I'd love to know the age with some of the posts?
I'd agree with Duncan Number 1, thats a done deal,
#2 is also really a done deal:
- basketball Hall of Fame
- fourth all-time in games played in NBA history
- second all-time in minutes played in NBA history
- second all-time in field goals made in NBA history
- all-time leader in free throws made & attempted in NBA history
- all-time leader in defensive rebounds in NBA history- sixth all-time in total rebounds in NBA history
- tenth all-time in steals in NBA history
- second all-time in points in NBA history
Besides his durability, that counts you know, he was a damn good passer, it wasn't always Stockton setting up Malone you know, he can pass really well too. But when you have a guard like Stockton who has the ball often its difficult to mount up assists.
Its like saying Kareem wasn't a good passer? Well hello he had Magic controlling the ball?
Those giving KG the huge edge on defense, well not a big one, did you really watch Malone play? Those steals he got, well I think thats playing defense? He was an intimidating force, the only thing he missed in his career was a title. Malone was the complete package, a big and strong guy who could battle in the post and for rebounds. But also a supremely athletic guy who could explode his way to the rim and step out and hit the jumper. It made him an amazing player and a perfect complement to Stockton.
KG, is my third
Charles is next at #4
And rounding the top 5 is Pettit:
One could say that Pettit was the first ever power forward. The term did not exist till he played it. A beast of a player - the guy was the first to get 20,000 points, and his average of 16.2 rpg is behind only Chamberlain and Russell. He beat Russell for a championship, and scored 50 in Game Six.
Dirk by the way on my list is even behind McHale and Hayes, but he still has time to jump over them.
Actually 2-5 is up for debate even 2-6 if you add Pettit.