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Ignoring career performance, who at their peak was the best NBA basketball player ever?

By peak do you mean prime? Who had the best primes?

I have a few suggestions, can’t pick just one so I’ll list them out:

These are some players with great primes:

1952–1960 Bob Cousy

1957–1965 Bill Russell

1956–1964 Bob Pettit

1960–1968 Wilt Chamberlain (by the numbers he would be the GOAT here)

1961–1970 Oscar Robertson

1962–1972 Jerry West

1967–1972 Connie Hawkins

1959–1965 Elgin Baylor

1967–1974 John Havlicek

1969–1977 Elvin Hayes

1969–1980 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

1966–1975 Rick Barry

1977–1978 Bill Walton (yes this short 2 year prime was one of the greatest i’ve seen)

1972–1981 Julius Erving

1973–1978 Pete Maravich

1976–1981 David Thompson

1978–1983 George Gervin

1979–1985 Moses Malone

1983–1987 Isiah Thomas

1984–1985 Bernard King

1980–1988 Larry Bird

1983–1991 Magic Johnson

1986–1996 Hakeem Olajuwon

1987–1998 Michael Jordan

1987–1996 Charles Barkley

1988–1997 John Stockton

1988–1998 Karl Malone

1990–1996 David Robinson

1996–2000 Grant Hill

1994–2003 Shaq

1999–2007 Allen Iverson

1998–2007 Tim Duncan

1999–2007 Kevin Garnett

2001–2007 Tracy McGrady

2002–2011 Dirk Nowitzki

2001–2013 Kobe Bryant

2005–2011 Dwayne Wade

2008–2014 Dwight Howard

2008–2016 Chris Paul

2005–2020 Lebron James (seriously one of the longest primes ever!)

2009–2019 Kevin Durant

2014–2019 Stephen Curry

2015–2019 Russell Westbrook

2013–2020 James Harden

Out of these primes I think the top 10 best primes were:

  1. 1960–1968 Wilt Chamberlain
  2. 1987–1998 Michael Jordan
  3. 2005–2020 Lebron James
  4. 1969–1980 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  5. 1980–1998 Larry Bird
  6. 1994–2003 Shaq
  7. 1961–1970 Oscar Robertson
  8. 1959–1965 Elgin Baylor
  9. 1966–1975 Rick Barry
  10. 1979–1985 Moses Malone
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Can a person who’s never played basketball be a good basketball coach?

Doubtful. What is clear is that every good basketball coach played basketball at some level. They did not have to be good basketball players themselves, however.

Red Auerbach – played basketball at the high school level

John Kundla – played basketball at the high school level

Red Holzman – played for the Rochester Royals

Jerry Sloan – played for the Chicago Bulls

Don Nelson – played for the Boston Celtics

Bill Sharman – a HOF player for the Boston Celtics

Lenny Wilkens – a HOF player for the Atlanta Hawks

Phil Jackson – played for the LA Lakers

Pat Riley – played for the New York Knicks

Larry Brown – played for various ABA teams

Gregg Popovich – played for the US Air Force Academy

Steve Kerr – played for the Chicago Bulls

John Calipari – played for Clarion University

Jim Boeheim – played for Eastern Professional Basketball League

Bob Knight – played for Ohio State

Mike Krzyzewski – played under Bob Knight at the US Army

Dean Smith – played for Kansas

Phog Allen – played for Kansas under James Naithsmith (the inventor of basketball)

Adolph Rupp – played under Phog Allen at Kansas

John Wooden – played basketball for the Indianapolis Jets

Jack Ramsay – played basketball for the Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League

I haven’t been able to find information on whether Chuck Daly or Bill Fitch played basketball but they seem to be the exceptions rather than the norm for great basketball coaches

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In your opinion, what numbers should each NBA team retire?

There are obviously teams with numbers I think they should retire and numbers that they retired that I don’t agree with.

