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Top 10 Centers of All Time
by MARK GREY
It’s long been known that Basketball is a big man's game. While a handful of guards such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and more recently Kobe Bryant have been able to lead their teams to titles, history has shown that the quickest way to a title is find the best big man in the game and build from there. While the title of best big man in the game has been passed down from generation to generation like a quilt sewn by grandma, the title of greatest center ever is still very much up for debate. Never one to duck a good sports debate, I figured it was time to put together a top 10 list of the greatest centers of all time.
A True MVP
by MARK GREY
As the NBA regular season begins to wind down, the MVP award has all but been delivered to Chicago with Derrick Rose’s name on it. Sure there are a few witnesses still out there pushing for LeBron, but with less than a week to go, the award is Rose’s to lose. While the winner of the award is normally pretty clear to most, the definition of a players value is anything but clear. There's no denying that Rose is having a break out year while leading the Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference, and LeBron is putting up the same eye popping numbers he does every year, but there is one man whose value to his team trumps both of them. When it comes to measuring which player means the most to his team, no player is more valuable than Dwight Howard.
Before every fan in Miami and Chicago (and the ones who only think what ESPN tells them to think) clicks that small “x” in the upper right corner, lets take a look at what the award is truly about. Let me start by saying I am not making an argument for Howard as the best player in the NBA, just simply the most valuable to his team. Is LeBron putting up great numbers down in South Beach? Of Course he is. Does Rose have the Bulls, a team most experts picked to finish no better than 4th in the East, atop his conference? Yes. But there is no team that asks for more from their superstar than Howard.
Howard's numbers alone (23+ points a night, 14 boards and 2.5 blocks) should be enough to garner a few MVP votes, but to truly see his value, one needs to simply watch a Magic game. While it's easy to
Superstar Roll Call - 2011 Edition
by MARK GREY
In today’s world of sports marketing, very few words are overused more than the word “superstar.” If the masterminds in the marketing department of the NBA had their way they would have you think that every player who ever scored 30 points in a game before - even if it was in college - is a superstar. The fact is, the league is made up of mostly role players and about 20 to 30 stars, but only a small handful that are the elite of the elite are “superstars.” With the word superstar being thrown around so loosely, it has become hard to determine who the real ones are, but have no fear - Mr. Grey is here with my superstar roll call to clear everything up.
There is no doubt that James and Wade are great and that they both deserve the praise they receive. The problem is the lack of attention Carmelo receives for his great play. Is he a game changer on both ends of the court? No. But neither is Dirk Nowitizki nor Steve Nash and they have combined to win three MVPs. Yet somehow, Anthony can’t even crack second team all NBA. Read More ...