Skip to main content

"One of the most underrated guys"

Scottie-and-Nique

Navy SEAL's call coming in second "first loser." In their line of work coming in second sometimes means death, luckily basketball is not that dangerous. But, the point stands. Do you know who lost the 2003 Finals? Can you remember who came in second in the dunk contest in 1998?

That's why playing tennis in the age of Roger Federer, being in the best shape of your life and having Michael Phelps in the lane next to you or playing the Patriots in the Superbowl is just being in the wrong place at the wrong time (unless you are the NY Giants). We often underrate some amazing players because they had the bad luck of playing at the same time a once in a generation player was dominating. 

One of the people that can understand this very well is Dominique Wilkins. His nickname is "The Human Highlight Reel," one of the greatest dunkers ever; an incredible athlete just happened to have the misfortune of playing in the league at the same time as Michael Jeffrey Jordan, Earvin Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Any other time, any other era and 'Nique would be more appreciated. 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Let me put it this way, imagine Westbrook playing in 1992. He would be the second most athletic guy, second in wild energy and drive. His narrative is much different, while his performance is the same. We remember players in the context of the era, and as much there is one ball, there is also only so many headlines, only one dunk champion and one trophy in the end.

That is why we have players to remind us how great some of their competitors were. They understand how close games are and a few shots here. A block there and history would be completely different.

Dominique's will always be remembered a Hawk. He played 13 seasons in Atlanta and averaged 26.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and was one of the best in-game dunkers ever to play in the league.

The best ways to measure a players impact is to google many superstars that come after he said "I always wanted to be like "Nique." Dominique has quite a list. 

stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference

; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) guards Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce (34)

“It’s time for him to move on from Portland” - Paul Pierce feels Damian Lillard is in the same situation as Kevin Garnett once was with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Before taking his talents to Boston, KG grew as a player with the Timberwolves and wanted to do everything he can to win a championship. However, that never came to fruition as the Wolves failed to contend during KG’s years with them.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo offers a stern warning to the rest of the NBA amid another strong season - "Do I think I'm better this year? One hundred percent. Do I believe I've shown it? No."

Antetokounmpo believes that he is an improved player from last season, but frighteningly enough, he doesn't believe that he has shown his improvements this season

Ja Morant

Ja Morant speaks on his confrontation with Andrew Nembhard in the Memphis Grizzlies' latest win -“I checked his temperature. He didn’t have a fever”

Morant stepped in when Nembhard told his dad, Tee Morant, to shut up, and quickly put Nembhard in his place by telling him he wasn't hot enough to have a fever

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the humblest superstar, talks about his cheapness and the number one thing he spends his money on

Giannis Antetokounmpo reflects on being called cheap and the number one thing he spends his money on

Zach Randolph

“I learned everything like a soldier” - Zach Randolph recalls his first years playing alongside Scottie Pippen and Rasheed Wallace

Zach Randolph talks about the humble beginnings of his career, as well as how playing alongside NBA's greats Scottie Pippen and Rasheed Wallace helped him develop into the player he became

Tracy McGrady

"I don’t broadcast that, I don’t show that off a lot" - Tracy McGrady on his low-key AAU program

T-Mac's program has a perk which teaches his pupils about the reality of life

Rick Barry

“Do you know how much better I would be if I was playing today?” - Rick Barry once explained why he would’ve thrived in this era

A longtime coach likened Barry to Luka recently to show a modern-day comparison for the Warriors legend.

Reggie Miller

“When people say they don’t regret it, they’re lying” - Reggie Miller once revealed not winning a ring “burns” him

Miller also opted to remain loyal with the Pacers instead of chasing a ring with the Celtics in 2007.