The Chatters Top Twenty NBA Greats of All Time

With the Golden State Warriors the 2017 NBA champion and the NBA draft a week away here is a capsule of the top twenty NBA greats of all time                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Number one Michael Jordan. Simply the games best. He resurrected a floundering franchise and turned them into one of the greatest sports teams of all time. Six world  titles with only one teammate to work with. That was Scottie Pippen. No dream team here. Just devotion and hustle. Didn’t make half the money Lebron makes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Number Two Majic Johnson. Another loyal Laker. His career 10,000 assist makes him the alltime gretest passer along with rival Larry Bird. If he didn’t contract the HIV virus he would of played longer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Number Three Larry Bird. The kid from French Lick Indiana is one of the all time greatest shooters. Led the Celtics to three world titles in the eighties not including afourth trip that was a loss to the Lakers. Also one of the great assist leaders of all time. His 5,000 career assist is half of Majics total.                                                                                                                                                                     Number Four Bill Russell. Drafted out of the University of San Fransisco he one the gratest centers ever. Only Abdul Jabbar comes close to him. He was the main force of the Celtics dominance in the sixties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Number Five LeBron James. Probably the greatest two way player to play the game. People don’t realize he plays all five positions. Does it all every night 27 points per game 7.3 reboundsper game and 8 assist per game. Three world tiles under his belt at 32 years old. Atleast one more on the way.                                                                                                                                                 Number Six Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Nest to Russell the second best center in NBA history. A great 14 year career with the Bucks and Lakers.Averaged 28 points per game andeight rebounds. One of the best hook shots ever.                                                                                                                                                                                   Number Seven Kobe Bryant. One of the gratest Laker players ever Probaly the best shooter in NBA history. A great two way player. The main reason the Lakers beat the Celtics in 09.                                                                                                                                                    Number eight Bob Cousy The great Holy Cross product played in 924 games in his 14 year career. Teamed up with Bill Russell to make the Celtics a powerhouse in the sixties. A great free throw shooter80% and averaged 20 points per game not to mention a great passer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Number nine Jerry West The 13 year Laker was nicknamed Mr Clutch. Played in932 career games all with the Lakers.Averaged 22 points per game excellent passer7 assist per game and good rebounder averaging 5 per game.                                                                                                                                                           Number Ten Oscar Robertson. Nicknamed the big O He played 10 seasons with the Bucks averaging 25 points per game. A great passer 10 assist per game. Clutch shooter. Also one of the best defensive players ever.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Eleven Elgin Baylor A  brilliant 13 year career all with the Lakers. Rookie of the Year in1958.An eleven time all star. Finished up with 23,000 career points and over 3000 assist. decent rebounder 7.5 per game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Number twelve John Havlicek The former Celtic nicknamed Hondo for his nightly hustled. Drafted out of Ohio State he’ll go down as one of the greatest Celtic shooters ever. A career 1270 games 18 points per game. Great free throw shooter 80%. Also solid defensively.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Number thirteen Dave DeBuusschere.   The former Knick great played 14 seasons in the NBA. One of the reasons the Knicks were one of the best teams in the seventies. Finished up with 14,000 total points. A great rebounder and defender.                                                                                                                                                             Number fourteen George Gervin One of the greatest Spurs ever.  Played thirteen season twelve with San Antonio and one with Chicago. Played in over 10,000 career games averaging 22 points per game. Great free throw shooter at 84%                                                                                                                                                           Number fifteen Dave Bing. Bing was one of the toughest players to play the game in the seventies. Had a great 12 year career. Nine with Detroint and a year with Boston and Washington. Played in 901 career games averaging 18 points per game and an excellent free throw shooter 77%                                                                                                                                                                   Number Sixteen Tim Duncan Another great Spur. A draft  loterry pick by San Antonincan was probably one of the great modern day players Played in 1392 career games.Averaged 25 points per game 10 rebounds and had an 69% free throw percentage. He was the complete player.                                                                                                                                                                                         Number seventeen  Dominque Wilkins Who can forget about Nique.Will go down as one of the greatest Hawks of all time   Played in 1079 games. averaging 21 points pergame great free throw shooter 80% and snagged 6 boards a game.                                                                                                                                                                    Number eighteen Paul Pierce  Pierce will go down as one of the Celtic greats. The main reason the Celts won the championship in 08. Probably will retire as a Celtic after being dealt to the Nets for a buch of draft picks. Also spent time with the Clippers and Washington.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Number nineteen Pete Maravich. Nicknamed PistolPete he  will be remembered from his deep shooting success. Would of been one of the best three point shooters if he played in this era. Played his whole career in Atlanta with one season in Boston.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Number twenty Scottie Pippen. Don’t forget about this guy.  Teamed up with Michael Jordan to make the Bulls one of the greatest teams ever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Well their you have my selections. Maybe after this years draft their will be another one added to the list.

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