LeBron Ain't No Larry Bird
As LeBron's legend grows, he has yet to come even close to reaching Larry Legend status. How does the player currently embroiled in a second round tie with Boston rank all time against the other SF greats?
This formula takes each players best season per minute, and combined it with playoff/finals success.
43 Dale Ellis 42 Joe Fulks 41 Purvis Short 40 Glen Rice 39 Kelly Tripucka 38 Steve Smith 37 Xavier McDaniel 36 Detlef Schrempf 35 Zach Randolph 34 Eddie Johnson 33 George Yardley 32 Danny Manning 31 Antoine Walker 30 Glenn Robinson 29 Neil Johnston 28 Kiki Vandeweghe 27 Jamaal Wilkes 26 Carmelo Anthony 25 Paul Arizin 24 Tommy Heinsohn 23 James Worthy 22 Kevin Durant 21 Tracy McGrady
20 Grant Hill—despite the injuries
19 Paul Pierce—won it all in 2008, Finals MVP
18 Chris Mullin—1992 Dream Team
17 Dominique Wilkins —The Human Highlight Film
16 Adrian Dantley—amazing at getting to the line
15 Connie Hawkins—old school smooth
14 Marques Johnson—how soon we forget
13 Mark Aguirre—Bad Boys 1989, 1990
12 Bobby Jones—Mr. Do-it-all
11 Scottie Pippen—played second fiddle to MJ. Defensive whiz
10 Bernard King—could, and did, shoot the lights out
09 Alex English—NBA's top 80's total points scored
08 Billy Cunningham—The Kangaroo Kid was a champion
07 George Gervin—second most points per minute ever for a career, after Michael Jordan. He scored 20,708 NBA points in 26,536 minutes, that is .780 points per minute. Jordan - 32,292 in 41,010 minutes, that is 787 points per minute - Kobe (not in top 10 per minute all time) 25,790 minutes in 37,366 minutes, that is .690 points per minute per career
06 John Havlicek—won eight NBA championships
05 Julius Erving—created a basketball revolution
04 Rick Barry—one of greatest scorers ever, and winners
03 LeBron James—hasn't done it yet
02 Elgin Baylor—if you don't know, I'm not going to tell you
01 Larry Bird—The Legend by which all small forwards should be measured
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