The Top 5 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time

The Top 5 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time

 

Who are the top 5 greatest basketball players of all time? That’s a tough question to answer. This article will attempt to rank the top 5 on the court skills, contributions to their teams and overall impact on the game. Of course, basketball historians may disagree with some of these selections, but this list should provide interesting fodder for debate.

 

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during the game against the New Jersey - Dundas News
Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during the game against the New Jersey

 

You probably don’t need a lot of convincing here, but MJ is arguably the greatest basketball player to ever live. If you want to argue against that, feel free, because there are plenty people who will. There’s nothing wrong with arguing (see point #1), but doing so in regard to Jordan feels like you’re just showing off for attention or personal gain. We all know he was awesome – and if you don’t know that now, you’ll see it soon enough by watching his skills on display in NBA2K15.

 

LeBron James

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LeBron James image talking to ground staff

 

King James is, for most people, one of (if not) the greatest basketball player ever. His unparalleled combination of strength and speed allows him to play almost any position on a basketball court. His shooting, passing, ball-handling and overall size/strength allow him to dominate inside while also being able to outmaneuver defenders on drives to score at will. Overall, he is an incredibly versatile player who has a high basketball IQ and isn’t afraid to take big shots late in games or during clutch moments when his team needs it most.

 

Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. In his entire carrier of 20 years he played for  National Basketball Association (NBA). Kobe Bryant holds several records in basketball, including highest season scoring average (35.4), most seasons playing with one franchise for a full season (20), and most seasons being NBA Finals MVP (5). He is also one of only three players to have scored more than 30,000 regular-season points in their career and won an NBA championship. Kobe after some stars is regarded as a greatest player; there are other more Basketball players, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Wilt Chamberlain. Below are some interesting facts about him

 

Magic Johnson

Dundas News -Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during a game played circa 1987 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during a game played circa 1987 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.

 

Earvin Magic Johnson Jr. played as a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the (NBA). After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by The Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season. He. won four more championships with Los Angeles before retiring abruptly in 1991.

 

Bill Russell

Bill Russell, left, and Don Chaney, right, shake hands as Red Auerbach, center, looks on during a practice at the Boston Garden, April 6, 1968. Don Chaney is the team's No. 1 draft choice.
Bill Russell, left, and Don Chaney, right, shake hands as Red Auerbach, center, looks on during a practice at the Boston Garden, April 6, 1968. Don Chaney is the team’s No. 1 draft choice.

 

At 13 years old, Russell’s parents divorced and he was sent to live with his grandparents in Jackson, Mississippi. He attended high school in Jackson and began playing organized basketball at 14. In 1950, he led his high school team to three consecutive state championships. Russell served two years in the US Air Force before enrolling at University of San Francisco. He played both basketball and baseball for the University. In fact, he only played one full season at USF (his sophomore year) because coach Phil Woolpert made him quit baseball after catching him stealing a bottom

 

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