NBA Top 10 All-Time List


When I was on “The Come Up Podcast” a couple of weeks ago for my monthly visit, we discussed Kobe Bryant’s retirement announcement and where he is ranked all time. Then I asked a few of my friends to make their own top 10 list and have people vote to see which list they like the most. Also, I will note if their list is in order or not. Check out the lists below and cast your vote! Place your vote in the comments (Note: I forgot about Larry Bird when I was naming my top 5 on the podcast so I inserted him in the list below)

JGood (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Kobe Bryant
  5. Hakeem Olajuwon
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Shaquille O’Neal
  8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  9. Bill Russell
  10. John Stockton

Reap (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. LeBron James
  5. Shaquille O’Neal
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Allen Iverson
  8. Larry Bird
  9. Tracy McGrady
  10. Kevin Garnett

D.Reed (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Shaquille O’Neal
  5. Larry Bird
  6. Kareem Abdul-Jabber
  7. Oscar Robertson
  8. Hakeem Olajuwon
  9. Bill Russell/Wilt Chamberland
  10. Tim Duncan

Victor (No Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Shaquille O’Neal
  5. Kareem Abdul-Jabber
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Kobe Bryant
  8. Hakeem Olajuwon
  9. LeBron James
  10. Allen Iverson

Armando (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Shaquille O’Neal
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Magic Johnson
  5. Kobe Bryant
  6. Karl Malone
  7. Tim Duncan
  8. Allen iverson
  9. Kareem Abdul-Jabber
  10. Hakeem Olajuwon

Bork (No Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Julius Erving
  5. Kobe Bryant
  6. Dwyane Wade
  7. Shaquille O’Neal
  8. Clyde Drexler
  9. Dominique Wilkins
  10. Hakeem Olajuwon

The Kid


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The first 5 baseball players that started my interest in baseball when I was a toddler were Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, and “The Kid”, Ken Griffey Jr. My dad told me about that Babe Ruth was the best player of his era and was second on the all-time home run list (behind Hank Aaron). I’ve used to see “The Big Unit” Randy Johnson on television quite often because how often do you see a 6’10 lefty pitcher? Chipper Jones was always relevant when I was kid. Besides the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves were known nationwide by fair-weather fans. I have nothing but respect for Chipper.

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And then there’s Ken Griffey Jr. He’s easily my favorite player of all time. In his 22 year career, the Center Fielder hit 630 home runs (6th all time) with a .284 batting average. He also has 2,781 hits while knocking in 1,836 runs in his prolific career. Griffey was a 13 time Allstar, American League MVP back in 1997, 10 time Gold Glover (consecutive), and he also was a 7 time Silver Slugger. He led the AL in home runs 4 times and won the home run derby 3 times. I believed his impressive accomplishment was being named to the Major League Baseball All-Century team.

Junior’s stats for his 11 years in Seattle were off the charts, racking up 1,752 hits, 398 home runs, 1,152 RBIs, and 167 stolen bases. The 10 consecutive Gold Gloves all were in a Mariners uniform from 1990-1999.

Griffey has one of the remarkable swings you will see and his defensive abilities were outstanding. Here’s a clip if you need a refresher:
Ken Griffey Jr. Career Highlights

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Personally, if it wasn’t for the injuries in Cincinnati (including season-ending injuries in 2002, 2003, and 2004), I believe he would be the all-time home run leader and arguably the greatest player of all time (The Greatest). Growing up, I wanted to play center field and wear number 24 because of him. I wanted his signature shoes. At one point, I wanted to bat left-handed like him even though I’m the opposite.

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One of my favorite memories is when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox (Go South Side!) back in 2008. Just knowing one of the most transcending athletes of my generation was on one of my favorite teams and played only 20 to 30 miles away was mind-blowing.

In my eyes, he has first ballot trip to Cooperstown. This man was the complete package you could get from a player. He belongs in the conversation. People who heard of his name knows him by Ken Griffey Jr…and the people who grew up watching him knows him as “The Kid”

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JGOOD

The Greatest


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We often call players who leave a significant impact “great”, and we call the greatest of the greats “The G.O.A.T.” (Greatest Of All Time). The players are legends, icons, extraordinary, almost invulnerable… we usually use them as the rubric to grade others by. These players set the bar of precedence. Only few players are even considered to enter “the conversation” and even at that point you will get heavily ridiculed. So what does it take to be considered the greatest, the best to ever do it, The G.O.A.T.??? What does it take to even be mentioned in “The Conversation”??? If you can’t even enter the debate, then you have been disqualified for the greatest throne.

How do you enter “The Conversation”? There has to be some guidelines right? (A sign that says “you have to be this tall” like at Six Flags or something).  Lets break it down!

Numbers
Do these individuals have the stats? We all heard the phrase “men lie, women lie, numbers don’t”. For the most part that’s true, and that’s the part we’re going to focus on right now. These players has to put up numbers superior to their piers. They should have the ability to rank in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories.

Consistency
Anybody can put up incredible numbers for a season or 2 but can they do it over the longevity of their careers? These individuals have to preform on a nightly basis. They have to average staggering numbers while playing at an elite level over several seasons.

Accomplishments
How many times were these players named to the all star team and/or all pro? Awards like Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and even the team awards are vital. And of course winning championships are an important factor.

Clutch Factor
Can these players perform when it counts? They have to have the ability to close out games, make game saving plays, and make the impossible happen at times.

Hall Of Fame
When its all said and done, will these individuals be enshrined? These players have to be good enough to make it to Canton, Ohio, to Cooperstown, to “The Hall”.

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So with those factors to consider, that will eliminate almost everybody. Once we get down to the smallest of smallest pools, we can only then enter them into “The Conversation”.

Once you enter “The Conversation”, it’s survival of the fittest. These are the likes of Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Pele, Wayne Gretzky,  Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Floyd Mayweather, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and the list goes on. So how do we separate the greatest from the greats? There are other factors, deeper factors, we will have to consider:

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Intangibles
All great players can make plays that show up on the score box but what about the plays and the characteristics that you will remember? “The Catch” by Willie Mays, “The Drive” by John Elway, “The Shot” over Craig Ehlo by Michael Jordan, “The Rumble In The Jungle” with Muhammad Ali, are prime examples of what this category is all about. It was their willingness to win plus the enchanted moment that lives on forever. You can’t teach heart and a desire to win. Only some players have that gene inside of them.

Revolutionary
Did these players change the way you play the game or the game itself? Were other players or teams have to alternate their game plans to try to deflect the greatness of one individual? Were the rules of a sport ever altered because of one’s dominance? This category will eliminate majority of the remaining  participants.

Iconic
When these players still be remember generations from now? Could people from all over the world still remember who you are and your greatness 20 years after retirement? Are people owning their memorabilia?

Legacy
Will everything they have ever achieved,  earned, accomplished, live on forever? Can something that has taken a whole career to build be demolished by any negativity? The legacy is a players ultimate portfolio, resume and transcript. ALL tangible and intangible factors are weighed and utilized to determine your rank amongst the field.

Only the strongest survive. Having debates over the greatest will forever live on. My plan wasn’t to pick the greatest but to give you all a template on how to pick one yourselves. With that being said, let the debates begin!!!

JGood