Lists are conventional in sports. We use them for perspective, trolling, posts and anything else you can think of. Some lists are exceptional and some are well.. not good.
Like Bruce Bowen’s list of his top-5 NBA players that appeared on ESPN (photo courtesy of @ericgoldschein):
Seeing this photo without context can create quite the stir. It’s unclear whether Bowen is referring to who he thinks are the five best players or the five best players “this season”. There’s a huge difference, but in either case I can’t find myself supporting Bowen’s assessment.
On the season Blake Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. For Griffin those are exceptional numbers as his improvement on the block and on his jump shot have contributed to his stellar play. But there are a few that come to mind when thinking of players that have been “better” than Griffin this year.
Kevin Durant (my vote for best player of the season or “MVP).
His teammate in Chris Paul.
That’s just five. There are a few more I could think of like Stephen Curry, Dwight Howard, Demarcus Cousins, etc. But this says a lot more about the mentioned characters than it does Griffin. He’s having the best season of his four-year career and is showing great progressions in the terms of him taking the leap from star to superstar. Consideirng Bowen is an employee of ESPN I’m surprised he included Griffin on this list as many at the company spend more time slighting Griffin rather than celebrating how he’s grown as a player.
I mean #ALLHEDOESISDUNKRIGHT?
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