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    Default The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Don't get this confused with 'best players ever' or 'greatest players ever'. These are the most significant players ever; they were remarkable players, they resonate with fans to this day, they are well remembered, and their play resulted in some kind of change to the game that we love. I fully expect this list to go over the heads of the average reader who will no doubt petition for Kobe Bryant and Johnny-come-lately while not understanding what it means to be significant (probably because they won't read this paragraph).

    The top 10: (in alphabetical order of surname)

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Most points in NBA history
    Larry Bird - 3 consecutive MVP awards
    Wilt Chamberlain - Most rebounds in NBA history
    Julius Erving - 16 time ABA/NBA All-Star
    Magic Johnson - Highest APG in NBA history
    Michael Jordan - Highest PPG in NBA history
    Pete Maravich - Most points in NCAA history
    George Mikan - Voted Greatest Player of the First Half Century*
    Oscar Robertson - Voted Player of the Century in 2000**
    Bill Russell - Most championships in NBA history

    *Voted by the Associated Press
    **Voted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches

    Toughest omissions:

    Elgin Baylor - 10 time All-NBA 1st Team
    LeBron James - Youngest player in NBA history to score 15,000 points
    Shaquille O'Neal - 15-time NBA All-Star

    Others gaining strong consideration:

    Rick Barry
    Kobe Bryant
    Bob Cousy
    Tim Duncan
    Joe Fulks
    Kevin Garnett
    John Havlicek
    Nat Holman
    Allen Iverson
    Hank Luisetti
    Karl Malone
    Moses Malone
    Yao Ming
    Earl Monroe
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    Bob Pettit
    Dolph Schayes
    John Stockton
    Goose Tatum
    Bill Walton
    Jerry West

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Most popular ever would probably go:

    Jordan
    Magic
    Bird
    Dr. J
    Wilt
    Russell
    Shaq
    AI
    Kobe
    Lebron

    Something along those lines.

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Shaq has to be in there. he changed so many rules with his physicality and dominance.

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Quote Originally Posted by WillC
    Don't get this confused with 'best players ever' or 'greatest players ever'. These are the most significant players ever; they were remarkable players, they resonate with fans to this day, they are well remembered, and their play resulted in some kind of change to the game that we love. I fully expect this list to go over the heads of the average reader who will no doubt petition for Kobe Bryant and Johnny-come-lately while not understanding what it means to be significant (probably because they won't read this paragraph).

    The top 10: (in alphabetical order of surname)

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Most points in NBA history
    Larry Bird - 3 consecutive MVP awards
    Wilt Chamberlain - Most rebounds in NBA history
    Julius Erving - 16 time ABA/NBA All-Star
    Magic Johnson - Highest APG in NBA history
    Michael Jordan - Highest PPG in NBA history
    Pete Maravich - Most points in NCAA history
    George Mikan - Voted Greatest Player of the First Half Century*
    Oscar Robertson - Voted Player of the Century in 2000**
    Bill Russell - Most championships in NBA history

    *Voted by the Associated Press
    **Voted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches

    Toughest omissions:

    Elgin Baylor - 10 time All-NBA 1st Team
    LeBron James - Youngest player in NBA history to score 15,000 points
    Shaquille O'Neal - 15-time NBA All-Star

    Others gaining strong consideration:

    Rick Barry
    Kobe Bryant
    Bob Cousy
    Tim Duncan
    Joe Fulks
    Kevin Garnett
    John Havlicek
    Nat Holman
    Allen Iverson
    Hank Luisetti
    Karl Malone
    Moses Malone
    Yao Ming
    Earl Monroe
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    Bob Pettit
    Dolph Schayes
    John Stockton
    Goose Tatum
    Bill Walton
    Jerry West
    Kobe, Iverson, Shaq, and Lebron should def be in the top 10.

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Quote Originally Posted by WillC
    Don't get this confused with 'best players ever' or 'greatest players ever'. These are the most significant players ever; they were remarkable players, they resonate with fans to this day, they are well remembered, and their play resulted in some kind of change to the game that we love. I fully expect this list to go over the heads of the average reader who will no doubt petition for Kobe Bryant and Johnny-come-lately while not understanding what it means to be significant (probably because they won't read this paragraph).

    The top 10: (in alphabetical order of surname)

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Most points in NBA history
    Larry Bird - 3 consecutive MVP awards
    Wilt Chamberlain - Most rebounds in NBA history
    Julius Erving - 16 time ABA/NBA All-Star
    Magic Johnson - Highest APG in NBA history
    Michael Jordan - Highest PPG in NBA history
    Pete Maravich - Most points in NCAA history
    George Mikan - Voted Greatest Player of the First Half Century*
    Oscar Robertson - Voted Player of the Century in 2000**
    Bill Russell - Most championships in NBA history

    *Voted by the Associated Press
    **Voted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches

    Toughest omissions:

    Elgin Baylor - 10 time All-NBA 1st Team
    LeBron James - Youngest player in NBA history to score 15,000 points
    Shaquille O'Neal - 15-time NBA All-Star

    Others gaining strong consideration:

    Rick Barry
    Kobe Bryant
    Bob Cousy
    Tim Duncan
    Joe Fulks
    Kevin Garnett
    John Havlicek
    Nat Holman
    Allen Iverson
    Hank Luisetti
    Karl Malone
    Moses Malone
    Yao Ming
    Earl Monroe
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    Bob Pettit
    Dolph Schayes
    John Stockton
    Goose Tatum
    Bill Walton
    Jerry West
    Jerry West needs to be top 10.

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Quote Originally Posted by atljonesbro
    Kobe, Iverson, Shaq, and Lebron should def be in the top 10.
    Who would you take out?

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Maravich. LOL


    NCAA is meaningless, low level competition. Nobody cares. (put in Shaq)

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Jordan
    Bird/Magic
    Iverson
    Shaq

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    LeBron James - Youngest player in NBA history to score 15,000 points
    That

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Abdul-Jabbar
    Bird
    Jordan
    Chamberlain
    Erving
    Russell
    Magic
    Shaq
    Kobe
    Lebron

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Quote Originally Posted by LJJ
    Maravich. LOL


    NCAA is meaningless, low level competition. Nobody cares. (put in Shaq)
    I think you've overlooked his impact on the game and his popularity back in the day.

    The man was a God.

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Quote Originally Posted by guy
    Most popular ever would probably go:

    Jordan
    Magic
    Bird
    Dr. J
    Wilt
    Russell
    Shaq
    AI
    Kobe
    Lebron

    Something along those lines.
    Just off the top of my head I would take out AI and replace him with Barkley. He was much better known through the country by people who didn't even know anything about Basketball.

    Would also have to take somebody else and put in Jabbar. Just don't know who.

    The whole rape thing made Kobe very famous with non basketball watching people. It's a negative, but it made him better known, so I guess despite the reason being something negative, I guess he stays. Don't know if many people know Russel who don't care about basketball, or even kids. So is either him or Lebron that I would take out. Lebron because he's been in the public eye a lot less years.
    Last edited by Metroid; 07-12-2012 at 05:54 PM.

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Kobe

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Pete Maravich and George Mikan don't resonate with fans today

    Replace them with Kobe.

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    Default Re: The 10 most significant players in basketball history

    Is being the logo of the NBA not sigificant enough to be top 10?

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