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  • Larry Bird

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  • Magic Johnson

    3 25.00%
  • Isiah Thomas

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  • Michael Jordan

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Thread: The Best Player championship belt: 1985

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    Default The Best Player championship belt: 1985

    1985

    Reigning belt holder: Larry Bird

    NBA Champion: Los Angeles Lakers
    MVP: Larry Bird
    Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Scoring champ: Bernard King (32.9)
    PER champ: Larry Bird (26.5)

    The candidates:

    Larry Bird: Following his gradual 5-year climb from phenom to league MVP, Bird started to flex a little in 1985. He pumped his scoring average up 2.5 points to 28.7ppg, finishing 2nd in the entire league in scoring only to Bernard King, who played just enough games to qualify before blowing out his knee. More impressively, he did it while upping his FG% to .529 while leading the league in minutes at 39.5, and his 3-point percentage skyrocketed nearly 20% to .429, second only to Byron Scott, and his 10.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists were both as good or better than his 1984 campaign. His champion celtics actually improved a game to 63 wins, once again entering the playoffs as the NBA's top overall seed. Needless to say, Bird was the runaway pick for his 2nd MVP in as many seasons. Battling some nagging injuries that forced him to sit out a game, Bird was still dominant when he played, averaging nearly 35 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the first round against the Cavs, 28, 10 and 6 in round 2 against the Pistons, and 21, 7 and 6 in a 4-1 beating of the sixers in the conference finals. Now favorites against the Lakers, Bird and his celtics were blindsided after an opening game 34-point rout, as the Lakers gradually wore down Bird and the celtics in the same fashion they had been defeated a year prior. Bird still averaged just under 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, but shot just 45% from the field as the Lakers took 4 of the next 5 games and the series.

    Magic Johnson: Bird's doppelganger took a similar approach to his 1984 finals defeat. Playing fewer minutes and attempting more shots, he upped his scoring slightly to 18.3ppg, while still averaging 12.5 assists, good for 2nd best in the league, as well as 6.6 rebounds. His Lakers took a sizeable jump from 54 wins to 62, and for the first time Magic's rookie year, the Lakers had the NBA's top rated offense. Magic cranked showtime into high gear in the postseason, averaging 17 points and 14 assists in a 3-game sweep of the suns, 21 points and 17 assists in a 4-1 rout of the Blazers, and 13 points and 16 assists in a 4-1 conference finals win against the nuggets that propelled them back to the finals. While Magic ceded the finals MVP to his teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, his game did not take a backseat to anyone. He provided two triple-doubles in the finals against Boston, including 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in game 6 as LA won their crown back on Boston's home floor.

    Isiah Thomas: The #2 overall pick in 1981 to a long-suffering Pistons franchise, Isiah Thomas was an all-star from day one, but it took him a while to break through into the NBA elite. In 1985, he did just that, averaging a then-record 13.9 assists per game, coupled with a 21.2 scoring average on 47.6% shooting, and ranked 6th in steals with 2.3. His Pistons took a slight dip from 49 wins to 46, but more than made up for it in the playoffs, as Isiah averaged over 22 points and 12 assists as the Pistons swept the Nets in the first round to win just their 3rd playoff series since moving to Detroit in 1958. Zeke was even better against the top-seeded Celtics in the 2nd round as well, delivering performances of 28 points, 15 assists and 9 rebounds in game 2, 26 and 16 assists in game 3, and a masterful 37 points, 9 assists and 12 rebounds in game 6, which unfortunately would be where his season ended, as Boston took the game and the series 4-2.

    Michael Jordan: The rookie phenom out of North Carolina that inexplicably slipped to #3 overall detonated on the rest of the league in his inaugural campaign. Despite languishing on a Bulls team that had won jsut 27 games the year before, the 21-year old put all of Chicago on his back, averaging 28.2ppg, good for 3rd best in the league, on nearly 53% shooting. For good measure, Jordan was also 4th in the NBA in steals with 2.4, and averaged 6.5 redounds and 5.9 assists. Overall, Jordan's PER of 25.8 made him the 2nd most productive player in the NBA behind Bird. Chicago's 11-game improvement from 27 wins to 38 wasn't enough to get them over .500, but it was enough to squeak them back into the playoffs as the #7 seed. MJ still managed to have his way against the NBA's #2 rated defense in the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 29.3 points, 8.5 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals. As you might expect however, his teammates did not have nearly as easy a time solving the Bucks defense, as the Bulls were removed from the postseason in just 4 games.

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1985

    I went with Magic because the Lakers were a well-oiled machine under his distribution. He willed the Lakers to victory over the Celtics.

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1985

    Quote Originally Posted by Major Cold View Post
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    I went with Magic because the Lakers were a well-oiled machine under his distribution. He willed the Lakers to victory over the Celtics.
    Kareem had just a little to do with that

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1985

    Bird was statistically dominant this year, hard to vote against him. 29 points with almost 11 boards and 7 assists a game is nothing to sneeze at. Best team record, got to the finals.

    I know Magic wasn't known as a scorer but it's still kinda hard for me to give him the belt when he doesn't even crack 20 points per game.
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