Kevin Garnett drops Dirk Nowitzki on top five strikers list

Kevin Garnett recently revealed the five best strikers of all time in his opinion. Garnett has been modest about letting himself off the list, but anyone who’s followed his career knows he thinks of himself ahead of at least two of these guys.

An excuse that left itself out of reach is understandable. But there is another glaring omission, especially in this regard Dallas Mavericks admirer. Dirk Nowitzki is without a doubt one of the top five strikers of all time. Karl Malone is the only power to score more points and no other striker can match Nowitzki’s combination of Finals Player of the Year, Finals Player of the Year and 30,000 career points.

Garnett was no stranger to Nowitzki’s grandeur. Nowitzki and the Mavericks completely destroyed Garnett in their only playoff match. Nowitzki averaged 33.3 points, 15.7 rebounds and an astonishing shooting splits 52.6 percent from the field, 72.7 percent from three and 88.9 percent from the free throw line on the way to a three-game sweep in the top five series.

Given Nowitzki’s dominance in the series, it is possible that Garnett may have suppressed the memories. Garnett was a fantastic player, and like Nowitzki was tasked with the absurd task of pushing a less talented team up the mountain to take on both teams. Los Angeles Lakers And the San Antonio Spurs Dynasties during the early 2000s Western Conference.

The general discussion would make you believe that Garnett was burdened with lists that were significantly inferior to Nowitzki’s during this time. this is not true. Garnett played with more talent than most people can remember. He played with Chauncey Billups, Wally Sczerbiak, Sam Cassell, Terrell Brandon and Latrell Sprewell among others. Nowitzki has played with Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Jason Terry, Nick Van Exel, Antown Jamison, among others. This talent gap is a bit smaller than the public discussion thinks.

Both players eventually broke through to win a title, but they did so in different ways. Garnett gave up his rock and mountain to form Hydra in Boston with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. The three were an inner circular hall of cultivators who were surrounded by a solid supporting splint.

Nowitzki never gave up his rock, his mountain, or the city of Dallas. Nowitzki eventually pushed the rock over the top of the mountain in one of the most inspiring and joyous tournaments in NBA history with the 2011 title. This run really inspires the thoughts of the legendary champion when one thinks of all that Nowitzki had to overcome. The Mavericks started the playoffs with a handicap as Karon Butler, who was arguably the team’s second-best player, missed the year. They sent the Portland Trail Blazers out in six games despite a healthy mix of Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge who would have been remembered more fondly if not for Roy’s injury issues.

Then they encountered the first giant along their way. The Los Angeles Lakers have been pulling out of back-to-back titles and have been dominant by size. The Lakers had a multi-skilled strength in the European Hall of Fame of Pau Gasol and a frightening array of scale that could turn their opponents to stone. Like Perseus attacking Medusa, Nowitzki and the Mavericks used a mirror (their multi-skilled power forward in the Hall of Fame) and a sword (three-point shooting) to destroy the Lakers. The Mavericks swept the Lakers and ended the dynasty.

Then he faced the Mavericks Oklahoma City Thunder who were basically a basketball illusion. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and young James Harden provided the three heads for the Chimeras, but again, it was the Mavericks and Nowitzki, this time playing Bellerophon for the win. Nowitzki delivered perhaps the greatest pure and contested shot show in basketball history during this series especially in the first game. Nowitzki scored an astonishing 48 points in just 15 shots as he made his 24 free throws.

Finally, after defeating those monsters, the Mavericks still only had one monster to defeat. The Miami Heat And the “Big Three” LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have made their own Hydra. Nowitzki and the Mavericks used the fire of their perseverance and determination to eliminate each of the three heads on their way to winning a six-game series and Nowitzki’s only championship.

The 2011 Mavericks Championship was truly a hero’s journey for Nowitzki and the culmination of more than a decade of struggle and toil. The bitter taste of those failures is what made victory so sweet and why Mavericks fans will make such efforts to protect Nowitzki’s legacy.

Nowitzki should be way ahead of Garnett on all front power lists, but it’s an understandable argument and the two are often compared. The problem with this list isn’t that Garnett thinks he’s better than Nowitzki, it’s that he thinks Chris Webber and Rashid Wallace are better.

Tim Duncan is the best power forward ever. Karl Malone is the third best scorer of all time and he was a monster on both ends. Charles Barkley was a force on the court that nearly defeated Michael Jordan in the prime of his life before he became the host of TNT. Rashid Wallace was an incredible talent and she had never fully realized her potential. Chris Webber was the same, although he got very close to Wallace.

If you ask NBA fans at the time about Wallace, they will have their first memories of what he could have been like and the technical errors. If someone is pointing out how good someone could be, there is an ingrained understanding that they weren’t actually as good as they could have been.

Net score totals aren’t always a way to differentiate players but a good way to explain how far Wallace is from Nowitzki in terms of legacy is to review their score totals. Nowitzki scored 31,560 points in his career. Wallace had 16,066 points in his. This means that if Wallace repeats his run and accomplishes the same things he did during his actual career, he will have only 452 more points than Nowitzki did.

Webber was a truly special talent. He was often identified with Nowitzki in the early 2000s and his Sacramento Kings The team was one of the most fun to watch. But the warning about what could have been holding back his legacy, too. Wallace was a great defender, but Webber was a liability in that regard. His case is based on a pure crime. He scored barely more than Walsie, and finished his career with 17,182 points. This number again seems trivial compared to Nowitzki’s as if doubling it would result in less than 3,000 points more than Nowitzki’s actual career.

Nowitzki will not say anything about this list. Not on it. If someone says LeBron James is better than Jordan, Jordan might respond well. But if someone said Donovan Mitchell is better than Jordan, he’s unlikely to say anything. This is because the response means that the initial comment is at least worth considering. In this case, the notion that Webber and Wallace deserve higher is so absurd that Nowitzki admits the idea to give it more legitimacy than it deserves. Nowitzki was in a different class than Wallace Weber. And despite what Garnett has said, he’s clearly one of the five best strikers of all time.

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