Blasphemy. Blasphemy to the nth degree. And then blasphemy some more.
“As good a rebounder as Bill Russell was, Dwight is better,” Guokas says. “And as a shot-blocker and shot-changer, Dwight has all of the same instincts Russell had, but Dwight is better out on the perimeter defending pick and rolls.”
In addition, Guokas rightfully points out that players today are much tougher to defend because of their size, speed and athletic ability. The average size of all NBA players today is close to 6-foot-8. In 1960, when Russell was in his heyday, there were only four players taller than 6-8 in the entire league.
Says Guokas: “Even though the league is watered down to some degree now because we have more teams, there are still more great players today—players who have athletic ability and explosiveness to drive to the basket.”
I don’t have the time or energy to respond to this right now, but you can be absolutely certain there will be a post tomorrow about the absurdity of this statement.
Next thing you know, people are going to be saying Jon Scheyer is better than Larry Bird.