In Magic Johnson's rookie season, he
averaged 18.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 7.3 apg, was selected as an All-Star, won the NBA
championship and was named Finals MVP but he didn't win Rookie of the Year.
It was Larry Bird who won the 1979-80
Rookie of the Year award. Aside from winning Rookie of the Year over Magic
Johnson, Larry Legend was also selected to the All-Star team and was named All-NBA
[–]Shookla 491 指標 10小時前
I heard some dude named
Larry bird won ROTY that year, wonder what became of him
[–][BOS] Larry Birdimlarrybird 1034 指標 10小時前
Larry was also fourth in MVP voting that
year. He was then top 2 every single year through the 87-88 season, with the
exception of Magic's 1987 MVP year where MJ was second in voting.
[–]NetsDMKarwoski 667 指標 10小時前
And how would you know that u/imlarrybird
[–]Groom_lake_lifeguard 415 指標 7小時前
[–][MEM] Tony AllenJoshie_Boy 103 指標 7小時前
These alts are getting out of control
[–]Groom_lake_lifeguard 69 指標 7小時前
Nice try KD
[–]LakersPocket_Dave 48 指標 6小時前
Nice try KD
[–]Netscobrotherhood 240 指標 9小時前
Lol I mentioned on here that bird has a top
5 prime of all time and was heavily downvoted. Motherfuckers forget
[–]Thunderdvdov 224 指標 8小時前
Motherfuckers are 17 years old
[–]Sunssanchostache 35 指標 6小時前
Whenever I read "Nash made me a Suns
fan" I feel ancient
[–]ThunderDebitsOnTheLeft 19 指標 3小時前*
Well FFS dude if
that made you feel old then that's because you ARE old compared to the average
/r/nba user! I'm 30 and that sentence seems totally normal to me. I'm also
pretty sure 30 is like five years older than the average age around here.
[–]Bucksum420 16 指標 3小時前*
I feel ancient at 32 on reddit. Is it me
who's wrong? No it's the children who are wrong
[–]LakersKingSol24 10 指標 5小時前
This is the problem. Most of this
sub is based off of recency bias
[–]stream_monster 14 指標 4小時前
This is why we can't have a good GOAT
discussion on this sub. Every time it's the nostalgia of Jordan vs the recency
bias of LeBron. Imo it'll become more clear cut a while after LeBron is retired
in 2040 and Mj retires for the 3rd time after his run on the clippers.
72 指標 8小時前*
I hate when people get so butt-hurt
It's probably accurate to say his prime was
in the TIER of top 5 primes. This might just mean that you have
8 players' primes to work with for the top 5, and his is there.
But everytime people get pissed off about
top 5, 10, 15, or 20 type lists, they forget that if you were to take every
player who is supposedly worthy of, say, a 'top 15 players currently in the
NBA' list, we would have 150 players in there. Saying a player is definitely
top ten is easy until you have to start actually listing out those ten.
[–][SAS] Dennis RodmanXwarsama 29 指標 9小時前
I'd say Wilt, MJ,
Lebron, and Shaq are shoo-ins for the that list... But I can't think of anyone
else that had a better prime than Bird, so I guess he's top
[–]Pelicansdxyyz1 66 指標 9小時前
[–][HOU] Kostas PapanikolaouAkkuron 58 指標 8小時前
Isn't Kareem the literal opposite of that
list? I mean, it's not like his prime wasn't amazing, the man is an
all-time-great, but it's his longevity that gets talked about the most.
[–][TOR] Jonas ValanciunasDavidKirk2000 85 指標 8小時前
In 71-72, Kareem put up 35/15/5 on 55%
shooting and was named MVP. His peak was unreal.
[–]Heatwormhole222 38 指標 7小時前
It was 57% shooting (.603 TS%). Also, while
they didn't record blocks that year it is safe to say he had at least 1
SPG and 3 BPG (he had at least that every year in the 70s).
[–][BOS] Jaylen BrownWarcraftFarscape 16 指標 9小時前
Sir Charles had a great prime, so did
I guess it depends on what a “prime” is,
how many years need to qualify. Like dirk 2011 playoffs was incredible but
overall I would say his prime was not top 5 all time.
Good discussion though, takes the longevity
piece out of the equation, which is how Shaq being on that list isn’t insane.
[–][CLE] Jackie RidgleIAmJimmyNeutron 44 指標 9小時前
Mo Williams 52 point game is definitely a
top 5 prime all-time.
[–]Knicksiretalia16 134 指標 9小時前
Him and Larry Bird had two of the best
rookie seasons of all time in the same year, kinda crazy
[–]HeatGiannis1995 74 指標 8小時前
Melo was a better rookie than LeBron as
[–]peppermintpattymills 24 指標 7小時前
Yeah I'd have probably given it to Melo,
though I'd say it was relatively close. Their rookie seasons weren't THAT great
though compared to Magic's and Bird's.
[–]NBAwhy_rob_y 23 指標 4小時前
Their rookie seasons weren't THAT great
though compared to Magic's and Bird's.
To be fair to Melo and LeBron, they were
younger than Bird and Magic during their rookie seasons (and age is pretty
important in the beginning of your NBA career). At the times of their
respective NBA debuts, LeBron was 18, Melo was 19, Magic was 20, Bird was 22.
[–]Bucksthisishorsepoop 247 指標 10小時前
I never realized they were rookies in the
[–]Cavaliersgoteeeem[S] 100 指標 10小時前
Yes, although Larry was drafted a year
earlier (1978). He didn't sign with the Celtics immediately to play his final
year in college. Thus, starting his rookie year in the 1979-80 season.
[–]Pistonsthe_shins 174 指標 10小時前
Bird was drafted in '78 though, and Magic
[–]Korexicanm 247 指標 9小時前
Bird getting that year later ROTY that
Simmons is about to get over Tatum. Time is a flat circle.
[–]nend 125 指標 8小時前
The difference is Bird played college ball
for another year after being drafted and didn't have any training or practice
in the nba.
[–][HOU] Kostas PapanikolaouAkkuron 271 指標 8小時前
Ben Simmons also attended college just as
much the year after being drafted as he did the previous one.
[–]Raptorsiwillbombu 203 指標 10小時前
Larry increased his teams wins by like 30
or 40 games if I'm not mistaken
–]Charlotte HornetsBURRITO_JONES 146 指標 10小時前*
Correct. A 32-game turnaround, reaching the
conference finals after losing 53 the season before. Magic's Lakers (or should
I say Kareem's) went from 47 wins to 60, with a teammate who won MVP.