Greatest Athlete in Connecticut History Tournament: Jonathan Quick vs John Bagley

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for another SportzEdge ® Bracket-style, 64-team tournament! Feel the excitement!!!

Last year, we changed the course of modern human civilization with the Coolest NCAA Logo Tournament, which became a national phenomenon along the lines of a presidential election, Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY speech, or DeAndre Jordan changing his mind about where he wants to play basketball.

This year, we decided to take on a question scholars have been debating since the 1800’s, maybe.

Who is the greatest athlete in Connecticut history?

There are plenty of outstanding candidates, from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, to four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rogers, to all-time great featherweight boxer Willie Pep.

The athletes we considered must have grown up in Connecticut, and we counted only their prowess on the playing field, so coaches, executives and contributors like Walter Camp were not considered.

WALTER CAMP REGION

3. Jonathan Quick

Los Angeles Kings goaltender

Hamden

The ultra-athletic Quick almost single-handedly lifted the Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup title in 2012, posting 10 shutouts in 18 games. Quick’s .946 saves percentage during the Kings’ run is the best in NHL playoff history. His 1.41 goals against average was equally remarkable.

He earned the Conn Smythe trophy as the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP.

Boston Celtics guard John Bagley (5) tries a shot over Larry Nance of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter of an NBA playoff game at the Richfield Coliseum, Wednesday, May 13, 1992, Richfield, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Boston Celtics guard John Bagley (5) tries a shot over Larry Nance of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter of an NBA playoff game at the Richfield Coliseum, Wednesday, May 13, 1992, Richfield, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

14. John Bagley

NBA point guard: 1982-1994

Bridgeport

The 1981 Big East Player of the Year played college basketball at Boston College. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 12th pick in the 1982 NBA Draft. Bagley’s best year was in the 1985-1986 season where he had career highs of 11.7 points per game and 9.4 assists per game.

The six-foot point guard scored 5,802 points (8.7 PPG), pulled down 1,729 rebounds (2.6 RPG), and dished out 3,980 assists (6.0 APG) in his 11 seasons in the NBA.

Sorry, John, the L.A. Kings star should have no problem in this matchup.

 

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