The NBA’s Best


Best Overall

1st team

Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan

Larry Bird

Tim Duncan

Bill Russell

2nd team

Isaiah Thomas

Kobe Bryant

Julius Erving

Karl Malone

Wilt Chamberlain

Shooting: Jumpshot

1st team

Steve Nash

Reggie Miller

Chris Mullin

Dirk Nowitzki

Jack Sikma

2nd team

Mark Price

Ray Allen

Glenn Rice

Bob McAdoo

Hakeem Olajuwon

Most Athletic

1st team

Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan

LeBron James

Shawn Kemp

Wilt Chamberlain

2nd team

Oscar Robertson

Vince Carter

Dominique Wilkins

Charles Barkley

Hakeem Olajuwon

Passing

1st team

Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan

Larry Bird

Karl Malone

Wilt Chamberlain

2nd team

John Stockton

Kobe Bryant

LeBron James

Kevin Garnett

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Defensive

1st team

Gary Payton

Michael Jordan

Scottie Pippen

Dennis Rodman

Dikembe Mutumbo

2nd team

Alvin Robertson

Michael Cooper

Ron Artest

Ben Wallace

Hakeem Olajuwon



3 comments for “The NBA’s Best

  1. Spencer Christian
    December 10, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Just came across this, a few disagreements:
    1)Best Overall Center (always a tough argument), but how do you not go with at least Hakeem before Bill? Whole package vs defensive specialist..
    2)Maybe it’s too early, but Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard should be on most athletic 1st team.
    3)Finally, passing center: Vlade Divac (easy and obvious. Look into Wilt’s background sometime) and Chris Webber as 2nd team PF.

    thanks. great article.

    • AFM
      December 18, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      Chris, it is hard for me to disagree with anyone that says Olajuwon is the best at anything, but in the course of history he is not as good as Wilt, Russell, or Shaq (Shaq is the only player that one could argue that he is better than). He is higher in blocks and is the only center in the top ten for steals, but blocks weren’t recorded for the whole period of Wilt and Russell’s careers, and Shaq was a more dominant force though he was less skilled.

      Rose and Howard were only left off because it is so early in their careers. Good call

      Vlade didn’t make the list because he just wasn’t great. He was a good pro, but he never dominated.

      • Miho
        February 27, 2012 at 5:23 AM

        They are using Michael Jordan’s name value and the Los Angeles Media Market to boost their ratings by comparing LA’s own Kobe Bryant to His Airness. This is truly a foolish comparison when you look underneath the microscope and put their bodies of work (stats, accomplishments,etc.) into perspective. I have seen the video that you are talking about with the ESPN Kobe/MJ Comparison where they say that seen though Jordan has a higher scoring average, Kobe was the more established player at that same age because of his 5 rings. All they care about and can talk about are his 5 rings. That is all they think about. Who cares if he has 5 rings? Bill Russell has 11!!! Ten fingers and a toe, double what Kobe has. Russell has more rings than Magic and Larry have combined (8). Kareem and Jordan have 6 rings each. Each of these players have the same amount and more than he does, but no one makes near as big of a deal as ESPN does. It is all about the dollar, and they will push whatever they have to down our throat without any perspective at all to get paid, and boost ratings. It was horrible to see how they did not even mention anything about Kobe winning 3 of those rings with Shaquille O’Neal as the leader of those teams. Three of Kobe’s rings have Shaq’s name on them. That is part of putting those wins in perspective, because clearly his best years as a Laker were with Shaq. Once he started to hog the ball more and take away from the post, the Lakers started to fall apart. For the record, I am a LAKERS FAN, not a Kobe fan, but a LAKERS and BASKETBALL fan. I am a realist and I tell it like it is and how I see it, and the way I see it, Kobe cannot even hold Jordan’s sneakers.

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