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Old 05-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: James Worthy vs. Dominique Wilkins

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The Lakers thought long and hard, and came to the conclusion Worthy would be of more value to them (a team already contending, needing a jack-of-all-trades to be a SUB, a glue-guy who would fit into the sistem) than Nique.
The choise was adequate. And paid many, many dividends (sp?).
Would Nique flourish paying with Magic? Obviously.
Qouel Nique bring the things Big Game James brought-a-plenty? Not so sure.
The focus may be too much on what Nique could do in LA and not what worthy could do in atlanta.. its a two way street of you are going to compare them, and the fact is Worthy was not a legitimate franchise player like Nique was... put worthy in atlanta in Wilkins place and that team would struggle to make the playoffs.. in general it is difficult to compare guys who were utilized so vastly different throughout their careers
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The focus may be too much on what Nique could do in LA and not what worthy could do in atlanta.. its a two way street of you are going to compare them, and the fact is Worthy was not a legitimate franchise player like Nique was... put worthy in atlanta in Wilkins place and that team would struggle to make the playoffs.. in general it is difficult to compare guys who were utilized so vastly different throughout their careers
I've conceded that Nique was the better player, although Worthy had the better career (IMHO).

Tough to judge "what could have been" scenarios, because i can't really speak about the notion of Worthy being a #1 option for a team like the Hawks. Nor can i disregard the notion that Worthy could have been a franchise player, if given the opportunity.
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Re: James Worthy vs. Dominique Wilkins

It's all about context, and namely two players with different playing styles and strengths.

I believe some of the people here being critical of James Worthy either never saw him play or don't have an idea of how good of a player he was. Worthy showed in college and the NBA that he could be a star player whose style complemented other star players. At the University of North Carolina, he generally was the best player on teams that featured other top-level NBA prospects. In the NBA, he played at an all-star level on teams that featured arguably the top player in the NBA and another who still at that point was a perennial all-star.

Worthy's greatest strength, IMO, was his ability to play along with other top-flight players while being an all-star level player himself. His style was more complementary to the Lakers' style than Dominique Wilkins' would have been, IMO. Worthy ran the break as well as 'Nique, but Worthy had a great baseline game that allowed the Lakers to play in halfcourt without clogging the lane (especially as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became less of a role in the Lakers' offense). Worthy did not need to have the ball in his hands as much as 'Nique to get involved in the offense nor as many shots to get his numbers.

In some sort of contextual comparison, Worthy played the same role Chris Bosh is playing in Miami or Pau Gasol with the Lakers. Namely, Worthy was a star-level player being overshadowed by even greater two players on the roster. Worthy had the capabilities of being the top player on a team, like a Toronto-era Bosh or a Memphis-era Gasol (maybe needing slightly stronger complementary players than the typical top-of-the-line player).
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Dominique and Iverson played most of their careers with a solid stable of role players around them. They were both asked to carry their teams respectively and they did a very good job of it outside of never winning a championship. James Worthy was a very very good player that was fortunate to be able to play with 3 other hall of famers two of which are top 10 all time greats. You swap Nique and Worthy and the Lakers may win 3 more titles in the 80's and the hawks would be hard pressed to make the playoffs.
Very well said sir, I completely agree. Nique all day, every day over Worthy!
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put worthy in atlanta in Wilkins place and that team would struggle to make the playoffs..
Perhaps, or perhaps they would actually do quite well, considering the fact that Worthy wasn't just a role player but an ultimate matchup nightmare that nobody in the league could guard. He was too big for SFs and too fast for PFs. The guy was able to single-handedly dismantle the infamous Bad Boys defense on several occasions. Just because it wasn't asked to score much does not necessarily mean that he couldn't.

Don't really know which one of them was the better player but I do remember which one used to come out embarrassed from their direct duels, and it wasn't James.
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