“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael J. Jordon
Well, people who are familiar with this game know very well, that it isn’t just a game. NBA (National Basketball Association) over the years have produced sensational players who with their astounding games have won the hearts of millions of spectators of this game. Going through this article, you will come across the best players who have stepped foot inside the NBA’s courts.
- Michael Jordon
Michael Jeffrey Jordon in modern words is the ‘G.O.A.T.’ of this game. He has won a total of five MVP awards and six championships, Also, his average score of 30.1 per game is NBA’s highest scoring average.
- LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers win from their 3-1 deficit helped LeBron Raymone James Sr. cement his place at the second position in NBA’s history. No one comes close to his combination of versatility, dominance, and intelligence. Before returning to his current team, he won two titles as a player of Miami Heats.
- Wilt Chamberlain
The most notable feat is him scoring a remarkable 100 points in one game in March 1962. This record is highly unlikely to be broken ever. He won two championships, Most Valuable Player trophy four times, Rookie of the Year and NBA Finals MVP once. Additionally, he was selected for 13 All-Star Games.
- Bill Russell
He is the ‘Ultimate Winner’. He won a total of 11 league titles in the 13 seasons he played for Boston Celtics. Bill is one of the fiercest defenders who redefined blocking shots’ value. He has an incredible average of 22.5 rebounds from each game of his long career.
He is the leading scorer in NBA history with a striking 38,387 points. For two decades he dominated this sport and perfected the ‘sky hook’ shot which is considered to be one of the most magnificent shots basketball has ever seen.
- Magic Johnson
He is a player with an exuberant personality who graced the game in 1980. In his 13 year career, he won 5 championships with L.A. Lakers. He was the tallest point guard standing at 6’9″. He is enjoying his life now as a successful entrepreneur.
- Tim Duncan
People also know him as ‘The Big Fundamental’. He won 4 championships, 2 MVP awards and 14 All-Star Games. This throws light on his ability as a player. People will always remember him for his bank shot in 78-71 final score.
- Shaquille O’ Neil
O’ Neil used his extraordinary physique (355 pounds and 7’1”) to dominate the court by overpowering his opponents. He won four championships and three MVP of NBA finals.
- Kobe Bryant
Kobe played his entire NBA career with L.A. Lakers. He won five championships and had played a total of 7 NBA finals. He was awarded regular season MVP once and 2 Finals MVP awards.
- Oscar Robertson
He had a 30.8 points triple double average, 11.4 assists and 12.5 rebounds per game.
These are the 10 greats whose name will live on the minds of every basketball enthusiast around the world.