Michael Jordan is widely known as the game’s greatest player and it’s no mistake why.
“MJ”, as he is popularly called, accomplished everything possible in the game, piling up on the stats and awards. The legend dominated both sides of the ball, amassing 11 All-NBA selections, nine All-Defensive First team selections and 10 scoring titles, 5 MVP, 14 NBA All-Star and many more accolades makes him the greatest Basketball player of all time.
Magic Johnson, began his career with greatness and never looked back. He won Finals MVP as a rookie when he famously started in place of the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV. He returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.
LeBron James, entered the league with big dreams and impossible expectations, some thinking that such expectations were for the greats, right?
Wrong. The Miami Heat superstar has gotten the championship monkey off of his back two times over and is now chasing history. With all things equal, King James posses to be the greatest when he finally hangs the boots. He is definitely one of the richest with so many endorsement and commercials. He has been ranked as one of America’s most influential and popular athletes. The statistics and MVP counts speak for themselves. “King James” has developed into a great two-way player, being named to 9 All-NBA and 5 All-Defensive Teams.
The greatest defender in the game’s history led the Boston Celtics to a record 11 NBA Championships. Russell was the first African American player to achieve superstar status in the NBA. He also served a three season (1966–69) stint as a player-coach for the Celtics, becoming the first African American NBA coach. For his accomplishments in the Civil Rights Movement on and off the court, Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Bill Russell is an interesting case, as his offensive stats don’t jump out at you, but his impact went far beyond numbers.
Before Duncan, there was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in terms of consistency. His ability to maintain such averages while competing for 20 seasons is simply a testament to his greatness.
Here’s a rundown of Kareem’s biggest feats: all-time leading scorer in NBA history, most regular season MVP awards (six), 15 All-NBA selections, 11 All-Defense selections, 19 All-Star appearances, 15 time All NBA selection, and an 11 time NBA All Defensive team member. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two as an assistant coach.
Chamberlain’s dominance is widely acknowledged, and as time passes he seems more and more like a mythical figure. In the 1961-62 regular seasons, he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds, simply unreal right?
Had Wilt accomplished more in the postseason, he would be closer to No. 1. It seems crazy to expect more from a player who averaged 22 and 25, but that’s how it goes when you’re the most dominant.
My favourite character when playing EA sports basketball but he wasn’t just good in the game, he was phenomenal and it’s no luck he is considered one of the greats. His consistency in the game is second to none. He is sometimes considered to be the greatest power forward of all time, he is a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. He is also a 15-time NBA All-Star and the only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All Defensive Teams in all of his first 13 seasons.