Now that the NBA season has ended (and what a season it was!) now comes to time to revisit the top 100 greatest players of all time, as well as the top NBA players by position. I’ve decided to discard my old post on this since that post was made back in 2013, and this one has been updated through the new NBA season, with top 25 per position making a total of 100 players here.
These are all gleaned by my composite score for each player, all ranked by tallying their stats and awards together. You can download it here
I’ve also agreed with Rick Barry’s assertion that we should judge NBA players by position, because how can you compare Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain and definitively say one is better than the other when they play totally different positions? You can’t. So let’s go by position. Here’s the new list:
Greatest white players in NBA history 1. Larry Bird 2. Jerry West 3. John Havlicek 4. Bob Pettit 5. Bob Cousy 6. John Stockton 7. Rick Barry 8. Dirk Nowitzki 9. Steve Nash 10. Bill Walton 11. George Mikan 12. Dolph Schayes 13. Paul Arizin 14. Dave Cowens 15. Dan Issel 16. Kevin McHale 17. Billy Cunningham 18. Jerry Lucas 19. Pete Maravich 20. Neil Johnston
All-NBA teams for 2K18 simulation 1st team – Lakers uniform range: 92-99
Starting: Magic Johnston, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Backup: Jerry West, Tracy McGrady, Elgin Baylor, Anthony Davis, Shaq Reserve: Pau Gasol, James Worthy, George Mikan
Starting: Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul Jabbar Backup: Walt Frazier, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Dan Issel, Shaq Reserve: James Worthy, Tracy McGrady, George Mikan
2nd team – Celtics uniform range 88-98
Starting: Bob Cousy, Ray Allen, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett, Bill Russell Backup: Dennis Johnson, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Dave Cowens Reserve: Tom Heinsohn, Paul Pierce, Robert Parish
Starting: Bob Cousy, James Harden, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett, Bill Russell Backup: Dennis Johnson, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Dave Cowens Reserve: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Tom Heinsohn
3rd team – 76ers uniform range 88-98
Starting: Oscar Robertson, Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Moses Malone Backup: Russell Westbrook, Clyde Drexler, Billy Cunningham, Jerry Lucas, Dwight Howard Reserve: Bobby Jones, Horace Grant, Dikembe Mutombo
Starting: John Stockton, Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain Backup: Oscar Robertson, Clyde Drexler , Billy Cunningham, Spencer Haywood, Moses Malone Reserve: Russell Westbrook, Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo
4th team – Bulls uniform range 91-99
Starting: Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dan Issel, Hakeem Olajuwon Backup: Walt Frazier, Dwayne Wade, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood, Artis Gilmore Reserve: Tiny Archibald, Dominique Wilkins, Wes Unseld
Starting: Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing Backup: Tiny Archibald, David Thompson, George McGinnis, Chris Webber, Wes Unseld Reserve: Vince Carter, Alex English, Artis Gilmore
5th team – Warriors uniform range 91-98
Starting: Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain Backup: John Stockton, Sidney Moncrief, Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, Patrick Ewing Reserve: Chris Webber, Jack Sikma, Nate Thurmond
Starting: Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Hakeem Olajuwon Backup: Chris Paul, Mitch Richmond, Rick Barry, Jerry Lucas, Nate Thurmond Reserve: Tim Hardaway, Connie Hawkins, Bob Lanier
6th team – Spurs uniform 89-98
Starting: Chris Paul, Michael Cooper, George Gervin, Tim Duncan, David Robinson Backup: Steve Nash, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki, Willis Reed Reserve: Tony Parker, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony
Starting: Steve Nash, George Gervin, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, David Robinson Backup: Gary Payton, Sidney Moncrief, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Bill Walton Reserve: Tony Parker, Blake Griffin, Alonzo Mourning
7th team – Pistons uniform
Starting: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley, Dave Debusschere, Bob Lanier Backup: Gary Payton, Mitch Richmond, Giannis, Dennis Rodman, Bill Walton Reserve: Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Alex English
Starting: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Grant Hill, Dave Debusschere, Willis Reed Backup: Dave Bing, Pete Maravich, Adrian Dantley, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard Reserve: Bernard King, Chauncey Billups, Pau Gasol
Note: All players on these teams are top 125 players all time. Charles Barkley, Hal Greer, Dolph Schayes, Paul Arizin, Neil Johnston, Bill Sharman, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, Reggie Miller are all missing from the game due to licensing issue else they might have appeared on here.
