Sports are one of the world’s oldest forms of entertainment. For centuries, fans have watched in awe and wonder as history has been made right before their eyes. But almost as entertaining as the sports themselves, is the age old contest of fans bickering and arguing over the hot button issues.
For years, one of the most debated topics for sports fans has been, “who is the greatest of all time?” While there is no clear-cut way to decide who is the greatest team, player, coach, etc. sports fans continually insist upon beating out heads against walls to prove that our point is the correct one.
With the beginning of the NBA playoffs, so to comes the argument of the greatest basketball player of all time.
Many people resort to the fact that whoever has the most championships is clearly the greatest ever. With this logic, the award would go to Bill Russell without any hesitation, as Russell won an unprecedented 11 NBA championships in just 13 seasons, all with the Boston Celtics.
But this would automatically rule out several players such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, who did not come close to matching Russell’s record. Therefore, other factors have to be added in.
Arguably the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan had possible the most comparable dominant run to Russell, winning six championships in six seasons that included two 3-peats, averaging 30.1 points per game for his career, and 33.4 in the playoffs.
Another great player in NBA history who snatched up five NBA titles, while averaging a career double-double with 19.5 points per game and 12.3 assists per game. Magic would also tack on 7.7 rebounds per game for his career, making him one of the most prolific all-around players the game has ever seen.
All this brings us to the argument of this generation and the potential of one the most special players we have ever seen, LeBron James. To many people, James has been seen as a bust due to him not winning championship for nine seasons. But at 6’ 8”, 250 pounds, James is possibly the best overall athlete the world has seen since the great Bo Jackson.
Averaging 27.6 points per game, 6.9 assists per game, and 7.3 rebounds per game, James is arguably the most dominant players on the planet and a close overall comparison to Magic Johnson.
With the playoffs upon us, a second title for James could increase the argument for greatest of all time, but the age old question will live on forever.