Specializing in drafts with top players on the NBA horizon, player profiles, scouting reports, rankings and prospective international recruits This is my list of the top 10 players at each position in history. I know I'm going to catch some heat for a few guys and their placement, so I'll go ahead and justify. First, some may have a problem with Durant as high as he is, especially being above Pierce and Nique Sabonis spent his best years outside of the Nba. In his prime he was definitely better than the players you mentioned. Login or register to post comments. Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:55am.
Like it or hate it, NBA is undoubtedly one among the most interesting and challenging sport in the world. It is always a treat watching your favorite players in the fields. Not only favorite players but watching the greatest showdowns like Lebron James vs Curry or the historic Larry vs Magic is cherishing and interesting. But what is more interesting is putting together a list of 10 players without a personal opinion or whatsoever. In order to make this list totally unbiased, I decided to rank the players based on the accolades.
What is an Accolade? Well if you still didn’t figure it out, an Accolade is an award or privilege given to a player (or someone) for his/her excellence. Here is a list of the accolades that I will be using to rank the players. -MVPs -Championship Rings -DPOY awards -Finals MVPs That being said, this list will be totally unbiased, so do not start an argument claiming the lack of authenticity. 10. Larry Bird If it wasn’t for the accolades, I would have ranked Bird in the top 5.
However here are the stats that will show you why he is placed in the tenth position. He has a total of 3 MVPs, for the 13 seasons he has played.
Undoubtedly one amongst the best defenders of all time, Larry Bird is a great player who completely utilized the time he spent on NBA. If it wasn’t for an unexpected injury, Bird would have been a better player and with a handful of awards and other accolades. 9. Shaquille O’Neal One of the most popular players in the world, Shaquille is known for his excellent performances when he as a part of the Lakers.
This basketball giant has 3 Final MVPs and a lot more championships compared to Bird. It is always exciting to watch this guy play and always a treat watching him deliver at unexpected times to completely change the tide of the match.
8. Wilt Chamberlain Who doesn’t like Wilt Chamberlain? I know, Bill Russel fans might dislike him but they do not necessarily hate him. The man is known for scoring a whopping 100 points in a single game. Chamberlain has around 7 MVPs compared to Bill Russel’s 3 MVP.
Moreover, Chamberlain had a lot more averages. So no more fan fights, for the time being, Wilt is better than Bill(note the point “ for the time being“, there are 7 more positions), but who would win if they go face to face right now.
Well, that’s a million dollar question that I would be willing to a zillion dollar to find out. 7. Magic Johnson I hate doing this. Imagine placing your favorite player in the seventh spot, if you want to see them placed among the elite and top 3.
Well, the quantity of accolades is important for this article so, here it goes. Magic Johnson is a 5-time champion, 3 time MVP and 3-time finals MVP. Unfortunately, Magic was forced to retire from basketball when he was tested positive for HIV. 6. Lebron James Even if you don’t watch Basketball, you will surely know this big man.
This player has an insane track record, with over 4 MVPs in just 14 season appearance. There is nothing much to say about this player as he probably is the most popular player on this list. 5. Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant is yet another player that I personally admire. But my hands are now tied so I can’t place him on top.
However, Kobe does have a good enough track record and hence he is well worthy of being placed in the fifth spot. Kobe played 19 seasons in the NBA and has an insane 18 all-star selections, along with 5 rings and 15 all NBA selections.
He also has 12 all defensive teams. Even though Lebron James has a bit more quantity compared to Bryant, I placed Bryant a bit higher because I can at least show my admiration by increasing one spot, right? 4. Tim Duncan Well, who do we have here?
Duncan, 6 foot 11 inch Power forward giant, generated a lot of buzz in hardwood and consequently ending up on spurs. If it wasn’t for Duncan and Robinson, Spurs would not have been the finalists in the year 2003.
And thereby winning the second title. Stats speak better than words right, so here are some facts that prove why Duncan is placed in the fourth position.
5 time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) 3-time Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005) 2-time season MVP (2002 and 2003) 15 time NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2011, 2013, 2015) NBA Rookie of the Year (1998) 10-time member of the All-NBA First Team (1998-2005, 2007, 2013) 8-time All-Defensive First Team (1999-2003, 2005, 2007, 2008) Well, that says A LOT.
3. Bill Russel Well, now its time to introduce this gentleman in this top 10 list. Bill Russel is known for his skills and quite honestly, this big man has the skills that pay the “bill”.
To be honest, I pictured Russel to be on top of everyone else, but after researching more about his accolades, I was forced to put him on number 3. No one except Bill has got 5 MVPs in just 11 rings. This man right here is a game changer. The reason why he has a little number of accolades is that most of the awards like Final MVPs and the Defensive selection were not made or given at the time when Bill was playing basketball.
Nevertheless, he is still at number 3 despite all of this because he still has 11 rings and 5 MVPs. The only problem is that he doesn’t have anything else really. If only NBA was giving more awards at that time, Bill would have been at number 1. Fun fact:- After Bill retired, they named the Finals MVP after him.
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Even though Lebron vs Bryant was a tough decision for me, it was not as tough as distinguishing and ranking number 1 and 2. You can say that I ranked number 1 based on my personal opinion, but the need for such ranking is due to the inevitable tie between these players when I was counting the accolades.
Being drafted as the first overall pick, to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969, Kareem is undoubtedly the greatest basketball player to ever step into the court. With a tally of more than 20 accolades, it is safe to call him the GOAT. Here are some little facts and figures about his career. 6x NBA Champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) 2x Finals MVP (1971, 1985) 6x NBA MVP (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980) 19x NBA All-Star (1970-1977, 1979-1989) 10x All-NBA First Team (1971-1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986) 5x All-NBA Defensive Team (1974, 1975, 1979-1981) NBA Rookie of the Year (1970) 2x NBA Scoring Champion (1971, 1972) 4x NBA Blocks Leader (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980) NBA Rebounding Champion (1976) 1.
Michael Jordan Arguably the best basketball player in the history of NBA(I told you, Kareem is closer and I still consider him as the GOAT), Michael Jordan is a record machine and that is why he is in the top position on this list. Not only he has broken a lot of records, but also he has delivered every time his team needs him.
