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Top 5 GT athletes playing professionally today

Posted: 6/3/2014 11:25 AM

Top 5 GT athletes playing professionally today 


Justify it however you want or don't justify it at all.  Who do ya got?  Name your Top 5 plus one Honorable Mention

1) Calvin Johnson
2) Chris Bosh
3) Demariyus Thomas
4) Roman Reigns (Joe Anoai)
5) Matt Kuchar
HM) Michael Johnson

Sidenote - I think if Favors takes a big step forward, he'll replace Bosh within 1-2 years entirely on this list.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 11:39 AM

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Sidenote - I think if Favors takes a big step forward, he'll replace Bosh within 1-2 years entirely on this list.

Not a chance. Bosh is the 2nd best player on a team that will likely win 3 straight titles.... Favors is nowhere close to that level. Favors and Young are pretty comparable.

I've long criticized Bosh for not being physical enough but the reality is that he and LBJ have carried the Heat this season... and Bosh is shooting 49% from the floor - mostly long jumpers. That is pretty phenomenal.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 11:54 AM

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Wade is still the second best player for the Heat.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 12:00 PM

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dtm1997 wrote: Justify it however you want or don't justify it at all.  Who do ya got?  Name your Top 5 plus one Honorable Mention

1) Calvin Johnson
2) Chris Bosh
3) Demariyus Thomas
4) Roman Reigns (Joe Anoai)
5) Matt Kuchar
HM) Michael Johnson

Sidenote - I think if Favors takes a big step forward, he'll replace Bosh within 1-2 years entirely on this list.
Similar to how mine looks.
1)  Calvin Johnson (who could possibly dispute this?)
2)  Demaryius Thomas
3)  Chris Bosh
4)  Matt Kuchar
5a)  Matt Wieters
5b)  Mark Teixeira

HM)  Philip Wheeler, Daryl Smith

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Posted: 6/3/2014 12:02 PM

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dhand69 wrote:


Sidenote - I think if Favors takes a big step forward, he'll replace Bosh within 1-2 years entirely on this list.

Not a chance. Bosh is the 2nd best player on a team that will likely win 3 straight titles.... Favors is nowhere close to that level. Favors and Young are pretty comparable.

I've long criticized Bosh for not being physical enough but the reality is that he and LBJ have carried the Heat this season... and Bosh is shooting 49% from the floor - mostly long jumpers. That is pretty phenomenal.
Yeah, Favors taking the big step forward is a big if and it would have to coincide with his team starting to win, while Bosh starts the downtrend of his career.  Comes back to Favors fully realizing his physical potential.  If that were to happen, I think he'd be among the most dominant pros GT has ever put in the NBA.  Kid is nowhere near his prime.

Without a doubt that Bosh should remain GT's preeminent NBA player for the immediate future, but I think Favors has the potential to surpass him in the not too distant future.  Don't really want to start comparing them, because I think they're pretty different players.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 12:26 PM

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tdb wrote: Wade is still the second best player for the Heat.

When he plays.

Actually, even then he isn't. Look at his #s.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 12:29 PM

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tdb wrote: Wade is still the second best player for the Heat.
He missed a third of the season this year. He may be a better player (particularly in that system), but who's been more valuable in their role this season to get them to this point? Should be a no brainer.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 12:50 PM

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dtm1997 wrote: Justify it however you want or don't justify it at all.  Who do ya got?  Name your Top 5 plus one Honorable Mention

1) Calvin Johnson
2) Chris Bosh
3) Demariyus Thomas
4) Roman Reigns (Joe Anoai)
5) Matt Kuchar
HM) Michael Johnson

Sidenote - I think if Favors takes a big step forward, he'll replace Bosh within 1-2 years entirely on this list.
Has Calvin Johnson even won a division title yet?  DT is good but not better than Matt Kuchar, all things considered (Kuchar top ten in the world).  And the O's have fallen apart since Wieters went down:

1) CJ
2) Matt Kuchar
3) Chris Bosh
4) Matt Wieters
5) Demaryus Thomas
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Posted: 6/3/2014 12:58 PM

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Erik Spoelstra, Head Basketball Coach for the Heat, has been saying for years that Chris Bosh is the MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER on their team (Google it if you don't believe me).


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Wade is still the second best player for the Heat.

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Posted: 6/3/2014 1:06 PM

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It may be scripted, but I think a lot of people are going to make their list and sleep on Joe Anoai.  I think he's a (very near) future *** world champion.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 1:12 PM

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GlennW wrote:
Erik Spoelstra, Head Basketball Coach for the Heat, has been saying for years that Chris Bosh is the MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER on their team (Google it if you don't believe me).


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Wade is still the second best player for the Heat.

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It is the matchup problems he causes.  He is arguably the reason LJ and Wade can attack the basket the way they do - because Bosh is taking the other team's rim protector out of the lane.  In that regard he is the most important player or close to it.  

