He can easily drop in 20 points a night for some lottery-bound loser, but he has chosen instead to become a member of that vanishing breed—point guards who pass. It's hard to understand the logic that denied Marbury but made Nick Van Exel one of four L.A. Lakers on the squad. We need a fourth Lakers All-Star about as much as we need a sixth Spice Girl.
Although his critics would like to hang him inside the Liberty Bell and gong him, the admittedly inconsistent Philadelphia 76ers guard is the game's most exciting player and by the turn of the century might be its best...provided he keeps his mind on hoops. His killer crossover is the NBA's signature move these days, and signature players belong in the league's signature game.