Here are some stats that will show and prove his worth as a number 1. 6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998) 6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998) 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998) 14× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002–2003) 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998) 10× All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998) All-NBA Second Team (1985) NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988) 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988–1993, 1996–1998) NBA Rookie of the Year (1985) 10× NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998) 3× NBA steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993) 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1987, 1988) 3× AP Athlete of the Year (1991, 1992, 1993) 2× USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1983, 1984) NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team NCAA champion (1982) National college play from of the year (1984) 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1983, 1984) ACC Player of the Year (1984) We live in the world of borders and walls, where each country would do anything to protect its own, with the best that’s possible.
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Now that the NBA season has ended (and what a season it was!) now comes to time to revisit the , as well as the top NBA players by position.
I’ve decided to discard my old post on this since that post was made back in 2013, and this one has been updated through the new NBA season, with top 25 per position making a total of 100 players here. These are all gleaned by my composite score for each player, all ranked by tallying their stats and awards together.
You can download it I’ve also agreed with Rick Barry’s assertion that we should judge NBA players by position, because how can you compare Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain and definitively say one is better than the other when they play totally different positions? You can’t. So let’s go by position. Here’s the new list: Point Guard 1. 19.5 PPG/7.2 RPG/11.2 APG, 5x Champion, 3x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA, 12x All-Star, 9x Finals Appearances (1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989, 1991) 2.
25.7 PPG/7.5 RPG/9.5 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 12x All-Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1971, 1974) 3. 13.1 PPG/2.7 RPG/10.5 APG, 11x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1997-1998) 4. 18.4 PPG/5.2 RPG/7.5 APG, 6x Champion, 1x MVP, 12x All-NBA, 13x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (1957-1963) 5. Chris Paul 18.7 PPG/4.4 RPG/9.9 APG, 7x All-NBA, 9x All Star 6.
Stephen Curry 20.9 PPG/4.4 RPG/6.8 APG, 3x Champion, 2x MVP, 4x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (2015-2018) 7. Steve Nash 14.3 PPG/3.0 RPG/8.5 APG, 2x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 8x All Star 8. 19.2 PPG/3.6 RPG/9.3 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-NBA, 12x All-Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1988-1990) 9. Jason Kidd 12.6 PPG/6.3 RPG/8.7 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2002-2003, 2011) 10. Russell Westbrook 22.7 PPG/6.2 RPG/7.9 APG, 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2012) 11.
Walt Frazier 18.9 PPG/5.9 RPG/6.1 APG, 2x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1970, 1972-1973) 12.
Gary Payton 16.3 PPG/3.9 RPG/6.7 APG, 1x Champion, 9x All-NBA, 9x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1996, 2004, 2006) 13. Tiny Archibald 18.8 PPG/2.3 RPG/7.4 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1981) 14. Jo Jo White 17.2 PPG/4.0 RPG/4.9 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1974, 1976) 15. Dennis Johnson 14.9 PPG/3.9 RPG/5.0 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1978-1979, 1984-1987) 16.
Tony Parker 16.2 PPG/2.8 RPG/5.8 APG, 4x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 4x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2014) 17. Chauncey Billups 15.2 PPG/2.9 RPG/5.4 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2004, 2005) 18. Lenny Wilkens 16.5 PPG/4.7 RPG/6.7 APG, 9x All Star 19. Kevin Johnson 17.9 PPG/3.3 RPG/9.1 APG, 5x All-NBA, 3x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1993) 20. Tim Hardaway 17.7 PPG/3.3 RPG/8.2 APG, 5x All-NBA, 5x All Star 21.
Louie Dampier 17.1 PPG/2.8 RPG/5.2 APG, 7x All-Star, 4x All-ABA, 1x Champion, 1x Finals Appearance (1975)’ 22. Derrick Rose 19.5 PPG/3.7 RPG/6.0 APG, 1x MVP, 1x All NBA, 3x All-Star 23. Rajon Rondo 10.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/8.5 APG, 4x All-Star, 1x Champion, 2x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010) 24. John Wall 18.8 PPG/4.4 RPG/9.2 APG, 5x All-Star 25. Slater Martin 9.8 PPG/3.4 RPG/3.2 APG, 5x Champion, 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 7x Finals Appearances (1950, 1952-1954, 1957-1958, 1960) Shooting Guard 1.
30.1 PPG/6.2 RPG/5.3 APG, 6x Champion, 5x MVP, 6x Finals MVP, 11x All-NBA, 14x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1991-1993, 1996-1998) 2. 25.5 PPG/5.3 RPG/4.8 APG, 5x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 18x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (2000-2002, 2004, 2008-2010) 3.
27.0 PPG/5.8 RPG/6.7 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 14x All Star, 9x Finals Appearances (1962-1963, 1965-1966, 1968-1970, 1972-1973) 4. 24.3 PPG/5.0 RPG/6.0 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2006, 2011-2014) 5. Allen Iverson 26.7 PPG/3.7 RPG/6.2 APG, 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2001) 6. George Gervin 25.1 PPG/5.2 RPG/2.5 APG, 9x All-NBA, 12x All Star 7. Clyde Drexler 20.4 PPG/6.1 RPG/5.6 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1990, 1992, 1995) 8.
Hal Greer 19.2 PPG/5.0 RPG/4.0 APG, 1x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1967) 9. James Harden 22.1 PPG/5.0 RPG/5.7 APG, 1x MVP, 4x All-NBA, 6x All Star 10.
Sam Jones 17.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/2.5 APG, 10x Champion, 3x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 11x Finals Appearances (1958-1966, 1968-1969) 11. Bill Sharman 17.8 PPG/3.9 RPG/3.0 APG, 4x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1957-1961) 12. Tracy McGrady 19.6 PPG/5.6 RPG/4.4 APG, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star 13. David Thompson 22.1 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.3 APG, 2x All-NBA, 5x All Star 14. Mitch Richmond 21.0 PPG/3.9 RPG/3.5 APG, 1x Champion, 3x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2002) 15.
