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    Default Who's your favourite player, non-Raptors, past and present?

    Since these are the worst days on the NBA calendar, I was curious who Raptors nation liked the best, outside of Raptors players. So post your favourite former NBA player and your favourite current NBA player who don't don the Raptors red/purple and why.

    For me, my favourite retired player is probably Rasheed Wallace. Jordan and Barkley are right up there, but I loved the way Sheed could impact so many parts of the game. His interior post defence and rebounding are staples of the game, but it's his superior shooting ability (for a big) that sets him apart. Used to watch videos of him in Detroit showing all of his trick shots. Left and right hand (2 balls at the same time) 3 point shots, no problem. 3/4 court bounce into the ball rack that is only an inch wider than the ball, book it. From behind the basket on the running track, swish. He could do it all, and if he had KG's heart, I don't doubt that Sheed could have been one of the greatest players ever. So while he was an underachiever (unless you count the record for Technicals), he was such a joy to watch, knowing he could do it all.

    For current players, I'm a big Ray Allen fan (Jesus Shuttlesworth!) but I'm going to go with Russell Westbrook. During his rookie season, I had a sports package and I used to stay up late and watch random games. It wasn't long before I started following this rookie PG (and a sophomore Durant) tantilizing on that terrible Thunder team (that led to Harden's #3 pick). The aggressiveness for a point guard was almost unheard of. Lots of mistakes were made on that team, but you could see the potential oozing out of those two. Plus the awesome local TV commercials made the evening extra enjoyable.

    What about you?

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    Non-Raptors Past - Allen Iverson.

    Non-Raptors Present - I'll go with Black Mamba. Or Durant.

    Gotta go to work, so no write up on this.. maybe later.
    Love me some Iverson though.
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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Non-Raptors Past - Allen Iverson.

    Non-Raptors Present - I'll go with Black Mamba. Or Durant.

    Gotta go to work, so no write up on this.. maybe later.
    Love me some Iverson though.
    Iverson would have been way better (more accomplished) if he played in the current NBA. Rules are skewed in favour of players like him now. I completely believe he would have won a title if the current rules existed when he played.

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    Past: MJ. Too bad I never got to see him live. I wasn't around back then, but I watch highlights and throwback games whenever I can. NBA TV had a marathon going yesterday, I was in front of the tv all day. Haha.

    Present: Stephen Curry. I try to model my own game around his.

    (Kobe is a close second)

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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post
    Past: MJ. Too bad I never got to see him live. I wasn't around back then, but I watch highlights and throwback games whenever I can. NBA TV had a marathon going yesterday, I was in front of the tv all day. Haha.
    I was lucky enough to be getting into basketball right around the 95-96 season; which just so happened to be when Jordan came back to start his second three-peat, and the Bulls won 72 games...and the Raptors still beat them at the Skydome.
    But ya, being able to watch Jordan for those 3 years was pretty fun. Being able to watch him when he came back again for the Wizards was a little less awesome ... But he did still go off for 51 one night, at the rype old age of 38 though..

    And have countless other great moments with the Wizards. Pretty sure he set countless records for the "oldest player to do _______."

    But still.. it was AI and VC that I attribute my lasting passion to the game. I grew up watching these guys grow as players, and mimicking everything (or trying to at least) they did on the court.
    I guess you could look at it like this... I had a pair of the Reebok I3 shoes and the VC Shox (still have the Shox laying around somewhere); Never owned a pair of Jordans.
    The VC Shox are still my favourite basketball shoe to this day.
    Last edited by Joey; Wed Aug 21st, 2013 at 09:40 AM.
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    I didn't start watching hoops until I was 15 or so, so