At the request that we keep the polls coming to sooth our collective enui over the current state of affairs in Tech sports we will now turn our attention to NBA shooting guards. With enough polling we could eventually put together a depth chart for an entire all-time NBA squad.
Why do this you ask? Well, as I recently observed some New England Patriot fans say after their team failed to make it to the Super Bowl, "It's going to be a long winter."
The following list of shooting guards all have glaringly preposterous offensive records. Almost all of them won rookie of the year honors. Almost all of them were either ALL NBA or ALL STARS ten times or more. Needless to say these are the top scorers among shooting guards in NBA history. I will make just a few observations about four of the players on our voting list.
I saw Pete Maravich play. Once I saw him grab a rebound, dribble the length of the court around five defenders and go up for the layup. He had so little help around him as a player that he was often accused of being a ball hog or not being a team player. We now know that he was ahead of his time. He is considered by many to be the best ball handler of all time and he routinely sank "3 point shots" before there was a 3 point shot.
George Gervin was known as "the iceman" due to his cool demeanor on the court. He is considered by many to be one of the best pure shooters in the game. He is credited by some for inventing the "finger roll" layup and would often start it from the foul line.
Jerry West was known as "Mr. Clutch" for his famous buzzer beating shots to win games. One that comes to mind was a 63 footer in game 3 of an NBA finals game. Jerry was elected 14 times to the NBA All Stars.
Michael Jordan. Hmm-mm, let me see, how do I want to say this? I thought about just declaring him the winner of this poll and inviting everyone to vote for the person they thought should be number two on the depth chart. But I suppose that would be undemocratic. So do me a favor. If you are a true contrarian, and I love contrarians, please explain your vote if you vote against Michael. If you are voting for someone because you want them to be the first person off the bench to take Michael's place please explain that also.
Vote for the all time greatest NBA shooting guard
Kobe Bryant -some say as good as Michael, all time leading scorer in Lakers history, elected 12 times to All NBA team. (24 votes)
Jerry "Mr. Clutch" West -holds the all time record for average points scored in a playoff series (46.3). (6 votes)
George "the iceman" Gervin -invented moves that are now stadard among great guards. (0 votes)
Allen Iverson -6th leading scorer in NBA history, playoff scoring average is second only to Michael Jordan. (3 votes)
Clyde "The Glyde" Drexler -10 time All Star, original member of "Phi Slama Jama." (0 votes)
Reggie Miller -considered one of the best 3 point shooting guards in NBA history but put an asterisk by this for Maravich. (6 votes)
"Pistol" Pete Maravich -had he only had players of his calibre as team mates he might be considered the all time greatest shooting guard today. (14 votes)
Earl "the pearl" Monroe -9 times he scored more than 1000 points in a season. (1 vote)
Joe "Joe D" Dumas -first receipient of NBA Sportsmanship Award and the only player in Detroit Pistons history to have jersey retired. (0 votes)
Michael (60 votes)
114 total votes