Were basketball players better back in the day?

Updated: June 14, 2017

Were the basketball greats of a couple of decades ago better than today’s all stars? In my opinion, YES definitely!

First lets compare two centers; Wilt Chamberlain and DeMarcus Cousins, who is arguably the best center in the NBA today. The winner is Wilt Chamberlain 100%! Chamberlain holds tons of official NBA records in both scoring and rebounding. He once scored 100 points in a single game and is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game. Compare that to DeMarcus Cousins whose averages 23.5 points per game and 12.6 rebounds and the clear winner is Chamberlain.

Lets also look at Michael Jordan vs Kevin Durant. Once again, I say definitely MJ. Michael Jordan is known as one of the best NBA players of all time and here are some reasons why. Jordan had one of the most amazing leaps of any NBA player and his slam dunks were some of the all time greatest. He was one of the best defensive players in basketball and led his teams to six NBA championships. He won five MVP awards and averaged 30.12 points per game. Compare that to Kevin Durant who has won one NBA championship and one MVP award.

If your still not convinced, lets compare Carmelo Anthony and Magic Johnson. Not surprisingly, again, I would go with Magic. In his rookie season Johnson won a championship and MVP award. In the next 10 years he won four more championships with the Lakers. Magic won three Season MVP awards and led the league in steals 2 times and in assists 4 times. Do you now how many times Carmelo led the league in steals? Zero! And guess how many times he led the league in assists? Zero also! In fact, Magic Johnson averaged 11.2 assists per game whole Carmelo averaged 3.1.

What do you think? What would happen if some of these older legends went head to head with today’s legends? I guess we’ll never know for sure but my bet is on the superstars from the past.

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