Listed below are the top 10 basketball legends to ever play in the NBA.
Top 10 Basketball Legends
#1 Michael Jordan (of course)
The man, the myth, the legend himself, MICHAEL JORDAN. There is no doubt about it that the 6 time NBA champion was the greatest of all time. Over his career, he averaged 30.1 points, 5.3 assists, and 6.2 rebounds. With his buzzer beaters, Jordan won championship games against Utah with the Bulls, and when he played with North Carolina showing he had the focus to win. But all in all, he is great in all aspects of basketball. He won the MVP award 5 times, and with that the DPOY award too. No one could stop him! He was 9 times in the NBA all-defensive selection and 10 times in the First-Team all NBA! And of course, he is in the basketball hall of fame!
#2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The man that could shoot a shot that is impossible to block. The inventor of the “skyhook”. The man who owns the record for most points in an NBA career. Yes, this is KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR! Kareem won 6 championships using his talent for the game. Boy, what a defensive freak this dude was, leading the season in blocked shots for 4 seasons!
#3 Bill Russell
All these basketball legends don’t come close to the number of rings Bill Russell has. That is right he has 11 rings! With that, he made 12 All-Star appearances and won 5 MVPs! Isn’t that just amazing! For all these achievements he was also drafted into the Basketball Hall-Of-Fame.
#4 Wilt Chamberlain
There is only one thing to say. He scored 100 points in 1 game! In the 1962 season, he averaged 50.2 points and 25.2 rebounds per game. But, he played back then meaning they had way fewer games in a season and with his height, he can post up anyone to get an easy basket. If he played in today’s game he would probably be number 1.
#5 Hakeem Olajuwon
You can say that during the Jordan era, Hakeem Olajuwon was number 2, after Jordan. This is proven because when Jordan retired, the Bulls didn’t win the championship, but Hakeem’s team won. As a rookie, he averaged 20.6 points per game, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks. These are numbers coming from a small boy from Nigeria. He is known for his “dream shakes” which are when he fakes out defenders so that they are basically helpless.
#6 Larry Bird
This basketball legend won 3 MVPs and 3 rings. The name is Larry Bird. As an all-around great player, averaging 24.3 points per game, 10 rebounds, and 6.3 assists he took the Celtics to the top! Wait did you miss that, 10 rebounds per game as a career average. Bird was a hustler and put all his effort into getting the ball, even when that means diving 10 ft.
#7 Shaquille O’Neal
The most dominant force in the paint is none other than Shaquille O’Neal. No one can stop this beast including stars like Yao Ming. When he is mad you better move out the way or you will get crushed. I mean the man was a beast, averaging 23.7 points per game and 10.9 rebounds. With these numbers, Shaq managed to get voted MVP once and win 4 rings!
#8 Magic Johnson
Earvin Johnson, or also know as “Magic” was called magic for one reason. He was magical. In his career, he won 5 championships with the Los Angles Lakers, and 3 MVP awards. But, he is known as magic for his flashy passes that would always go straight to the receiver. People loved his style of play and watching him was very fun!
#9 Tim Duncan
The 5 time NBA champion Tim Duncan. Known as one of the best power forwards of all time, this guy knew how to score on you, and how to stop you from scoring on him. Averaging 10.8 rebounds and 19 points career wise is what got this dude to the finals. Plus don’t forget his coach, Greg Popovich. Coach “Pop,” says the only reason why Duncan is as good as he is, is because he knows how to listen.
#10 Kobe Bryant
The 5 time Laker Champion, Kobe Bryant. The 18-time All-Star and MVP, Kobe deserves to be on this list for his work effort. He woke up at 4 AM every day to work out and train. He would always be the first player in the gym and the last one out. According to him he has never lost in one on one.