Dave Bing 20.3 PPG/3.8 RPG/6.0 APG, 3x All-NBA, 7x All-Star 16. Ray Allen 18.9 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.4 APG, 2x Champion, 2x All-NBA, 10x All-Star, 4x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010, 2013-2014) 17. Pete Maravich 24.2 PPG/4.2 RPG/5.4 APG, 4x All-ABA, 5x All Star 18.
Vince Carter 18.2 PPG/4.6 RPG/3.3 APG, 2x All-NBA, 8x All-Star 19. Joe Dumars 16.1 PPG/2.2 RPG/4.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1988-1990) 20. Sidney Moncrief 15.6 PPG/4.7 RPG/3.6 APG, 5x All-NBA, 5x All Star 21.
Reggie Miller 18.2 PPG/3 RPG/3 APG, 5x All-Star, 1 Finals Appearance (2000) 22. Manu Ginobili 14.6 PPG/3.8 RPG/4 APG, 2x All-Star, 4x Champion, 5x Finals Appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2014) 23. Earl Monroe 18.8 PPG/3 RPG/3.9 APG, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x Champion, 3x Finals Appearances (1971-1973) 24.
Gail Goodrich 18.6 PPG/3.2 RPG/4.7 APG, 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x Champion, 3x Finals Appearances (1970, 1972-1973) 25. Lou Hudson 20.2 PPG/4.4 RPG/2.7 APG, 6x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Small Forwards 1.
27.5 PPG/7.2 RPG/6.9 APG, 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 13x All Star, 9x Finals Appearances (2007, 2011-2018) 2. 24.3 PPG/10.0 RPG/6.3 APG, 3x Champion, 3x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1981, 1984-1987) 3.
24.2 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.2 APG, 3x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 17x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1972, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982-1983) 4. 27.4 PPG/13.5 RPG/4.6 APG, 10x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 8x Finals Appearances (1959, 1962-1963, 1965-1966, 1968-1970) 5.
Kevin Durant 27.4 PPG/6.9 RPG/3.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 6x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2012, 2017-2018) 6. Rick Barry 24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.9 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 6x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1967, 1969, 1975) 7. 20.8 PPG/6.3 RPG/4.8 APG, 8x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 11x All-NBA, 13x All Star, 8x Finals Appearances (1963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976) 8.
Scottie Pippen 16.1 PPG/6.4 RPG/5.2 APG, 6x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1991-1993, 1996-1998) 9. Paul Arizin 22.8 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.3 APG, 1x Champion, 4x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1956) 10. Connie Hawkins 18.7 PPG/8.8 RPG/4.1 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1968) 11.
Billy Cunningham 21.2 PPG/10.4 RPG/4.3 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1967) 12. Dominique Wilkins 24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/2.5 APG, 7x All-NBA, 9x All Star 13. Paul Pierce 19.7 PPG/5.6 RPG/3.5 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 1x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010) 14. Carmelo Anthony 24.8 PPG/6.6 RPG/3.1 APG, 2x All-NBA, 10x All Star 15.
Adrian Dantley 24.3 PPG/5.7 RPG/3.0 APG, 2x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1988) 16. Alex English 21.5 PPG/5.5 RPG/3.6 APG, 3x All-NBA, 8x All Star 17. Roger Brown 17.4 PPG/6.2 RPG/3.8 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-ABA, 4x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1969-1970, 1972-1973, 1975) 18.
James Worthy 17.6 PPG/5.1 RPG/3.0 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (1983-1985, 1987-1989, 1991) 19. Kawhi Leonard 16.4 PPG/6.2 RPG/2.3 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 2x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2013, 2014) 20. George Yardley 19.2 PPG/8.9 RPG/1.7 APG, 2x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1955, 1956) 21. Bernard King 22.5 PPG/5.8 RPG/3.3 APG, 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA 22.
Marques Johnson 20.1 PPG/7 RPG/3.6 APG, 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA 23. Bob Dandridge 18.5 PPG/6.8 RPG/3.4 APG, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 2x Champion, 4x Finals Appearances (1971, 1974, 1978, 1979) 24. Cliff Hagan 17.7 PPG/6.6 RPG/3.2 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA 25. Grant Hill 16.7 PPG/6 RPG/4.1 APG, 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA Power Forward 1. 19.9 PPG/11.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 5x Champion, 2x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 15x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2014) 2.
25.0 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.6 APG, 2x MVP, 14x All-NBA, 14x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1997-1998) 3. Bob Pettit 26.4 PPG/16.2 RPG/3.0 APG, 1x Champion, 2x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (1957-1958, 1960-1961) 4.
18.6 PPG/10.3 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 9x All-NBA, 15x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010) 5. 22.1 PPG/11.7 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1993) 6.
22.5 PPG/8.1 RPG/2.6 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2006, 2011) 7. Dolph Schayes 18.2 PPG/12.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 1x Champion, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1955) 8.
Elvin Hayes 21.0 PPG/12.5 RPG/1.8 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1975, 1978-1979) 9. Bob McAdoo 22.1 PPG/9.4 RPG/2.3 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (1982-1985) 10.
George McGinnis 20.2 PPG/11.0 RPG/3.7 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1972-1973, 1975) 11. Dan Issel 22.6 PPG/9.1 RPG/2.4 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1971, 1973, 1975) 12.
Spencer Haywood 20.3 PPG/10.3 RPG/1.8 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1980) 13.
Kevin McHale 17.9 PPG/7.3 RPG/1.7 APG, 3x Champion, 1x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1981, 1984-1987) 14.
Jerry Lucas 17.0 PPG/15.6 RPG/3.3 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1972-1973) 15. Pau Gasol 17.9 PPG/9.4 RPG/3.2 APG, 2x Champion, 2x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2008-2010) 16. Chris Webber 20.7 PPG/9.8 RPG/4.2 APG, 4x All-NBA, 5x All Star 17. Tom Heinsohn 18.6 PPG/8.8 RPG/2.0 APG, 8x Champion, 4x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 9x Finals Appearances (1957-1965) 18.
