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Kobe Bryant - The Black Mamba himself. He might get there some day with a few more rings on his fingers but I don't believe so (that is unless somebody by the name of Dwight Howard shows up).
LeBron James - Although I believe he will get the rings some day, it is not today. Thus I can't put him on this list for it is for winners and not super-athletes that want to rest for their career and give their work to another super-athlete in Dwyane Wade. Maybe if he wins a ton of rings people will forget about his mishaps and forgive him. It's a possibility but I don't think so. In the words of Chuck "I may be wrong, but I doubt it."
Jerry West - This man is on the freaking logo of the NBA. Unfortunately, there are better players.
George Mikan - You don't get a name like "Mr. Basketball" for nothing. Mikan won the championship seven times out of the only nine seasons that he played. Simply amazing even though two of those were for the NBL, it's still a championship regardless in my book. It's even more amazing that the only time he lost when with the Lakers was when he fractured his leg. Nine seasons doesn't cut it though and it's more of a "what if" question now.
Larry Bird - 12-time All-Star, three-time NBA Finals Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, three-time NBA MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. Nuff Said.
That's about it for now, though there's more I could put in to please everybody, these I feel are the most important to put in.