Colin Cowherd talks Karl-Anthony Towns and the NBA leading up to the start of the 2017-18 NBA season.
- This is also known as the survey called "NBA GMs Apparently Don't Watch That Much Basketball." So there's four or five things they vote on-- who's going to win the MVP, who's going to make the Finals, who's going to win Rookie of the Year. But I always go to one category every year. They ask a question on NBA.com, the GM Survey. If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
A year ago, last year at this time, we talked about this. So this year, it's Karl-Anthony Towns, who has never made the playoffs-- 29%. And the Greek Freak, who's never won a playoff series, at 21%. Then it's LeBron, Kawhi Leonard, and Kevin Durant, who was the MVP of the Finals-- 11%, OK. But at the bottom of the screen, I want you to notice something. Also receiving votes-- Steph Curry.
Oh, well how grand of you. Hey, everybody, did you hear that Steph Curry, a two-time MVP, whose playoff record in the last three years is 43-13, he also got votes? Do you realize, in the college football poll this weekend, Navy and Troy also got votes. Do you realize that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently had an induction ceremony? Pearl Jam got inducted. Kraftwerk, a Swedish band, got votes.
NBA general managers, if they were starting a franchise, a couple of them-- now think about this. He's the fastest scorer in league history. He breaks his-- only Wilt Chamberlain and Steph Curry literally every year break their own record. His playoff record is 43-13.
His skill is based on one that will not deteriorate with age. Big guys fall apart. Little guys don't. He is the smartest player, arguably, in league history. He is without ego for his greatness, recruiting Kevin Durant. He is the best ball handler in the NBA. And NBA general managers went with bigs who haven't won a playoff series.
Steph Curry also got votes. Could I remind you in the presidential election, kooky Ron Paul also received votes. Yeah, I'm not going to give the best shooter; shooting a shot that's transformed the game; the best ball handler; the most unselfish, authentic star in the game; who is incredibly coachable; and has the self-esteem that he'll go recruit, potentially, a better player; will give up shots; had an off year last year and still shot 41.5% with threes. He's now a Swedish band, Ron Paul. He is an honorable mention, also getting votes in the college football poll. He's Troy football.
General managers, you do watch the game? You do realize now that bigs don't win titles? You do realize without the hand check, point guards now dominate the floor; dominate the game; become MVPs; like quarterbacks, take all the snaps; control the tempo?
Who are the people controlling this league? Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry. But outside of LeBron James, even a very talented wing, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, they're not doing anything. Steph Curry got votes? Votes!