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What makes Michael Jordan the best in the history of basketball?

I would revise it to mean history of NBA, not basketball. And even then I don’t think its that clear cut. Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time (GOAT) to most people because he’s a winner (6 championships, no losses in the finals), he’s super competitive, he has 5 MVPs (most out of any guard), he plays in a way that makes him electrifying to watch with lots of high flying dunks and clutch plays, he has the most awards out of any player in the modern era (6 Finals MVPs in addition to the stuff above and 10 scoring titles , DPOY, etc). Plus because people love scoring so much, he’s the penultimate scorer. The highest scoring average in NBA history both in regular season and playoffs. The most complete guard ever. Marketing wise no one else compares, Jordan earns millions a year despite the fact that he’s been retired for over 10 years. He’s the most famous basketball player still to this day.
That makes him an easy choice for GOAT for the majority of people.

There’s 4 other players that could possibly be considered the GOAT though this is for the minority of people:

Wilt Chamberlain – numerous unbroken records, most average rebounds a game, most rebounds all time, led league in assists once, rebounds 11 times, scoring 7 times, FG% several times, averaged 45 minutes a game, 100 points in a game, averaged 50 points and 25 rebounds a game before, etc. For pure statistical dominance, Wilt is at the top.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – all time NBA leading scorer, consistently great for 20 years, 6 rings, 6 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs 14 years apart, 3rd in rebounds and blocks. He has the championship pedigree of Jordan and stats that are not quite Wilt-like but close to it.

Bill Russell – the consummate winner. 11 rings in 13 seasons. 5 MVPs. The greatest defensive player ever. the first african-american coach. The first black superstar in the league. One of the greatest teammates you can ever have. The thing that holds Russell back is his lack of offense, so he can’t really be called a ‘complete’ player like the other guys on this list.

Lebron James – modern era dominance, 7 Finals in a row, makes whatever team he’s on championship calibre, has a ridiculously long prime (pretty much the same as Jordan his entire career is his prime), excels in every category scoring rebounding assists etc. 4 MVPs, 3 rings, 3 finals mvps. The only thing that prevents Lebron from being the GOAT I think is his amount of awards that still trails Jordan. Stats wise you could make arguments that he’s surpassed Jordan in several areas already, but the amount of rings and other awards just aren’t there yet.

So yes to the majority of people, Jordan is the GOAT. the other guys are too old for this generation, weren’t marketed back in their time, and Lebron hasn’t matched up to Jordan in the key category of championships.

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Top 15 Greatest NBA Teams of all time

Continuing on from where I left off, even more important than individual players, is the team as a whole. After all, a team with no superstars but plays cohesively (2013 Nuggets) will beat a team with superstars that don’t play cohesively (see 2013 Lakers as an example). But ideally, a dominant team is one that features superstars and plays cohesively (2013 Heat). So here’s my top 15 ranking of the greatest and most dominant NBA teams ever, featuring some of the greatest legends in the NBA. I’ve noted all their winning percentages (including playoffs as each team obviously won a championship), and bolded the players that are Hall of Famers.

1. 1996 Chicago Bulls
Record (regular season): 72-10
Record (playoffs): 15-3
Head Coach: Phil Jackson
Lineup: Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Luc Longley
Finals MVP: Michael Jordan

Notes: They are considered the greatest NBA team, having a record of 72-10 during the regular season, and best record overall of any team in NBA history.

2. 1972 Los Angeles Lakers
Record (regular season): 69-13
Record (playoffs): 12-3
Head Coach: Bill Sharman
Lineup: Gail Goodrich, Jerry West, Jim McMillan, Happy Hairston, Wilt Chamberlain
Finals MVP: Wilt Chamberlain

Notes: They have a currently unbeaten record of 33-game winning streak during the regular season.

3. 1997 Chicago Bulls
Record (regular season): 69-13
Record (playoffs): 15-4
Head Coach: Phil Jackson
Lineup: Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Luc Longley
Finals MVP: Michael Jordan

4. 1967 Philadelphia 76ers
Record (regular season): 68-13
Record (playoffs): 8-4
Head Coach: Alex Hannum
Lineup: Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Chet Walker, Hal Greer, Wali Jones
Finals MVP: Wilt Chamberlain

5. 1986 Boston Celtics
Record (regular season): 67-15
Record (playoffs): 12-3
Head Coach: K.C Jones
Lineup: Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Walton
Finals MVP: Larry Bird

6. 1971 Milwaukee Bucks
Record (regular season): 66-16
Record (playoffs): 12-2
Head Coach: Larry Costello
Lineup: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Greg Smith, Bob Dandridge, John McGlocklin, Oscar Robertson
Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

7. 1983 Philadelphia 76ers
Record (regular season): 65-17
Record (playoffs): 12-1
Head Coach: Billy Cunningham
Lineup: Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, Julius Erving, Marc Iavaroni, Moses Malone
Finals MVP: Moses Malone

8. 1987 Los Angeles Lakers
Record (regular season): 65-17
Record (playoffs): 15-3
Head Coach: Pat Riley
Lineup: Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, James Worthy, A.C. Green, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Finals MVP: Magic Johnson

9. 2000 Los Angeles Lakers
Record (regular season): 67-15
Record (playoffs): 15-8
Head Coach: Phil Jackson
Lineup: A.C Green, Shaquille O’Neal, Glen Rice, Kobe Bryant, Ron Harper
Finals MVP: Shaquille O’Neal

10. 2013 Miami Heat
Record (regular season): 66-16
Record (playoffs): 16-7
Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra
Lineup: Mario Chalmers, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen
Finals MVP: LeBron James

11. 2008 Boston Celtics
Record (regular season): 66-16
Record (playoffs): 16-10
Head Coach: Doc Rivers
Lineup: Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo
Finals MVP: Paul Pierce

12. 1965 Boston Celtics
Record (regular season): 62-18
Record (playoffs): 8-4
Head Coach: Red Auerbach
Lineup: Bill Russell, Satch Sanders, Tom Heinsohn, Sam Jones, K.C Jones, John Havlicek
Finals MVP: Bill Russell

13. 1985 Los Angeles Lakers
Record (regular season): 62-20
Record (playoffs): 15-4
Head Coach: Pat Riley
Lineup: Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob McAdoo
Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

14. 1970 New York Knicks
Record (regular season): 60-22
Record (playoffs): 12-7
Head Coach: Red Holzman
Lineup: Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley, Dick Barnett, Walt Frazier
Finals MVP: Willis Reed

15. 2003 San Antonio Spurs
Record (regular season): 60-22
Record (playoffs): 16-8
Head Coach: Gregg Popovich
Lineup: David Robinson, Bruce Bowen, Stephen Jackson, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginóbili
Finals MVP: Tim Duncan