Who's Better, Who's Best in Basketball? : Mr Stats Sets the Record Straight on the Top 50 NBA Players of All Time

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"Whatever the issue or debate in sports, 'Mr. Stats' has more than just the facts."

—Bob Costas

"For NBA fans, there is no one better at what he does than Elliott Kalb—he's simply the best."

—Bill Walton

Should Michael Jordan really be ranked #1? Is Dennis Rodman a Hall of Famer? Who's better—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Wilt Chamberlain? Who was the best point guard in NBA history: Cousy? Stockton? Kidd? How good was Julius Erving in the ABA? These are only a few of the questions that have launched a thousand heated ...

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Overview

"Whatever the issue or debate in sports, 'Mr. Stats' has more than just the facts."

—Bob Costas

"For NBA fans, there is no one better at what he does than Elliott Kalb—he's simply the best."

—Bill Walton

Should Michael Jordan really be ranked #1? Is Dennis Rodman a Hall of Famer? Who's better—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Wilt Chamberlain? Who was the best point guard in NBA history: Cousy? Stockton? Kidd? How good was Julius Erving in the ABA? These are only a few of the questions that have launched a thousand heated debates among NBA fans—and you can find the answers here, from the one and only "Mr. Stats."

"No one is more qualified, more of an NBA historian, more opinionated than I am," writes Elliott Kalb in this tremendously satisfying book—and he's right. Known to TV viewers as "Mr. Stats," Kalb is the ultimate authority in armchair athletes' disputes. Here, he gathers together the informed opinions of coaches, players, broadcasters, and super-fans, interweaving numbers, facts, and anecdotes to flesh out the central question in basketball: Who's the best?

Along the way, Kalb revises the list of the fifty greatest players in NBA history, presents eye-opening essays on all-time greats, and puts today's stars in context with the legends. This ultimate behind-the-numbers story will provide powerful ammunition for your next debate—and who knows, in the end, Mr. Stats may even convince you that Jordan really isn't #1.

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"...a book that any hardcore basketball fan can savor."
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"...a book that any hardcore basketball fan can savor."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071417884
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/29/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 687,322
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliot Kalb is "Mr. Stats" at ABC and ESPN. He was previously at NBC for 15 years. The three-time Emmy winner has worked alongside Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Dick Enberg, Brent Musburger, and others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    Kalb hits game-winner with this Must-Have for sports fans

    Who's Better, Who's Best in Basketball...is a must have for the casual and fanatic sports fan. If you expected to see pages and pages of stats, forget it. This book tells stories of the modern-day and past stars of the game. The book reads like you're having a conversation with the author as he tells how experts have influenced his rankings. Best of all is the way Kalb makes analogies--comparing Scottie Pippen to Clarence Clemens, for example. Some chapters are better than others (check out the Patrick Ewing or Tim Duncan chapters for the absolute best) but overall this is one enjoyable book that NBA fans will want to keep handy at all times. And the thick, meaty book also has room for 16 pages of great color photos. Best of all, this book gives you plenty of ammunition as you debate your friends with your own choices.

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