Friday Fire: What Is A Super Star?

Just because you play one on TV doesn’t mean shit does it?

What is your definition of a superstar? I tend to go with a player who gets his numbers no matter what the circumstances. Whether down 50 or kissing the trophy…they get theirs and they win.

Lights on or lights out.

I’ll start it off and name who I think is a super star in the NBA.

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard, Brandon Roy…

Is Amare a superstar? Dirk? Nash?

Tracy McGrady is not a superstar. He and Yao aren’t the best players on the Rockets, Ron Ron is.

Yeah he’s a superstar. Put him on Boston this year and they win the title.

Rose and Roy are there because they just have it.

See now I’m grasping for names. Finish the list. Delete. Add. Discuss.

7 Responses to “Friday Fire: What Is A Super Star?”

  1. Temple3 says:

    For me, a superstar is any player (or person outside of sports) who creates anticipation and delivers on the promise — time and time again.

    My list is s-h-o-r-t.

  2. Revuhlution says:

    I’m big on the anticipation aspect too…When he goes to another city, people want to see him.

    Billups? Great player. A winner. I’d LOVE to have him on my team.

    Superstar? naaahhhhhhh

  3. Mizzo says:

    There are few players in the history of sports that have his resume. What makes him not a superstar? Because he doesn’t play one on TV?

    If Chris Paul is a superstar, Chauncey was one a long time ago.

  4. awb says:

    I like Billups but Detroit used to have a horrible habit of not being able to score for looooong stretches. Nobody could score, including Billups.

    My list is super short also. I will tell you this, I think Brandor Roy is on his way. Even when down by eleventy million to the Rockets he was still plugging away.

  5. Mizzo says:

    Mr. Big Shot is a general. There isn’t one pg in the league I’d pick over him right now. None. I credit those long scoring droughts to working so hard on the defensive end. Defense is what made the Pistons the third best team of their era. SA, LA, DET.

    That may even be arguable.

    Who has had the balls to consistently come down the floor when their team was down four with 30 seconds left and pop a three from the pg position?

    I’m not a stat man. I’d rather drive with team success in the passenger side. Chauncey has had a unique career with that in mind.

    Billups resume speaks for itself. He’s at the top of the league’s history regarding playoff success. If I had a vote, he’d be in the HOF. Period. He’s the epitome of what a professional athlete should be.

    I wouldn’t want them to mimic anyone, but if my sons came home with the professional career of Chauncey Billups, I’d be a very happy Father.

    The point isn’t to critique mine fellas, but to name yours. I’m supposed to put names out there.

    These are players I’ve personally came across. They are what I’ve seen up close. I can’t speak on players I haven’t seen. They operate with a different swag which affects the outcome of every game they play in.

    Name yours and then we can have an intelligent discussion.

  6. Jake says:

    No question super stars are guys like Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Duncan, Melo, Paul, Howard, Garnett and Pierce.

    Then there are players like Roy, Rose, and Durant, who are up and coming, and players such as Shaq, Nash, and AI, who are fading. There are some great players, like Amare, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams, but they arent quite superstars.

    A super star must be putting up numbers while leading his team in the regular season as well as the playoffs. This makes guys like Chauncey Billups and Dirk Nowitzki super stars.

    Its tough to leave guys like Chris Bosh, Yao Ming, and Pau Gasol out, but limited playoff success (Gasol is only succeeding with the Black Mamba as a teammate) cuts them from the list.(And really, how exciting are these big men?) A lack of exposure and experience for Danny Granger and Al Jefferson leave them off the list.

    Super stars can score, rebound, pass, dunk, dribble, shoot, and defend with the best of them(and do it in an exciting fashion), while also constantly being the public eye thanks to commercials for Nike, T-Mobile, or NBA Cares.

    All that being said, my list is Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Chauncey Billups, and Dirk Nowitzki.

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