If you have not watched Sports Center in the past few days you may be wondering where this is coming from. To fill you in LeBron James chose his top four players in NBA history, or his “Mt. Rushmore of NBA Greats.” LeBron chose Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, and Michael Jordon. Naturally if you saw Sportscenters segment you probably found yourself asking yourself ” Who is Ian’s Mount Rushmore of NBA players?”. Well talk to yourself no more, because here they are (going in descending order from 4th best to best of all time).
4. Jerry West
Now I may catch some heat for this pick but hear me out. Jerry West averaged 27 points and 6 assists from the Point Guard position. That type of scoring is almost unheard of from the point guard position in the NBA. To put it in perspective Magic averaged 19 points per game. That Lakers also won 6 NBA titles with him at the reigns. Oh and if that is not good enough for you he is also the man on the logo for the NBA.
3. Larry Bird
Of course Larry Legend was going to be on this list. The second best Celtic of all time (spoiler alert). For those of you who don’t know that is a good thing to be categorized in. Larry Bird averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists over his historic career. Bird was named to 13 straight all star games during his career. He was a 3 time MVP and won 3 NBA titles. The dead-eye shooter Larry Bird coming in at number 3.
2. Bill Russell
When you hear the name Bill Russell you think of one word, and that word is winner. Bill Russell won a NBA record 11 championships with the Celtics in 13 seasons. Russell averaged an eye opening 22 rebounds per game to go along with 15 points. He was the big man of the past and he could very well be the best big man to ever play the game, at least by the end of our lifetime. He is better than Wilt, Hakeen, and Ewing. Bill Russell coming in at number 2.
1. Michael Jordon
Well this is was kind of obvious wasn’t it? Michael Jordon is hands down the best player to ever step foot on the court. Between his clutch shooting, his memorable dunks, and is desire to compete and win, Michael Jordon is the best to ever play the game. If you need the numbers Jordon averaged 30 points per game over his illustrious career to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Jordon won 6 championships in his career and won 5 regular season MVPS and 6 Finals MVPS. He also averaged 37 points per game in the 86-87 season. Michael Jordon is without a doubt the best player to ever play the game.
Honorable mentions: Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan, Shaq, LeBron James (Will be top 2 after his career is over).