The Best Basketball Stars Of All Time
It will be a very contentious list to try and pin down the top 10 basketball players of all time. That is why we won’t be listing our top picks for best players of all time in a numerical order. Instead we will simply pick the ten players we think would be at the top of the list of greatest players of all time.
One thing that is always brought up when considering the best ballers of all time is the fact that the game has changed a lot in recent years, mostly with regards to the fitness of players. It can’t be denied that players of today are of a completely different calibre than the players a few years ago.
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Thanks to his involvement in popular media ranging from his own rap album to a variety of films and television appearance, Shaquille O’Neal has become a sporting icon. Despite his grace and excellent footwork, Shaq’s greatest strength was his immense size. His 7 foot frame easily powered through opposition defence to seal multiple victories for his team.
Shaq gave Duncan the nickname “the Big Fundamental”. Unlike many other players on this list, Duncan was very humble and kept focused on his solid, fundamental play style to methodical drive the Spurs between the 90’s and 00’s. Few can argue with his 2 MVP’s, 4 championships and 14 all star games.
With a score at the end of his career of almost 40 000 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has certainly left an impressive legacy. He played for almost 20 years and remained in the game to play with legends like Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
Like other player he was also in a few films and secured his position in popular culture with the comedy Airplane and a stunning fight scene against Bruce Lee in Game of Death.
With a career average between 1961 and 1962 of 30.8, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists, per game, Oscar Robertson is legendary. He also played an important role in introducing free agency in the NBA.
Chamberlain holds 4 of the highest single season averages and scored 100 points in a single game. He averaged more rebounds than the legend that is Bill Russell and he averaged an incredible 45 .8 minutes on the court per game. Watching him was as thrilling as playing mobile pokies, only with a very different prize.
So much more than a basketball star, Magic Johnson is one of the best of all time. His strength as a point guard and an all round excellent player on the court helped drive his successful 13 year career with The Lakers.
Johnson also is a keen businessman who focuses his efforts on urban renovation while his work for HIV and AIDS awareness is almost unparalleled.
Jordan is a legendary figure on and off court. He has even tried his hand at professional golf and baseball for the simple reason that he is one of the most competitive people in the world of sports ever. His career record includes 5 MVP awards and a 30.1 average score per game.
James is an incredibly divisive figure but it can’t be denied that his on court talent is near unparalleled. He has more than lived up to his reputation that he has been carrying around since he was a teenager. He has shown overall improvement in his weakest areas more than any other player in the sport.