Larry Bird would be amazing in today’s NBA. Nobody can convince me otherwise. His shooting ability, creativity, and playmaking would be on full display. I joked on twitter yesterday that he would pull up and shoot from halfcourt for entire games just to mess around with people. The emphasis on spacing would highlight so many of his talents. As I said, this is not up for debate and I will never concede this point.
Today, however, is Kevin McHale’s birthday and I thought this would be a fun topic of conversation:
Would Kevin McHale thrive in today’s NBA? Or would he struggle to showcase his incredible talents in a league that has gone away from the post-up game?
Guys like Greg Monroe, Jahlil Okafor, and Enes Kanter have all had varying degrees of success and may have been looked upon more favorably in another era.
On the other hand, Kevin McHale might have adapted his game to shoot more 3 pointers and added more versatility to his game if the coach and system demanded it of him. He was always a great defender, but he would have needed to adapt his game to defending players out to the 3 point line as well.
So, what do you think? Would Kevin McHale thrive in today’s NBA?