i know its mostly a black league but what happened to all the good white players/starters household names and stars like back in the day
mike dunleavy jr
Privately i've been wondering the same thing..I hear some say it's becuz leaving college early doesn't give the really talented white players like Love and Dunleavy Jr...A chance to fully develope... Another reason i heard is becuz the league is more athletic...They say some White Hall of Famers would have a hard time in today's game..But i think guys like Bird, Pistol Pete, McHale,Stockton and Bill Walton would still dominate today..Hell even Tom Chambers would still Dunk on people...( i hope Mark Jackson dont read this)..Today there aren't many players fans can flock to with outgoing personalities like The Birdman... Ryan Anderson looks like he's going to have a breakout year..Morrison seemed like he was about to become an allstar with Charlotte before injuries ..Maybe competing against Kobe and getting pushed around by Artest in practice will make him better..Remember it took Stockton & Nash a few years before they became stars..Guys like Mike Gansey , Luke Recker,Matt Walsh and Josh McRoberts were highly rated coming out of high school...But none of them blossom like scouts felt they would..Watching Tyler Coppenrath in college..I thought he could make the league as a reserve but he wasn't even drafted...College players like Cole Aldrich, Luke Babbitt,Kyle Singler and Gordon Hayward are a few that have 1st round potential...
every era the game changes, players change.
It's gotten more athletic. I say this all the time, not just about white players, but about comparing the level of talent from past eras and the level of man on man defense and everything. The other thing is your list of white players doesn't include any international guys. There are a lot of good international white players like Dirk, Nash, and Pau. In the past, here were far fewer international [players. It really just blew up in the last 15 years.
big o, the league has without question gotten more athletic. You won't find one nba journalist or player or coach or knowledable fan who would disagree with that.
Nobody ever stated that the league never had athletic players...I'm saying the league has put more emphasis in athletic ability..Guys that can run the floor...That's 1 of the reason guys like Boozer and Hibbert went late in the draft...Scouts said they weren't fast..I'M sure Milwaukee wish they had drafted Boozer instead of a speed merchant like Marcus Haislip.. OH yeah..I bet Cleveland wish they'd drafted Boozer in the 1st round, Instead of fast guy Dejuan Wagner.....He'll still be with them now...And after only 6 years Neither Haislip nor Wagner are in the league.....
actually Wagner suffered badly with ilnesses and injuries and that forced hom out of the league he managed 13 points a game his rookie year. so you cant call him a bust. and yeah Haislep has been bad.
birdman, anthony randolph. trevor ariza, tyrus thomas, monta ellis, desmond mason, etc? none of them are considered strong, but athletic.
I have to disagree with u..Mr Big O...strength isn't that important in every players case. ....If thats true Maybe the Knicks should try to sign Mr. Olympia or Hulk Hogan...Shaq (use to be) an outstanding athlete ..But he's older and isnt fast anymore..Thin Men like Reggie Miller, Rip Hamilton Stephen Curry,Steve Kerr,Tayshaun Prince and Javale McGee won't be winning any bodybuilding titles..