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View Poll Results: Who is the G.O.A.T at their absolute peak?

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  • Larry Bird

    3 37.50%
  • Wilt Chamberlain

    4 50.00%
  • Magic Johnson

    0 0%
  • Tim Duncan

    0 0%
  • Kobe Bryant

    0 0%
  • Hakeem Olajuwon

    1 12.50%
  • Moses Malone

    0 0%
  • Bill Russell

    0 0%
  • Stephen Curry

    0 0%
  • Kevin Durant

    0 0%
  • Julius Erving

    0 0%
  • Bill Walton

    0 0%
  • Oscar Robertson

    0 0%
  • Jerry West

    0 0%
  • Charles Barkley

    0 0%
  • David Robinson

    0 0%
  • Karl Malone

    0 0%
  • Dirk Nowitzki

    0 0%
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo

    0 0%
  • James Harden

    0 0%
  • Kevin Garnett

    0 0%
  • Isiah Thomas

    0 0%
  • Elgin Baylor

    0 0%
  • Kawhi Leonard

    0 0%
  • Scottie Pippen

    0 0%
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  1. #1
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    OFFICIAL G.O.A.T Rankings - Peak Only (Not career, not prime) - #5

    Generally when discussing the GOAT player it is important that you look at their career. MVPs / Rings / All-NBA Teams / etc. But this ranking throws all that out the window. 1 game. At their absolute best. Who you taking?

    #1.) Michael Jordan
    #2.) LeBron James
    #3.) Shaquille O'Neal
    #4.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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    Kristaps Porzingis
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    NOW it gets fun. Look at those names at the middle and bottom of the poll. How do you even rank those at their peak? Wild.

    I think Wilt is going to win here but Bird has been getting votes as early as #1 so could be a battle.


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    This poll will be up all weekend. Happy 4th!


    Kristaps Porzingis
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    It is interesting to think about which Wilt year you would take. The gut reaction would be in 1962 when he scored 100 points and averaged 50.4 points per game. He also averaged 48.5 minutes per game that season. In my opinion that is the most unbreakable record in sports. But (I believe it was Chronz) some would argue that you should take a later Wilt.

    For example, in 1967 he was down to 24ppg but increased his fg% from 50% to 68% and increased his assists per game from 2 to 8. Granted I was negative 16 years old at the time but the narrative that he embraced team play sure holds up. He was a center who shattered scoring records that now lead the league in assists! Then when you look at how they dominated the Celtics dynasty 4-1 in the playoffs with Wilt averaging 22ppg / 32rpg / 10apg for the series. Bill Russell averaged 11ppg on 36% from the field. Yikes!

    Then in finals he only scored 18ppg but again was huge on the boards and led the team in assists while holding his counterpart Nate Thurmond to 14ppg on 34% from the field.

    The dominant scorer or the team player? Tough call.


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    Bird's peak is a little more clear. Mid 80's. Pick the year you want. He did win 3 MVPs in a row. You were getting high 20s points / 9 boards / 7 assists and the magical 50%/40%/90% in 87 and 88. In 1984 he made all-defensive 2nd team and won league MVP and finals MVP. Special season for sure. But it was before he had started shooting 3's consistently. He was only taking 1 per game and shot 25%. I think I would take 87 just because that Bird had adopted the 3 ball as a deadly weapon.


    Kristaps Porzingis
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    Don't sleep on Hakeem in a poll like this too. Mid 90s hakeem is top 10.


    Kristaps Porzingis
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    The only truly active threads on the NBA Forum of PSD are about coronavirus and black lives matter. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Bird and Wilt are tied in an epic monumental classic vote of 2 - 2. By GAWD how will it end?


    Kristaps Porzingis
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    wilt.

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    Gimme Bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronz View Post
    wilt.
    I'm curious. What would your personal top 5 have looked like?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddletramp View Post
    Gimme Bird.
    Does Wilt get a knock because he played against weaker competition/the league has changed, or you just really love peak Larry?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    Does Wilt get a knock because he played against weaker competition/the league has changed, or you just really love peak Larry?
    Its a toss up but the competition has a little bit to do with it. Id think that Wilt could dominate in any era though.

    I really only voted Bird because Chronz broke the tie with a vote for Wilt after you said it was all tied up. 😗😗😗

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddletramp View Post
    Its a toss up but the competition has a little bit to do with it. Id think that Wilt could dominate in any era though.

    I really only voted Bird because Chronz broke the tie with a vote for Wilt after you said it was all tied up. 😗😗😗
    Hard to argue with that logic. I wonder if the loser of this vote is a lock to go next and then #7 will turn into Hakeem vs. Magic. Does Hakeem go before Duncan?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    Hard to argue with that logic. I wonder if the loser of this vote is a lock to go next and then #7 will turn into Hakeem vs. Magic. Does Hakeem go before Duncan?
    Hakeem before Duncan.

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    I feel disrespected by the poll itself.
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