Last week ESPN opened a dialogue with the ranking of NBA players by the positions players play. On the surface it seems genuine, then you quickly realize it’s nothing more than a way to throw Stephen Curry and LeBron James in the mix. Somehow with two great years Curry was ranked as the third greatest point guard ever… Ever, all time 70 years of NBA basketball and two great years qualifies a player a slot as an all time great? Being honest Curry being third is what made me even write this, and the fact that Isaiah Thomas was fifth behind Stockton who was third and Curry who was fourth. Chris Paul was the only other active player on that list.
LeBron James being the number one over all small forward ahead of Larry Bird makes no sense. I know Dr. J NBA career was nothing compared to his ABA days and what we do know of him is solely based on those ABA days. Putting him at third is more respect than anything knowing that the rankings are just a way to throw Stephen Curry and LeBron James in the discussion of all time greats. Of course ESPN doesn’t care, every show will sings the LeBron James theme song and praise him. I’m less shocked about the ranking and more shocked by men and women who know sports and the historical context of sports actually agreeing with the rankings. The rankings come off like some people in their twenties who know the names of legends, but since they never seen them play they were ranked lower not people who know the history of the game.
I’m not even upset with the rankings, I’m upset that the on air talent all found reasons to agree with the rankings. The fact that Curry was on the list is crazy but ahead of so many players including Isaiah Thomas is wrong. ESPN is totally focused on making Curry a legend that disrespecting true legends isn’t a problem. Having Magic Johnson tell you the placement is wrong with Stockton and Curry means nothing. Magic has thrown the words “great” and “hall fame players” around to almost anyone the NBA was behind at certain times that it is an obvious fit to have him at ESPN. I hope Curry becomes that star ESPN is making him out to be and doesn’t get lost in the shuffle for whatever reason like Derrick Rose. Remember how he was on the verge of being the second best player in the league before he become Mr. Glass? Life happens and as of now Curry is on the right track. Jordan was even named all time great until he retired the first time. Hell people this year are comparing Curry to Jordan and ESPN is more than happy to help that comparison become legit. Give Curry time and then make this a topic.