s make an arena to play super soakers with too.
This arena would be like the nerf arena, except there will be water and moats everywhere. Doesn’t that sound fun and awesome?? I wonder how much it would cost to build these arenas. I think it would be a better use of money than $300,000 Rolls Royces and $2300 Hot dogs.