Everybody loves rankings. Everybody hates rankings. It’s just the way of the world. Still, I am now finding myself falling into the trap of getting baited into a response.
So I’m going to just say a few things, keep this brief, and hopefully avoid sounding like some deranged homer:
- Bill Simmons’ yearly “Trade Value” column emerged today, with Dirk at #13. I’m actually 100% okay with that, considering that both age and salary matter. Though I’ve gotta warn you, Sports Guy: Josh Howard pot jokes aren’t exactly topical anymore.
- Former NBAer Eddie Johnson blogs for HoopsHype, and decided to rank the top 25 players in the league (via DMN Mavs Blog). Dirk pops in at 12. 12 isn’t so bad, but I’m not yet convinced that our man should be anywhere out of the top ten just yet, especially considering who Johnson has ranked just above Nowitzki: Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, and Tony Parker. Hard to argue with LeBron, Kobe, and the like, although an argument could be made for Dirk over Yao Ming. Still, I think Yao’s placement has merit. Pierce, Bosh, and Parker? Notsomuch.
In summary: OMG U IDIOTS DIRK IS THE BEST PLAYER EVER AND COULD BEAT UP KOBE AND LEBRON IS A CHOKER AND WADE IS SUCH A FLOPPER THE REFS AND STERN TOTALLY RIGGED THAT SERIES I WOULDNT TRADE DIRK FOR ANY OF THESE LOSERS
And that’s all I have to say about that.
Only slightly related: The Mavs are going head-to-head with the Spurs in Ball Don’t Lie’s 2-on-2 tournament. Fight the powers that be!