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My top five NBA players of all time

Updated on December 31, 2014

Which of these guys made the list?

Who are the best of all time?
Who are the best of all time? | Source

How the list was comprised

First things first I would like to state that this list was compiled of the best players I have seen performed. Although there have been greats in the past, my list has to do with players from the 90’s to present. The list is also comprised by position which in my opinion is the most fair way to do it. Since different positions require different skill sets it’s hard to just include on the list multiple guards or forwards than are actually allotted for a starting five. In fact I would challenge others to put a better list or a list of their own in the comments section at the bottom. So without further wait here goes my top 5.

Bad Boy

Isiah Thomas was the leader of the Bad Boy Pistons back to back championships.
Isiah Thomas was the leader of the Bad Boy Pistons back to back championships. | Source

PG) Isiah Thomas

As much as it pains me to put him on the list as a Chicago Bulls fan, I have to give respect where it is due. IsiahThomas was the leader of the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons who won back to back championships in 1989 and 1990. In his career Isiah averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 assist per game including the 1984-1985 season in which he averaged over 21 points and almost 14 assist a game for the Pistons. Thomas who was a 12 time all star and 2 time all star MVP also won NBA finals MVP in 1989. He was a ferocious point guard who could take almost ant defender off of the dribble and score at any time. His style is replicated by many star point guards in the league today including Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, and John Wall.

Top plays from Isiah

Air Mike

The will to be great
The will to be great | Source

SG) Michael Jordan

In terms of shooting guards or all time greats there perhaps will never be another Michael Jordan. Jordan had an ability to score at will on almost anyone in the game, but what set him apart was how he did it. Michael could take you off the dribble, shoot over the top, or score from the post. Jordan during his career averaged 30 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assist a game during his 15 year career with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. As dominant as Michael Jordan performed on offense, he was perhaps just as good defensively. 9 time 1st team all defensive Jordan played defense with a purpose taking on any and all challengers

Top Jordan moments

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The Return

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SF) Lebron James

While Lebron James is still an active player, and other players such as Larry Bird and Kevin Durant come to mind, Lebron in my opinion leads the list. Standing at 6ft. 8in. and 240lbs. James has not disappointed fans since he entered the league as the number one pick in the 2003 draft class. Offensively he is a matchup nightmare. His ability to shoot over the top of smaller defenders while taking taller ones of the dribble is what sets him apart from most. As a four time league MVP LeBron James also has a way of making those around him better. Although his career average is over 27 ppg. James also averages over 6 assist a game as well. Even though Larry Bird is the popular choice, Lebron’s play on both ends of the court is what sets him apart from Bird or Kevin Durant. James has the frame of a power forward, sight of a point guard, and ability to score like a shooting guard. Kevin Durant has a chance of being the best, but can he make the commitment on defense, and can he make his teammates better?

King James highlights

Last of the low post big men

After 18 years Tim Duncan is still playing at a high level.
After 18 years Tim Duncan is still playing at a high level. | Source

Tim Duncan

Although he is never flashy, Tim Duncan has been slow and steady in his career. A career 19.8ppg, 11rebounds, and 3 blocks per game player, Duncan has lead the San Antonio Spurs to 5 NBA championships. Tim Duncan is one of the few leftover true low post players in the game, has been able to perform wonderfully during his now 18 year career. Duncan won back to back MVP’s in 2001 and 2002 shooting over 50% from the floor. In an age when the game has become more perimeter oriented Tim has ushered in a new style of basketball. The San Antonio Spurs once a tough hardnosed defensive team, has transformed into an offensive machine of free flowing pick and rolls as well as free flowing ball movement. Duncan is like an ageless wonder, which seems to be able to transcend his game into any era of basketball.

The best of Tim Duncan

The Dream

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C0 Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon is easily one of the top centers of all time. Playing in an era in which the center position was the focal point in most team’s offences, the dream out performed most on any given night. Squaring off with the likes of Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Shaq, and other top centers in the league at that time Olajuwon seemed to be on another level. No matter if it was the dream shake, hi s short jump hook, or his fade away jumper Hakeem was an unstoppable force. For his career Olajuwon posted 21.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game during his 18 year career. The Dream lead the Houston Rockets to two NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. The 12 time all star Hakeem won the league’s MVP in 1994, and also won the finals MVP in the same season.

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