How about Mike D'antoni? Idiot is trying to play run n' gun with half-court players like Dwight and Kobe. He'll be s-canned by the trade deadline.
But saying Deron isn't a superstar is equally ignorant as the other dude saying Melo isn't.
DWill might be the best all-around PG in the league. He's without a doubt the best shoot first PG, and other than the arguments for CP3, Rondo, and even at this age: Nash...can you name a better pass-first PG?
DWill is not the best all-around PG. Paul is. But that doesn't make DWill a bum. I'm just saying he isn't an upper echelon player like LeBron, Wade (healthy), Dirk (healthy), Melo, Paul, Kobe, and Durant.
DWill is not on those 7 player's level, that's why he's a notch below.
Would you guys prefer that I call DWill a superstar and those 7 I mentioned super-duper-stars? ;)
Just curious though, why 7 for superstar players? Seems a bit arbitrary. Why not the best starting 5? Or top 2 at each position? Or just top 3 overall players? 7 random players just seems arbitrary... Used to fit an argument.
Sure CP3 is the better passer and defender, but DWill is the better shooter by miles and is a very solid defender in his own right. Plus he can post and drop for rebounds, two things Paul can't do.
I'm not gonna knock you for taking CP3 over DWill, but to not put the two in the same sentence is...well, biased, or downright ignorant.
Edit: I'd rather take DWill than Dwade right now on Miami. Dwade is still superstar level, but DWill is higher.
With respect to your suggestions, the best starting 5 doesn't work because it would include a position which would not necessarily have a top player, such as at C, to the exclusion of another. Top 2 at position? Maybe, but again, the top players in the NBA are those regardless of position.
As to CP3 vs. DWill, CP3 shoots for a better percentage than DWill across the board and utterly dominates DWill in career PER (25.4 vs. 19.1) and career WS/48 (.240 vs. .136). So for you to criticize me for not putting the two in the same sentence shows your own ignorance.
This is pretty awesome
One thing to consider though- Chad Pennington led the NFL many many times in completion percentage. I'd still have taken at least 6 or 7 QBs over him.
Percentages are the most unbiased equators of apples to apples. However, they need to be viewed in context, my friend.
I agree with the weak centers argument...which is why I hedged and included top 3 overall. Again, I don't see why the number was limited to 7. I stick by my original statement...Deron is a superstar in the NBA.
Now back to important things like the Knicks being the team to beat in the east!!!
To SMC's point, DWill has star #s... Not superstar #s...
Williams has regressed a bit it seems. His shooting is flat out horrible right now: 38% from the field, 27% from 3. His career numbers are 45% from the field and 34% from 3. His assists are slightly down. If it's not regression, hopefully it's the nagging injuries and he'll eventually get back on track. I think he said something a few weeks back about his confidence being down which ain't good at all. Even as a Nets fan I wouldn't call him a superstar right now.
Although it really doesn't matter what we label any of these dudes. Just makes for some fun, useless banter.
The word "superstar" is thrown around loosely in the media IMO, when it should only be used for a select few.
But regardless, the Knicks and Nets have set their own paths. The Knicks have a big game tonight and need to bury a Lakers team in shambles.
Although Magic was my favorite non-Knick player, I've always hated the Lakers and seeing them further implode on the Garden floor would be awesome.
If you tell me kobe, dirk, lebron, and wade are superstars because they have won a title, ok I see the distinction. Durant carried a team to a finals, ok see another distinction. But CP3, Melo, Dwill have not played in a finals yet, and of the 3 Melo has the worst record/history in the playoffs. Its just typical over the top homerism by Knick fans because Melo is finally (albeit through 20 games) playing at a unreal superstar level. Prior to the start of this season he has/had done nothing to be labeled a "superstar." Great scorer who has superstar ability but never lived up to it. I am not arguing one is better than the other or that Dwill is even a superstar, but Melo is not a superstar by my standards. He is off to the start that finally displays the ability and talent he has, but he never lived up to.
I'm proud to Ray-Ray the crap out of the Knicks right now. :D
Dan D'Antoni, Mike's brother and assistant coach in LA, believes things could have ultimately worked out for MDA, Melo and the Knicks. He says it would've been only a matter of time before the Knicks started winning.
"That's what we think. We think it would have [worked]," Dan D'Antoni said.
Who is that cute girl who's been sitting next to Ewing all game? She's an actress...I think Ben stiller is on the other side of her.