The Top 10 NBA Superstars Since Michael Jordan's Last Championship

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The Top 10 NBA Superstars Since Michael Jordan's Last Championship
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Is Kobe Bryant the greatest player in the game since Michael Jordan's retirement?

There may never be a player like Michael Jordan again.

Okay, never is a pretty long time. Still, there probably won't be anyone who can live up to the legacy that "His Airness" carved out in 13 NBA seasons with the Chicago Bulls. 

But since Jordan last won a championship in 1998, who have been the 10 greatest players in the game who combine talent, impact and accomplishment?

This list is controversial. It doesn’t include guys like Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul or other right-now stars who haven’t proven it all just yet.

The list also omits Reggie Miller, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and other Jordan-era superstars who played in seasons following Jordan’s last title in 1998, but had their primes coincide with M.J. 

The game’s greatest players will forever be compared to Jordan—the greatest player of all time. He won six titles, was named MVP in each of the Finals he played in and won five regular-season MVPs. 

For the younger folks who are reading this, you must understand that Jordan led the Bulls to a three-peat, retired to play professional baseball, and then returned to win another three-peat. Imagine LeBron James leaving to play football midway through his career, and then coming back without skipping a beat. 

The list goes on: 14 All-Star nods, 10 scoring titles, nine All-Defensive First Team awards, two slam dunk championships, Naismith College Player of the Year and plenty more. 

But since Jordan left the Bulls in 1998 after his final championship (we won’t count the Washington Wizards years), who have been the 10 greatest players in the Association? 


After reading through this list, post your own top 10 list in the comments section.

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