Amare Stoudemire 18.9 PPG/7.8 RPG/1.2 APG, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star 19. Dave DeBusschere 16.1 PPG/11.0 RPG/2.9 APG, 2x Champion, 1x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1970, 1972-1973) 20. Bailey Howell 18.7 PPG/9.9 RPG/2.0 APG, 2x Champion, 1x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1968, 1969) 21. Dennis Rodman 7.3 PPG/13.1 RPG/1.8 APG, 5x Champion, 2x All-Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998) 22.
Anthony Davis 22.4 PPG/10.4 RPG/1.8 APG, 3x All-NBA, 5x All-Star 23. Blake Griffin 21.5 PPG/9.4 RPG/4.1 APG, 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA 24. Chris Bosh 19.2 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.0 APG, 11x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 4x Finals Appearances (2011-2014) 25. Vern Mikkelsen 14.4 PPG/9.4 RPG/2.2 APG, 4x Champion, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 4x Finals Appearance (1950, 1952-1954) Center 1.
24.6 PPG/11.2 RPG/3.6 APG, 6x Champion, 6x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 19x All Star, 10x Finals Appearances (1971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989) 2. 30.1 PPG/22.9 RPG/4.4 APG, 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA, 13x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1964, 1967, 1969-1970, 1972-1973) 3. 15.1 PPG/22.5 RPG/4.3 APG, 11x Champion, 5x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 12x Finals Appearances (1957-1966, 1968-1969) 4.
23.7 PPG/10.9 RPG/2.5 APG, 4x Champion, 1x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 14x All-NBA, 15x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006) 5. 21.8 PPG/11.1 RPG/2.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1986, 1994-1995) 6.
Moses Malone 20.6 PPG/12.2 RPG/1.4 APG, 1x Champion, 3x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1981, 1983) 7. David Robinson 21.1 PPG/10.6 RPG/2.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 10x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1999, 2003) 8. George Mikan 22.6 PPG/13.4 RPG/2.8 APG, 7x Champion, 1x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 4x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (1947-1950, 1952-1954) 9.
Artis Gilmore 18.8 PPG/12.3 RPG/2.3 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-ABA, 11x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1971, 1973, 1975) 10. Mel Daniels 18.4 PPG/14.9 RPG/1.8 APG, 3x Champion, 2x MVP, 5x All-ABA, 7x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1969-1970, 1972-1973, 1975) 11.
Dwight Howard 17.5 PPG/12.7 RPG/1.5 APG, 8x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2009) 12. Willis Reed 18.7 PPG/12.9 RPG/1.8 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1970, 1972-1973) 13. Patrick Ewing 21.0 PPG/9.8 RPG/2.0 APG, 7x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1994) 14.
Dave Cowens 17.6 PPG/13.6 RPG/3.8 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 3x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1974, 1976) 15. Neil Johnston 19.4 PPG/11.3 RPG/2.5 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1956) 16. Bill Walton 13.3 PPG/10.5 RPG/3.4 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 2x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1977, 1986) 17. Wes Unseld 10.8 PPG/14.0 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 1x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1975, 1978-1979) 18.
Nate Thurmond 15.0 PPG/15.0 RPG/2.7 APG, 7x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1964, 1967) 19. Robert Parish 14.5 PPG/9.1 RPG/1.4 APG, 4x Champion, 2x All-NBA, 9x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1981, 1984-1987, 1997) 20.
Bob Lanier 20.1 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 8x All Star 21. Ed Macauley 17.5 PPG/7.5 RPG/3.2 APG, 1x Champion, 7x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 2x Finals Appearances (1957-1958) 22. Zelmo Beaty 16 PPG/10.5 RPG/1.5 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-Star, 2x All-ABA, 1x Finals Appearance (1971) 23. Walt Bellamy 20.1 PPG/13.7 RPG/2.4 APG, 4x All-Star 24.
Alonzo Mourning 17.1 PPG/8.5 RPG/1.1 APG, 7x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 1x Champion, 1x Finals Appearance (2006) 25. Dikembe Mutombo 9.8 PPG/10.3 RPG/1 APG, 8x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Greatest white players in NBA history 1. Larry Bird 2. Jerry West 3. John Havlicek 4. Bob Pettit 5. Bob Cousy 6. John Stockton 7. Rick Barry 8. Dirk Nowitzki 9. Steve Nash 10. Bill Walton 11. George Mikan 12. Dolph Schayes 13.
