WE DEMAND A RECOUNT

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/28/09 9:45 am EST

andre_iguodala_top_50SLAM magazine has been running an online series titled “Top 50: The definitive ranking of the NBA’s best players”and last Friday the 76ers Andre Iguodala popped up on the countdown at #26.

The 26th place ranking that Iguodala received from SLAM sparked a serious debate here at the Philadunkia offices about AI9’s place among the NBA’s elite.  One thing we could agree on was that #26 was too far back from the #1 spot for Iguodala and apparently we’re not alone in our thinking.  Brian over at the Sixer loyal blog depressedfan.com posted  a piece this past Friday about how Iguodala’s place on SLAM’s list was simply, “bad” .  So to us the idea that Iguodala’s ranking by SLAM is flat wrong is a stone cold mortal lock. 

However for us here at Philadunkia it’s not enough to just say that SLAM was wrong.  So here at Philadunkia, most of last Friday was consumed by trying to determine exactly where Iguodala belongs when one ranks the best basketball players in the NBA.  Hey, that’s our responsibility to you the reader.

First let’s establish the most important guideline in our attempt to find Iguodala’s rightful place among the NBA’s premier players.  In order to earn a place on Philadunkia’s list of the best basketball players in the League, a player must be able to do more then score.  In fact, to make our list you need to possess a better then average skill level in all of the five tools involved in basketball (scoring / shooting, rebounding, passing, dribbling and defense). 

iggyfansstreetTherefore, if a player can get buckets, but he is a defensive liability, then he’s not making our list.  If a player can drop dimes, but can’t knock down a wide open J, then he’s not on our list.  We don’t care how many All-Star Games a player has hooped in or how many rings a guy owns, if an NBA cat owns no skills in one of the five categories named above, then you will not find him on our list.

Now we didn’t have the time to slot each player on our list and assign him a specific number ranking, because the arguments here at the Philadunkia offices would have raged for weeks.  So we agreed to group the elite basketball players in the NBA into tiers.  “Tier #1” holds the uber-elite players in the NBA and we worked our way back from there.  We kept assigning the players to tiers until we arrived at a general consensus on the tier that Iguodala should be placed in. The players are listed in their assigned tiers in random order.

Here’s how Philadunkia ranked the best basketball players in the NBA…

 Tier 1

Kobe Bryant

Lebron James

Dwyane Wade

Kevin Garnett

Chris Paul

Tier 2

Tim Duncan

Carmelo Anthony

Chauncey Billups

Deron Williams

Brandon Roy

Paul Pierce

Tony Parker

Joe Johnson

Tier 3

Chris Bosh

Josh Howard

Kevin Durant

Manu Ginobili

Andre Iguodala

Allen Iverson

andreiguodalaSo, our ranking system slots Iguodala somewhere between #14 and #19 among the NBA’s best basketball players.  That’s a ranking we feel is a much better representation of Iggy’s unique collection of all-around basketball skills then SLAM’s #26 position.  Too often when these type of rankings are released, there is an over emphasis on a player’s ability to put the ball in the bucket and not enough attention is paid to the other fundamentals of the game.  We believe that’s why Iggy sits in the #26 spot on SLAM’s list.  Because Iguodala doesn’t treat the scoreboard like his own personal pinball machine, his proper place among the NBA’s best is rarely recognized and respected by the national media.  But watch him on a nightly basis like we do and you’ll learn that AI9’s incredible all around game definitely places him inside the Top 20 best basketball players in the NBA.      

Finally, you’ll notice that absent from out list are a host of names that own “superstar” status in the NBA that are probably on SLAM’s Top 50 countdown.  However we have good reasons for why many of the NBA’s most recognizable faces did not find a spot on our list.  For us players like Shaq, Dwight Howard and Jason Kidd didn’t make the list because they can not shoot a lick. You won’t find All-Star regulars like Dirk, Vince and Gilbert Arenas on our list either because they play ole’ defense on a nightly basis.  When guys such as Amare, Monta Ellis, Rojon Rondo and Michael Redd as well as rising stars like OJ Mayo and Derrick Rose read this post, they’re probably going to be pissed at us.  But face it fellas, you all still have some work to do because there are giant holes in your game.

Unlike Andre Iguodala.


 
 
 

6 Responses to “WE DEMAND A RECOUNT”

  1. Adam
    1. October 2009 at 10:04

    you clearly overrated tony parker and joe johnson, who should be tier 3. and u definately underrated kevin durant and chris bosh who could both very well be tier 1…. but definately tier 2. amare stoudemire not even on the list? no devin harris either? dont u think u used a little philly bias by putting allen iverson on there in the first place?

    also, where is pau gasol and dwight howard? you guys left out a lot of names.

    i know u went for all around game, but jeez, ur just making excuses to put iggy higher on a list.

  2. BRAD
    1. October 2009 at 15:42

    I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING IN THIS ARTICLE, EXCEPT FOR ONE THING, PROLLY B/C IM BIASED B/C IM A HUGE PHILLY FAN IN GENERAL, I WOULD PLACE HIM # 3 OVERALL. NO, NOT 3, BUT DEF. IN THE TOP 10. I DEF THINK DRE DOES NOT GET ENOUGH CREDIT, REMEMEBER HE CAME OUT OF THAT ’03′ DRAFT WITH LABRON AND WADE AND MELO? NOT MANY PEOPLE REMEMBER THAT. AND ONE LAST THING, IM SORRY, I ALWYAS THOUGHT LEBRON WAS WAY OVER RATED, KINDA LIKE DERRICK JETER, AND SHAQ AND WARREN SAPP, BUT THATS JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION! (MEANS NOTHING, I KNO!)

  3. Philadunkia
    1. October 2009 at 18:07

    Devin Harris was debated at length, but his struggles as a jump shooter left him outside the Top 20. Say what you want about our Iverson bias (we would disagree that we are pro-AI as there are several of us here at ‘Dunkia that can not stand AI or his on-court game), but he is still one of the 20 best all-around basketball players in the League. Gasol, Howard and Amare obviously are all elite NBA players but again they have giant holes in their games and thus did not make the top 20.

  4. wood clocks
    19. October 2010 at 09:09

    Andre Iguodala deserves to be in the top #15 of that list. His been a really good player. How could they missed that.

  5. Fares
    25. October 2012 at 19:50

    The NBA rules say that players must be a year out of high scohol before they can get drafted. That doesn’t mean they have to go to college. Brandon Jennings graduated from high scohol and went to play in Italy instead of playing a year in college before getting drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks

  6. Luis
    27. October 2012 at 02:10

    I think that this is how it should be done. If you rellay believe you are a great player out of high school then go to the NBA, but if you go to college you have to stay for at least two years. Colleges spend tons of money on recruiting and then there players are one and done.

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