Blogtable: Your all-time, all-lefty team

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VIDEODavid Robinson’s career milestones

> Hall of Famer David Robinson turns 50 on Thursday. Perfect opportunity for us to ask you to name your all-time, All NBA Lefty Team (you can go as deep as you wish).

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comAs a lefty myself, this was a gratifying exercise, so I took my roster to the current NBA limit of 15 deep. A pretty impressive and, in my view, pretty unassailable list.

Guards: Lenny Wilkens, Nate Archibald, Manu Ginobili, Gail Goodrich, Michael Redd.
Forwards: Chris Mullin, Chris Bosh, Toni Kukoc, Billy Cunningham, Lamar Odom.
Centers: Bill Russell, David Robinson, Artis Gilmore, Bob Lanier, Dave Cowens.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: When you say lefty — and I am one — I think of shooters. So let’s begin with my apology to Bill Russell.

Forward — Billy Cunningham: The athleticism and scoring ability of the “Kangaroo Kid” gets lost in the fog of time.
Forward — Chris Mullin: Oh, what a sweet, sweet stroke.
Center — Willis Reed: The jumper on those great Knicks teams was automatic.
Guard — Gail Goodrich: Lived in the shadows of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, but attacked the rim and could fill up the hoop on his way to the Hall of Fame.
Guard — Nate Archibald: Nothing “Tiny” about leading the league in scoring and assists in the one season.

Shaun Powell, NBA.com: David Robinson at center, Gail Goodrich and Lenny Wilkens in the backcourt, Chris Mullin and Chris Bosh at the forwards. My first big man off the bench is Dave Cowens (over Artis Gilmore and Billy Cunningham) and my sixth man is Nate Archibald. They’re coached by Phil Jackson and the First Fan is President Barack Obama.

John Schuhmann, NBA.comIn researching this answer, I realized that the top 35 scorers in NBA history are all righties. David Robinson is the first lefty on the list at No. 36, and Bob Lanier (46) and Gail Goodrich (48) are the only other lefties in the top 50. Of course, Bill Russell should be on everybody’s NBA Mt. Rushmore. Here’s my rotation…

Point guards: Tiny Archibald and Lenny Wilkins
Wings: Manu Ginobili, Gail Goodrich, James Harden and Chris Mullin
Bigs: Chris Bosh, David Robinson and Bill Russell

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: You start with a first five of Bill Russell, David Robinson and Chris Mullin in the frontcourt and Tiny Archibald and James Harden in the backcourt. My second unit is Dave Cowens, Willis Reed and Chris Bosh in the frontcourt and Manu Ginobili and Lenny Wilkens in the backcourt. Bob Lanier, Gail Goodrich and Artis Gilmore are getting jerseys, too. And we’ll figure out a way to get minutes for all of these stellar bigs. This group is a blend of old and new and I’m all about historical perspective, so I can see where Harden and even Ginobili might not make the cut for some people. But I’m a realist, they’d be monsters in any era. Manu’s a future Hall of Famer and if it weren’t for Steph Curry, Harden would be the reigning KIA MVP.

Ian Thomsen, NBA.comHere are my picks …

Center: Bill Russell
Forward: Billy Cunningham
Forward: Chris Mullin
Guard: Manu Ginobili
Guard: Tiny Archibald

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blogDo we count LeBron James, who writes left-handed? Leaving the King aside, here’s my squad: My all-time favorite lefty point guard has always been Kenny Anderson, throwing those one-handed dart passes off the dribble. At the two, I’ll go with Manu Ginobili, who should combine with “Mr. Chibbs” to form a dynamic backcourt. And for a lefty frontcourt, how about Chris Mullin at the 3, David Robinson at the 4, and Bill Russell at the 5? Off the bench, in no particular order or attention to position, but just southpaws I’ve enjoyed watching: Tiny Archibald, Stacey Augmon, Zach Randolph, Derrick Coleman, Mike Conley, Josh Smith and James Harden.

17 Comments

  1. Lucas says:

    Where is James Harden he should’ve easily made the list

  2. b21 says:

    yo man, whre is nick van…exel

  3. Huck says:

    Sam Perkins?

  4. OC Agent says:

    Larry Bird was left handed and taught himself to shoot right handed. I’m a Laker fan, however, I think he needs to be included? 🙂

  5. Fool says:

    What about Melo

  6. Yu-Chi Weng says:

    Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Reggie Lewis, David Robinson, 6th: Grant Hill

  7. Yu-Chi Weng says:

    Clyde Drexler, John Stockto, Karl Malone, Reggie Lewis, David Robinson, 6th: Grant Hill

  8. eD says:

    Lang must be on crack, really? Josh Smith?

  9. vinsanefan says:

    James Harden should probably be on everybody’s roster. He’s a new superstar, but last season he was virtually unguardable, and the players themselves thought he was the MVP of the league.

  10. Rob Donathan says:

    I think Lang Whitaker had it best.. you can’t go wrong with 2 Spurs, oh yea they are leftys

  11. Edward Diener says:

    “with my apology to Bill Russell” is right. What alternative universe do you live in ? On teams with Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Tommy Heinsohn, Frank Ramsay, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Don Nelson etc. etc. Bill Russell didn’t need to score to win and he still averaged about 16 points a game, probably about 25 rebounds a game, probably about 4 blocked shots a game, was the hub of the Celtics on both offense and defense, started the majority of their fast breaks, and won 11 NBA championships in 13 years. Russell was a lefty who could score with either hand on close-in moves at the basket and when he wasn’t double-teamed the opposing center never had a chance, since he could shoot over anybody and was almost never blocked.

    With all due respect to Willis Reed, a fine all-time basketball player himself, it is not even close.

  12. nuggstar says:

    Anyone taking Nick Van Exel??? He had a great shot!

  13. RR says:

    Hard for me to read this article when I noticed there is not one mention of Steve Nash, one of the greatest left handed players and one of the greatest point guards of all time.

    • PK says:

      Hard for me to read comments like yours when Steve Nash was obviously right-handed. Ever seen him shoot?

  14. PG-N. Archibald
    SG-M. Ginobili
    SF-C. Mullin
    PF-B. Russell
    C-D. Robinson
    B1)D. Stoudamire
    B2)G. Goodrich
    B3)J. Harden
    B4)W. Reed
    B5)A. Gilmore
    B6)M. Redd
    B7)D. Cowens
    B8)L. Wilkins

  15. eric says:

    They saved the best for last great list.. For me its Mr Chibbs and D.C..along D Rob and Harden and Mully at the three..

  16. Defdun says:

    Tiny, Manu, Harden, Mullin & Bill Russell. 6th man Toni Kukoc