Paul Arizin 14. Dave Cowens 15. Dan Issel 16. Kevin McHale 17. Billy Cunningham 18. Jerry Lucas 19. Pete Maravich 20. Neil Johnston All-NBA teams for 2K18 simulation 1st team – Lakers uniform range: 92-99 Elgin Baylor (96) Jerry West (97) Lebron James (99) Dan Issel (92) Kobe Bryant (98) Magic Johnson (99) Kareem Abdul Jabbar (99) Walt Frazier (95) Elvin Hayes (95) Shaq (98) James Worthy (95) Tracy McGrady (95) George Mikan (94) Starting: Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul Jabbar Backup: Walt Frazier, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Dan Issel, Shaq Reserve: James Worthy, Tracy McGrady, George Mikan 2nd team – Celtics uniform range 88-98 Larry Bird (98) Kevin McHale (95) Bill Russell (98) James Harden (94) Oscar Robertson (97) Sam Jones (92) Dennis Johnson (92) John Havlicek (96) Kevin Garnett (97) Tom Heinsohn (88) Ray Allen (95) Dave Cowens (94) Paul Pierce (94) Starting: Bob Cousy, James Harden, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett, Bill Russell Backup: Dennis Johnson, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Dave Cowens Reserve: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Tom Heinsohn 3rd team – 76ers uniform range 88-98 Bob Pettit (95) Wilt Chamberlain (98) Spencer Haywood (88) Julius Erving (97) Billy Cunningham (96) Allen Iverson (97) Russell Westbrook (94) Bob McAdoo (94) Clyde Drexler (96) John Stockton (97) Dominique Wilkins (94) Oscar Robertson (97) Moses Malone (95) Starting: John Stockton, Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain Backup: Oscar Robertson, Clyde Drexler , Billy Cunningham, Spencer Haywood, Moses Malone Reserve: Russell Westbrook, Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo 4th team – Bulls uniform range 91-99 Michael Jordan (99) Jason Kidd (95) David Thompson (95) George McGinnis (88) Tiny Archibald (91) Wes Unseld (94) Scottie Pippen (96) Karl Malone (97) Patrick Ewing (95) Chris Webber (93) Vince Carter (95) Alex English (92) Artis Gilmore (94) Starting: Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing Backup: Tiny Archibald, David Thompson, George McGinnis, Chris Webber, Wes Unseld Reserve: Vince Carter, Alex English, Artis Gilmore 5th team – Warriors uniform range 91-98 Dirk Nowitzki (97) Steph Curry (96) Hakeem Olajuwon (98) Rick Barry (96) Chris Paul (95) Kevin Durant (97) Bob Lanier (93) Dwayne Wade (97) Jerry Lucas (94) Connie Hawkins (88) Tim Hardaway (91) Mitch Richmond (94) Nate Thurmond (92) Starting: Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Hakeem Olajuwon Backup: Chris Paul, Mitch Richmond, Rick Barry, Jerry Lucas, Nate Thurmond Reserve: Tim Hardaway, Connie Hawkins, Bob Lanier 6th team – Spurs uniform 89-98 Gary Payton (95) Tim Duncan (98) Steve Nash (96) Carmelo Anthony (94) George Gervin (96) Blake Griffin (90) Bill Walton (95) David Robinson (96) Anthony Davis (94) Dennis Rodman (93) Dikembe Mutombo (92) Tony Parker (94) Sidney Moncrief (93) Kawhi Leonard (94) Alonzo Mourning (94) Starting: Steve Nash, George Gervin, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, David Robinson Backup: Gary Payton, Sidney Moncrief, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Bill Walton Reserve: Tony Parker, Blake Griffin, Alonzo Mourning 7th team – Pistons uniform Willis Reed (94) Bernard King (89) Adrian Dantley (92) Joe Dumars (93) Amare Stoudemire (91) Grant Hill (93) Isiah Thomas (96) Dwight Howard (93) Dave Debusschere (91) Chauncey Billups (91) Dave Bing (89) Pau Gasol (93) Pete Maravich (95) Starting: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Grant Hill, Dave Debusschere, Willis Reed Backup: Dave Bing, Pete Maravich, Adrian Dantley, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard Reserve: Bernard King, Chauncey Billups, Pau Gasol Note: All players on these teams are top 125 players all time.
Charles Barkley, Hal Greer, Dolph Schayes, Paul Arizin, Bill Sharman, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, Reggie Miller are all missing from the game due to licensing issue else they might have appeared on here. All-NBA team for each decade 1950s: PG: Bob Cousy/Slater Martin SG: Bill Sharman/Richie Guerin SF: Paul Arizin/George Yardley PF: Dolph Schayes/Tom Heinsohn C: George Mikan/Neil Johnston 1960s: PG: Oscar Robertson/Lenny Wilkens SG: Jerry West/Hal Greer SF: Elgin Baylor/Billy Cunningham PF: Bob Pettit/Jerry Lucas C: Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell 1970s: PG: Walt Frazier/Tiny Archibald SG: George Gervin/Pete Maravich SF: Rick Barry/John Havlicek PF: Elvin Hayes/Dave Cowens C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Mel Daniels 1980s: PG: Magic Johnson/Isiah Thomas SG: Sidney Moncrief/Joe Dumars SF: Larry Bird/Julius Erving PF: Kevin McHale/Bob McAdoo C: Moses Malone/Patrick Ewing 1990s: PG: John Stockton/Gary Payton SG: Michael Jordan/Clyde Drexler SF: Scottie Pippen/Grant Hill PF: Karl Malone/Charles Barkley C: Hakeem Olajuwon/David Robinson 2000s: PG: Jason Kidd/Steve Nash SG: Kobe Bryant/Allen Iverson SF: Paul Pierce/Carmelo Anthony PF: Tim Duncan/Kevin Garnett C: Shaquille O’Neal/Dwight Howard 2010s: PG: Chris Paul/Stephen Curry SG: Dwayne Wade/James Harden SF: Lebron James/Kevin Durant PF: Dirk Nowitzki/Blake Griffin C: Anthony Davis/Kevin Love Greatest players for each NBA team Boston Celtics – Bill Russell Brooklyn Nets – Jason Kidd (New York Nets) New York Knicks – Willis Reed Philadelphia 76ers – Wilt Chamberlain Toronto Raptors – Vince Carter Dallas Mavericks – Dirk Nowitzki Houston Rockets – Hakeem Olajuwon Memphis Grizzlies – Marc Gasol New Orleans Pelicans – Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) San Antonio Spurs – Tim Duncan Chicago Bulls – Michael Jordan Cleveland Cavaliers – Lebron James Detroit Pistons – Isiah Thomas Indiana Pacers – Mel Daniels Milwaukee Bucks – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Denver Nuggets – Alex English Minnesota Timberwolves – Kevin Garnett Oklahoma City Thunder – Gary Payton (Supersonics) Portland Trail Blazers – Clyde Drexler Utah Jazz – Karl Malone Atlanta Hawks – Bob Pettit (St Louis Hawks) Charlotte Hornets – Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade Orlando Magic – Dwight Howard Washington Wizards – Wes Unseld (Baltimore Bullets) Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry Los Angeles Clippers – Bob McAdoo Los Angeles Lakers – Magic Johnson Phoenix Suns – Steve Nash Sacramento Kings – Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals) Top 10 what if?
careers in NBA history 1. Bill Walton (ankle injuries limited him, but when healthy was MVP, Finals MVP and champion) 2. Arvydas Sabonis (came into NBA post prime but was supposedly one of the most skilled big men ever like a 7’3 foot Hakeem) 3.
Maurice Stokes (averaged 16 points and 17 rebounds a game before hitting his head on the floor and becoming a quadriplegic for the rest of his life 🙁 ) 4.
David Thompson (was pre-Michael Jordan basically before he got into coke problems in the late 70s; scored 73 points in a game before) 5. Grant Hill (was pre-Lebron James before ankle injuries) 6.
