Many younger NBA fans maybe never heard of Dana Barros, but he was a legitimate starting point guard in the ’90s. Even though he was never considered a top tier guard in the league, he made a respectable career. He even had a season where he averaged over 20 points per game while playing for the Philadelphia Sixers. The ’90s had plenty of great point guards, and he faced the majority of them; and in an interview for Vintage Ballers, he talked about some of his toughest opponents from that era.
For Barros, who was considered as one of the fastest players in the NBA, it came as a surprise to play against Muggsy Bogues. He still thinks Muggsy is the only player who was actually faster than him during those years.
Other than Muggsy Bogues and I would only say Muggsy because I never played against anyone who is as faster than me. That was the biggest, humble thing playing against that dude.Dana Barros, via Vintage Ballers
However, when it comes to his toughest opponents, Barros says it was none other than Tim Hardaway, known as the creator of the modern crossover move players use still to this day. Hardaway was a point guard capable of dropping 20-25 points every game while dishing out ten assists, making a nightmare matchup for anybody in the league.
The most difficult guy to defend for me and to watch him was Tim Hardaway Sr. He is one of the most underrated players to me because at 5’10” he could post a 6’3″ guy. He could get 30 points, but he averaged 11 assists because he played with Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond, and he was unbelievable. He was just an all-around great guard, tough matchup. He and Allen Iverson are the toughest.Dana Barros, via Vintage Ballers
When Barros came to the NBA, he heavily relied on his speed and quickness to get by the opposing players, but he was surprised when he had to play against another relatively unknown guard of that time, Sedale Threatt. According to Barros, Threatt had impeccable timing, and even though he wasn’t the fastest guy on the team, Barros had a lot of difficulties getting by him using his speed. He later found out that Threatt gave him the advice to have a double move, which would be more effective against him on defense.
Sedale Threatt was there when I got into the league. Coming into the league, I was so used to being the fastest guy and just catching the ball and going and being able to go around someone. I remember the first time, catching the ball, going and running into his chest. I never met anyone who is as fast but had unbelievable anticipation. Up until that point, I never knew anyone with the anticipation and the defensive prowess of Sedale Threatt.Dana Barros, via Vintage Ballers