We recently had an interesting discussion about who ranks as the second-best basketball player of all time.
My selection – which is the correct one, of course – is Magic Johnson, but I heard from a few dozen friends and readers who had other choices. Mainly, I heard from friends and readers who wonder why I don’t put LeBron James on my all-time Top 20.
Answer: He’ll get there, but he’s not there yet.
Talked with AFA coach Jeff Reynolds over lunch last week about the second-best discussion. (Jeff and I agreed Michael Jordan is first. That’s something everyone should agree about.)
On Friday he sent his thoughts on the question:
Here’s what he said:
“Having little time here goes:
1st choice no doubt Big O (Oscar Robertson) ….think about it…. his first 5 years in the league he averaged a TRIPLE DOUBLE..NO ONE has better stats….30pts. 10asts and 10 rebs and he was a POINT GUARD.
2nd choice….Jerry West….maybe the best shooter ever and one great defender that gets to this day overlooked much like Jordan in that regard….
3rd choice ….Magic Johnson…he simply changed the game as it is played today!
4th choice Kareem Abdul Jabbar…..MOST SKILLED BIG GUY EVER
5th choice….Larry Bird…..total package great skills great Rebounder for his athletic ability……probably best TEAMMATE EVER! And Self Confidence BEYOND!!
6th choice…Bill Russell…Greatest Shot Blocker of All Time!
There you go…. wish I had more time to put thought to this..love these types of discussions.
Just one thing:
Larry Bird is placed too high on your list.
Jake Schaller also places Bird too high on his list, but that’s all right.
Check out Jake’s AFA blog: