What should be the top 3-5 criteria that an NBA player should meet to be considered as a plausible candidate for GOAT (greatest Of All Time) by you?

  1. Championships. This is the main reason why Bill Russell is in the GOAT convo and a big reason why Jordan and Kareem is in it as well.
  2. Stats This is the main reason why Wilt Chamberlain is in the GOAT convo, and a big reason why Jordan (#1 in PPG), Kareem (#1 in total points) and Lebron (top 10 in points and assists) is in it as well.
  3. Awards MVPs, scoring titles, rebounding titles, assist titles, Finals MVPs, All-NBA, All-Defensive, unlike championships are individual awards and all count when talking about the GOAT convo. Russell/Wilt/Jordan/Lebron/Kareem all have plenty in this category.

The top 5 GOAT candidates for me are: Jordan (obviously), Wilt, Kareem, Lebron, Russell

here are why some other great players are usually not in the GOAT convo:

Larry Bird – has the championships and awards but stats are below the top 5 (doesnt lead in any category)

Magic Johnson – has the championships and awards, and has the stats (top 5 in assists, highest APG). Magic is in the GOAT convo by alot of people and was in my top 5 before Lebron won his 3rd championship in 2016.

Kobe Bryant – has the championships, but does not do better than Jordan in anything (except total points where he is ahead by only one spot), and also lacks the awards compared to top 5.

Tim Duncan – has the championships and awards and top 10 in rebounds but stats are lacking compared to top 5.

Hakeem Olajuwon – has the stats, top 10 in blocks and steals, but lacks in championships and awards compared to top 5.

Bob Cousy – has the championships, but lacks in awards and stats compared to top 5.

Shaq – has the championships, top 10 in points but awards/stats are below the top 5

Dr J – has the championships and awards but stats are below the top 5 (doesnt lead any category)

Jerry West – has the stats but lacks the awards and championships (no MVP, only 1 ring)

Oscar Robertson – has the stats but lacks the awards and championships (1 mvp, 1 ring)