NBA: The Five Greatest Players of All-Time

Nolan HackContributor IJune 8, 2008

1. Michael Jeffrey Jordan-
He made Scottie Pippen a Hall of Famer, & led his team in every major stat as a rookie.

Teams: Chicago Bulls & Washington Wizards
Size: 6 foot 6, 216 pounds
College: University of North Carolina
Accomplishments: Six championship rings
Two Olympic gold medals
One NCAA National Championship
Five NBA MVP’s

30.1 points per game (averaged the most points ever for an entire career), 5.3 assists per game, 6.20 boards a game, 38.3 minutes a game, 49.7% on field goal attempts, 32.7% on 3 point attempts, 83.5% on free throws attempts, 2.35 steals per game, .83 blocks per game, 2.73 turnovers a game, 2.6 fouls per game

2. Earvin "Magic" Johnson- Won a ring his first year in the league & first and only man ever to win the NBA finals MVP as a rookie.

6 foot 9, 255 pounds
Los Angeles Lakers
Michigan State University
Five championship rings
One Olympic gold medal
One National Championship
Three NBA MVP’s
19.5 points per game,  11.2 assists per game (Kobe, you should be ashamed), 7.2 boards a game,  36.7 minutes a game, 52% on field goal attempts,  30.3% on 3 point attempts,  84.8% on free throws attempts,  1.9 steals per game, .41 blocks per game,  3.87 turnovers a game,  2.26 fouls per game

3. Oscar Palmer Robertson- Best all-around basketball player ever & the only man ever to average a triple-double in a single season.

Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) & Milwaukee Bucks
6 foot 5, 220 pounds
University of Cincinnati
One championship ring
One gold medal
25.7 points per game,  9.5 assists per game, 7.5 boards a game (6 foot 5 and pulled down 7.5 rebounds a game), 42.2 minutes a game, 48.5% on field goal attempts, 83.8% on free throws attempts, 2.8 fouls per game

4. Larry Joe Bird- Greatest white player in basketball history & put the Celtics back to the top.

Boston Celtics
6 foot 9, 220 pounds
Indiana State University
Three championship rings
One gold medal
Three NBA MVP’s
24.3 points per game, 10 boards a game, 6.3 assists per game (Bird was a forward, and yet still averaged more assists then MJ, huh?), 38.4 minutes a game, 49.6% on field goal attempts, 37.6% on 3 point attempts, 88.6% on free throws attempts, 1.7 steals per game, .8 blocks per game, 3.1 turnovers a game, 2.5 fouls per game

5. Wilton Norman Chamberlain- Greatest big man ever, and of course 100 points in a freakin' game.

Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, & Los Angeles Lakers
7 foot 1, 275 pounds
Kansas University
Two rings
Four NBA MVP’s
30.1 points per game, 22.9 boards a game,  4.4 assists per game, 45.8 minutes a game (that's more minutes than in a whole regulation college game), 54% on field goal attempts, 51.1% on free throws attempts, 2 fouls per game

Honorable Mentions

Bill Russell
Elvin Hayes
Bob Pettit
Allen Iverson
Kobe Bryant