Past Players in Today's NBA
Since we are at a little bit of a down period, in terms of games and news until the FIBA World Cup (and Love/Wiggins trade but that isn't really breaking news), I figured I would try to start up a discussion about former players, regardless of skill level, that we would like to see play in the current NBA. Maybe this has been started before but I'm still somewhat new to the forum and the conversations that arise from this topic seem to never get old.
A player such as Karl Malone is so intriguing to me due to the fact that he averaged over 20 points per game in THREE different decades; he played at an All-NBA level against the 80s Lakers/Celtics, Michael and the Bulls and the dominant centers of the 90s, and caught the beginning of Kobe/Duncan being the best in the league while LeBron waited in the wings. Pretty cool and impressive, in my opinion.
That being said, I would love to see a countless number of past players compete in todays NBA. I'll start with Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain. Some players are still around in the league who played with or against Hakeem, but he was mostly past his prime. In today's game, with less emphasis on the post up due to the lack of "traditional" big men, how would these guys fare? What would their numbers look like over the course of a full season in their prime? I personally believe that each of these players would be the best center in todays NBA, especially with the right coaching/personnel around them. Their unique physical gifts and basketball skills would seem to translate well to the present day.
Let's not neg people for giving their opinions if they are well presented and thought out. If you think Bill Russell would be less impactful playing the current NBA, say it. Looking forward to what everyone has to write.