All-NBA team for each decade 1950s: PG: Bob Cousy/Slater Martin SG: Bill Sharman/Richie Guerin SF: Paul Arizin/George Yardley PF: Bob Pettit /Dolph Schayes C: George Mikan/Neil Johnston
1960s: PG: Oscar Robertson/Dave Bing SG: Jerry West/Hal Greer SF: Elgin Baylor/Billy Cunningham PF: Willis Reed/Jerry Lucas C: Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell
1970s: PG: Walt Frazier/Tiny Archibald SG: John Havlicek/Pete Maravich SF: Rick Barry/Bob McAdoo PF: Elvin Hayes/Dave Cowens C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Bill Walton
1980s: PG: Magic Johnson/Isiah Thomas SG: George Gervin/Sidney Moncrief SF: Larry Bird/Dominique Wilkins PF: Julius Erving/Kevin McHale C: Moses Malone/Patrick Ewing
1990s: PG: John Stockton/Gary Payton SG: Michael Jordan/Mitch Richmond SF: Scottie Pippen/Clyde Drexler PF: Karl Malone/Charles Barkley C: Hakeem Olajuwon/David Robinson
2010s: PG: Chris Paul/Stephen Curry SG: James Harden/Russell Westbrook SF: Kevin Durant/Kawhi Leonard PF: Lebron James/Giannis Antetokounmpo C: Anthony Davis/Dwight Howard
2K teams 1960s team (Celtics uni): Oscar,Cousy, West, Greer/Sam Jones, Baylor, Cunningham, Pettit,Lucas, Wilt, Russell, Heinsohn, Reed 1970s team (Knicks uni): Frazier, Archibald, Maravich, Thompson, Barry, Hondo, Hayes, Issel, Cowens, Walton, Thurmond, Gervin 1980s team (Lakers uni): Magic, Isiah, Moncrief, Dumars, Bird, Dr J, McHale, Barkley, Moses, Kareem, Dennis Johnson, Wilkins 1990s team (Bulls uni): Stockton, Payton, Jordan, Drexler, Pippen, Hill, Malone, Rodman, Hakeem, Robinson, Ewing, Richmond 2000s team (Spurs uni): Kidd, Nash, Kobe, Iverson, Pierce, Melo, Duncan, Garnett, Shaq, Dwight, Tmac, Webber 2010s team (Warriors uni): Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Wade, Harden, Lebron, Durant, Dirk, Davis, Embiid, Cousins, Westbrook, Giannis
2K Divison teams All time Atlantic Team: Starting: Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley (76ers) / Kevin McHale (Celtics), Bill Russell (Celtics) Backup: Jason Kidd (Nets), Allen Iverson (76ers), Julius Erving (76ers), Jerry Lucas (Royals, Knicks), Wilt Chamberlain (76ers) Reserve: Walt Frazier (Knicks), Willis Reed (Knicks), Sam Jones (Celtics)
All time Central Team: Starting: Oscar Robertson (Bucks), Michael Jordan (Bulls), Scottie Pippen (Bulls), Dennis Rodman (Pistons), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Bucks) Backup: Isiah Thomas (Pistons), Joe Dumars (Pistons), Bob Dandridge (Bucks), Dave Debusschere (Pistons), Artis Gilmore (Bulls) Reserve: George McGinnis (Pacers), Bob Lanier (Pistons) / Mel Daniels (Pacers), Sidney Moncrief (Bucks)
All time Southeast Team: Starting: Penny Hardaway (Magic), Dwayne Wade (Heat), Lebron James (Heat), Bob Pettit (Hawks), Dwight Howard (Magic) Backup: Tim Hardaway (Heat), Tracy McGrady (Magic), Dominique Wilkins (Hawks), Elvin Hayes (Bullets), Wes Unseld (Bullets) Reserve: Earl Monroe (Wizards), Alonzo Mourning (Heat), Chris Bosh (Heat)
All time Northwest Team: Starting: John Stockton (Jazz), Clyde Drexler (Blazers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Karl Malone (Jazz), Bill Walton (Blazers) Backup: Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Ray Allen (Sonics), Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets), Kevin Garnett (Wolves), Jack Sikma (Sonics) Reserve: Gary Payton (Sonics), Dan Issel (Nuggets), Spencer Haywood (Sonics)
All time Pacific Team: Starting: Magic Johnson (Lakers), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Rick Barry (Warriors), Chris Webber (Kings), Shaq (Center) Backup: Jerry West (Lakers), Michael Cooper (Lakers), Elgin Baylor (Lakers), Amar’e Stoudemire (Suns), Bob McAdoo (Clippers) Reserve: Steph Curry (Warriors), Steve Nash (Suns), Connie Hawkins (Suns)
All time Southwest Team: Starting: Chris Paul (Pelicans), James Harden (Rockets), George Gervin (Spurs), Tim Duncan (Spurs), Hakeem Olajuwon (Rockets) Backup: Tony Parker (Spurs), Manu Ginobili (Spurs), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavs), Moses Malone (Rockets) Reserve: David Robinson (Spurs), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Pau Gasol (Grizzlies)
