Regarding Larry Bird, Bill Simmons states, “His First Nine Years Are The Greatest Start To A Career In NBA History.”

According to Bill Simmons, Larry Bird’s first nine years of play may have been the best beginning to an NBA career.

One of the best forwards the NBA has ever seen, Larry Bird transformed the role of a forward for his team by becoming a standout player on both sides of the court. According to Bill Simmons, Bird’s NBA career had the best start in history because of how exceptional his early years were.

 

“With Larry Bird, I’ve always stated this. In NBA history, he had the best career start in his first nine years of play. Three championships, five Finals, three MVPs, two MVPs in the Finals… After his rookie season, he was consistently among the top three players in the league; in fact, he was the fourth-best player in the league during that season.

Throughout his first nine seasons of professional basketball, Bird participated in 711 regular-season games, averaging 25.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists. During that period, Bird was named to nine All-Star teams, three All-Defense teams, nine All-NBA First Team selections, three MVPs of the regular season, two MVPs of the Finals, and three NBA Championships.

 

He received a great deal of recognition during his career, which spanned from 1980 to 1989, before injuries caused him to almost stop playing. After having hand surgery in 1988–89, he would have to retire after just three seasons. Bird’s 13-year NBA career ended before he accomplished all the requirements to become an all-time great in just nine seasons.

 

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