San Antonio Spurs Legend George Gervin was a guest on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio on Thursday and gave his opinion on the league.
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The Iceman was included in the list of the 50 greatest players in NBA History when the league conducted it on their 50th anniversary. We recently conducted our own player rankings by position and Gervin
He was such a spectacular scorer and player, he appeared twice in our rankings. He could do it all on the court for the Spurs.
Before David Robinson and Tim Duncan, there was Gervin. Gervin came to San Antonio when the Spurs were part of the ABA, and he stayed with the team when they made the transition to the NBA.
Gervin was an offensive machine, and he became the face of a Spurs team that was known for their run-and-gun offense. No 44’s jersey was the first to be retired by the Spurs, and he is still
April 7, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
loved by many Spurs fans, young and old.
His appearance Thursday on SiriusXM NBA Radio does not mark the first time a former player has spoke on todays ever changing game.
Antonio Daniels had some criticism on Golden State Warriors guard and reigning league MVP Stephen Curry. Daniels stated Curry seems to get a “free pass”.
Daniels feels Curry doesn’t get in the negative spotlight whenever he doesn’t play like the MVP he is in big games, such as in this NBA Finals versus the Cavs. He has a point. The media is quick to step-in and take his side and make up excuses for his poor performances, it is never ‘him’.
We now turn to Gervin’s comments:
“These guys need 30 shots to score 30 points, I needed 15 shots to do that.” -George Gervin on the current @NBA players
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) August 25, 2016
Harsh words indeed. But, he is not entirely wrong is he? The game is changing. Back when teams would battle down in the paint have started to phase out as many now are prone to shoot the long ball.
In todays NBA, there are teams that are not afraid to put up 15 to 20 attempts from the three-point line, sometimes more. Granted, fans do not like seeing teams hoist up shot after shot from beyond the arc, but what do you do. That is the NBA today.
Gervin spent 12 seasons with San Antonio racking up eye-popping numbers. Over the 12 seasons, he averaged 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 blocks while shooting 50 percent from the field.
How will current players react to Gervin’s remarks? How would Gervin fare in todays NBA? The statistics answer the question.