Well, another week has passed without sports. Fortunately, we have a whole host of history to look back on and appreciate. With that in mind, I would like to give everyone my top five starting basketball players of all time. I know there will be some disagreements, but I’ve watched the NBA for awhile. I’ve also studied it’s history, which will come into play in my rankings. Without further ado:
Center: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar- As the man who holds the most league MVP’s, I would pick Kareem as my top big man. While Wilt was more singularly dominant, I believe Kareem would mesh with the rest of my team better. Not to mention, he knows how to win and was an unstoppable force for years.
Power Forward: Tim Duncan- The lynchpin of the Spurs dynasty, Duncan would form a great inside team with Kareem. His selfless nature will be needed, as will his stoic presence. Others may have been flashier, but few have been as consistent as the Big Fundamental.
Small Forward: Larry Bird- This will probably get a lot of flack from LeBron lovers, but I would still take Larry Legend if forced to. Bird wasn’t as physically gifted as some of the other athletes in NBA history, but he made up for it with an intelligence and relentlessness very rarely seen. He had it all. Strong defense. Clutch shooting. And the swagger you want from one of your top guys.
Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan- I don’t think an explanation is needed. You can try and argue, but the greatest of all time is definitely on my list. Jordan combined a maniacal desire to win with his talent, and it led to one of the greatest dynasties of all time. He had some help, but everyone knew where the ball was going when MJ was in the court. And, in the biggest moments, he delivered without fail.
Point Guard: Magic Johnson- For my money, the second best basketball player of all time. He could make any pass and any play imaginable, and he is the perfect distributor for my fantasy team. Magic would have my offense running like a fine tuned machine.
Well, there’s my two cents on the subject. I hope you enjoyed the read and let me know what changes you would make. Until next time.