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Friday, May 27, 2011

NBA All-Time

A few weeks ago, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle argued that his star Dirk Nowitzki is among the ten greatest NBA players of all time. Recently, none other than Scottie Pippen suggested that Michael Jordan was merely the greatest "scorer" (which, itself, is debatable) and that LeBron might end up being the best player ever.

So, for the record, here's how I see the discussion.

First of all, your top four names can be interchanged within the group as anyone cares to deem fit, but these top four names - each one #1 in a category - are the only names in the discussion for the title of greatest ever:

1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar - six championships, six MVPs, career total points leader
2. Bill Russell - career 11 championships in 13 years, (including one as player-coach!)
3. Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain - 50 ppg season average, 100 pt game, 4th in career points
4. Michael Jordan - six championships, six MVPs, career ppg leader, 3rd in career points.

The next two are...