So that said, here’s my listing of each NBA team and the numbers I think should be retired for that team, in my opinion

Oklahoma City Thunder:

#0 – Russell Westbrook
#1 – Gus Williams (Seattle Supersonics)
#20 – Gary Payton (Seattle Supersonics)
#24 – Dennis Johnson (Seattle Supersonics)
#24 – Spencer Haywood (Seattle Supersonics)
#25 – Jack Sikma (Seattle Supersonics)
#34 – Ray Allen (Seattle Supersonics)
#35 – Kevin Durant
#40 – Shawn Kemp (Seattle Supersonics)

Portland Trailblazers:

#0 – Damian Lillard
#7 – Brandon Roy
#12 – Lamarcus Aldridge
#20 – Maurice Lucas
#22 – Clyde Drexler
#30 – Terry Porter
#32 – Bill Walton

Sacramento Kings:

#1 – Tiny Archibald (Cincinnati Royals)
#2 – Mitch Richmond
#4 – Chris Webber
#12 – Maurice Stokes (Cincinnati Royals)
#14 – Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals)
#16 – Jerry Lucas (Cincinnati Royals)
#16 – Peja Stojakovic
#27 – Jack Twyman (Cincinnati Royals)

Golden State Warriors:

#6 – Neil Johnston (Philadelphia Warriors)
#9 – Andre Iguodala
#11 – Paul Arizin (Philadelphia Warriors)
#11 – Klay Thompson
#13 – Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors)
#17 – Chris Mullin
#23 – Draymond Green
#24 – Rick Barry
#30 – Stephen Curry
#35 – Kevin Durant
#42 – Nate Thurmond

Los Angeles Clippers:

#3 – Chris Paul
#6 – DeAndre Jordan
#11 – Bob McAdoo (Buffalo Braves)
#32 – Blake Griffin
#42 – Elton Brand

Los Angeles Lakers:

#13 – Wilt Chamberlain
#16 – Pau Gasol
#17 – Jim Pollard (Minneapolis Lakers)
#19 – Vern Mikkelsen (Minneapolis Lakers)
#22 – Elgin Baylor
#24 – Kobe Bryant
#25 – Gail Goodrich
#32 – Magic Johnson
#33 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
#34 – Shaquille O’Neal
#42 – James Worthy
#44 – Jerry West
#52 – Jamaal Wilkes
#89 – Clyde Lovellette (Minneapolis Lakers)
#99 – George Mikan (Minneapolis Lakers)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

#21 – Kevin Garnett
#42 – Kevin Love

Milwaukee Bucks:

#1 – Oscar Robertson
#4 – Sidney Moncrief
#8 – Marques Johnson
#10 – Bob Dandridge
#33 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
#34 – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Indiana Pacers:

#7 – Jermaine O’Neal
#13 – Paul George
#30 – George McGinnis
#31 – Reggie Miller
#34 – Mel Daniels
#35 – Roger Brown

Denver Nuggets:

#2 – Alex English
#12 – Fat Lever
#15 – Carmelo Anthony
#33 – David Thompson
#44 – Dan Issel
#55 – Dikembe Mutombo

Utah Jazz:

#4 – Adrian Dantley
#7 – Pete Maravich (New Orleans Jazz)
#8 – Deron Williams
#12 – John Stockton
#27 – Rudy Gobert
#32 – Karl Malone
#53 – Mark Eaton

Phoenix Suns:

#1 – Amar’e Stoudemire
#7 – Kevin Johnson
#13 – Steve Nash
#31 – Shawn Marion
#34 – Charles Barkley
#42 – Connie Hawkins
#44 – Paul Westphal

Dallas Mavericks:

#2 – Jason Kidd
#22 – Rolando Blackman
#24 – Mark Aguirre
#41 – Dirk Nowitzki

Houston Rockets:

#1 – Tracy McGrady
#3 – Steve Francis
#11 – Yao Ming
#13 – James Harden
#22 – Clyde Drexler
#23 – Calvin Murphy
#24 – Moses Malone
#34 – Hakeem Olajuwon
#45 – Rudy Tomjanovich

