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Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The Not-Quite-Legendary in New York Sports History: Charles Oakley

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We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

Some say Charles Oakley is the toughest man alive. Some say he was one of the best rebounders and fiercest defenders of his time. Some say he looks like Darryl from The Office. And they would all be right. Oakley played for the Knicks for 10 years, and he epitomized the brawling, blue-collar defensive style of the team of …

NBA Awards

MVP

Who will Win: LeBron James

However, Kevin Durant should get consideration considering the Thunder won 50 games this season which is a 27 win improvement from last season. Durant led the NBA in scoring at 30.1, free throws made (756) and  free throws attempted (840). At 21-years old KD became the youngest player ever to lead the NBA in scoring. The last player was 22 -year-old Max Zaslofsky who led the league back in the 1947-1948 season. Durant also set a record of most most consecutive 25+ point games this season and had a +/- of plus 415. Durant is becoming an elite player in the league and will have a MVP in his future.

James; 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.7 threes, 50% FG, 76% FT, (76 games)

Durant: 30.1, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 threes, 1.02 blocks, 47% FG, 90% FT (82 games)

The Cavs led the NBA with 61 wins and 35 wins at home. James is the best player in the league right now and will be the third player to average 29, 8, …

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