5 Greatest NBA Players of All Time
1. Michael Jordan (Obviously)
How is there any debate? Jordan had five MVPs (Should have had eight in my opinion) two three peats, and is a ten time scoring champion. Here some stats you may not have known about him. He is the oldest player in NBA history to drop 50 points in a game when he scored 51 when he was 38 against the Hornets, after beginning the season 0-3 in the 1991 season Jordan NEVER lost three straight games as a Bull, so in 500 games he never lost three in a row across six seasons. He is also the only player in NBA History with two gold medals, an NBA ring, and an NCAA ring. If the take out the 96' season where Jordan missed most of the year with an injury, he missed a total of seven games in 12 seasons. Jordan NEVER missed a playoff game. He only scored single digits once, when he only played 16 minutes and just came off a foot injury, he still had eight points. His lowest PPG average with the Bulls was 28.2, excluding the 1996 season, he was a 21 year old rookie when he averaged it. If you thought all His Airness could do was scored you're wrong, in 1989 the Bulls put Jordan as the point guard spot for 11 games, he averaged 33 points, 11.4 assists, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per game and had ten triple doubles in that span. (I got that tip from Mike Korzemba but all of the others I got by my own research, check Korzemba on youtube he is a great basketball youtuber) From 1987-1998 he led the league is PPG and field goals per game. From 1987-1993 he led the league in PER, from 1987-1997 he led the league in win shares. He has the highest career PER with 27.91, second is LeBron James with 27.61. He has the most career blocks by a guard with 893, beating out second place Vince Carter with 791 by 102. He has the single season record for blocks by a guard with 131, second place is also held by the GOAT with 125. He is the only guard to get 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season, he did it twice. In 179 playoff games he never scored below 10 points, he only scored below 20 6 times. He scored over 15 points in every single game. He has the record for consecutive 15 point games, 20 point games with 65 straight, he has the record for consecutive field goals in a playoff game with 13, he is the only player with consecutive 50 point games in the playoffs when he scored 50 in game one and 55 in game two against the Cavs, he has the record for most 30 point games in the playoffs with 109, second is Kobe Bryant with 88. He also has the most 40 point games in the playoffs with 38. second is Jerry West with 20. He of course has the most 50 point games in the playoffs with 8, second is wilt chamberlain only 4. He also has the record for points in a playoff game with 63 against the soon to be champions Boston Celtics. MJ was compared to GOD by Larry Bird. He holds the record for PPG in the playoffs with a 33.45 average, second place isn't even at 30. He has the record for PER in the playoffs with a 28.6 PER. Jordan went 6-0 and never went to a game seven. He also set the record for consecutive 20 and 25 point games in the NBA Finals. He only scored under 25 four times. he also holds the record for consecutive 40 point games in the finals. When the media said the Clyde Drexler was a better shooter Jordan DECIDED to score 6 three pointers in one half of a finals game, was the record for threes in an half before Ray Allen made seven. I could STILL go on and on but I'm gonna stop here, my resources that I used were: Youtube, Basketball reference, and multiple articles on bleacher report and ESPN>
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Master of the Hook Shot
The Hook Shot King with six MVPs, the most in NBA history. A 15 time All-NBA selection, 11 time All-Defensive selection, and six championships along with 2 finals MVPs. Kareem is one of the most dominate players in the history of the NBA. The way he could post up and just put up a hook was second to none. He is number one on the career points scored with 38,387 points in a total of 21 seasons and 1560 games played. he is also third all time in career blocks, with 3,189 blocks. He had career averages of 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game. Along with a solid 55.9 field percent shooting. He led the league is blocks 4 times and in rebounds once when he average 16.9 boards a game. He also was 2 time scoring champion. he had a 24.6 PER and has 273.4 Win Shares.
His Ultimate season was: 1974-75 with averages of 30 points, 3.3 blocks, 4.1 assists, 14 rebounds, and 1 steal per game.
3. LeBron James
He's The King
When you're in the debate for the greatest of all time you know you're good. LeBron James has won 4 MVPs, Championships, 13 All-NBA selections, 1 time scoring champion, 6 time all-defensive selections, and 3 finals MVPs. The King has a 27.7 career PER rating, and 209.5 win shares. He has career averages of: 27.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 7.1 assists per game. he has the record for career points in the playoffs with 6163. He also has playoff career averages of 28.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1 block, and 6.9 assists. Being compared to MJ is a little stretch in my own opinion but I will admit I get why something would think LeBron is the GOAT. LeBron went to Miami won two championships came back to Cleveland and screamed "CLEVELAAAAANNDDDD!" When he won a championship for his home state. And, of course, "The Block."
4. Magic Johnson
He's Magic After All
Magic Johnson holds the record for career assists per game with an average 11.2. He has 3 MVPs, 10 All-NBA selections, 3 finals MVP, led the league in assists 4 times and steals twice, he won 5 NBA championships. He has playoffs averages of 19.5 points, 12.35 assists (Record), 1.9 steals, and 7.7 rebounds per game. His regular season averages are 19.5 points, 11.2 assists, 1.9 steals, and 7.2 rebounds per game. He earned his nickname from a reporter named Fred Stapley Junior, he called him Magic. Although, he never played a full season, the most games he ever played in a season is 80. he is one of the greatest passers, players, and the greatest point guard in NBA history. he was a 6 foot 9 inch point guard, need I say more?
The Black Mamba's Venomous Bite
Kobe Bryant has 1 MVP, 5 NBA Championships, 12 All-Defensive, 15 All-NBA, 2 Finals MVPs, and 2 time scoring champion. He has a 22.9 PER and 172.7 Win Shares. his career averages are: 25 points, 5.2 reboun- (Clears Throat) sorry passes, 4.7 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Has a 44.7 field goal percentage, he is an assassin after all. Has TWO numbers retired, 24 and 8. Holds no records. Averages 7.3/15.3 2 point shots made and 1.4/4.1 three pointers made. Trash talked THE PRESIDENT. The greatest trash talker of all time.