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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old September 7th, 2012, 00:25 Thread Starter
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Was Arvydas Sabonis the most talented player of all time?

2.21 m giant with the skills of a guard...excellent free thrower and 3-point shooter, unbelievable ball handling, dribbling and court vision for a man his size. and of course one of the most dominant high post players ever in his prime.

also maybe the most underrated player ever as he had lost all his pace when he finally arrived to NBA. even then he was a presence on the court but only a shadow of his former self. It's interestiing to imagine what he could have done in NBA pre-1986 before his awful injuries. he was unlucky to have his best years wasted in the Soviet system: CCCP basketball bosses didn't really care about his wellbeing and forced him to play when he wasn't fully healed from injuries. Another problem was that behind the Iron Curtain he faced inferior opposition which must have hindered his development as a player...and of course the drinking culture prevalent in Soviet basketball was of no help either.

Who knows what he could've done had he born 10 years later and arrived in NBA at early age. Interestingly enough Lithuania had another 2.21m center born a decade after Sabonis who went to NBA in his early 20s. Ilgauskas had a good career despite being hindered by injuries too and became 2x AllStar and 13 PPG, 7.2RBG player. But as everybody in Lithuania can confirm he didn't have even half the talent of Sabonis.

Personally I think had he somehow managed to come to NBA in mid-80s before his injuries then who knows...probably he'd been at least on the level of Hakeem and better than Robinson who he comfortably dominated in their international matchups in 80s. Definitely the greatest European player even and an unique talent in basketball history.

some interesting links about the man and the myth:

http://www.blazersedge.com/2012/8/15...rvydas-sabonis

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...hof/index.html

http://www.opb.org/news/article/gian...me-lithuanian/

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old September 7th, 2012, 00:45
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Sabonis is def up there, but he's always gonna be as you say a myth, atleast prime Sabonis.

As for my opinion(Of those I watched) - no question about it - I'm taking The Dream, all day every day.

There's never gonna be another Hakeem.

Lebron is way up there aswell - Obviously Magic and Larry but I haven't watched them properly.

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He was amazing. I prefer him to Ewing since Ewing was too reliant on his jump shot.
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