Drazen Petrovic (a rising all star shooting guard before he died in a car accident only 28 years old) 7. Bernard King (averaged 33 points a game and was on his way becoming a top forward in the 80s before he tore his ACL and wasnt the same again) 8. Penny Hardaway (a Magic-like player who was one of the top point guards before injuries got to him) 9. Derrick Rose (former MVP who was going to be one of the top point guards of his generation but tore his ACL and wasnt the same again) 10.Tracy McGrady (could have been better than Kobe and Iverson if he didn’t have so many back injuries) Honorable mentions: Yao Ming, Len Bias (never played in NBA but died of cocaine overdose before he could have), Pete Maravich (at his peak before suffering knee injuries), Ralph Sampson Top 10 #1 draft picks all time 1.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (1969) 2. Lebron James (2003) 3. Magic Johnson (1979) 4. Tim Duncan (1997) 5. Shaquille O’Neal (1992) 6. Hakeem Olajuwon (1984) 7. David Robinson (1987) 8. Allen Iverson (1996) 9. Elgin Baylor (1958) 10. Dwight Howard (2004) Top 20 greatest offensive players of all time 1.
Michael Jordan (10x scoring titles, 12x seasons 25pts+) 2. Wilt Chamberlain (7x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+) 3. Kobe Bryant (2x scoring titles, 12x seasons 25pts+) 4. Jerry West (1x scoring title, 11x seasons 25pts+) 5.
Allen Iverson (4x scoring titles, 11x seasons 25pts+) 6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+) 7. Karl Malone (12x seasons 25pts+) 8. Kevin Durant (4x scoring titles, 9x seasons 25pts+) 9. Dominique Wilkins (1x scoring title, 10x seasons 25pts+) 10. George Gervin (4x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+) 11. Lebron James (1x scoring title, 13x seasons 25pts+) 12.
Shaquille O’Neal (2x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+) 13. Elgin Baylor (8x seasons 25pts+) 14. Oscar Robertson (9x seasons 25pts+) 15. Rick Barry (2x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+) 16. Bob Pettit (2x scoring titles, 7x seasons 25pts+) 17. Bob McAdoo (3x scoring titles, 7x seasons 25pts+) 18. Adrian Dantley (2x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+) 19 Carmelo Anthony (1x scoring title, 9x seasons 25pts+) 20.
Alex English (1x scoring title, 8x seasons 25pts+) Top 20 greatest defensive players of all time 1. Bill Russell (4x rebounding leader, 1x All-D 1st team) 2. Wilt Chamberlain (11x rebounding leader, 2x All-D 1st team) 3. Hakeem Olajuwon (2x rebounding leader, 3x blocks leader, 2x DPOY, 5x All-D 1st team) 4. Dikembe Mutombo (2x rebounding leader, 3x blocks leader, 4x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team) 5. Nate Thurmond (2x All-D 1st team) 6. Ben Wallace (2x rebounding leader, 1x blocks leader, 4x DPOY, 5x All-D 1st team) 7.
David Robinson (1x rebounding leader, 1x blocks leader, 1x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team) 8. Kevin Garnett (4x rebounding leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team) 9. Dennis Rodman (7x rebounding leader, 2x DPOY, 7x All-D 1st team) 10. Scottie Pippen (1x steals leader, 8x All-D 1st team) 11.
Michael Jordan (3x steals leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team) 12. Dwight Howard (5x rebounding leader, 2x blocks leader, 3x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team) 13.
Gary Payton (1x steals leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team) 14. Sidney Moncrief (2x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team) 15. Tim Duncan (8x All-D 1st team) 16. Walt Frazier (7x All-D 1st team) 17.
Kawhi Leonard (1x steals leader, 2x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team) 18. Bobby Jones (8x All-D 1st team) 19. Mark Eaton (4x blocks leader, 2x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team) 20. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1x rebounding leader, 4x blocks leader, 5x All-D 1st team) Top 20 Greatest NBA teams of all time 1. 1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10, 15-3, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman) 2.
2017 Golden State Warriors (67-15, 16-1, HOFers: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) 3. 1997 Chicago Bulls (69-13, 15-4, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman) 4. 1967 Philadelphia 76ers (68-13, 15-4, HOFers: Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Chet Walker) 5. 1972 LA Lakers (69-13, 12-3, HOFers: Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Elgin Baylor) 6.
1986 Boston Celtics (67-15, 15-3, HOFers: Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Bill Walton) 7. 1971 Milwaukee Bucks (66-16, 12-2, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson) 60 8. 1987 LA Lakers (65-17, 15-3, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy) 60 9. 1992 Chicago Bulls (67-15, 15-7, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen)60 10. 1983 Philadelphia 76ers (65-17, 12-1, HOFers: Julius Erving, Moses Malone) 59 11.
2013 Miami Heat (66-16, 16-7, HOFers: Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen) 59 12. 2009 LA Lakers (65-15, 16-7, HOFers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol)59 13. 1989 Detroit Pistons (63-19, 15-2, HOFers: Adrian Dantley, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman)57 14.
2008 Boston Celtics (66-16, 16-10, HOFers: Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce) 56 15. 1985 LA Lakers (62-20, 15-4, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy) 53 16. 1999 San Antonio Spurs (37-13, 15-2, HOFers: Tim Duncan, David Robinson) 53 17. 1965 Boston Celtics (62-18, 8-4, HOFers: John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders, Bill Russell) 18.
2001 LA Lakers (56-26, 15-1, HOFers: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal) 19. 1970 New York Knicks (60-22, 12-7, HOFers: Bill Bradley, Dave Debusschere, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed) 20. 1961 Boston Celtics (57-22, 8-2, HOFers: Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey, Bill Russell, Satch Sanders, Bill Sharman) Top 100 Greatest NBA Players of all time • Michael Jordan “Air Jordan” • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “Cap” • Wilt Chamberlain “The Big Dipper” • Bill Russell “Russell” • Lebron James “King James” • Magic Johnson “Magic Man” • Larry Bird “Larry Legend” • Tim Duncan “The Big Fundamental” • Kobe Bryant “The Black Mamba” • Jerry West “Mr.
