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Started by SixersGM, October 08, 2019, 12:28:14 pm

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October 08, 2019, 12:28:14 pm Last Edit: October 11, 2019, 09:28:15 am by BullsGM
The RBSL is a league of legends. Some players are elite in the prototypical mold of their given position. Others, become legends. More often than not, the legends of the game did not play at the positions that FBB3 listed them when they were drafted. So lets look at some of these league legends and try to determine why they were able to transcend.

1. Jaylen Brown - The Michael Jordan or Wilt Chamberlain of the RBSL. Prime Jaylen was an unstoppable force at the power forward spot. Brown existed in the midst of a transition from a very traditional, skill based league into a league where Athletics is now prized. With the rare combination of 6.7 size, A quickness and A jumping, Jaylen feasted on the slower, traditional bigs of the FBB2 era. He lived at the free throw line and could break defenses with sheer foul trouble.

So what did we learn? Jaylen ushered in the era of Athletics > all. He also introduced the concept of moving up a position, drafted as a SF/SG, he lacked the perimeter game so the Jazz used him as a power forward. Dunks and free throws are the first and second best shots in the game of basketball and Jaylen was a master of both.

2. Scotte Waters - Scottie was the 6.10 jack of all trades for the Jazz. He was able to grind most point guards into dust with sheer size but he could move around during playoff matchups and play 1,3,4.

So what did we learn? The league started to see the effect of sheer height for position and positional versatility He was the original.......

3. Gary Griffin - Griffin is a hybrid of Waters and Brown in many ways. 14yrs into his career he is still an All league caliber guard and has the athletics of Jaylen combined with the positional versatility of Waters. Griffin remains the only player in the league to be an all-star at 4 different positions. He also has been a playoff MVP at 3 different positions. 

So what did we learn? Griffin was the product of good player development and placement. Drafted as an undersized small forward with just enough handling and passing to get by, Griffin was given the ball from his first game in the league and given free reign to initiate offense for a team tailored around his skillset. His ability to play elite defensively is more like Waters, while his ability to play ultra efficient offense is more like Brown.

4. Qian Guo - Guo is, in many ways, an FBB2 player in the FBB3 era. Ultra skilled and huge for a point guard, Guo shatters most defenders from the point guard slot.

So what did we learn? His ability to shoot at a truly elite level, while towering over most opposing guards by 4-6 inches shows that size for position can be devastating when paired with elite skillsets. Size for position is perhaps still an underrated variable in the RBSL.

5. John Barber - Barber is one of the best of all time as a defensive guard. An elite scorer and defender, Barber has everything on the resume except for multiple championships. And here is the controversial thesis for why: Barber has inflated stats because of his era. Barber entered the league in a time where the point guard position was getting slower, but MUCH bigger. Barber, at just 6'1" was able to exploit the rudimentary handles of most guards in the league and generate turnovers and easy points. His elite athletics allowed him to hang in and compile huge regular season stats.

What did we learn? While on paper Barber is an absolute legend, his inability to translate that to rings (despite multiple GMs and excellent teammates) serves to underscore the importance of matchup versatility and size. Barber was a player an opposing GM could account for and gameplan for.

6. Madut Kiplagat - The OG slow cooked dragon, Kiplagat was a fairly unhelpful player for the first 3+ seasons of his career. For years his potentials were eye popping but his skills lagged well behind. The combination of 7.7 height and A 3 point potential was enticing and when he finally came into his own, it all seemed so obvious.

What did we learn? Some truly elite prospects take their entire rookie contract to develop. Many others never live up to those pre draft potentials. Madut remains one of the few Red/Blue prospects to ever be an MVP caliber player.

In Conclusion:

There are many different archetypes in the league and plenty of successful players. I didnt mention Art Goodwin (the prototypical PG) or Brandon Ingram (the ultimate 2-4) or the many defensive bigs that the league has seen. These 6 were the true game breakers, in my opinion, the ones who left playoff opponents feeling helpless when trying to build a gameplan against. With any luck, the league will see more of these types of players in the future.


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