Over time, it's been quite a cliché to hear someone says comparing NBA eras is unfair. But on the other hand, it's always nice to listen when legends name who's who in the new generation. All the more if you hear them compare their game to some of the current stars in the league. And one legend who didn't shy away from doing so is former Atlanta Hawks superstar and NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.
Nique is fond of the usual suspects
In every NBA era, there are some players that break into the scene, but they are also those we like to call usual suspects. These players have become household names for obvious reasons.
For Wilkins, "star players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan" always amuse him whenever he watches NBA games.
"People like that are my favorite guys to watch," Wilkins told My San Antonio in 2015.
If Wilkins appreciates today's NBA stars, there's a great chance that he also sees himself in one of them. Apparently, we're right about that.
One player often plays like The Human Highlight Film
Wilkins made a name for himself throughout his illustrious NBA career by posterizing his defenders with electrifying dunks. He was also a consistent scorer who had an attack-first mentality and was often put in the same conversation as Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, and Larry Bird. It's hard to find another player similar to "The Human Highlight Film" from the pool of modern-day superstars.
Surprisingly, Dominique himself acknowledges a notable resemblance of his game to not just one player from the present. According to Wilkins, he often sees "some similarities" with a handful of players, but the one that often gets ticked on his checklist is Andrew Wiggins.
"I think some guys have some similarities. You look at the young guys, I think Andrew Wiggins has some similarities as far as explosiveness and able to hit people in the air and still finish," the nine-time NBA All-Star revealed.
"But I think I'm a mixture of that," he continued. "I don't think it's just one guy you say, "' Oh, that's me.'"
Wilkins may be right about Wiggins, as they are both explosive scorers. But on the other hand, they're also different.
Unlike Wilkins, Wiggins wasn't really the athletic high-flying in-game dunker type of player. Also, it turned out that Wiggins was a tremendous role-player when he joined the Golden State Warriors, while Wilkins has always been the go-to guy during his prime years.
On top of that, Wiggins has won a championship, something Wilkins failed to do during his time. Then again, to hear it from Wilkins himself, Wiggins should be nothing but proud as it's undeniably a huge compliment. But at the end of the day, no matter how many comparisons exist, we should always respect that every player is unique.