Throughout the History of the NBA, there have been some of the best athletes and amazing talents at every position. In this article I will be breaking down who makes the cut, and who doesn’t for the best players at every position in NBA history. Lets take a look.
Point Guard: Magic Johnson
This choice may seem obvious, but Magic Johnson owns this position. Magic finished his career averaging 19.5 points per game, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists. He has the highest assist per game average in NBA history. Magic’s career was very successful in the league posting many impressive accolades, including, 5x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 3x NBA MVP, 12x NBA All-Star, 2x All Star Game MVP, 9x All NBA first team, NBA All-Rookie-First Team, 4x NBA assists leader, and NBA playoff all-time assists leader. These are just some of the accomplishments Johnson posted in his 13 seasons in the NBA. Being part of the best all time Lakers team didn’t hurt his case either.
Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan
I feel like I don’t even need to explain this choice considering he is the best player to ever play the game of basketball, but If I have to, lets take a look into his career as the G.O.A.T. Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists in his 16 season career. Jordan was 6-6 in the finals and never let an opponent force a game 7. 6x NBA Champion, 6x NBA finalist MVP, 5x NBA MVP, 14x NBA All-Star, 10x all NBA first team, NBA defensive player of the year, 9x All NBA defense, 10x NBA scoring champion, and a 3x NBA steals leader. Wow. I literally had to cut out some of his accolades because there were so many. How people can even try to put Lebron James above this guy is insane.
Small Foward: Lebron James
As much as it pains me to put Lebron on this list, I had to. The guy is a physical specimen and no player has been more successful or dominant at the small forward position than James. At this point in his career Lebron is averaging 27.1 points per game, 7.0 assists per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. Lebron is 3-4 in the NBA Finals but this does not define the legacy he has built during his time in the league, he is a 3x NBA Finals MVP, a 4x NBA MVP, 13x NBA All Star, 11x NBA first team, and a 5x member of the NBA All Defensive First Team. Lebron isn’t finished yet and has already earned himself a position on the All Time NBA team.
Power Forward: Tim Duncan
Yes, as most probably expected Mr Fundamentals did make the list and rightfully so. I was very tempted to put KG at this position (Such a Celtics fan move) but I couldn’t put anyone above Duncan because of everything he accomplished during his time in the league. Tim Duncan spent 20 seasons in the NBA, that is more than anyone on this list, and he still managed to average 19.0 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game, and 2.2 blocks per game. Duncan is a 5x NBA Champion, a 3x NBA Finals MVP, 2x league MVP, 15x NBA All Star, 10x All NBA First Team, 8x member of The All Defensive First Team, a 7x member of The All Defensive Second Team, and the NBA Rookie Of The Year in 1999. Great player and a class act.
Center: Hakeem Olajuwon
This was by far the hardest category to write about. There were so many great centers in the NBA, and for me it was Olajuwon’s skill set that made me chose him for the final spot on the All Time NBA team. Olajuwon played in the NBA for 18 seasons and finished his unreal career posting great numbers, 21.8 points per game, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. What impressed me the most is that he was able to finish his career with a field goal percentage of 51%. During the 18 seasons Olajuwon played he accomplished some great things, lets take a look at them: 2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, league MVP, 12x NBA All Star, 6x NBA First Team, 3x NBA Second Team, 2x Defensive Player Of The Year, 5x All Defensive First Team, 4x All Defensive Second Team, NBA All Rookie Team, 3x Block leader, and a 2x rebounding leader. To say the least Olajuwon had a legendary career. He accomplished so much in his 18 seasons in the NBA, and that is why he secured the final spot on The All Time NBA team ,and is remembered by many as the best center to ever play the game of basketball.
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