David Robinson is an all-time great. There's no denying it. And so, how is it possible that he -- to this day -- remains tragically under-appreciated?!
On people's perception of players who starred in the '90s:
If you ask people to name the best players of the 1990s, people will probably go to Charles Barkley and Karl Malone before Robinson. (To wit, both Barkley and Robinson both ranked higher in Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball.) But are they actually better? Barkley and Malone each have MVP's of their own, and you could certainly argue that if either of them had been fortunate enough to team up with Tim Duncan, they'd have rings also.
On Robinson's under-appreciated all-around statistical numbers:
David Robinson is way, way better than anyone cares to remember these days. He may be the most statistically unimpeachable player of the Jordan-and-since era other than Jordan. He's fourth all-time in Player Efficiency Rating (behind Jordan, LeBron, and Shaq), but doubles as one of the premier defensive centers of his generation. He started his career with seven consecutive 20-10 seasons, which would have been even more if not for his injury-plagued 1997.
And on how Robinson's legacy was tarnished by the butt-whooping he received at the hands of Hakeem Olajuwon:
The Spurs were the No. 1 seed with the MVP of the league, and the Rockets were a lowly No. 6 seed, and Hakeem did everything short of sticking Robinson's head in a toilet and flushing (commonly known as a "swirly" by the kids these days) en route to a six-game upset.
Great stuff Jeremy. GO READ THE ARTICLE AT HARDWOOD PAROXYSM!