Former NBA player Chris Childs is predominantly known for his fistfight with Kobe Bryant, but he was a solid point guard making his name playing for the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks for most of his career. In his 9-year-long career, Childs played against several great point guards from the ’90s and early ’00s, and in an interview for Vintage Ballers, he talked about the most underrated point guards from that era.
The two guys that I feel personally and I’m not trying to leave anybody else out but Rod Strickland and Terrell Brandon. Those cats were different.
Rod Strickland often gets mentioned by older players as exceptionally underrated among NBA fans today, and Childs had the opportunity to face Rod on numerous occasions. That gave him an excellent understanding of what made Strickland such a deadly player, especially on offense, where he had an array of moves he could go to on every single possession.
Rod being 6’3″ and strong, and his shot was a push shot, but his body would put him in the position to get the shot against anybody. You would never know if he was having a good game or a bad game because of the expression on his face, and it never changed, so you couldn’t frustrate him.Chris Childs, via Vintage Ballers
Terrell Brandon doesn’t get many mentions in today’s NBA, but he was a very decent point guard for almost a decade. At one point, he was even averaging over 19 points per game in the league as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and had a decent NBA career. According to Childs, he had great handles with a great pull-up jumper.
With Terrell, he had the herky-jerky, six-foot, long arms, big hands. He had the herky-jerky moves, and he had that quick dribble, one-dribble pull-up. Or a two dribble stop pull up, and he was just a handful, and I enjoyed competing against those guys every night.Chris Childs, via Vintage Ballers
One of the things that Childs wants to emphasize is that many guys were great players but don’t get their respect.
I am pretty sure they would say the same about our competition and playing, and I like to get the credit where it’s due because nobody talks about those guys enough. It’s easy to talk about A.I. and all the athletes, but for me, Rod Strickland and Terrell Brandon are beasts.Chris Childs, via Vintage Ballers