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Julius Erving Reveals 'Dr. J's All-Time Starting Five,' Without Michael Jordan

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2013

Michael Jordan slights have never been in greater supply.

First, Gary Payton says John Stockton was more difficult to defend than "His Airness," then Julius Erving leaves MJ off his all-time starting five. 

While on Fox Sports Live, Dr. J revealed his top five players of all time to be Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson.

It seems to me like he's forgetting someone—a certain shooting guard who is often heralded as the best to ever play in the NBA. (Hint: It's not Monta Ellis.)

Jordan's absence from Erving's list is obvious, but it's not personal. Dr. J named his top five in the middle of a conversation where the panel was discussing how annoying it is to make such lists. Erving actually named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the greatest player of all time—rough day for Jordan—but left him off the docket as well.

So, what gives? 

Apparently, Erving is averse to change. He said that he made this all-time list at the age of 15, and it hasn't changed since. So if Jordan and Abdul-Jabbar both haven't cracked their way onto it yet, that doesn't leave much hope for guys like LeBron James or Kobe Bryant—or anyone who Erving didn't watch play as a teenager.

LeBron at least has the opportunity to reverse his fate, even if only somewhat. According to Erving, he can become the best to ever play the game, if he surpasses Abdul-Jabbar. His criteria for actually superseding Kareem is unclear, but so is the rest of the evaluational blueprint.

All we know for sure is that Jordan isn't in Erving's top five, nor does he have No. 23 down as the G.O.A.T.

At this point, we can only assume the 50-year-old Michael Jordan isn't too fond of a 15-year-old Julius Erving.

 

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