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Piggybacking off of Dienhart's top 7 poll- if you could have any Spartan in history take the last shot, down two with the ball and under 10 seconds, with a Final Four on the line, who would you pick?
An argument could easily be made for:
If we can trick Coach Krzyzewski into saying his own name backwards, perhaps he will be pushed back to the fifth dimension
Mateen, but I'm only 27.
There really is no wrong answer.
Edit: Not to ridicule him in any way, but Appling should not be on that list.
This post was edited by SpartanElement 15 months ago
He's the only one on that list that is currently eligible to compete.
Has to be Magic or Smith. Smith in college might have been better at creating his own shot than Magic, but heck, Magic in the pros was taking the last shot to beat the Boston Celtics and win an NBA Title.
Kalin Lucas. Dude was cold-blooded with the game on the line and the ball in his hands.
Kalin Lucas ends the game with an And 1 to top Kansas
This post was edited by arfabe16 15 months ago
Magic, because he would know if the shot was make-able, and if it wasn't he would be able to find someone easily to make it.
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If is was a three I'd go with Respert. If was a drive to the rim, I want Appling.
Kalin if you're picking from the "not one of the top 5 bball players ever" pool.
Steve Smith, as he could create his own shot...
but if it is pure shooting, Shawn Respect
This post was edited by Spartan_MD 15 months ago
Respert. LOCK IT!
I want Earv handling the ball, and Respert taking the shot.
Last shot of any game should have Earv handling the ball. If he doesnt have the winning shot, he will find someone who does.
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.
I chose Mateen earlier in this thread, but you are absolutely right. There is no one in the history of the game with a better feel for the game or better court awareness than Magic. Like Jud said, good PGs can get the ball to another man for a shot, Earvin could get the ball to another man for a basket.
I love every one of those guys, but its not even close for me. If Magic is on my team, he gets the ball. That guy was clutch at the end. He could drive, dish, pull up and shoot, or even try the baby hook he got going against the Celtics.
This post was edited by Hematoma 15 months ago
Its five o'clock somewhere.
Everyone forgets about Terry Furlow.
Appling is on the list, and not Kelser? Seriously? Nothing against Appling, but Kelser was twice the player Keith is.
But did Kelser take the "winning time" shots on his team? This is not a "best MSU players" ever poll.
Kalin is definitely not a top 3 all-time Spartan, but I doubt that there were 3 Spartans who were as clutch as him in the final seconds of a game.
Only one of those guys played all five positions (mismatch anyone?)....in an NBA Finals game...on the road...as a 21 year-old rookie...and was Finals MVP. I'll take him.
This is not a poll about best players, it is about final shots. I think Appling deserves inclusion based on his recent clutch performances, including the Kansas game.
I considered guys like Mo Pete and Furlow. Mo Pete has to contend with Mateen on the same team, who took and made more last second shots than anyone on the list that I can recall. In fact, the only one I can remember him missing at the end of a half with the clock under 10 was the half court heave in a tie game against IU, which we won in OT anyway (the game that Mo Pete hit the big 3; maybe he should be on the list...).
Ball's gotta be in the Magic Man's hands. No doubt.
I'd love to have any of the others take the shot, but if Magic is on the team, he's it.
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. -Bob Dylan
18' out I would say Neitzle
I would pick Magic to handle the ball, but would have Respert take the shot.
This post was edited by cjmb 15 months ago
If Earv thinks he has the shot, or the drive, I let him take it. But I want Respert there to take the shot, if we need it.
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