Sorry everybody I was really busy this week so I couldn't find time to pick the most influential stories possible, so I think here I am just gonna post a little something I just through together a while back and never released, might make it a series. So yep this one is different, sorry it's not much, and thats because I am busy!
As for the mailbag, everyone ask questions and I will answer 4 of them next week. Anything goes (preferably basketball but if theres a really good non basketball one I am totally down) so get asking!
The NBA is constantly evolving, this league has never been stagnant. This fluidity makes the water at the end of this great basketball river a lot different from the start of the stream to end, making it immensely difficult to rank players from different decades. This is where All-Decade teams come in! You pick the top 10 players in each decade, and put them into a team by position. I'm going to share mine and I would love to see what you got
-The positions are Guards, forwards, and bigs. HARD MODE: The positions are Point Guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center. -You can put players into multiple decade teams. HARD MODE: One decade team per player -One starting lineup per decade. HARD MODE: Make a full 10 man rotation The rest is up to you, interpret this challenge however you would like!
PG: BOB COUSY, SLATER MARTIN
SG: BILL SHARMAN, TOM GOLA
SF: PAUL ARIZIN, GEORGE YARDLEY
PF: BOB PETTIT, DOLPH SCHAYES
C: GEORGE MIKAN, NEIL JOHNSTON
PG: Starting point guard was the easy one. Bob Cousy dominated the 50s, and while its hard to see with our 2021 lenses, his handle was the stuff of legends for the time. Consistently leading the league in assists, the first pure point guard to grace our game. Slater was trickier to find though. Never peaked as high as Bob, didn't dominate either end, but back then the game was dominated by bigs, so for a 5'11 guard to stick it as long and effectively as Slater did is very impressive.
SG: Again, another tricky position. Sharman was the best jump shooter the league had before Jerry West came along, and it showed in his free throw percentages. Would've loved to see what he could do with todays training and free shooting. Tom Gola is more of a personal preference, one of my favorite players from my study of that time. An elite defender, with good athleticism. A good shooter, elite rebounder for a guard and mighty fine passer, he would be wonderful to see in todays game, he would excel.
SF: This one was a little bit easier. Arizin is a quick write in, no need to overthink it. A dominating scorer, owning the 50s with his package. Peaking at 25.6 with a TS Added (TS adjusted for era, how many additional points this player brings by shooting over the average player) of 203.8, he really was a force to be reckoned with. Yardley was no slouch either, with a higher albeit less prolonged peak of scoring. He was an elite rebounder but his prime length of lack of winning holds him down a bit.
PF: Here comes the first player that would be featured in two All Decade Teams, Bob Pettit. Peaking as the greatest player in Hawks History, Pettit was the best player in basketball for a good bit there. Dominant rebounder, great low post scorer with range that would stretch to 3 point territory, Pettit could do it all. Schayes is the pinnacle of consistency in the 50s. From 50-59 he was dominating in all facets, and that sustained excellence cannot be overlooked. A great rebounder, solid shooter from the outside and good defender, he really filled all the criteria.
C: The hardest position to rank. So many guys are laying on the cutting room floor; Clyde Lovellette, Ed Mcaulkey, Maurice Stokes, Larry Faust. The centers dominated this era, so whittling it down to 2 is an adventure. Firstly, Mikan. The easy one. Obviously was gonna make it on, peaked higher than anyone in the 50s and dominated the decade. Didn't play in the 50s for very long but 50-51 was the best year by any player in this stretch. Johnston picked up right where Mikan left off, being top in the league in (albeit flawed) advanced metrics, Offensive Win Shares and Win Shares every year from 1952 to 1957. Being tall was such a huge advantage back then, and the primes of the giants reflect that.