Greatest players for each NBA team Boston Celtics – Bill Russell – 11 rings, 12 Finals, 5 MVPs with the Celtics Brooklyn Nets – Julius Erving – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 3 MVPs with the Nets New York Knicks – Willis Reed – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 1 MVP, 2 Finals MVPs with the Knicks Philadelphia 76ers – Wilt Chamberlain – 1 ring, 1 Finals, 3 MVPs with the 76ers Toronto Raptors – Kawhi Leonard – 1 ring, 1 Finals, 1 Finals MVP with the Raptors Dallas Mavericks – Dirk Nowitzki – 1 ring, 2 Finals, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP with the Mavs Houston Rockets – Hakeem Olajuwon – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 1 MVP, 2 Finals MVPs with the Rockets Memphis Grizzlies – Marc Gasol New Orleans Pelicans – Anthony Davis San Antonio Spurs – Tim Duncan – 5 rings, 6 Finals, 2 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs with the Spurs Chicago Bulls – Michael Jordan – 6 rings, 6 Finals, 5 MVPs, 6 Finals MVPs with the Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers – Lebron James – 1 ring, 5 Finals, 2 MVPs, 1 Finals MVP with the Cavs Detroit Pistons – Isiah Thomas – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 1 Finals MVP with the Pistons Indiana Pacers – Mel Daniels – 3 rings, 4 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Pacers Milwaukee Bucks – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 1 ring, 2 Finals, 3 MVPs, 1 Finals MVP with the Bucks Denver Nuggets – Alex English Minnesota Timberwolves – Kevin Garnett – 1 MVP with the Timberwolves Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Durant – 1 Finals, 1 MVP with the OKC Portland Trail Blazers – Bill Walton – 1 Finals, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP with the Trailblazers Utah Jazz – Karl Malone – 2 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Jazz Atlanta Hawks – Bob Pettit (St Louis Hawks) – 1 ring, 4 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Hawks Charlotte Hornets – Kemba Walker Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade – 3 rings, 5 Finals, 1 Finals MVP with the Heat Orlando Magic – Dwight Howard – 1 Finals with the Magic Washington Wizards – Wes Unseld (Baltimore Bullets) – 1 ring, 4 Finals, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP with the Bullets Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry – 3 rings, 5 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Warriors Los Angeles Clippers – Chris Paul Los Angeles Lakers – Magic Johnson – 5 rings, 9 Finals, 3 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs with the Lakers Phoenix Suns – Steve Nash – 2 MVPs with the Suns Sacramento Kings – Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals)- 1 MVP with the Royals
Top 10 what if? careers in NBA history 1. Bill Walton (ankle injuries limited him, but when healthy was MVP, Finals MVP and champion) 2. Arvydas Sabonis (came into NBA post prime but was supposedly one of the most skilled big men ever like a 7’3 foot Hakeem) 3. Maurice Stokes (averaged 16 points and 17 rebounds a game before hitting his head on the floor and becoming a quadriplegic for the rest of his life 🙁 ) 4. David Thompson (was pre-Michael Jordan basically before he got into coke problems in the late 70s; scored 73 points in a game before) 5. Grant Hill (was pre-Lebron James before ankle injuries) 6. Drazen Petrovic (a rising all star shooting guard before he died in a car accident only 28 years old) 7. Bernard King (averaged 33 points a game and was on his way becoming a top forward in the 80s before he tore his ACL and wasnt the same again) 8. Penny Hardaway (a Magic-like player who was one of the top point guards before injuries got to him) 9. Derrick Rose (former MVP who was going to be one of the top point guards of his generation but tore his ACL and wasnt the same again) 10.Tracy McGrady (could have been better than Kobe and Iverson if he didn’t have so many back injuries) Honorable mentions: Yao Ming, Len Bias (never played in NBA but died of cocaine overdose before he could have), Pete Maravich (at his peak before suffering knee injuries), Ralph Sampson
Top 10 #1 draft picks all time
1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar (1969) 2. Lebron James (2003) 3. Magic Johnson (1979) 4. Tim Duncan (1997) 5. Shaquille O’Neal (1992) 6. Hakeem Olajuwon (1984) 7. David Robinson (1987) 8. Allen Iverson (1996) 9. Elgin Baylor (1958) 10. Dwight Howard (2004)
Top 20 greatest college players of all time
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (26.4 PPG, 15.5 RPG)
Bill Walton (20.3 PPG, 15.7 RPG)
Bill Russell (20.7 PPG, 20.3 RPG)
Pete Maravich (44.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.1 APG)
Oscar Robertson (33.8 PPG, 15.2 RPG)
David Thompson (26.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG)
Jerry Lucas (24.3 PPG, 17.2 RPG)
