Out of the list of players who would you rank from greatest to least?

@hdjohnson (2981)
United States
August 31, 2008 10:28am CST
1. Dr. "J" - well rounded, a true team player and teacher, a cool role model 2. Magic Johnson - well rounded, a true team player and always put his team first before his own stardom 3. Larry Bird - well rounded, a true team player, cared about winning, no matter how much pain it would personally put himself through 4. Isaiah Thomas - a good team player 5. Michael Jordan - A great player, but always show boating, and a bit selfish, I really enjoyed watching him play seriously, but it was always the "Jordan" show and not the "Bulls" show in my opinion 6. Kobe Bryant - a good player period, but he can be a bit selfish at times. 7. Scottie Pippen - tried to shadow Jordan too much after he left, the pressure was too much for him though From greatest to least 1 being the greatest, and 7 being the least. These are only my opinions, and I'm only looking for comments on the list of players above only. Please stay on topic, and don't attack my comments, no matter how strongly you feel I may be right or wrong. Happy posting. Thanks for your participation.
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@mscott (1925)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Michael Jordan would be the best from that list. Scottie Pippen would be last. Thomas would be just before Pippen. Second I think will eventually be Kobe as he is close already but has more time to go. Magic would probably be third and I can't decide between Bird and Doctor J. That would be how I would rank the players you listed.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Thank you very much for staying on topic, I wanted to see who would be honest to stay on topic and not criticize me of the list that I put together and add all sorts of comments about players that I don't either know or haven't watched play doing my lifetime.
• Singapore
15 Sep 08
1.magic johnson 2.larry bird 3.Chris Bosh!
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
15 Sep 08
Please forgive my basketball ignorance right now, but I haven't watched the game in years. So who is Chris Bosh? What team?
• Singapore
2 Oct 08
Chris bosh is a power forward from raptors.Go see him play.He is very experienced players and know how to deal with difficult situation.
@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
14 Sep 08
I don't have much to add for other personalities, but I've got to comment on Magic Johnson. I saw him on a cooking show recently after my shift ends and I was lying in my bed trying to catch some sleep and he was featured together with his wife. I must say that they are a power looking couple and co-operation seems to be in their stance and I like seeing that. Magic has a very kind heart and the foundation he has set up is really admirable. And he plays well too. So 10 points for this man.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
15 Sep 08
Spoken like a true "oldies" 80's early 90's basketball fan. Magic is definitely a good player, very team focused and family oriented. Thanks for adding your two cents to this discussion. Have a great mylotting day.
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@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
18 Sep 08
Truly magical .. ~ You are very much welcome, bro. And take care too..
• Philippines
2 Sep 08
Dr. J is definitely one of the best players in the NBA. He is very athletic and I think Michael Jordan copied some of his moves. A 6'9" player with great ball control is rare even in the NBA and that's what Magic Johnson is. He is one of those players who could play point guard and center. Kobe Bryant is fast becoming an all around player. He use to be more of an offensive minded player and now is showing great defensive skills as well. I consider Larry Bird one of the mysterious players in the NBA. He can't jump, can't run and compared to the rest of the players on your list, is not as athletic. BUT, he led the Celtics win several championships. What more can I say? By the way, were's Wilt Chamberlain on your list? Just asking. Peace!
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Just listed the names of those I remembered most and a child to adulthood. Sure there are probably hundreds of other NBA players I could have listed, but this post would have brought alot of debate that I'm not willing to participate in. Which is why I listed it the way I did. I appreciate your comments to this discussion. Your comments about Larry Bird though intrigue me. You say he wasn't athletic, but how could he lead the Celtics for several Championships? It takes alot more of stamina to do that especially on a consistent basis. Larry Bird could shoot up a storm from anywhere on the court. I definitely agree with your other statements as well. Later.
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Hi, friend, I did not say Larry Bird is not athletic. However, compared to the other players on your list, his not as athletic. Of course, his intensity and leadership on the court are just some of the factors that makes him one of the all time greats. Peace.
