NBA Rankings: The Top-Five Greatest Winning-Driven Players of All-Time

Evan MasseyCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2010

Through the years that the NBA has been around, there have been a lot of winning players that have come and gone. This article is dedicated to bringing out the top five winning players throughout the entire history of the NBA to date, and without further talk, let's get started!

5. Magic Johnson

First off, let's mention the fact that Magic won five NBA Championships when he was with the Lakers. He was on the same team with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and both dominated. Johnson had everything in his arsenal. He could handle the ball, score the ball, play defense, pass the ball, and do almost everything else that anyone could ever ask for. Those reasons put him at #5 on my list.

4. Kobe Bryant

I'm going to go with yet another Laker here, Kobe Bryant. Kobe has always had great teammates ever since coming into the NBA. With Shaquille O'Neal back in their previous three-peat, and now Pau Gasol as they try to three-peat again, he's had a lot of help. However, he's been the one that has come up big in clutch moments, been the emotional leader, and led his team to those close, clutch victories. He has won five NBA Championships, and still has time in his career left for more. If he is indeed able to win a couple more, he will no doubt move up the list.

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

So we now have three Lakers in a row. Like I said when I was talking about the Magic Johnson pick at #5, him and Abdul-Jabbar spurred their team on to victory. They both dominated together, and led their team strongly. He has won five titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, and also won one during his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, making a total of six NBA championships. Not only was Kareem a winning player, but he was one of the best to ever play in the game of basketball.

2. Michael Jordan

Most people put MJ at the top of every single list, but there is one player who I think is better, so Michael gets #2. There is no doubt that Jordan was the best player of his era, and very possibly the greatest player of all-time (I don't want to get into a debate about who is).

I look at MJ's six NBA titles, and I'm very impressed, but let me bring up a couple more statistics about Jordan. Not only did he win six NBA titles, but he also won an NCAA Championship, as well as two Olympic gold medals. If that isn't a sign of a winner, I just don't know what is. Another thing that makes me put him this high on the list is his attitude after a loss. He was mad when he lost, and many hate on him for that, but I think that is another legitimate sign of a winner.

1. Bill Russell

There is no doubt in my mind that Bill Russell is the biggest winner in NBA history. Just look at his 11 NBA titles and tell me that he isn't. He had the same attitude toward the game that Jordan had. Granted, he wasn't as good of an individual player as MJ, but he still was a great player, and led his team both on and off the court during his NBA career. Just to put the icing on the cake so to speak, he is in the Hall of Fame, and is considered one of the best, if not the best, center to play the game.

I would love to hear your comments on this article. I'm guessing a lot of you will be unhappy that Jordan was #2, but this is how I see it. Thanks for reading!