Hello once again athletes!!!
I am back again athletes! This is the second part in this list of the top 25 players of all-time. They are all better than LeBron, from a career stand-point. This time it is the 1-11 best players of all-time. Let’s do this like Nike!
11) Shaquille O’Neal- Shaquille O’Neal gave himself many nicknames throughout his career, but the one that may most accurately describe him is “Most Dominant Ever.” At 7’1” and weighing between 300 and 350 pounds, O’Neal was a behemoth that proved nearly unstoppable in the low post.
10) Bill Russell- Many consider Bill Russell to be the greatest player in NBA history. Yet, because of not being as well rounded as Larry Bird (due to his mediocre offensive game), he is actually not even the best player in Celtics’ franchise history. His 11 championships as a player will most likely never be matched.
9) Jerry West- Jerry West, aka “Mr. Clutch”, was one of the best all-around players in NBA history. Possessing one of the best jump shots in the game, West became one of the most dominant scorers in the league.He earned a reputation for being clutch by hitting several last-second shots and stepping up his game in the playoffs. His 29.1 playoff scoring average currently ranks third all-time.
8) Hakeem Olajuwon- While Hakeem Olajuwon may not be the most dominant center of all time, he may be the most talented as far as possessing pure basketball skills. When one considers posting and shooting abilities, footwork, rebounding, playmaking and defense, there may be no other center in history that was so well rounded.
7) Oscar Robertson- Oscar Robertson (nicknamed “The Big O”) was a statistical phenomenon during his time. Following one of the most successful collegiate basketball careers at the University of Cincinnati, Robertson would go on to accomplish things in the NBA that no player since has come close to.Robertson seemed to define the triple-double, recording 181 throughout his career. That far outpaces Magic Johnson who resides in second place at 138. Many basketball fans know that he averaged a triple-double in his second season: 30.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg and 11.4 apg. Yet, over his first five years in the league, Robertson also averaged a triple-double with the following statistics: 30.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 10.6 apg.
6) Wilt Chamberlain- Open up any NBA record book and Wilt Chamberlain’s name dominates the pages. His scoring feats are legendary, being the only player to score 100 points in an NBA game. He is also the only person to ever average over 40 and 50 points per game throughout an entire season.Of the 62 60-point games in league history, Wilt had 32 of them. Not surprisingly, Wilt led the league in scoring over his first seven seasons, never averaging fewer than 33 points per game. (Was also the NBA’s first pimp lol.)
5) Kobe Bryant- When it comes to NBA legends, few have accomplished more than Kobe Bryant. With his amazing scoring ability and his stellar defense, Kobe Bryant has a similar well-rounded game like most at the top of this list.
4) Larry Bird- With all of his accomplishments and using the criteria of these rankings, Larry Bird stands out as the best small forward in NBA history. As one of the smartest players in the league, his court vision was among the best ever seen. In combining his shooting touch, rebounding ability and playmaking skills, Bird was one of the most well-rounded players.
3) Magic Johnson- As the greatest Point Guard in NBA history, Magic Johnson also ranks a bit higher than Kobe Bryant, making him the “greatest Lakers player of all time” for now. Like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson had a brilliant all-around game as evidenced by his 138 triple-doubles. In just his third season, Magic averaged 9.6 rpg and 9.5 apg.
2) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar- When it comes to all the great centers in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or the artist formerly known as Lew Alcindor, is the greatest. There have been a lot of great scorers in league history but none have scored more points than Kareem. Much of his scoring success was attributed to his signature sky hook, an accurate shot that proved to be perhaps the most unstoppable shot in league history.
1) Michael Jordan- Anyone who disagrees with this is a marsupial. Michael Jordan’s place as the greatest player of all time in NBA history should hardly surprise anyone. Besides Kobe Bryant, Jordan is the only other player in NBA history to excel at all the criteria used in these rankings including his abilities in scoring, shooting the ball, defense, playmaking, winning, leadership and performing in the clutch.
That’s it for now athletes! Make sure to comment below if you have any disagreements in my placements. Remember to check the blog every single day and read all of the amazing posts by the Reporters. Have a wonderful day.