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Legend Grows Greatest Hits

When I posted my first Legend Grows article on September 1, 2015, I didn’t contemplate writing one hundred articles, but here it is.  I figured for my one hundredth post I’d highlight my Top 10 Greatest Hits in case you missed them.

 

10-Are the Warriors among the Greatest Teams Ever?

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Talk about jumping the gun. I wrote this article when the Warriors were two wins away from closing out the Cavs for a repeat championship. As we all know, the Cavs came back to win three straight and Lebron cemented his legacy with his signature win in the process. The Warriors have since added Kevin Durant and are steamrolling teams in the Playoffs. This is a great article of the great teams over the past four decades.

 

9-The Statistical Elite

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A deeper dive into the numbers show why Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, Lebron James, John Stockton, Steve Kerr, and yes, Mark Eaton are statistically elite.

 

8-20,000 Point/8,000 Rebound/5,000 Assist Club 

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A statistical review of what makes Larry Bird so special. This article was written when Kevin Garnett joined Bird, Karl Malone, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, and John Havlicek in this exclusive club.

 

7-Who’s Your Favorite Player? 

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This article lists my top 10 favorite players and why I love to cheer for them so much. This was the first time I had ever tried to rank my favorite players and enjoyed it.

 

6-Lebron is Not MJ 

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This article was written after Lebron lifted the Cavs to a Game 5 victory in the 2016 Finals. Lebron went on to win the Championship, but he had earned my respect after Game 5. Nobody expected the Cavs to win the series after falling down 3-1, but Lebron was legendary in one of the greatest comebacks in Finals history. In the article I focus on how we should enjoy Lebron for who he is rather than hate him because he is not MJ.

 

5-Kobe is the Donald Trump of the NBA

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Written during the presidential election cycle and right after Kobe Bryant dropped 60 in his final game. I still don’t get why so many rank Kobe so high on their lists of all-time greats. This article explains how Kobe, like Trump, makes us believe he is better than he really is.

 

4-Why MJ is even better than you thought

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This article details commonly forgotten factors that make you realize that MJ might have been even better than we give him credit for.

 

3-Kevin Durant is a Coward

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This article recounts Durant’s historical and anti-competitive free agent move to the Golden State Warriors, the team that had just beaten his Thunder. Despite missing the Finals by a single game and being up in the West Finals 3-1, Durant bailed, joining the team that beat him and making the 2016-17 NBA season completely predictable. This was the first Legend Grows article to go “viral.”

 

No one will be breaking Stockton's record.

2-The NBA’s Unbreakable Record: John Stockton

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This article is a tribute to the greatness of John Stockton and details all of the reasons why his assist record will stand forever. I have updated the numbers in this one and it’s fun to see how long current assist leaders, Chris Paul and Lebron James would need to play to catch Stockton’s record.

 

Curry hitting 3's at torrid pace.
(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

1-Greatest Shooters Ever

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My favorite article I have written. This article introduces a new, common sense shooting metric that accurately and statistically show why Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are the greatest shooters in NBA history.

 

Blogging has been a great thing for me. I have always loved NBA basketball (especially the Jazz), but sitting down and writing out your own takes was something I had never done. It’s been a great experience and I can’t wait to write another hundred.

 

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