Popovich continued, comparing Bryant to some of the best players in NBA history while also pointing to what made him so unique as a competitor: "One of the greatest players of all time. It's not just his talent or his physical skills. He mind was on a par with Michael and Larry and Magic, guys like that.They thought the game, they knew what was going on.
Russell and Jordan are neck-and-neck for 1 and 2 all-time greatest players. As time goes by, people tend to forget how great certain players from the past were. Bill Russell dominated Wilt Chamberlain and went to the NBA finals 13 times, winning 11 of those times.
At the time of his retirement in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played (1,560), minutes played (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goal attempts (28,307), blocked shots (3,189), defensive rebounds (9,394), career wins (1,074), and personal fouls (4,657).
Tim Duncan is the greatest player in Spurs history, he is so consistent. Since Tim Duncan came into the NBA, the Spurs have the best playoff record in all of pro sports - westofohio. 3 titles, 3 Finals MVP's in eight years and plenty more to come. Most underrated player of alltime, the man just gets it done. Why would Tim Duncan be on number 16.
When it comes to the best player of all time, Messi and Ronaldo are far better players than the likes of Pelé and Maradona, but this is mainly because football is developing. Pelé and Maradona were outstanding players in their eras, just as CR and Messi are today. The best players of all time are Messi and Ronaldo.
Then Simmons had Charles Barkley on the show, and Chuck immediately refuted the claims that LeBron is a top 3 player of all-time. Barkley did have LeBron in the top 10, but the top 5 players he named are Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Russell.
Why Julius Erving Belongs in the Greatest Player of All-Time Conversation--and Other Pantheon-Related Issues Shaquille O'Neal has been criticized for his recent comment that Julius Erving should be included in the greatest player of all-time conversation.
Diego Maradona is widely considered to be the best football player of all time by many experts, critics, players, and fans. Named joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé, Maradona played for six different teams throughout his career, ending with the Buenos Aires team Boca Juniors from 1995 to 1998.
For his superior visionary skills, his technical and tactical abilities, as well as For his titles and legacies, Cruyff deserves to be recognized as the greatest player of all time. John Cruyff is much better than almost everyone on this list, minus Maradona and Pele.
While we can safely pin Jordan as the greatest basketball player to ever play the game, Scottie Pippen's undoubtedly deserves a top-20 spot at the least. He excelled at nearly every facet of the game and should be considered one of the best players throughout the '90s.
Now, following his 28,000-point milestone, the time has come to take a look at where Nowitzki should rank all-time. First of all, taking a look at his statistics throughout the course of his career shows that he belongs among the best in the history of the game.
James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Harden played college basketball for Arizona State, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009.
Stockton, a 10-time NBA All-Star, holds a commanding lead for the NBA record for career assists with 15,806 (10.5 per game). Stockton also holds the record for assists-per-game average over one season (14.5 in 1990) and is one of three players who have logged more than 1,000 assists in one season, joining Kevin Porter (1,099 in 1979) and Isiah Thomas (1,123 in 1985) in the exclusive list.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [nejˈmaʁ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ ˈsɐ̃tus ˈʒũɲoʁ]; born 5 February 1992), commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
Xavi is the first player in Barcelona's history to play 150 international matches. Highly regarded for his humble persona and team ethos, Xavi is viewed as being the embodiment of the tiki-taka passing style of play, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest central midfielders of all time.
Should Gerd Müller Be In The Greatest Of All Time Discussion? ... The first noticeable point is that all the players apart from Johan Cruyff and the Brazilian Ronaldo are the record all-time goalscorers at a club, and in Cruyff’s case he is an agonisingly close second behind the prolific Piet van Reenen. As for Müller, all but 91 of his goals were scored for the German giant Bayern Munich ...
Patrick Aloysius Ewing Sr. (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of Georgetown University. He played most of his career as the starting center of the NBA's New York Knicks and also played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic.
Mikan was in the first class elected to the basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 and was selected to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time team in 1996. "Frankly, without George Mikan, the Los Angeles Lakers would not be the organization we are today," Lakers owner Jerry Buss said.
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who has played in 13 straight All-Star games and has set many records during that time, was left off Kyrie's starting lineup of NBA All-Time greats. James is the leading scorer in NBA All-Star history with 244 points and he's won the All-Star MVP award twice.