Top 5 Greatest NBA Players Of All Times- This question has been puzzling our minds for a long time now. Now the Best Sports Website in India is back with the answer to your query. It is not at all an easy task to rank the greatest, legendary NBA players of the old school and the present class according to their legacies and greatness.
Although, judging a player’s greatness especially of different eras is no small task. It is obvious that there are numerous iconic superstars that played in different generations, different times, rules and techniques.
The greatest players of all time can be determined using different criterions. It is a matter of perspective and opinions to determine who are the greatest of all time. Some consider player with the most trophies and championships as the greatest, some considers individual stats in check while naming the greatest.
In this list, we will talk about the top 5 greatest NBA Players taking both aspects of deducing into account. So, here is the list of Top 5 Greatest NBA players of all time.
5. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant had been the face of NBA for many years. He is arguably the finest player of the 2000s. He is an important icon not just in Basketball but a global icon in all sports and global sports ambassador in the earlier 2000s.
Some can claim, Kobe should have been higher in the list and some can say otherwise but the fact remains the same that Kobe has created a legacy that will remain stable for many years to come.
He has been called as the successor of Michael Jordan or the next MJ at many times due to similar game style, aggression and popularity. Remained loyal to Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe has won 5 championships with them.
He is also the only player in history to have two jersey numbers retired by same franchise. LA Lakers retired Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers in December 2017.
4. Magic Johnson
Contemporary to the Michael Jordan 80’s era, Magic Johnson made a name for himself as the flashiest player of all time. Winning NBA Finals as a rookie while starting at center in place of Kareem Abdul -Jabbar in NBA Finals 1980.
He became the greatest point guard of all time, flashing everyone in his path with this exuberant time with showtime LA Lakers.
The 6’9 tall point guard who was also the leader of Dream Team has been an important contribution to the NBA world. He won 5 championships and many MVPs but most of all he stimulated and rejuvenated NBA. No one in the history possess his passing ability. Johnson’s 12.3 assists ranks first all-time in the playoffs. Many people consider Johnson as the greatest NBA player of all times.
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul Jabbar was the player of consistency. He has a total of 6 NBA Championships to his name. Kareem has the most points in NBA history and the most regular season MVPs (6).
He also invented the famous and lethal skyhook shot. He was the most consistent player. His ability to maintain such consistency in more than 20 seasons shouts for his greatness itself.
Widely considered as the Best player in the league in the 70s. As long as he was playing, he was always considered as a top player. His career was impressive, historic and decorated plus its longevity is still unmatched even in the current statistics.
Kareem is all time top NBA scorer. His some other greatest accomplishments include 15 All-NBA selections, 11 All-Defense selections, 19 All-Star appearances.
2. LeBron James
You can not complete the list of greatest NBA showmen without including “King James” in it. LeBron James, the only currently active player on the list is often considered as the greatest of all time and he’s constantly building his status to become the ‘GOAT’.
Even more impressive is the fact that one of his greatest performances were on his 15th season. He has been a seasoned campaigner for every team he’s been a part of and he has 4 regular season and three NBA finals MVP to brag about it.
Although, James has won 3 NBA titles, the least number of championships in this list but don’t let it fool you. He has been in straight 8 NBA finals and against teams like Gregg Popovich’s Spurs, Kobe’s Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
‘King James’ not only played against all three of them but won the titles agaisnt them in their primes. No other player has accomplished that.
1. Michael Jordan
See, when we say 5 greatest players of all time, we are actually talking about the other four. Everybody knows who’s gonna land on no. 1, none other than Michael “Air” Jordan. Widely considered as the greatest player this game has ever seen- and for good reason.
Michael has accomplished everything this game has to offer. He has a perfect record, played 6 NBA finals and won all of them Plus he also won consecutive MVP awards.
In 1988 season, MJ won the NBA MVP, Defensive player of the year along with the NBA Scoring title. He is considered the greatest living player of all time and not just in the NBA, he is a sport cultural icon. There has never been a player quite like him before or after.
MJ’s other accomplishment includes 11 All-NBA selections, nine All-Defensive First team selections and 10 scoring titles.
And if you think he has won easy, his championships titles have come across teams loaded with Hall of Famers. His contribution to this sport is unparalleled. There is no athlete in the world like Michael Jordan. He is a legend and certainly the greatest of all time.
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