Assuming MJ is the greatest, do you guys think that Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon has an argument as the second best basketball player of all time? Although I don't like to admit it, considering I was a HUGE Patrick Ewing fan, but Olajuwon was better than Ewing and I think is better than any basketball player in NBA/ABA history not named Michael Jordan. I feel very lucky I got to watch the great players of the 90's from Jordan, Barkley, Pippen, Ewing, O'Neal, Robinson, Miller, Malone, to Olajuwon. I remember seeing Olajuwon DOMINATE games against the stiffest competition and during the playoffs. He was UNSTOPPABLE during the 94' and 95' playoffs in which the Rockets won back to back NBA championships against Ewing's Knicks and O'Neal's Magic. He also out played the likes of Barkley, Malone, and Robinson on the way to those championships. I still believe that John Starks 3 would have gone in, as time expired in game 6 of the 94 NBA finals and the Knicks would have been NBA champions. But thanks to Olajuwon's block, that dream was snuffed out. But what do you guys think, is Olajuwon the second greatest basketball player of all time?
If I had to pick a center [for an all-time best team], I would take Olajuwon. That leaves out Shaq, Patrick Ewing. It leaves out Wilt Chamberlain. It leaves out a lot of people. And the reason I would take Olajuwon is very simple: he is so versatile because of what he can give you from that position. It's not just his scoring, not just his rebounding or not just his blocked shots. People don't realize he was in the top seven in steals. He always made great decisions on the court. For all facets of the game, I have to give it to him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBrEsNS9zKg Hakeem "The Dream" Olajwon's Greatest Hits.