August 4, 2012

NBA Legends All-Stars: First Team

#32 Magic Johnson, PG, Los Angeles Lakers (Left) | #23 Michael Jordan, SG, Chicago Bulls (Right)

Here is something I've wanted to do for a long time now, assemble the greatest starting 5 ever with some of the greatest players to ever lace 'em up. Here is my first team which includes 5 of my top 6 Greatest NBA Players.

First Team | Second Team | Third Team | Fourth Team | Fifth Team

Point Guard:
Magic Johnson
6-9, 220 lbs.
Retirement Age: 36 | Experience: 13 Years

Analysis: Magic Johnson is the greatest point guard of all-time, and he dominated the game without having to score 25 a night.

When Magic was drafted by the Lakers in '79, they almost immediately began winning championships. A true point forward, Magic had an excellent all-around game, and he took over every post-season.

Shooting Guard:
Magic Johnson
6-6, 216 lbs.
Retirement Age: 40 | Experience: 15 Years

Analysis: No one dominated on both ends of the floor like Jordan. On offense, he could do it all, finishing at the rim, scoring in the post, and in his prime, became a very reliable mid-range shooter. His 10 scoring titles give you an idea of his offensive greatness.

Defensively, he was fantastic, making the All-Defensive First Team 9 times, and he was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1988.

The numbers don't lie either, as Jordan averaged 30 Points per game for his career, and was very well rounded. He averaged 37 points per game in his third season, but arguably his best season came in 1988, Where he averaged 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Lastly, the man has 6 Championships, and was the MVP of all of them. He defined clutch, and he ascended to new heights when the post-season rolled around. No doubt about it, Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T.

Small Forward:
Larry Bird
6-9, 220 lbs.
Retirement Age: 35 | Experience: 13 Years

Analysis: Larry Legend played the point-forward role to perfection in Boston for many years. He is one of the best all-around players in NBA history.

One of only six players in league history to average 24 points and 10 rebounds per game, Bird also averaged six assists per game, and is one of the best passers I've ever seen. And let's not forget, he's one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, and he has three rings.

Power Forward:
Bill Russell
6-9, 215 lbs.
Retirement Age: 35 | Experience: 13 Years

Analysis: The greatest winner of all-time, no one will ever top Bill Russell's 11 championships in 13 seasons. He was the ultimate team player, and he dominated the game without scoring a ton of points.

Rebounding, defending, blocking shots, etc. He's probably the best defender in NBA history, and in today's NBA, he would dominate at power forward.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
7-2, 225 lbs.
Retirement Age: 42 | Experience: 20 Years

Analysis: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is arguably the greatest center in NBA History. In fact, he is the NBA's All-Time leading scorer. His accolades speak for themselves, but what is most impressive is that he was consistent for 20 years in the NBA.

His signature "sky hook" shot was un-defendable, and he was pretty much unstoppable early in his career. He didn't have any major weaknesses in his game. Although he wasn't quite as dominant in the 80s, he was still the best center in the game, and led LA to 5 championships.