View Full Version : The NBA Archetype

12-20-2008, 03:23 PM

i managed to find a website that pretty much places a maslow's view of the nba player.

this is the gist


12-21-2008, 05:47 AM
LEBRON JAMES- superhuman

12-21-2008, 02:02 PM
Why the heck are Boris Diaw and Al Harrington archetypes unto themselves?

Lebron James being outside any norm MIGHT be right, as a 6-foot-9 260-pound all-position player. But what's with Diaw and Harrington?

12-21-2008, 02:17 PM
Isn't Diaw at best a "Salad Bar" and at worst a "High Talent Low IQ Player"? Ditto Harrington. No one would ever build a franchise around these two, and yet they'd be welcome additions to a team looking to make a serious push for the NBA title, not just the playoffs. They both bring a lot of athletic ability, seem to have learned how to accept good coaching over the years they've been in the L, and they have been pretty good team players of late.

And yet they are classified unto themselves. What does that make of guys like Detlef Schrempf, Steve Smith, Ralph Sampson, Clarence Weatherspoon, Larry Krystowiak?

12-21-2008, 07:28 PM
joe, according to the explanation by the author. parang lesser version sila. hard to define, pero definitely not like lebron, who defies definition, period.

Kid Cubao
12-22-2008, 06:36 AM
para sa akin, it's just one sportswriter's idea of making sense of what's happening in the NBA with respect to how the game and the players have evolved since the time of MJ's final retirement. the way i see it, writer sean mahoney began with the league's biggest draw, lebron james, and worked his way on down. if you will look closely at lebron, he is exactly what sportswriters back in the 80s would envision the superstar of the 21st century: body of karl malone, midair creativity of a young MJ, the open court quickness of a james worthy, the handles of a magic johnson, and the court intelligence of a larry bird.

12-22-2008, 04:41 PM
and if i am not mistaken, there is an asterisk somewhere saying that the archetype is a function of only the current crop of ballplayers in the league.

because we all have to admit the obvious that rule changes have made a lot of differences to the way the game is played.

04-16-2009, 09:59 AM
With all criticism Diaw had since his breakout season in Phoenix, Diaw has lived up to what he really is after the Phoenix-Charlotte trade.

58 games: 15ppg - 6rpg - 5 ast pg in 50% FG shooting 42% 3pt shooting.

And Bobcats almost made it to the playoff.