Who's the best basketball player of all time?

Started by jimmy olsen, January 17, 2023, 08:49:38 PM

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Who's the best basketball player of all time

Wilt Chamberlain
1 (5.3%)
Kareem Abdul Jabar
4 (21.1%)
Magic Johnson
1 (5.3%)
Larry Bird
1 (5.3%)
Lebron James
1 (5.3%)
Bill Russel
2 (10.5%)
Michael Jordan
9 (47.4%)

Total Members Voted: 19

jimmy olsen

With Lebron James on pace to pass Kareem on the all time scoring list in 12 games (barring injury) and to move up to 4th on the all time assist list past Steve Nash in the next 8 games, I thought it was appropriate to revisit this question.
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jimmy olsen

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Valmy

#3
Kareem.

1964 and 1965 High School Basketball player of the year for the entire USA. Played for one of the greatest High School Basketball teams of all time: 1964 Power Memorial Academy. Went 79-2 as a High School player.

1967, 1968, and 1969 College Player of the Year. Played for one of the greatest College Basketball teams of all time: 1966 UCLA Bruins. Went 88-2 as a College player. Three time NCAA Tournament MVP. Three time National Champion.

1970 NBA Rookie of the Year. 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, and 1980 NBA Most Valuable Player. 19 time All-Star. 10 time First Team all NBA. Played for two of the greatest NBA Teams of all time: 1971 Milwaukee Bucks and the 1987 LA Lakers. 6 Time NBA Champion. 2 time NBA Finals MVP. 

I mean you might make a case that one of the other guys was a better NBA player but nobody dominated every level of Basketball for so long as Kareem did. Nobody has a resume like his. Every team he ever played for was a champion while he was there.
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Valmy

Quote from: jimmy olsen on January 17, 2023, 08:52:00 PM
Quote from: The Larch on January 17, 2023, 08:50:41 PMNo Michael Jordan?
Ah! That's meant to be choice one. Instead it's the title. :wacko:

I feel like this poll has been tainted. Much like the 2020 Lakers

My choice would not change though  :P
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Jacob

I edited the poll, adding Jordan as an option and providing a title more line with Timmy's intention. Only three votes had been cast at the time.

jimmy olsen

Quote from: Jacob on January 17, 2023, 10:38:42 PMI edited the poll, adding Jordan as an option and providing a title more line with Timmy's intention. Only three votes had been cast at the time.
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Barrister

I don't know shit about basketball, so I'm just going to vote for Kareem because he had a funny bit in Airplane!

I know Jordan starred in Space Jam, and Lebron in Space Jam 2, but well I like Airplane! more.
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Valmy

Quote from: Barrister on January 17, 2023, 11:11:06 PMI don't know shit about basketball, so I'm just going to vote for Kareem because he had a funny bit in Airplane!

I know Jordan starred in Space Jam, and Lebron in Space Jam 2, but well I like Airplane! more.

The right choice!
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celedhring

Voted Jordan. Hard to me to properly evaluate Kareem or Russel outside of their stats and winning records, wasn't around the see them play in their pomps. Russel's record is particularly ridiculous on paper.

There's a valid case for LeBron due to being great for a longer period of time - which has allowed him to stack all these crazy all-time records and led winning teams in different cities, but I feel that Jordan at his peak was just that wee bit more unstoppable than LeBron at his peak. I do feel that he was also a better defender, which while secondary it is important.

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The Brain

I don't know how the thread starter feels, but in my mind there's a difference between the best player and the greatest player. Greatest to me means (slightly simplified) that you have achieved more than anyone else (number of points scored, most important discoveries made, battles/wars won, or whatever it happens to be about), while best means being the most skillful. Now getting to my point: is there any player that in his prime was at least as good as the ones listed but was forced out of the game early by injury or death or whatever, thus unable to rack up total numbers?
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Admiral Yi

Quote from: The Brain on January 18, 2023, 03:28:53 AMNow getting to my point: is there any player that in his prime was at least as good as the ones listed but was forced out of the game early by injury or death or whatever, thus unable to rack up total numbers?

Bill Walton's foot split open early in his career and he continued to play but at a much lesser level.