Clutch” • Oscar Robertson “The Big O” • Shaquille O’Neal “Diesel” • Hakeem Olajuwon “The Dream” • Julius Erving “Dr. J” • Moses Malone “Chairman of the Boards” • Karl Malone “The Mailman” • Elgin Baylor “Mr. Inside” • Kevin Durant “Durantula” • Bob Pettit • John Stockton • John Havlicek “Hondo” • Stephen Curry “Chef Curry” • Bob Cousy “Houdini of the Hardwood” • Kevin Garnett “The Big Ticket” • David Robinson “The Admiral” • Rick Barry “The Miami Greyhound” • Charles Barkley “Sir Charles” • Dirk Nowitzki “The German Juggernaut” • Dwayne Wade “Flash” • Chris Paul “CP3” • Allen Iverson “The Answer” • Isiah Thomas “Zeke” • Steve Nash • Willis Reed “Captain” • Patrick Ewing • Jason Kidd “J-Kidd” • Russell Westbrook “Russ” • George Mikan • Artis Gilmore “A-Train” • Mel Daniels “Big Mel” • George Gervin “The Iceman” • Elvin Hayes “The Big E” • Scottie Pippen “Pip” • Walt Frazier “Clyde” • Clyde Drexler “The Glide” • James Harden “The Beard” • Dwight Howard • Dave Cowens • Sam Jones • Bill Walton • Bob McAdoo • Kevin McHale “The Black Hole” • Dominique Wilkins “The Human Highlight Reel” • Paul Pierce “The Truth” • Gary Payton “The Glove” • Dolph Schayes • Paul Arizin “Pitchin Paul” • Billy Cunningham “Kangaroo Kid” • Tiny Archibald • Wes Unseld “Big Wes” • Nate Thurmond “Nate the Great” • Jerry Lucas “The Computer” • Neil Johnston • Tom Heinsohn • Bill Sharman • Connie Hawkins “The Hawk” • Dan Issel “The Horse” • George McGinnis • Spencer Haywood • Hal Greer • Dennis Rodman • Anthony Davis “The Brow” • Tony Parker • Tracy McGrady “T-mac” • Carmelo Anthony “Melo” • Adrian Dantley • Alex English • Roger Brown • James Worthy “Big Game James” • Robert Parish “The Chief” • Pau Gasol • Chris Webber • Ray Allen • Reggie Miller • Pete Maravich “Pistol” • David Thompson “Skywalker” • Kawhi Leonard “The Claw” • Dennis Johnson • Jo Jo White • Dave Debusschere • Alonzo Mourning “Zo” • Bob Lanier • Dikembe Mutombo • Bernard King • Mitch Richmond • Ed Macauley • Sidney Moncrief • Vince Carter “Vinsanity” • Chris Bosh • Grant Hill • I liked a video Reference Turntables Explained!
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Point Guard - Magic Johnson Magic was definitely the best point guard of all time. His size always gave him a huge advantage over defenders and he had unreal passing vision and ability. He ran some great offenses and played next to some great scorers but it was Magic who made his teams gel and come together.
A great leader who stepped up when needed to hit clutch shots and come up with huge performances in the Finals. Other contenders include Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Isiah Thomas, John Stockton, Chris Paul and Steph Curry but they don’t compete with Magic, who was great for more than a decade and won 5 championships.
Shooting Guard - Michael Jordan This was an easy decision. The GOAT. MJ is the best scorer ever and an ultra competitive, ultra athletic beast on both ends of the floor. He came through over and over again when the lights were brightest and took basketball to the next level all over the World. His 6–0 record in the Finals and 6 Finals MVPs are testament to his extraordinary career. No one can overtake the GOAT but other legends include Kobe Bryant (a worse version of MJ), Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson.
Small Forward - LeBron James LeBron can do it all and has had an extraordinary career to date. It will be fun to see what else he can accomplish but his legacy has been written. He has done things which no one else would’ve probably been able to do - such as leading his team to beat the greatest regular season of all time or leading a team full of role players to the Finals in 2007.
LeBron is an extraordinary athlete blessed with unbelievable basketball skills of passing and vision and his size and strength allow him to be an excellent, versatile defender. Other great players such as Larry Bird and Julius Erving have been beaten out because of LeBron’s unreal individuial accomplishments and longevity. Think about it, LeBron has played way more minutes than Bird ever did and LBJ is still only 31! Power Forward - Tim Duncan The ultimate professional and teammate.
Tim Duncan was remarkably consistent and was the face of a dynasty which took pride in teamwork, professionalism and winning. He was a legendary champion and led by example every night; what he bought off the court in leadership was so valuable in helping the Spurs contend for the championship nearly every year. On the court, TD was a phenomenal defender who gave fits to the guy he was guarding.
On offense, his fundamentals, consistency and variety of post moves and his ability to hit clutch shots were a deadly, winning combination. There have been great players at power forward such as Kevin Garnett who may have been individually more talented at times than Timmy but these guys did not dominate for quite as long and do not have the same amount of rings. Other honorable mentions are Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Kevin McHale. Center - Kareem Abdul Jabbar The NBA’s all time leading scorer was elite at so many different things but most of all his durability, longevity and his sky-hook will always be remembered.
Kareem played for 21 seasons and was great in every one of them. He has therefore made the most All-Star game appearences and his 6 regular season MVPs are a record. This guy has it all when it comes to individual accomplishments. And his 6 NBA championships show that he was a great winner and teammate. His basketball skill and IQ were superb in every sense; his scoring, passing, rebounding, shotblocking and smartness were phenomenal.
I have put Kareem above the ultimate winner in Bill Russell because I don’t believe Mr Russell had to face the same level of competition as players at the time were not quite as athletic or strong. And at the same time, there were way fewer teams. So Bill Russell’s 11 rings were great but he was on a loaded team in a league where there were a limited number of star players. Wilt Chamberlain was unbelievably dominant; his strength and skill were never in question.
