So much so that he is weighing in on current foreign players and specifically San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker and Minnesota's Ricky Rubio.
Parker is one of the premier point guards in the league. With three NBA titles and the face of the Spurs, there's no doubting he is one of the best but rising in the ranks is Rubio. However, when Perkins looks at these two players, he feels Rubio will be better than Parker eventually.
If by Hall of Famer you mean inducted in the NYC B-Ball Hall of Fame and if by Celtics you mean Mavericks, Lakers, Supersonics and Pacers you're right. Perkins averaged just under 12 pts and 6 boards a game as a 4/5. That's Tiago #'s. So I would say, my comparison is about spot on. Pretty good comparison I must say.
Sam Perkins is a hall of famer from the Celtics so dont act like he's a no one but honestly that was the stupidist comparison ever
Love Rubio's game. The kid is a natural floor general and brilliant passer. However, he is not the offensive player that Parker is, nor does he have the same durability. Rubio is injury prone, which may cut his career short. This is also another case of a young player with "upside" being compared to a player like Parker who is a PROVEN champion. Rubio needs to do something first, and maybe actually appear and win a playoff game, before Perkins mentions him in the same breath as TP. Is he serious?
I agree that unless T-Wolves magically become a team to contend for years to come (they yet haven't been back in the playoffs for some time) or Rubio gets traded to a better team and manage to get at least a couple of rings, this Sam Perkins guy (who I've never heard of) is crazy to think that Rubio will be better than Parker
Sam Perkins' opinion of Tony Parker is as relevant as Jeff Conaway's views on Bryan Cranston's acting ability. That was some Dennis Miller obscurantism for you.
SHAME ON HIM TELLING THAT RICKY RUBIO IS BETTER THAN TONY PARKER.....STUPID....YOU SHOULD COMPARE RUBIO ON CP3, DWILL THIS GUYS.....THEY DONT HAVE NOTHING......SHAME ON HIM
With respect to Rubios game. He's not even in the same stadium as parker until He has at least one ring.
Perkins is making a statement based on potential. If we were to make predictions on potential then there's a lot of rediculous things we can say but the bottom line is that actions speak louder than words. Very few point guards in NBA history will accomplish what parker has accomplished. Steve Nash in all his glory has no rings. Everyone likes to say Chris Paul is better than TP yet Tony is yet to loose a playoff series against him. I love CP3 but again... Tony has gotten it done and continues to get it done every season. There's a reason why for some time last season he was considered number 2 in the MVP race. Most non-spurs fans have no idea what this guy is capable of.
Celtics? He played for Lakers, Mavericks, Pacers and Sonics. And Hall of Famer? Dude probably averaged 13 and 5 for his career. Probably. If I'm being generous. Only reason he was even in the Finals 3 times is because of Magic, Kemp, The Glove and Reggie.
Perkins is a 1st team scrub. Who cares what he thinks.
@KrisPittman I'm not a spurs fan, but I agree with you! IMO Tony Parker stands alone in modern PG accomplishments. His postseason performance is consistently best for the PG position (or maybe a close second behind Rondo), and he seems to always step up when it counts. TP is what would happen if you could infuse Derrick Fisher with CP3-like skills. He's terrifyingly clutch, dynamic, and a fantastic all-around player.
That being said, I'd love to see Rubio surpass him. IMO Rubio is already the most fun player to watch in the NBA. If he could gain TP's skills over the next 5-6 years (and most importantly take care of those legs), he will be the modern Pistol Pete we've all been waiting for. I think Sam Perkins may be dreaming, but what a dream it is.
@dannyholloway @SpursAllDay11 Come on Danny. Let's not use facts. I think Spursallday was trying to say he didn't like my obscurantism in my previous post. Sam Perkins was a 7'0" center for the Celtics who helped them win 19 titles from 1971-90. He played for the Celtics for 27 years and was an All Star 25 of those years. He averaged 32 pts, 14 rebs, 5 blocks and 3 steals and shot 62% from the field. In addition he shot 93% from the Free Throw Line. Little known factoid, Sam led all men over 6'9" in assists for 11 years. Today he works as a manager of a CInnabon in an upscale mall in New Jersey.