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    Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    In order, who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time. ( Notice I didn't say most talented)
    1. Oscar Robertson
    2. Magic Johnson
    3. Michael Jordan (Wow, will I get ripped for this or what?)
    4. Wilt the Stilt
    5. Larry Bird,
    With Bill Russell and Pistol Pete Maravich very close to being on that list, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    What no John Starks? He was the man!



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    You have to put my favorite player ever - Doctor J. - on there somewhere.

    I would probably drop the Big O down around seventh and bump all of yours up a notch and put Dr. J. in at number 5.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by c.y.c.l.o.n.e.s View Post
    You have to put my favorite player ever - Doctor J. - on there somewhere.

    I would probably drop the Big O down around seventh and bump all of yours up a notch and put Dr. J. in at number 5.
    Sorry, but none of these other guys averaged a triple double, and Dr. J wasn't the best shooter in the world.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    1. Bill Russell
    2. Magic Johnson
    3. Michael Jordan
    4. Oscar
    5. Kareem

    Coming soon...Kobe



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyismydog View Post
    Sorry, but none of these other guys averaged a triple double, and Dr. J wasn't the best shooter in the world.
    Would Oscar Robertson average a triple double in today's game? While it's unbelievable, you have to consider the era that each player played in.

    I haven't seen many people claim that Magic Johnson was the better player than Michael Jordan.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    Would Oscar Robertson average a triple double in today's game? While it's unbelievable, you have to consider the era that each player played in.

    I haven't seen many people claim that Magic Johnson was the better player than Michael Jordan.
    A lot of players do. It is hard b/c Magic still had a lot of game left when he found out he had HIV.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    Would Oscar Robertson average a triple double in today's game? While it's unbelievable, you have to consider the era that each player played in.

    I haven't seen many people claim that Magic Johnson was the better player than Michael Jordan.
    I think Oscar would have.Have you watched any old videos of him? He was a great, great player. Heck, even Jerry West said he was the best of all time.
    Michael was more talented, but I think Magic was a better player, and a lot more versatile. IMO, he could have put up Michael-like stats if he played selfishly like Michael always did.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    1. Jordan
    2. Wilt Chamberlain
    3. Kareem
    4. Bill Russell
    5. Magic Johnson



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones85' View Post
    A lot of players do. It is hard b/c Magic still had a lot of game left when he found out he had HIV.
    Michael had a lot of game left when he went and played baseball, too. If his father wasn't murdered, who's to say he didn't win 8 in a row?



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    Michael had a lot of game left when he went and played baseball, too. If his father wasn't murdered, who's to say he didn't win 8 in a row?
    And who's to say Michael would have won those championships if he had to face Magic in the finals every year?



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyismydog View Post
    I think Oscar would have.Have you watched any old videos of him? He was a great, great player. Heck, even Jerry West said he was the best of all time.
    Michael was more talented, but I think Magic was a better player, and a lot more versatile. IMO, he could have put up Michael-like stats if he played selfishly like Michael always did.
    Yes I've seen videos of him. How many points were teams averaging per game when Oscar Robertson played? I say there is no way he'd average a triple double. No way.

    Michael would have passed the ball more if his center was the all time leading scorer. You can call him selfish if you want, but he won.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    I think if you have Wilt ranked over Russell, than you don't know much about the game of basketball. There is a lot more to it than scoring.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyismydog View Post
    And who's to say Michael would have won those championships if he had to face Magic in the finals every year?
    ...who's to say Magic wins any if he has to face Michael every year? Michael was 1-0 in the Finals against Magic, afterall.

    Michael Jordan is the reason that Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, and John Stockton never won rings. And his baseball career is the reason that Olujuwon and Drexler did.



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    Re: Who were the 5 greatest basketball players of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    ...who's to say Magic wins any if he has to face Michael every year? Michael was 1-0 in the Finals against Magic, afterall.

    Michael Jordan is the reason that Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, and John Stockton never won rings. And his baseball career is the reason that Olujuwon and Drexler did.

    Very good stuff.



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