His 100 points game and crazy numbers show that. But Kareem won a lot, and Wilt was criticised for not always turning up in the big moments, being lazy and not winning enough. Again, he played in a relatively ‘easier’ era but no doubt it was tough to leave him out.
But Kareem was dominant AND a winner. Shaq was like Wilt 2.0 but did not have Kareem’s longevity. Hakeem was great but again, not as great as Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Just look at the guy’s list of accomplishments. There’s not many, if any, more decorated players than him in NBA history. I'll answer and I'll a bit beyond what you ask too. First the literal answer based on official positions based on total careers: Point Guard: Magic Johnson. Standard answer, probably doesn't need elaboration other than to say that Steph Curry will likely surpass Magic.
Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan Yeah, no elaboration necessary here. Small Forward: LeBron James May surprise some given that traditionally Larry Bird gets this spot, but at this point it's hard to really argue against LeBron. Power Forward: Kevin Garnett This one undoubtedly shocks many. First let me say that I'm not really looking to have a Garnett vs Tim Duncan debate here as I think of Duncan as more of a center.
Anyone else you want to debate though, go for it. Sufficed to say I think that the revisionism that took place in common perception of Garnett after the Timberwolves fell apart had no real justifiable basis. Meaning: When Garnett won the MVP in '04, he absolutely deserved it. Center: Bill Russell This one probably shouldn't come out of the blue for people because of Russell's historical importance, but most won't agree.
The thing for me though is that as I've studied history, I've come to understand that his defensive impact was bigger than frankly a modern NBA fan typically thinks is possible, and he sustained it like no one else in history. Okay now: Those positions are pretty silly to be honest. The names are virtually meaningless. The reality is that the "shooting guard" is almost always the 2nd smallest guy on the court whether he's a volume scorer or an off-ball player, and totally ignoring his role on defense despite the fact the name "guard" implies defense is the focus.
So let me now talk about it in terms of roles: First, Offense: Offensive Floor General - a guy who makes the whole team offense work: Magic Johnson On-Ball Scorer - a perimeter player who focuses on moving with the ball to score Michael Jordan (Note that you can't actually have both an Offensive Floor General and an On-Ball Volume Scorer on the floor together and have them work well, but to the extent on can do both well that can be amazing, cough, Steph Curry) Off-Ball Scorer - a perimeter player who focuses on moving without the ball to get open for shots Larry Bird Big Man Scorer - a big man focused on scoring on the interior Shaquille O'Neal Stretch Big - a big man who shoots from range and in doing so distorts the defense Dirk Nowitzki Offensive Rebounder - a player primarily focused on offense on rebounding and other non-glamorousous skills Dennis Rodman - tough one to call because Rodman was so, so focused on this front and so had an advantage her over guys asked to do more Now, Defense: Rim Protector - focused on blocking shots and prevent access to easier shots Bill Russell - by a huge margin Defensive Floor General - reads the floor, tells teammates what to do Kevin Garnett - I could have gone with Russell here too, but realistically this is a lot more sophisticated today and Garnett is the poster boy for this trait.
Thief - a player who gambles to try to get the ball, typically through steals Jerry West - This one is really tough, but there is enough evidence to suggest that West got tons of steals, and he was a very intelligent player.
Man Defender - Okay so this is a catch all category because I didn't want to have 5 spots for guys doing the standard defensive role for whoever is in their weight range. Nate Thurmond - Again one man is insufficient here, but Thurmond is the first guy who comes to mind.
Last thoughts: 1. Why is "Offensive Rebounder" separate from "Defensive Rebounder"? Because they are two almost entirely different skill sets and require two very different mentalities in order to master fully. 2. Why does "Offensive Rebounder" get included here but "Defensive Rebounder" doesn't? Because the former is individually focused and is what that player is told to focus on at all times where the latter is team focused and shouldn't be a player's focus until a shot is already taken.
There are many other important skills I didn't include on this list too because they aren't something a player would actually be defined to be. To my mind it makes no more sense to include "Defensive Rebounder" here than it does to include "Outlet Passer". 3. Of course players can play multiple of the roles I've listed here at the same time. I don't pretend that you can have anything so cleanly cut & dried, but I would argue that you could slot basically any player with one of these offensive roles and one of these defensive roles.
PG- Magic Johnson Magic Johnson was the best passer ever and his height of 6–8 for a point guard made him unstoppable on offense. He was the assist master while he had an amazing mid-range shot as well as great post moves as he was taught by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar himself!
He won the NBA Finals as a Rookie when he had to start Center due to the absence of Kareem. He led the Los Angeles Lakers to 5 NBA Championships and is known for the famous rivalry with Celtic legend Larry Bird. SG- Michael Jordan MJ was the greatest basketball player ever. He averaged 30.1 points per game for his career!!! His mid-range shot is the best ever as well as his ability to sit in the air and hit incredible shots from tough angles at the rim. Also, he is the greatest perimeter defender in history.
The fact that he was the best offensive player and defender of all-time is clearly enough to classify Jordan as the greatest ever. SF- LeBron James LeBron James is the best all-round basketball player to live. He is one of the best overall scorers, passers and chase-down swatters to play the game. Last season, he led the Finals in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks while basically acting as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers to win 4–3 after trailing 3–1 to the Golden State Warriors!!!
PF- Kevin Garnett Many people would say that Tim Duncan deserves this spot, but I think Garnett slightly edges Duncan here. Garnett was a two-way monster.
He was extremely athletic for a Power Forward and had many great dunks and blocks over his 21 year career. Garnett had a great mid-range shot and was extremely aggressive at the rim. He also controlled the defense of his teams. But what made me put him as the best power forward ever is the fact that he was the best vocally inspirational leader while his effort and passion he displayed for the game is second to no one.
C- Bill Russell Bill Russell was the best rebounder ever to play basketball. Wilt was 7–1 whereas Russell stood at 6–10 which is why I edge him over Chamberlain. Also, Bill Russell was the greatest defensive player of all-time and if blocks and steals were recorded at the time he played, he probably would’ve averaged 8 bpg and 3 spg for his career which is a massive amount compared to someone today.
By the way, his pace and vertical leap was similar to a point guard’s which is crazy.
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