For starters, he wouldn’t be the No. 1 option in two of his four proposed destinations. Nobody is unseating two-way star Kawhi Leonard, third behind only Westbrook (30.70) and Durant (27.68) with a player efficiency rating of 27.62, in San Antonio. Minnesota is building around 21-year-old Karl-Anthony Towns and his 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
Furthermore, we’ve already seen this movie, and the ending is horrible. Unlike Bryant, prior to parting ways with O’Neal, Irving has already been the alpha dog for a franchise. As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, he was tapped to lead the Cavs after James infamously decided to take his talents to South Beach in 2010. In the three seasons preceding James’ return to Cleveland (with Irving starring as leading scorer each year), the Cavs went a combined 78-152 and landed the top pick in the draft twice.
Here’s footage of Irving asking former teammate Mike Miller if a regular-season game against the Bulls in 2014 felt like a playoff game. (The game was played on Oct. 31, only the second game of the regular season.)
Why: For better or worse, much of a starting pitcher’s Hall of Fame case hinges on his career win-loss totals. And pitching for the Mariners has probably already cost Hernandez some wins.
This is evident in a few respects. There’s Seattle’s cumulative 952-1089 record since 2005, the year Hernandez debuted. That’s an average record of 76-86, a perpetual fourth-place team for one of the best pitchers of his generation.
To some extent, Hernandez is a victim of timing. Imagine him debuting five years Ravens Cheap Jerseys before. He’d have a shot at 25 wins on the Mariners’ 116-win team in 2001. Imagine Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys what Hernandez would do with Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez on ‘90s-era Mariners juggernauts.