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Old 03-11-2007, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default Top ten players of all-time

In alphabetical order:

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

Bird, Larry

Chamberlain, Wilt

Duncan, Tim

Johnson, Magic

Jordan, Michael

O'Neal, Shaquille

Olajuwon, Hakeem

Robertson, Oscar

Russell, Bill


I used to think Karl Malone instead of Duncan, but even though Duncan's prime came in the weaker post-Jordan era, three championships to none make him hard to overlook. He was a better paint defender than Malone and a superior post scorer (although the Mailman was the better overall scorer). And before anyone breaks out the Jordan excuse for Malone, realize that the Mailman only made it out of the West with Utah twice in eighteen years. At the same time, I agree that the '99 Knicks or '03 Nets (whom Duncan beat) shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as the '97 and '98 Bulls.
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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Way to go out on a limb.
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:19 PM   #3
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Way to go out on a limb.

Well, I deem exact rankings to be a contrived, fallacious, and simplistic form of analysis, so I try to avoid them.

Earlier today, someone suggested that Barkley was a top-ten player. Maybe in terms of ability he had the case, but he lacked the work ethic to maximize his talent and become a champion.
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:20 PM   #4
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Default Re: Top ten players of all-time

I agree with all of them...

Though I might switch Duncan with West. Duncan might have done more winning, but West's individual Legacy is much greater than Duncans. West led the league in scoring, and he has also led the league in assists (One of 3 players to do that I believe). And overall, he has done way more for himself than Duncan his done for himself. And don't forget, West also has a ring and a Finals MVP
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Default Re: Top ten players of all-time

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In alphabetical order:

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem


great choice, most underrated great of all-time.

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Bird, Larry

gave the lakers fits :)

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Chamberlain, Wilt

MDE

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Duncan, Tim

mister fundamental

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Johnson, Magic

best Pg ever

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Jordan, Michael

Goat

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O'Neal, Shaquille

most dominant since wilt.

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Olajuwon, Hakeem
most skilled and talented center

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Robertson, Oscar

mr triple double

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Russell, Bill

11 rings nuff said

completely agree with your list.
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:23 PM   #6
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I agree Delonte West, total Man beast.
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Default Re: Top ten players of all-time

The next ten, 10-20:

Barry, Rick

Baylor, Elgin

Erving, Julius

Havlicek, John

Malone, Karl

Malone, Moses

Mikan, George

Pippen, Scottie

Reed, Willis

West, Jerry

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good job with the first 10
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I agree with all of them...

Though I might switch Duncan with West. Duncan might have done more winning, but West's individual Legacy is much greater than Duncans. West led the league in scoring, and he has also led the league in assists (One of 3 players to do that I believe). And overall, he has done way more for himself than Duncan his done for himself. And don't forget, West also has a ring and a Finals MVP

West was lethal, but I think that Duncan's ability to dominate the paint and the glass and to defend the basket slightly offset West's perimeter shooting and playmaking. West played with great talent (Baylor, Chamberlain), but could "only" win the one ring. It's close, though.
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made a mistake, kareem isnt the most underrated ever, he is the 2nd most underrated ever, moses takes that 1st spot.
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Quick, Pip or Erving?
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:27 PM   #12
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The next ten:

Barry, Rick

Baylor, Elgin

Drexler, Clyde

Erving, Julius

Havlicek, John

Malone, Karl

Malone, Moses

Mikan, George

Pippen, Scottie

West, Jerry

Agree with basically all of them. Good List, its much harder to do the 11-20, since they are talked about less

Though Mikan and Drexler and maybe even Pippen, not to sure about them

How about Pettit? He is like Mikan, but in a tougher era. And what about David Robinson? I think he should be over Drexler
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I agree on 9/10. I'll replace Duncan with West, due to his tremendous playoff exploits. Yes, I know about the rings. He was still among the greatest all-around guards ever (played SF in college and in the very beginning of his NBA career, then went to SG, then combo. Also, great combination in offense-defense) and a hell of a contender, in the same class with Jordan, Bird, Russell, Magic, except less recognised, because of...that's right, the rings. Well, if these damned rings were more, he'd be a valid GOAT candidate. They aren't, so he's "only" top 9-12.
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made a mistake, kareem isnt the most underrated ever, he is the 2nd most underrated ever, moses takes that 1st spot.
No doubt about that. Both Kareem and Moses are 2 of the most underrated (They were both on my "Underrated" thread)...

Moses has a good argument to be on the Top 10 as well over Duncan
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As for the next 10:

Baylor
Erving
K.Malone
M.Malone
Duncan
Pettit
Havlicek
Cousy
Barry
Barkley/Stockton
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