About the shooting I agree. I alter my shot everytime to see what gives the best results... As for the comparisons of players... here I go.
Nash or Stockton?
I take Stockton, both of them made their teammates better (would the mailman be a hall-of-famer without Stockton and the pick and roll) . Stockton was as good as shooter as Nash and he was a better defender than nash. Nash has the MVP's but like Stockton he doesn't have a ring. And Stockton is the all-time assists leader (by far). Nash is the better free throw shooter of the two but Stockton wasn't bad at the line, so again overall I take Stockton.
Shaq, Chamberlain, Yao or Hakeem?
I love yao Ming, but he shouldn't even be in this conversation yet, he's got a lot basketball ahead of him. I can't take Chamberlain because he's overrated, I know he dropped 100 but he was 7 feet tall and the second tallest Center was Russel (he was 6'9) so Wilt wasn't facing any real threats. Shaq is Shaq and probably more dominant than Shaq but his terrible free-throw shooting hurts him despite his four rings (Plus, you can't forget Wade and Kobe who helped him in getting his rings). So, I'm taking the dream Hakeem Olajuwon go look at the footage from the 1995 finals and you'll see Hakkem dominated, toyed with the opposing Center who was... Shaq! Olajuwon was solid from the free-throw line had 3-point range (though he rarely shot them) and had a vast array of moves in the post... Not to mention his defense.
Lebron, Kobe or MJ?
Jordan... Because he's Jordan. Lebron hasn't won anything abd Kobe hasn't won anything without Shaq (nor has he won an MVP).. There's more reason but overall Jordan is, was and will always be Da Man. A Great leader, a Fierce Competitor a great defender not to mention his offense... Again, Its Jordan.
KG, Duncan or Jermaine O'Neal?
I would take Duncan, despite his troubles from the line he's a great defender, great in the low-block and really can't be guarded (except by Sheed) and he has the rings. For as great as David Robinson was he didn't win a title until Duncan arrived in San Antonio. Jermaine O'Neal is probably the worst of the three although he's a great player I've always felt he lacks that somethng to lead his team over the hump.. And then there's KG, probably no other player I respect more, he plays hard and plays hard through injuries, his team may not be that good, but its throuh no fault of his. He didn't let Casell go, he didn't ignore Sprewell when it came to his contract negotiations (but that's a whole different story). The one gripe about KG is tha's he doesn't post up often, he can but he just doesn't do it and he prefers to settle for long jumpshots. And he did go 7 seasons without getting out of the first round of the playoffs.. So, Duncan, FTW!
Marion, Kirilenko or Artest?
I'm taking the Matrix, despite his funky looking jumpshot. Artest is great but he comes with too much baggage although he's the best defender of the three. Kirilenko is a Fantasy league player's wet dream.. He scores, blocks shots, grab eboubds, has steals and does the hustle plays... but he can't stay healthy so for now he's out. Marion can also do it all but last year he stepped up, not to mention he was playing at the Power Forward position and guarding bigger men than him.. The only knock on him is that sometimes he relies too much on the three instead of relying on his athleticism. But overall he gets the nod.
And that's it... for now, I might write more later if I feel like it.