Fido did you even read my post? No insult, serious question...
In regards to your list..
Ray Allen has been more consistent. A better player? No. Allen was never in the top 8 discussion for MVP one time during the 2000's. Closest he got was 9 and McGrady's 26.7 ppg average throughout his 7 best seasons is better than Allen's. McGrady was the better scorer, rebounder and passer during his peak years. I don't see what Allen did better than McGrady other than shoot the ball and MAYBE defend.
McGrady's best 7 seasons he put up 26.7 points per game. More than Allen, more than Pierce, more than Nash and more than Parker. I'm sure if I did the numbers, he would only be second to Kobe and Iverson in that category, if not in front of them. He was one of the better scorers in the game during his peak years.
Parker wasn't a franchise player until the mid-2000's when he became a top 5 player at his position. He didn't even enter the league until 2001 and that was a throwaway rookie season. He never made an all-NBA first or second team during the 2000's, the highest he got was #3 and even that season it was debatable because Nash, Kidd, Deron, Paul all had better years. And I will not penalize McGrady for not having the greatest power forward and a top 5 coach of all-time on his side. More accomplished yes, but Parker a better overall player than McGrady? Not a [expletive]ing chance.
Steve Nash I have no problem giving you because I can't argue against 2 MVP awards. He was consistent, although he wasn't a top player at his position until 2005. It's strongly debatable. Again, Nash is more accomplished (and I can attribute that to the media as you've been doing) but are you seriously telling me he was a better player than McGrady? I'm not buying that.
Wade didn't even enter the league until 2003. He put up incredible scoring numbers on an average Miami team, won a championship and was in the legitimate MVP discussion for one season (2009). Again, this is debatable. Like McGrady, Wade would be recognized as the premier perimeter player during his peak years had it not been for Kobe. Wade is probably a more complete player and he has the rings, but McGrady was a better scorer. Lets go ahead and give the advantage to Wade.
Now with that said,
You can make a legitimate and FACTUALLY based argument for McGrady being better than any player not listed above. Dirk (who didn't win a ring until June 2011), Allen, Pierce, Iverson--all of the guys you listed...Pick anyone of them and tell me what exactly (multiple things) they did better than McGrady during their peak years.
Edited by Triple Ocho, August 12, 2013 - 02:04 PM.