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Jamal Crawford believes Dwight Howard got snubbed from the NBA 75 list

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Dwight Howard deserves to be on the NBA 75 list

Former NBA player Jamal Crawford believes a few players got snubbed from the NBA Top 75 list, with Dwight Howard being one of them when you consider everything he achieved so far in his career.

Dwight Howard deserves to be on the list

After NBA announced the list of its best 75 players at the start of this season, many fans, media, and the players themselves were surprised by some of the selections. Some guys like Klay Thompson felt they belonged on this list and couldn't hide their disappointment not being among that elite group of players. A few other names come to mind, and Dwight Howard is definitely one of them, according to Jamal Crawford.

Crawford argues that people often forget Dwight's dominance in his prime, and he is absolutely right. Dwight was a legitimate double-double machine and one of the greatest defensive players of all time. He was one of the best players in the NBA for about a decade; however, as the league changed, his role diminished, and big men like him that couldn't shoot from outside the paint were no longer viewed as valuable assets.

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Dwight was Superman. If you look at his body of work, he checks off the eye test box, and he checks off the body of work box, so it's actually a no-brainer. Dwight was one of the faces of the league. People forget Dwight had a McDonalds commercial with LeBron. Dwight was putting in work for years, and I think the past 4 or 5 years, people were starting to disrespect him and not giving him his full credit. But if you look at it, it's undeniable how he should be on that list.

Jamal Crawford, via SHOWTIME Basketball

Evolution of the NBA impacts the rankings

Basketball evolved as a sport, and NBA as a league has seen several trends change every decade. The players themselves evolved tremendously, and it's no longer the same sport as it was 30,40 or even more years ago. Crawford argues that many players from the past would not be able to compete against today's players, while if you take someone like Dwight and put him in the '60s or 70's he would absolutely dominate the game. Whether that is true or not is impossible to answer, but that is the narrative a lot of people are going with today, and they are not necessarily wrong in making this assessment.

I'm not rolling with it, honestly, and I am the student of the game. If you go back and look in time and look at some of these people. If you put some of the players now into that time period and no disrespect, it wouldn't even be fair. The game has is growing, and it evolved, and that is how it is supposed to be. We have to look more at the eye test and what your eyes are telling you.

Jamal Crawford, via SHOWTIME Basketball

When you look at the numbers and accolades from Dwight's career, you can't help but think he was snubbed from being selected on that top 75 list. Dwight is an 8-time NBA All-Star, 3-time NBA DPOY, NBA champion, and was nominated multiple times on NBA's first, second, or third teams.

Obviously, his production has decreased in the last couple of years. He became a valuable bench player, but that shouldn't diminish his legacy and everything he did in his career. We'll see if he'll get selected to the HOF after his career is over because it would be a shame if he doesn't get the recognition he deserves no matter how people feel about him. The numbers and accomplishments speak for themselves.


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