What NBA players that are playing currently look like future basketball Hall of Famers?

100% will get in

Lebron James

Steph Curry

Russell Westbrook

James Harden

Dirk Nowitzki

Kevin Durant

Dwayne Wade

Pau Gasol

Tony Parker

Dwight Howard

Chris Paul

Carmelo Anthony

Might get in on second ballot

Vince Carter

Chris Bosh

Derrick Rose

Rajon Rondo

Might not get in right now but good chance in the future

Blake Griffin

Joel Embiid

Anthony Davis

Ben Simmons

Kawhi Leonard

Klay Thompson

Draymond Green

Kristaps Porzingis

Jusuf Nurkic

John Wall

Demar Derozan

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kyrie Irving

Paul George

Damian Lillard

Karl Anthony-Towns

If you could build a team consisting of only NBA #1 draft picks who would you pick?

Interesting question..

I think I would have to go with:

PG – Magic Johnson (1979)

SG – Allen Iverson (1996)

SF – Lebron James (2003)

PF – Tim Duncan (1997)

C – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969)

Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain are both considered territorial picks so not considered as a #1 pick

Who are your top 10 NBA players pre and post ABA merger (which many consider start of the modern NBA)?

pre-ABA merger (pre 1976):

  1. Wilt Chamberlain
  2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  3. Bill Russell
  4. Jerry West
  5. Oscar Robertson
  6. Elgin Baylor
  7. John Havlicek
  8. Bob Pettit
  9. Bob Cousy
  10. Rick Barry

post-ABA merger (post 1976):

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Lebron James
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. Larry Bird
  5. Tim Duncan
  6. Kobe Bryant
  7. Shaquille O’Neal
  8. Hakeem Olajuwon
  9. Moses Malone
  10. Karl Malone

Note: No Dr J, because his career was basically split quite evenly pre and post ABA merger. As a whole – he is in my top 15 overall, but if you split his career he would drop down to a top 30 player for each side