Originally Posted by Jason in LA
Wilt had a lot of advantages. The key was very narrow when he played, so he could post up under the basket. The key is much wider today, so the players can't just stand under the basket anymore. (this was changed because of Wilt)
When Wilt played there was only two other seven footers, and they both sucked. Wilt was able to kill shorter players.
Michael Jordan had a lot of advantages, too. He was one of the five most athletic players in the League, as well as being one of the five most driven to succeed.
Shaq has advantages because he's as big as a freaking mountain (even when he's in shape), but he has light feet.
Mikan had enormous size advantages.
Magic was a 6'9" point guard over twenty five years ago.
All the best players had advantages, but that's only part of what made them great.
Stanley Jordan had more pure basketball talent than Shaq and nearly the size/speed ratio, but talk about a guy who refused to get into shape. That's your poster child right there.