Aside from Jordan? Clyde The Glide Drexler.
No player has been as dominant in every phase of the game as Jordan. He is clearly the best player to have played, and his talent would transcend any player in any era of basketball. Jordan is better than any 2 or 3 that ever played. This said, he is a pretty terribad human (emperical data and all, at least from my perspective the times I've met him irl).
At least the greatest PG/C/PF of all time is still up for grabs.
From a pure athletic talent view, Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest ever. The man was completely unstoppable and would decide to lead a specific category each season and then go out and do it. Lead points..done. Lead in rebounds...done. Lead in women shagged...done.
But the greatest player ever from a competitive standpoint was unquestionably Michael Jordan.
The guy from the harlem globetrotters that has a 80% average shooting from center court with his back to the rim.
The only correct answer is Jordan. Yes there have been some outlandishly skilled players out there (Olajuwon, Bird, Magic to name a few) but no other player revolutionized the game like he did, no one ever dominated the game on both ends of the floor like he did. Besides, Jordan is more than just an athlete, he is part of the reason basketbal and the nba are so well known around the globe. Greatest of all time? No doubt about it.
Very nice video if you're into basketball.
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dont bring that kobe talk here he just got lucky to be on the lakers while they stack the team with superstars around him.
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if you take a look at kobe bryants face these days. his arrogant face i might add. he himself thinks his the greatest player ever.
but his not even top 5
Lol whoever considers lebron even top 5 is kidding themselves. Yes lebron is athletically gifted. But guess what happens with age? You slow down and age is going to be against lebron more than it was for kobe/jordan.
Top 3 easily would be
To people who overlook Kobes greatness, you are delusional. The things he did at lebrons age and around it were way better than what lebron is doing now. Lebron doesnt have the clutchness of kobe/jordan. Plus when lebron is 32+, ill be laughing at his skill level then when he cant use his speed to get points/make plays. Once you get to that age you better have a good jump shot to be even considered top 10.
Also durant > lebron.
The only way lebron will ever reach top 5 is if he travels.
Russel could play in this day and age as well.
Saying greatest of all time is silly, as the different eras of basketball are incredibly different.
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Saying bryant is not a top five player of all time only proves your bias and hatred. People don't like him, so they denigrate his many, vast amount of achievements. Oh well.
Furthermore, while Jordan's first threepeat came at a time when the level of competition was still relatively fierce, his second wave of titles came when it was at the exact opposite. Remember that his Bulls team set the all-time wins record in a season. The NBA by that point wasn't even the NBA. It was "the Bulls...and everyone that isn't the BUlls". Most, if not all, of Russell's success came in an era where even players of his own position were not only on par to him, but in some cases superior. He was winning in the same eras of Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor.
However, beyond that point, the other reason I list Russell is he had more to offer than just ability on the court, of which his was incredible. Russell was also quite the amazing coach. Jordan, on the other hand, in a front office capacity has managed to ruin two entire franchises. While he had a greatness on the court, his greatness off the court made him one-dimensional. Russell could pretty much do anything and excel at it.
Jordan is the greatest ever. I even have a hard time seeing Lebron as a "once in a decade" type of player.
In every big sport there are pro's, then the superstars and of those superstars there are just a few that are even higher. The Babe Ruth's, Pele's, Gretzky's, Maradonna, Senna etc.
I think we all know what I mean with those people a step up, I don't see that for Lebron. People saying Lebron, how old are you if I may ask? Truely old enough to have seen Jordan play (and not as an 8 year old when you didn't really get the intricate details of the game yet).
The answer is Jordan. LeBron is good, but MJ is still on a whole different level. LeBron has the bigger toolkit, but MJ was simply better in a lot of areas than LeBron is. LeBron has a long way to go though before this argument is even relative.