Shawn Marion argues no player is like him in the NBA today
Shawn Marion is one of the truly unique players in NBA history. From his odd yet effective jump shot to his raw defensive skill, there aren’t many, if any, players in today’s game that resemble the four-time All-Star.
In an interview with HoopsHype, Marion lamented that no one in the league today is quite like him.
“I see signs in a couple of guys, but no, not really. The only person who I would say is Kawhi Leonard because he plays on both ends of the court with a tenacity. Even, at times, Paul George does too,” Marion said
In 15 NBA seasons, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor and 33.1 percent from deep.
In his prime, Marion was a threat to drop 20 and 10 on a nightly basis while being one of the best and most versatile defenders in the league. Add in a 41-inch vertical and Marion was undoubtedly a star.
Marion was also an early innovator as a small-ball power forward — something that is all too common in today’s era.
“But the way I rebounded and was able to do a few other things on the floor, especially from a defensive standpoint but offensively as well, they’re a little different from me when it comes to that standpoint. But for the most, the way I jumped and stuff? They don’t jump like me. I think we all jump differently. But they have some similarities, a little bit. But, for the most part, no, I don’t see no comparison with nobody in the league right now. Because the way I played and what I did on the floor, I don’t see nobody doing it. At my size? No,” Marion added.
Shawn Marion played for 16 NBA seasons, highlighted by his stints with the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks. He was a crucial part of the Mavs team that destroyed the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.