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Why Paul George is not a superstar

Paul George finished Game 4 of the first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks with nine points on 3-14 shooting and immediately continued his ritual of ridiculous post-game media answers, exclaiming the Mavs’ defenders weren’t even good but clearly good enough to stop him.

I would agree with you if PG’s shortcomings in big playoff games hadn’t been a recurring theme over the last 6 or 7 postseasons. It also has to do with the fact I personally define a superstar as someone who can be a number 1 option on a championship contender which I do not believe PG is. This is due his shortcomings in playoff games combined with his lack of leadership shown off the court.

Why Paul George is not a superstar

100% agree with this. Majority of the time the good front offices are able to build a contender irrespective of draft positioning over several drafts, likewise the poorly run teams will always find a way to make poor draft choices. I had no idea about the minimal amount of lottery picks present in the current Denver Nuggets squad; a credit to their brilliant front office. Love that you’ve talked about how high draft position isn’t everything because it isn’t talked about enough the value that is found outside the lottery!

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Agreed, Zion’s game is a lot more multi-dimensional than Blake Griffin’s was at that time of his career and I believe Zion will continue to evolve and become an even more well rounded player.

However, I am more making the comparison between them both relying heavily on their athleticism. Hence I worry Zion is going to be crippled by injuries the same way Blake was. So I believe we are more likely to see Zion’s peak in the next 2,3 or 4 seasons which is much different to most NBA stars hitting it around their late 20’s, early 30’s years.

But I hope i’m wrong because you’re right, he seems like a hard worker and a good learner. Coupled with his athletic ability if he stays healthy, he will be a NBA powerhouse no doubt

Why Zion is poised to be the NBA’s next Blake Griffin

My point was we saw Blake Griffin’s best NBA playing years from the age of 20-24 and I feel Zion is gonna be extremely similar to Griffin in that regard; unlike most NBA players hitting their prime during their late 20’s, early 30’s just from the nature of the way they play the game alongside their tolerance to injuries.

But no doubt the league has learnt a lot about load management since Blake Griffin’s rookie year and I really hope they get it right with Zion. But I still have doubts in his longevity as an NBA player.

I hope i’m wrong because you’re right he has the potential to wreak havoc in the league for sure

Why Zion is poised to be the NBA’s next Blake Griffin