He was a nice sharpshooter, but he didn't rebound at all, was a meh passer and didn't perform as well as he should have. Dirk is just much better and more impactful. Dirk is probably the most influential player of the naughts.
Where's the argument for Petrovic.... his p36 stats? He's a career 15ppg guy. Dirk has played 14 years in the NBA at 22ppg/8rpg, 11 AS games, 4x All NBA, 5x 2nd team All NBA, 3x 3rd team All NBA, with a ring and a finals MVP. The only one even close to those kind of stats is Tony Parker and Gasol.
It probably would've been a classic better peak vs. longevity debate.
Right, but not only would Dirk have the longevity argument, his peak was pretty outstanding. 25/9 with the rare 50/40/90 split is ridiculous and he almost did it twice, four years apart. His ring and finals mvp sealed the deal.
Sabonis was a damn good player in his 30s with no knees. If he had been in the NBA when he was in his 20s, he would have been...ummm...I need a good comparison. A smarter and much better version of Sheed?
I think you've probably seen more of him in Europe and I'm mostly operating on other people's accounts of him over there but a later-career version of Webber?
Ehhhhh. I still think mine is a bit more appropriate, because of Sheed's range (that he abused and ruined) as well as his defensive prowess. Sheed was never great because of how stupid he was, but Sabonis would have been more of a banger inside.