This fun little game is courtesy of Peter Newmann of ESPN Stats and Info.
We have two players available for your selection. We'll call them Player A and Player B. Both were on teams that won 50-plus games last season. Both were on teams that made the postseason. Both currently play on teams that have another superstar on them. Both players are currently their team's second-leading scorer. And both players primarily play point guard for their teams and are high-quality defenders.
Player A vs Player B: 2010-11 Season
Player A: 23.3 PPG, 44.8 FG Pct, 5.5 RPG, 8.1 APG
Player B: 22.1 PPG, 44.6 FG Pct, 5.8 RPG, 8.9 APG
Player A is 22 years old. His birthday was Nov. 12.
Player B is 25 years old. He'll be 26 on Dec. 30.
Player A is making about $4 million this season, which is seventh-most on his team.
Player B signed a $110 million contract in the offseason and is making about $14.5 million this season.
Who would you rather have?
Player A has never been an All-Star. He has never been a scoring champion. He has never made an All-NBA team. He has never been an MVP. He has never won an Olympic gold medal.
Player B is a six-time All-Star and a two-time All-Star Game MVP. He is a former scoring champion. He is a six-time All-NBA performer. He is a two-time MVP. He won the 2008 Olympic gold medal on Team USA.
How about now?
Player A is Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Player B is LeBron James of the Miami Heat.
That is sort of a fun little game, right?
The point of this isn’t to say Russell Westbrook is better than LeBron James (unless you’re really looking for another reason to disparage the Heat; then you should have at it). It’s just funny how stats and attributes can seem so even when we take away the star names of the players.