Picking the top 5 NBA players of all-time is like picking the top 5 Smash Mouth songs of all-time, it’s a fruitless endeavor. There are too many great ones of each to not stir up a controversy.
On Monday night, Steph Curry was in Oakland at an event to promote his Facebook Watch Original Series, “Stephen vs. The Game” when he was hit with the ‘Top 5’ question. Curry incorporated the new with the old and the big men with the guards to provide a very reasonable list.
MJ: What needs to be said that hasn’t been said already?
Wilt: Four-time MVP and the only player to score 100 points in a game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. The only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, which he did SEVEN times.
LeBron: James’ ’18-’19 season has been scoffed at for his perceived lack of productivity. His stats this past season: 27.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 8.3 apg. If these stats indicate some sort of decline, LeBron has set his personal bar so high that he deserves his spot in the top 5.
Shaq: Sometimes a one-minute clip tells the whole story.
Magic: Won an NBA Championship and Finals MVP as a rookie, 5x NBA champion, NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game (11.2).
Snubs: Bill Russell, Kareem, Detlef Schrempf.
Curry should be prepared to take a brick through his window for not including Kobe in his list. Kobe martyrs are the WORST.