Tom Gola (20.9 PPG, 18.7 RPG)
Elvin Hayes (31 PPG, 17.2 RPG)
Larry Bird (30.3 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 4.6 APG)
Christian Laettner (16.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.8 APG)
Ralph Sampson (16.9 PPG, 11.4 RPG)
Wilt Chamberlain (29.9 PPG, 18.3 RPG)
Shaq (21.6 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 1.7 APG)
Tim Duncan (16.5 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 2.3 APG)
Magic Johnson (17.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 7.9 APG)
Jerry West (24.8 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 2.8 APG)
Artis Gilmore (24.3 PPG, 22.7 RPG)
Tyler Hansborough (20.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.1 APG)
Dan Issel (25.8 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 1.2 APG)
Top 20 greatest offensive players of all time
1. Michael Jordan (10x scoring titles, 12x seasons 25pts+) 2. Wilt Chamberlain (7x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+) 3. Kobe Bryant (2x scoring titles, 12x seasons 25pts+) 4. Jerry West (1x scoring title, 11x seasons 25pts+) 5. Allen Iverson (4x scoring titles, 11x seasons 25pts+) 6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+) 7. Karl Malone (12x seasons 25pts+) 8. Kevin Durant (4x scoring titles, 9x seasons 25pts+) 9. Dominique Wilkins (1x scoring title, 10x seasons 25pts+) 10. George Gervin (4x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+) 11. Lebron James (1x scoring title, 13x seasons 25pts+) 12. Shaquille O’Neal (2x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+) 13. Elgin Baylor (8x seasons 25pts+) 14. Oscar Robertson (9x seasons 25pts+) 15. Rick Barry (2x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+) 16. Bob Pettit (2x scoring titles, 7x seasons 25pts+) 17. Bob McAdoo (3x scoring titles, 7x seasons 25pts+) 18. Adrian Dantley (2x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+) 19 Carmelo Anthony (1x scoring title, 9x seasons 25pts+) 20. Alex English (1x scoring title, 8x seasons 25pts+)
Top 20 Greatest NBA teams of all time 1. 1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10, 15-3, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman) 2. 2017 Golden State Warriors (67-15, 16-1, HOFers: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) 3. 1997 Chicago Bulls (69-13, 15-4, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman) 4. 1967 Philadelphia 76ers (68-13, 15-4, HOFers: Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Chet Walker) 5. 1972 LA Lakers (69-13, 12-3, HOFers: Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Elgin Baylor) 6. 1986 Boston Celtics (67-15, 15-3, HOFers: Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Bill Walton) 7. 1971 Milwaukee Bucks (66-16, 12-2, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson) 60 8. 1987 LA Lakers (65-17, 15-3, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy) 60 9. 1992 Chicago Bulls (67-15, 15-7, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen)60 10. 1983 Philadelphia 76ers (65-17, 12-1, HOFers: Julius Erving, Moses Malone) 59 11. 2013 Miami Heat (66-16, 16-7, HOFers: Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen) 59 12. 2009 LA Lakers (65-15, 16-7, HOFers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol)59 13. 1989 Detroit Pistons (63-19, 15-2, HOFers: Adrian Dantley, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman)57 14. 2008 Boston Celtics (66-16, 16-10, HOFers: Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce) 56 15. 1985 LA Lakers (62-20, 15-4, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy) 53 16. 1999 San Antonio Spurs (37-13, 15-2, HOFers: Tim Duncan, David Robinson) 53 17. 1965 Boston Celtics (62-18, 8-4, HOFers: John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders, Bill Russell) 18. 2001 LA Lakers (56-26, 15-1, HOFers: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal) 19. 1970 New York Knicks (60-22, 12-7, HOFers: Bill Bradley, Dave Debusschere, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed) 20. 1961 Boston Celtics (57-22, 8-2, HOFers: Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey, Bill Russell, Satch Sanders, Bill Sharman)
Here’s my take on the 100 greatest players in NBA/ABA history as of 2020
Michael Jordan “Air Jordan” – 6x Champion, 5x MVP – 30.1 PPG/6.2 RPG/5.3 APG
Wilt Chamberlain “The Big Dipper” – 4x MVP, 11x Rebounding leader – 30.1 PPG/22.9 RPG/4.4 APG
Disclaimer: First off, non-basketball fans can ignore this post, because this is a nerdy b-ball post and stats are coming up.
