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Why does everyone have Kobe Bryant top 5 all time?

In a recent poll of NBA players here’s the results

Wow! Kobe is in 3rd place! As the GOAT! And Allen iverson and Kevin Durant being on the list is a surprise to me. Keep in mind these are NBA players that did this survey. What the heck?

And not only that but the fans seem outraged that Kobe isnt in 2nd place over LeBron.

 

Wow look at that! How many fans are praising Kobe!! He must have the most die-hard fanbase ever.

But this seems at odds with ESPN and Sports nations own rankings..

Why is there such a big gap between where sports analysts rank Kobe and where casual fans and even NBA players rank Kobe?

I think there might be a few reasons why.

  1. Kobe was the best marketed athlete of his generation. He was advertised everywhere. He even came with his own buzzwords “cold blooded assassin” “killer instinct” and “mamba mentality” and even won an Oscar after his playing days! This kind of marketing is obviously going to influence a lot of casual NBA fans.
  2. Kobe won alot of rings and winning is the most important thing to casual NBA fans. Kobe has 5 rings. That’s more than most players. And casual fans don’t bother to think about the nuances of what kind teams he was on versus which other teams, only that he won.
  3. Kobe scored alot. Scoring is the most important stat to casual NBA fans. They don’t care about efficiency or advanced stats or defensive stats as much. Raw points is the boxscore that comes up the most often and that’s the one that most fans see. Kobe holds the second most points scored in a game at 81. That’s good enough for most fans.
  4. Kobe played for a large market team and played very flashy. I mean this is one reason why Duncan doesn’t get mentioned very much. Not very flashy, and played in a small market town, never drew attention to himself, despite his credentials being at least as good as Kobe’s.
  5. Kobe played in a different era. Sure LeBron and Kobe’s careers overlapped. But Kobe is seen as a “tougher” player than LeBron is and that’s due to the different eras. LeBron flops to get more points in the current era. That (fair or not) leads people to label Lebron as “weak”
  6. Kobe is seen as more clutch than Lebron. I say “seen as” because Kobe actually isn’t as clutch. He’s only 7/28 in last 24 seconds of 4th quarters (in postseason) and has no highlight clutch finals move like LeBron’s last second block on Andre Iguodala in closing seconds of 2016 finals. But nevertheless because of effective marketing many fans believe Kobe is money in the clutch.
  7. Kobe is seen as a harder worker and more “skilled’ than LeBron and I think this stems from the fact that he’s a guard and thus more relatable to most people than LeBron is, who is a 280lb freak of nature. Big men never really get their due. That is another reason why Duncan doesn’t get mentioned as often as Kobe and Jordan is seen as more skilled’ than Kareem or Wilt.
  8. Fans think Kobe was robbed of MVPs of course this isn’t true. Kobe wasnt on the MVP voting ballot in 2005 and was 4th place in 2006 but this doesn’t stop fans from thinking that there was a media conspiracy against him
  9. Kobe is the closest to Jordan in terms of skillset and play style. Of course this doesn’t mean he’s the second greatest by that definition but a lot of casual fans think that automatically makes Kobe second best.

Those are the main reasons I think why casual fans rank Kobe much higher than sports analysts do. As for NBA players ranking Kobe higher – most NBA players are actually not all that different from casual NBA fans who happened to be really good at basketball and get drafted. What’s more there’s an obviously a bias towards recent players – note the lack of Kareem (1% in the poll), Russell or Wilt. Iverson over Wilt or Russell is a travesty in any case but most NBA players are young and it shows. Many of then grew up idolizing Kobe which is why Kobe ranks highly for them too.

Kobe is like the JFK of basketball players. The average fan is always going to rank them higher than the experts do. Experts can open any stats book and see that LeBron destroys Kobe in any statistical matchup but what casual fans care about and what basketball analysts care about aren’t necessarily the same things – hence why Kobe is as high as #2 for so many people.

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Sports

Is the just-deceased John Havlicek one of the 25 best NBA players ever?

Absolutely. John Havlicek is one of the most underrated players I think. Here are some facts about him:

-stats: 21/6/5 (one of the most well rounded players ever and a point forward before it existed)
-8x champion and 8–0 in the Finals (yes a better record than Jordan!)
-Finals MVP
-13x All star
-11x All-NBA
-8x All-Defensive

-He was the best two way forward before Scottie Pippen and Kawhi Leonard came on the scene.

-He was one of the most clutch players ever. “Havlicek steals the ball!” is one of the most memorable moments in NBA Finals history

-A consummate teammate and team player, never putting his ego above anyone else’s

-part of two completely different Celtics teams.. the Russell driven team of the 60s and the Cowens driven team of the 70s.

-one of the five best white players in NBA history

-one of the top 7 small forwards in NBA history

-one of the three best Celtics ever

-probably the greatest sixth man in NBA history (sorry Manu and McHale)

-He’s the 18th greatest player of all time to me, right behind Durant and ahead of Pettit

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Magic

Magic the Gathering: top 10 most played competitive creatures ever

For ‘Spike’ players.. these creatures get *very* expensive because they were the most played creatures in their heyday.. the reason why I choose creatures here and not just all cards is because 90% of the competitive Vintage cards that are banned/restricted are actually lands, artifacts and non creatures (like the Power Nine), and that wouldn’t be interesting.

  1. Tarmogoyf – hey the most expensive creature you can find! this guy is ridiculous because he’s basically 2 mana for at least a 3/4 in the early game and a 6/7 or 7/8 in the late game which is absolutely insane
  2. Psychatog – a absolutely dominant card in its heyday.. one often had a lot to fear staring down this measly 1/2 with a full hand and graveyard and a force of will in hand…
  3. Dark Confidant – New players didnt like this card because you lose life.. but once you become more competitive you realize just how good card advantage is. Still a great tempo card to use, great in the early game and quite an aggro body as well!
  4. Snapcaster Mage – Again, an extremely high power level card in competitive play. Nothing better than being able to use the same card twice.. played as an instant!
  5. Noble Hierarch – A Birds of Paradise for Bant decks that is almost strictly better. And hence why, its an auto include in every blue, green and white deck.
  6. Blightsteel Colossus – the ultimate finisher card. basically one hit from him and you are dead, thanks to the 11 infect counters you get.
  7. Academy Rector – the central card of the Rector decks, basically sac him and your enchantment combos are all there for you
  8. Metalworker – It’s basically Tolarian Academy as a creature… nuff said
  9. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn – pretty much the most powerful creature ever printed when it came out.. and still might be to this day.
  10. Arcbound Ravager – the central card of the Affinity decks when it came out.. still a beast in modern day Affinity decks, though not quite as powerful as when it came out.