Best Basketball Players of All Time
5. Larry BirdLarry Page was nicknamed The Great White Hope and played in number 33 for the Boston Celtics from 1980 to 1992. Page is a Hall of Fame inductee, a twelfth-time All Star, three-time NBA champion, and was awarded Finals MVP twice. Following his retirement, Bird took up a coaching position at the Indiana Pacers for the 1997-98 season and led the team to a 58-24 record. For his efforts he was named Coach of the Year making him the only man to ever win both MVP and Coach of the Year awards.
4. Kobe BryantKobe Bryant has debuted for the Los Angeles Lakes in 1997 and would spend his entire career with the team. Bryant spend half his career and in the number 8 jersey but changed to the number 24 jersey (his first high school number) in 2007, the number he would play the rest of his career in. As a player, Bryant was an eighteen-time All Star, five-time NBA Chamption, two-time Finals MVP, and was twice named the leagues most valuable players in 2007 and 2008.
3. LeBron JamesNicknamed King James and the Chosen One, LeBron James has played for Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat over his ongoing thirteen-year career. He currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers after returning to his 23 jersey in 2015 after leaving the team in 2010 for the Heat. At just 32, James has managed to be a thirteen-time All Star, three-time NBA Champion, three-time Finals MVP, and has been named the leagues most valuable player over four separate seasons.
2. Magic JohnsonWith a career that spanned 16 years, Magic Johnson played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers in the jersey 32. As a player, Johnson was a twelve-time All Star, five-time NBA Champion, three-time Finals MVP, and was named the leagues most valuable player three times. Following his retirement, Johnson was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame twice, once in 2002 for his career and 2010 as a part of the famed "Dream Team".
1. Michael JordanWithout doubt the most famous basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls from 1985 to 1995. Jordan would then come out of retirement in 2002 to play one season with the Washington Wizards. During his career, Jordan became a fourteen-time All Star, 10-time NBA Scoring Champion, six-time NBA Champion, six-time Finals MVP, and was named the League's MVP on five separate occasions. Additional, Jordan still holds records in the NBA for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game).
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