While I think Bosh is a dayum good player in his own right and regardless of the matchup problems he causes - I still think a healthy Wade is a better player.  But he has to be healthy and I am saying that for a series or short period of time.  Over the course of a full season Bosh will give you more.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 3:14 PM

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1. Calvin Johnson
2. Demaryius Thomas
3. Matt Kuchar
4. Chis Bosh
5. Mark Texeira (still one of the highest paid, even if his career has trailed off)

6. Michael Johnson
7. Jarrett Jack
8. Joe Anoai
9. Derrick Favors
10. Thad Young
Georgian By Birth - Jacket By the Grace of God
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Posted: 6/3/2014 3:27 PM

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midatlantech wrote:
 
Has Calvin Johnson even won a division title yet?  DT is good but not better than Matt Kuchar, all things considered (Kuchar top ten in the world).  And the O's have fallen apart since Wieters went down:

1) CJ
2) Matt Kuchar
3) Chris Bosh
4) Matt Wieters
5) Demaryus Thomas
I would probably go along with this ranking. I really hope Matt Wieters can come back this year and does not need surgery. I have maintained that he was the most essential Oriole the last couple of seasons, even if he did not have the best overall numbers. The team results since he went on the DL don't do anything to persuade me otherwise. I don't think the trade for Hundley was a good sign, though. Hopefully it was just an insurance policy.

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Posted: 6/3/2014 4:12 PM

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Wow, disappointed in the knowledge of the Hivers, you leave Charlie Blackmon off, what a crime and foresight by all of you, his stats:  .310 avg - ranks 18th in ENTIRE league, 10 homers - ranks 22nd, 38 RBIs 12th, 10 stolen bases ranks 23rd.  I don't know how Wieters or especially Texeria can enter the equation without Blackmon. 

My rankings:


1) Calvin Johnson
2) Chris Bosh
3) Demariyus Thomas
4) Charlie Blackmon
5) Matt Kuchar
HM) Michael Johnson

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Posted: 6/3/2014 4:25 PM

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Full disclosure - I gave up on professional baseball during the early 90s strike.  Didn't need it, since I gained Georgia Tech sports.  There's my justification for not ever including former GT baseball players, although I'm glad they're successful.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 4:35 PM

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dtm1997 wrote: Full disclosure - I gave up on professional baseball during the early 90s strike.  Didn't need it, since I gained Georgia Tech sports.  There's my justification for not ever including former GT baseball players, although I'm glad they're successful.
Dang DTM, its been really hard being a GT fan the past 3 or 4 years with basketball and football, you might be the greatest fan of all, as ive soothed my pain with GT baseball and Golf - cant tell you how great it was to see our Joltin Jackets and Golfin Jackets make the NCAAs and that school in Northeast Georgia was sitting at home.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 5:05 PM

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ReckfromAthens wrote:
dtm1997 wrote: Full disclosure - I gave up on professional baseball during the early 90s strike.  Didn't need it, since I gained Georgia Tech sports.  There's my justification for not ever including former GT baseball players, although I'm glad they're successful.
Dang DTM, its been really hard being a GT fan the past 3 or 4 years with basketball and football, you might be the greatest fan of all, as ive soothed my pain with GT baseball and Golf - cant tell you how great it was to see our Joltin Jackets and Golfin Jackets make the NCAAs and that school in Northeast Georgia was sitting at home.
I did watch both Ollie in sudden death and the back half of the GT/Maryland baseball game.  That was good stuff.

I got really turned off by that early 90s strike and was 700-800 miles from home.  GT sports was more interesting to pour my time in to.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 5:17 PM

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dhand69 wrote:
tdb wrote: Wade is still the second best player for the Heat.

When he plays.

Actually, even then he isn't. Look at his #s.
I have and his numbers are better than Bosh's in the playoffs.

http://www.basketball-referenc..._per_game::none

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Posted: 6/3/2014 5:20 PM

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YlJacket wrote:
GlennW wrote:
Erik Spoelstra, Head Basketball Coach for the Heat, has been saying for years that Chris Bosh is the MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER on their team (Google it if you don't believe me).


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Wade is still the second best player for the Heat.

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It is the matchup problems he causes.  He is arguably the reason LJ and Wade can attack the basket the way they do - because Bosh is taking the other team's rim protector out of the lane.  In that regard he is the most important player or close to it.  

While I think Bosh is a dayum good player in his own right and regardless of the matchup problems he causes - I still think a healthy Wade is a better player.  But he has to be healthy and I am saying that for a series or short period of time.  Over the course of a full season Bosh will give you more.

Agree. Bosh isn't part of the Big Three for nothing and he is extremely important to the Heat. They couldn't have won those titles without him. However, Wade is the better player between the two. He was able to win an NBA championship without Bosh and LBJ and is a former Finals MVP, something I doubt Bosh will ever achieve.
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Posted: 6/3/2014 5:24 PM

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dtm1997 wrote: Justify it however you want or don't justify it at all.  Who do ya got?  Name your Top 5 plus one Honorable Mention

1) Calvin Johnson
2) Chris Bosh
3) Demariyus Thomas
4) Roman Reigns (Joe Anoai)
5) Matt Kuchar
HM) Michael Johnson

Sidenote - I think if Favors takes a big step forward, he'll replace Bosh within 1-2 years entirely on this list.
I agree with your five, but would shift Kuchar to #3 and move Thomas and Anoai down one slot each.
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