I'm a big time sports fan. I am a fan of the Packers since 1967, Cubs and Celtics since 1969 and Indiana Pacers since 1970.
Jerry West. The image on the NBA logo of a guy dribbling a basketball is Jerry West.
Jerry West was a Point Guard and Shooting Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. West played in 14 all-star games which means he was an all-star every year of his career. He also was a member of the 1972 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.
West averaged 27 points per game (without the benefit of a 3 point shot); 5.8 rebounds per game and 6.7 assists per game for his career.
Oscar Robertson. Robertson played from 1960-1974 with the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. Robertson was the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double. In his second season (1961-62), Robertson averaged 30.8 points; 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game. Robertson had many more seasons where he was close to averaging a triple-double, in fact in his rookie season he averaged 30.5 points; 10.1 rounds and 9.7 assists per game.
Robertson played on 12 all-star teams, was named MVP of the league in 1963-64 and was a member of the 1971 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Robertson averaged 25.7 points; 7.5 rebounds and 9.5 assist per game for his NBA career.
Larry Bird. Bird played for the Boston Celtics from 1979-1992.
Larry Bird had a terrific career and yet he is not in the running for G.O.A.T.
Bird played in 12 all-star games; was Rookie of the Year in 1980; was on 10 All NBA teams; 3 All Defensive teams; 2 time NBA Finals MVP; 3 time NBA Champion and 3 time NBA MVP.
Bird averaged 24.3 points per game; 10 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists per game for his NBA career.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. We are now up to the top 4 and a very legitimate argument could be made for any of these 4 to be the G.O.A.T.
Kareem played from 1969-1989 with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. If you were impressed with Larry Bird's accomplishments, the top 4 players will really knock your socks off.
Kareem played on 19 All-Star teams; 15 times on the All NBA team; 11 All Defensive team; 1970 Rookie of the Year; 2 time Scoring Champion; 1975-76 Total Rebound Champion; 2 time NBA Finals MVP; 6 time NBA Champion and 6 time NBA MVP. He has also scored more points than any player in NBA history.
Kareem averaged 24.1 points per game; 10.9 rebounds per game; 3.5 assists per game and 2.6 blocked sshots per game for his NBA career.
Bill Russell. The best defensive Center in NBA history. Russell was known for not only blocking shots, but for keeping the ball in play so either he or one of his teammates could get the ball.
Bill Russell played from 1956-1969 with the Boston Celtics.
Russell made 12 All-Star teams; 11 All NBA teams; 4 time Total Rebound Leader; 5 time NBA MVP and 1 NBA All Defensive team. A special note about only making 1 All Defensive team, the NBA did not start that award until the 1968-69 season which was Russell's last year in the league. If that ward had been around when he began, there is no question that he would have made 13.
In 11 seasons in the NBA, Bill Russell won 11 NBA titles! No one has ever come close to that kind of success rate. In fact in Russell's last 2 years in college, he won back to back NCAA titles. The last 15 years that Russell played organized basket ball, he won 13 Championships! I think it is safe to say that no one will ever match that feat.
Russell averaged 15.2 points per game; 22.5 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game for his NBA career. He is second all-time in the NBA in total rebounds with 21,620 for his career. He is also second all-time in rebounding average at 22.5 per game.
Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt Chamberlain played from 1959-1974 with the Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76er's and Los Angeles Lakers.
Wilt won Rookie of the Year honors in 1960; he made 13 All-Star teams; 10 All NBA teams; 11 time Total Rebound Leader; 7 time Scoring Leader; 4 time NBA MVP; 1972 NBA Finals MVP and won 2 NBA titles. He undoubtedly would have won more but Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics got in his way.
In the 1967-68 season, Wilt was the Assist Champion. He is the only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a game. He also holds the single game rebound record with 55. That's right, 55 rebounds in one game!
Unfortunately they did not keep track of blocked shots during Wilt's career or he possibly could have the single game, season and/or career record in that category. It is most likely between Wilt and Bill Russell had they kept track back then.
Wilt holds the NBA record for highest single season averages in scoring and rebounding. Wilt averaged 50.4 points per game during the 1961-62 season. The previous season Wilt set the record for rebounds per game averaging 27.2.
Wilt holds the record for most rebounds in a career as well as highest rebound average for his career. Wilt grabbed 23,924 rebounds in his career for a 22.9 rebound per game average.
Wilt averaged 30.1 points per game (tied for first all-time with Michael Jordan); 22.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game for his NBA career.
The best player in the history of the NBA is Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA. He played 9 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, then retired for a little over 1 season and returned to the Bulls for 4 more years. He then retired for 3 years before returning to the Washington Wizards for his final 2 seasons.
Jordan won the 1985 Rookie of the Year award; he led the league in Steals 3 times; made 9 NBA All Defensive teams; 11 All NBA teams; 10 time Scoring Champion; 1987-88 Defensive Player of the Year; 5 time NBA MVP and 6 time NBA Champion. In 6 appearances in the NBA Finals he won the Finals MVP 6 times. He was also 6-0 in the NBA Finals. Bill Russell won 11 titles but he lost 1 in the Finals. Jordan never lost once his team made it to the NBA Finals.
Jordan average 30.1 points per game (tied for highest with Wilt Chamberlain); 6.2 rebounds per game; 5.3 assists per game and 2.3 steals per game for his NBA career.
Jordan was not just a great offensive player, he was a great all around player as evidenced by his appearance on 9 all defensive teams. Jordan was also a great clutch player that would rise to the occasion as proven by his 6 NBA Finals MVP's in 6 appearances.
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