San Antonio Spurs:

#2 – Kawhi Leonard
#9 – Tony Parker
#12 – Bruce Bowen
#20 – Manu Ginobili
#21 – Tim Duncan
#21 – Alvin Robertson
#44 – George Gervin
#50 – David Robinson

Chicago Bulls:

#1 – Derrick Rose
#10 – Bob Love
#23 – Michael Jordan
#25 – Chet Walker
#33 – Scottie Pippen
#53 – Artis Gilmore
#91 – Dennis Rodman

Detroit Pistons:

#1 – Chauncey Billups
#3 – Ben Wallace
#4 – Joe Dumars
#10 – Dennis Rodman
#11 – Isiah Thomas
#12 – Bailey Howell
#12 – George Yardley (Fort Wayne Pistons)
#16 – Bob Lanier
#21 – Dave Bing
#33 – Grant Hill

Miami Heat:

#1 – Chris Bosh
#3 – Dwayne Wade
#6 – Lebron James
#10 – Tim Hardaway
#32 – Shaquille O’Neal
#33 – Alonzo Mourning

New Orleans Pelicans:

#3 – Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
#23 – Anthony Davis

Memphis Grizzlies:

#16 – Pau Gasol
#33 – Marc Gasol

Charlotte Hornets:

#2 – Larry Johnson
#15 – Kemba Walker
#41 – Glen Rice

Cleveland Cavaliers:

#2 – Kyrie Irving
#23 – Lebron James
#25 – Mark Price
#43 – Brad Daughtery

Philadelphia 76ers:

#2 – Moses Malone
#3 – Allen Iverson
#4 – Dolph Schayes (Syracuse Nationals)
#6 – Julius Erving
#10 – Maurice Cheeks
#13 – Wilt Chamberlain
#15 – Hal Greer
#21 – Joel Embiid
#24 – Bobby Jones
#32 – Billy Cunningham
#34 – Charles Barkley

Toronto Raptors:

#2 – Kawhi Leonard
#4 – Chris Bosh
#7 – Kyle Lowry
#10 – Demar Derozan
#15 – Vince Carter

Orlando Magic:

#1 – Tracy McGrady
#1 – Penny Hardaway
#12 – Dwight Howard
#32 – Shaquille O’Neal

Washington Wizards:

#0 – Gilbert Arenas
#2 – John Wall
#11 – Elvin Hayes (Baltimore Bullets)
#25 – Gus Johnson (Baltimore Bullets)
#41 – Wes Unseld (Baltimore Bullets)

Atlanta Hawks:

#2 – Joe Johnson
#9 – Bob Pettit (St Louis Hawks)
#14 – Lenny Wilkens (St Louis Hawks)
#14 – Zelmo Beaty (St Louis Hawks)
#15 – Al Horford
#16 – Cliff Hagan (St Louis Hawks)
#21 – Dominique Wilkins
#22 – Slater Martin (St Louis Hawks)
#23 – Lou Hudson
#55 – Dikembe Mutombo

Brooklyn Nets:

#3 – Drazen Petrovic (New Jersey Nets)
#5 – Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets)
#32 – Julius Erving (New Jersey Nets)
#52 – Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets)

New York Knicks:

#7 – Carmelo Anthony
#9 – Richie Guerin
#10 – Walt Frazier
#15 – Earl Monroe
#19 – Willis Reed
#22 – Dave Debusschere
#30 – Bernard King
#33 – Patrick Ewing

Boston Celtics:

#0 – Robert Parish
#3 – Dennis Johnson
#5 – Kevin Garnett
#6 – Bill Russell
#9 – Rajon Rondo
#10 – Jo Jo White
#14 – Bob Cousy
#15 – Tom Heinsohn
#17 – John Havlicek
#18 – Dave Cowens
#21 – Bill Sharman
#22 – Ed Macauley
#24 – Sam Jones
#31 – Cedric Maxwell
#32 – Kevin McHale
#33 – Larry Bird
#34 – Paul Pierce