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    Greatest NBA Player

    Of All-Time

    (in order)


    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Magic Johnson
    3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    4. Larry Bird
    5. Bill Russel
    6. Shaquille O'Neal
    7. Kobe Bryant
    8. LeBron James
    9. Tim Duncan
    10. Hakeem Olajuwan

    Honorable Mentions:

    (not in order)

    Wilt Chamberlain
    Oscar Robertson
    Julius Erving
    Moses Malone
    Karl Malone
    Scottie Pippen
    Steph Curry
    Jerry West
    Isiah Thomas
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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    What is the criteria?

    What makes MJ (probably the greatest) the greatest over Wilt Chamberlain? Or for that matter Bill Russel?

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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    lists like this are so hard to debate

    different era's

    what criteria?

    to me....basketball is a TEAM game....and the greatest TEAM player of ALL TIME is Bill Russell and it isnt even close

    i know....he doesnt dazzle with statistics like others, but i will take the RINGS

    individually....cant argue too much with your list.....find it hard to believe that the BIG O is outside the top 10 though

    trying to figure out who to move...and having issues....but he averaged a triple double in a season, when no one else was even getting one or two

    Wilt was a great scorer....not a great team player

    Dr J was a highlight reel waiting to happen

    And i just had the discussion a few days ago about Bird and Magic who basically saved basketball....which was dying on the vine before they revived it....and then MJ took over
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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Of All-Time

    (in order)


    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Magic Johnson
    3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    4. Larry Bird
    5. Bill Russel
    6. Shaquille O'Neal
    7. Kobe Bryant
    8. LeBron James
    9. Tim Duncan
    10. Hakeem Olajuwan

    Honorable Mentions:

    (not in order)

    Wilt Chamberlain
    Oscar Robertson
    Julius Erving
    Moses Malone
    Karl Malone
    Scottie Pippen
    Steph Curry
    Jerry West
    Isiah Thomas
    All time leader in assists and steals not worth an honorable mention?
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    Quote Originally Posted by gdgyva View Post
    lists like this are so hard to debate

    different era's

    what criteria?

    to me....basketball is a TEAM game....and the greatest TEAM player of ALL TIME is Bill Russell and it isnt even close
    Not to take away from Bill Russell, who is amazing, but you can't deny it's a lot easier to win titles when you get to play with not one, two, three, or four, but five different hall of famers (Cousey, Sharman, Ramsey, and the Jones's) for a lot of those titles and also when there are only eight teams in the league.
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Of All-Time

    (in order)


    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Magic Johnson
    3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    4. Larry Bird
    5. Bill Russel
    6. Shaquille O'Neal
    7. Kobe Bryant
    8. LeBron James
    9. Tim Duncan
    10. Hakeem Olajuwan

    Honorable Mentions:

    (not in order)

    Wilt Chamberlain
    Oscar Robertson
    Julius Erving
    Moses Malone
    Karl Malone
    Scottie Pippen
    Steph Curry
    Jerry West
    Isiah Thomas
    The goat? That's easy. LeBron James

    Just from a pure physical perspective, James was bigger, stronger, and more athletic than Jordan.

    James also meant more for the city of Cleveland than Jordan did to Chicago. James was a better role model for his community than Jordan - a compulsive gambler and someone that frequented the strip club and cheated on his wife numerous times.

    The debate was over a few years ago. James continued and sustained dominance makes him the GOAT.

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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky View Post
    The goat? That's easy. LeBron James

    Just from a pure physical perspective, James was bigger, stronger, and more athletic than Jordan.

    James also meant more for the city of Cleveland than Jordan did to Chicago. James was a better role model for his community than Jordan - a compulsive gambler and someone that frequented the strip club and cheated on his wife numerous times.

    The debate was over a few years ago. James continued and sustained dominance makes him the GOAT.
    I've been kind of leaning towards LBJ lately too for this debate, but I can't help but notice that nothing you listed for their attributes is really directly related to how good a basketball player they are.
    There should be Instant Runoff Voting

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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    I've been kind of leaning towards LBJ lately too for this debate, but I can't help but notice that nothing you listed for their attributes is really directly related to how good a basketball player they are.
    There is no point. Too many Jordan zealots out there that worship the ground he walks in. Any debate will end from a Jordan supporter, "he has six rings."
    Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?

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    Re: Greatest NBA Player

    Greatest, shmatest. The prettiest ever was Dr. J. That’s what sports are about, the beauty of bodies in motion.

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