Julius Erving Leaves Lakers' LeBron James Off His Top-2 All-Time NBA Teams

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIApril 27, 2021

NBA legend Julius 'Dr. J' Erving, right, congratulates Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James after James was officially presented the NBA Rookie of the Year award at the NBA Store on New York's 5th Avenue, Tuesday, April 20, 2004. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
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NBA legend Julius Erving put together his top all-time NBA teams, and one of the modern-day greats didn't make the list.

In an appearance on Posted Up with Chris Haynes, the Hall of Famer explained his rationale for leaving off LeBron James (27:45 mark).

But first, here's who did make the cut on Erving's all-time teams:

First Team: Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor

Second Team: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As for the snub, Erving explained that James "has led the charge in terms of superteams." He noted that James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami and then went back to the Cavaliers to play with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love before winning the title with the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis last season.

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Erving previously shared his displeasure with another superteam this season, saying on Inside the Green Room with Danny Green that the Brooklyn Nets are "buying a championship" by signing multiple stars (h/t Ajayi Browne of Nets Wire).


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