Ok, so Kobe Bryant is one of the most well-known basketball players on the planet. He’s practically god in China, and many fans, particularly Lakers fans put Kobe as one of the top 5 players of all time, and some even consider Kobe to be the greatest Laker of all time, or on par with Michael Jordan.
Now, I’m a big LA Laker fan, but even then, I think Kobe is incredibly over-rated by the vast majority of the public (in fact he got voted in this year’s all-star game despite being injured). Why? Lets take a look at his stats and his overall resume:
Why is Kobe overrated? from Basketball-reference.com
-Regular season: He averages 25.5 points a game, 5.3 rebounds a game and 4.8 assists a game.
-Playoffs: He averages 25.6 points a game, 5.1 rebounds a game, and 4.7 assists a game.
-His field goal percentage for his whole career is a measly .454 (45%), and his three point percentage is .335 (33%). Those are not outstanding numbers for someone who is a top 5 player.
-His first three championships are because of Shaq, period. Shaq was just so dominant, that I think an average shooting guard could have won those three championships from 2000-2002 playing with Shaq. Remember Shaq was often double or triple teamed, giving a guard better looks.
-Kobe is a ball hog, period. The years he led in scoring (2006,2007) he also not coincidentally had a high number of field goal attempts as well. His career assists average is only 4.8, which is lower than Allen Iverson’s assists average (6.2), who most people consider selfish as well.
-Kobe is consistently not clutch, despite there being a popular misconception that he is. In fact he only shot .413 (41%) from the field during the 2004 playoffs, and .405 (40%) from the field against the celtics in 2008, the years that the Lakers lost the Finals.
Comparison with Michael Jordan
So, a lot of people want to compare Kobe to Michael Jordan. Ok, lets do that:
Career stats: 30.1 ppg/6.2 rpg/5.3 apg
Career stats: 25.5 ppg/5.3 rpg/4.8 apg
True FG%: .569 (56.9%)
True FG%: .555 (55.5%%)
6 Finals MVPs
2 Finals MVPs
10 Scoring titles
2 Scoring titles
1 Defensive Player Of The Year
0 Defensive Player Of The Year
…As you can see, Jordan beats Kobe at every category, despite playing less seasons. Also, Kobe’s first 3 championships was because of Shaq. Jordan’s 6 championships were all his. So, there’s no argument here. Jordan is better in every way.
Comparison with other Legends
The worst thing about Kobe is that he’s inefficient. Let’s compare him to some other legends:
Field Goal %
…So when we compare to other legends that are great shooters, Kobe actually has the worst field goal percentage, as well as coming up the lowest rebounds per game, and assists per game when compared to Oscar, Magic, LeBron, Bird, and Jerry West (in addition to Jordan).
Comparison with other shooting guards (who were former scoring leaders)
Field Goal %
Comparison with forwards (who were former scoring leaders)
Field Goal %
Kobe is not that great
So when people tell me they think Kobe is the greatest player, or a top 5 player, or greatest Laker, I’m like Are you kidding me??, Kobe is the result of great marketing, and he’s a top 10 player because of his competitiveness, but definitely not a top 5 player.
And when people say he’s the greatest Laker, I mean c’mon, if Magic Johnson shot the ball more, he would score way more than Kobe, since his field goal % is a full 7% higher than Kobe’s. Not to mention, Magic lead the Lakers to 9 NBA Finals, never caused any locker-room issues, and averaged more than twice as many assists, but anyways, you get my point. I’m not even gonna mention other Laker greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaq, Elgin Baylor, or Wilt Chamberlain because obviously their stats would blow Kobe’s out of the water.
So in conclusion, gimme a break; Kobe’s over-rated, he’s not as good as people think he is, and he’s not a top 5 player (Jordan, Russell, Kareem, Wilt and Magic are my picks). And definitely not the greatest Laker (Magic Johnson is).