Tuesday, May 09, 2006

the Jordan Scale (work in progress)

Once again I am using my blog space for something inconsequential to the emerging church discussion, spirituality in general, personal reflection or politics. I speak once more as one of the 14 white guys in America (not paid by the NBA or a media outlet) interested in the NBA.

While chatting earlier today with Craig (#12 on the list) about the Suns-Lakers series (yes, as a Laker hater I was actually going for them, for a number of reasons, listed below), the conversation tilted in a familiar fashion, becoming about the merits of LeBron vs. Kobe and that Kobe was no Jordan.

I realized at that moment there needs to be a new designation while discussing NBA players. So, I introduce to you the Jordan Scale, a work in process. Assuming that we all agree that the pinnacle basketball player is Michael Jordan, we can assign him a perfect 10. If Jordan gets the 10, we can then assign a number to all other players, based upon their Jordan-like appearances.

This scale can be used in numerous fashions

  1. a player's potential (LeBron is a potential 11 on the Jordan scale)
  2. a player's performance during a season (in 2006, Kobe Bryant was a 9 on the Jordan Scale)
  3. a player's performance in a single game ( last night Vince Carter was an 8)
  4. a player's performance in a specific instance (that dunk was a 5)
  5. a player's career (see below)

there need to be some ground rules:

  1. most NBA players will never be assigned more than a 5 on the Jordan Scale.
  2. face it, few white players will be assigned a number.
  3. players such as Duncan, Shaq, Ben Wallace, Jason Kidd and Nash will not be part of this scale. They play a different game that must be judged by another set of criteria (the Kareem Scale or the Magic Scale?). btw, Kidd is a 9 on the Magic scale and Nash is a 7

Any other ground rules or ways to use this scale before I send it to Bill Simmons?

Due to space limitations I will begin discussion of specific player in the next posting.

reasons I went for the Lakers in the Suns-Lakers series:
1. I wanted to see the Lakers beaten by the Clippers on round 2
2. I think Nash is overrated and wanted to see that little punk white guy (wait, I am white, why do I feel this way?) get his clock cleaned by the Mamba (Kobe)- who is a vastly superior player
3. I do not like the Lakers, Phil Jackson, Shaq or Kobe (even though I love to watch Kobe play). but I was so impressed with the brilliant coaching job of Jackson and Kobe's play. It was as if they played possum all year only to lull everyone else into a false sense of comfort before playing like a team. Brilliant if it had worked.


Bob Robinson said...

Hailing from the hometown of LeBron (Akron, OH), and watching him again tonight as he leads my Cavaliers in the SECOND ROUND (!!) of the NBA Playoffs, I have to say that LeBron has already proven to be a 9 on the Magic Scale, and I agree with you that he has the POTENTIAL to be an 11 on the Jordan Scale.

kidpositive said...

lebron has already put up numbers that are better than jordan. and kobe. jordan was amazing, but there's a serious chance that lebron could overtake jordan. i mean, the fact that he scores an 11 on the jordan potential scale suggests that the scale be altered to a king james potential scale. of course, that's premature, but you get the drift: lebron is amazing. he's the reason the cavs didn't get the same pounding last night they got in game 1 against detroit.

i would add one more scale: marketability. jordan was huge. but Air Jordan was bigger. the Air Jordan brand name is part of the character. lebron would maybe score a 6 on this scale.

oh yeah, one more thing: 113-91.

Dustin said...

i've got to be honest about two things:

1. I LOVED seeing Kobe after watching his cocky butt all 7 games. "I can score on Bell anytime I want." Well apparently not in the final game Kobe. I couldn't believe he gave up after the first half. Three second half shots? That's just being a bad sport. When you quit on your team because you're down by 20. That's pathetic. And then run to the locker room like a sissy little girl. For a guy who started out talking about how great his team was playing and how much he loved them all after the first three games to do that to your team is innexcusable. I'm not saying this because I think anyone is going to disagree with me. That would be hard to do. He's such an arrogant punk. I love seeing him lose in the playoffs.

2. I love Steve Nash. Go Whitey!