Over the past decade, the game of basketball and the NBA has become one of the biggest sports and entertainment in the world. As the game grows, the debate about who’s the greatest player to ever play the game grows with it. I believe that answer to that question should only be between four players, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
The NBA was established during the 1940s, but was called the BAA (Basketball Association of America.
Shortly after the start of the BAA, the league joined forces with the NBL (National Basketball League).
Since the beginning of time, there has always been the debate of who’s the best player to play the game.
When talking about who’s the greatest, it’s important to judge by certain criteria: Individual accolades, championships, and the level of competition.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the first of the group to discuss in this argument.
Jabbar entered the league in 1969 after being the first overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft.
Out of all the players in this conversation, Jabbar may have the best argument for the greatest player.
For his career, Jabbar averaged 24.6 points per game, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
When it comes to individual accolades, Jabbar is almost unmatched.
He is a 19 time All Star, two time NBA scoring champion, six time NBA champion, two time Finals MVP, six time league MVP, and the 1969-70 Rookie of the Year.
Jabbar also has the most points scored by a player in the history of the NBA with 38,387.
Jabbar dominated the entire league for almost his entire career with a nearly unstoppable move called the sky hook.
When talking about the greatest ever, Jabbar’s name must always be mentioned.
Next in this group is Michael Jordan.
Jordan is who most people consider the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) and he has a strong case for it.
Jordan entered the league in 1984 after being picked third in the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
For his career, Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
Jordan is a 14 time All Star 10 time scoring champion, 11 time All-NBA team, 9 time All-Defensive team, 1987-88 Defensive Player of the Year, five time league MVP, and 1984-85 Rookie of the Year.
Jordan is fifth all-time in the most points scored in NBA league history with 32,292 points.
Although those accolades are outstanding, what separates Jordan from the rest is his six NBA championships and six Finals MVPs.
In my opinion, this gives Jordan the edge over everyone in the conversation.
Next in this group is my all time favorite, Kobe Bryant.
Bryant was drafted 13th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, before being traded to the most iconic franchise in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant averaged 25 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.