• United States
31 Aug 08
I'm not really that qualified to talk about players that played in eras much before the 90's. But I do know that some players who should be considered are not included on your list. Most people would have at least a mention of Wilt Chamberlain. If you look at is stats its hard to argue that he shouldn't be on the list. Also, this list seems very geared towards offense, and I know Bill Russel is considered great, but it is primarily due to his defensive dominance. The other person I have heard mentioned (but I don't know enough about) is Pete Maravich? Pistol Pete is what I know him by. Also I believe MJ should be ahead of Isaiah Thomas for sure, and maybe ahead of Bird and Johnson. I agree with Dr. J.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Thank you for your comment.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Also, everyone is qualified to have their own opinion, so you should not say things like that about yourself. What would make someone qualified to express an opinion about basketball players, you the consumer. You're the one that pays their salaries, because if you and everyone else in the world didn't watch them on T.V. or bought a jersey or a pair of Nike or something sports related. Or purchased tickets to a movie that you wanted to see your favorite star in, or whatever the case. You as a consumer have so much POWER, that you probably don't realize. Just wanted everyone who posted to stay on topic is all. I know that the list is jaded, but it is primarily because of these are the players that I remember most while growing up during the era that I watched sports on T.V. I don't anymore, but that's a different discussion altogether.
@meemingNEW (2228)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Good list.. as from staying on it.. I'm basing my ranks with the players' success in their basketball career. 1. Michael Jordan - .. no question. He is like the God of basketball for me. Yeah. It is the Jordan show for us fans and viewers. Who can blame the man? He plays basketball and the plays so good.. the greatest(arguably). Won 6 championships and bagged several individual awards.. well, lots! :) 2. Magic Johnson - 5 NBA championships. Won championships in high school, college and the NBA in 4 years spread. Wow! Amazing. I couldn't be more impressed. 3. Larry Bird - "There could never ever be another Larry Bird" - quoted by Magic. 4. Kobe Bryant - with his talents and skills in basketball, even though he was more of a ball-hog throughout the start of his career.. at least he has changed and improved last NBA season with his "passing ability" .. He should trust his teammates more often because if he wants to win a championship with him as team captain, in basketball: "There is really no I, in TEAM" 5. DR.J - Even though he just won 1 NBA championship under his belt, hey! the man's acrobatic skills in the court is damn awesome. Especially that reverse lay-up move under the basket, behind the board with outstretched arms. Amazing! 6. Isiah Thomas - I was thinking of putting him in no(5). But I'm not that of an Isiah fan after seeing that documentation of them double teaming, triple teaming MJ way back in the late 80's and early 90's imposing their Jordan Rule when facing against the Bulls. He plays with a very big heart even if his size is small. Won 2 championships. So he had to be in this position. 7. Scottie Pippen - all around player. 6 championships. Played together with arguably the greatest basketball player of all time (MJ).. what more could you ask for? :) Thanks for the list. Here's mine. :) Take care.
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Ooops. A typo. I had to correct it. 1. Michael Jordan - .. no question. He is like the God of basketball for me. Yeah. It is the Jordan show for us fans and viewers. Who can blame the man? He plays basketball and he plays so good.. the greatest(arguably). Won 6 championships and bagged several individual awards.. well, lots!:)
• Philippines
2 Sep 08
I'll just state the names who I have seen play: 1. Michael Jordan- he's a genius in this field. 2. Kobe Bryant- quite a great player and have learned how to pass lately. 3. Tim Duncan- Very basic yet threatening. 4. John Stockton- great disher, I like unselfish players. 5. Dennis Rodman- hehe THe Worm!
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Fair enough. Good reviews as well.
• China
1 Sep 08
yeah.I love Gibert Arenas,only for his humour.He is also a good player,and in fact he isn't selfish as many people think.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Thank you.
• Ecuador
31 Aug 08
I think Magic Johnson and Michael have to be 1a and 1b. Nobody could stop either of them. They were both very explosive and could finish around the rim. Larry Bird would have to be third. During his career he had a lot of help around him. Bill Russell, Kevin McHale, and all of his other better than normal teammates. Dr J is fourth because he can just play basketball. He played in the nba when it was just starting to become a league so it is very hard to compare dr j from the rest of the players that you have listed. Kobe Bryand is fifth because he has not yet proved he can win championship without the big shaquille oneal. number six would have to be isaiah thomas. He is not the best player because he is so short . if he was 6'4 or 6'5 he would of been the greatest player ever. seventh without a dought is scottie pippen. He was just a physical player and thats it.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
31 Aug 08
LOL - your comment about Isaiah Thomas. How do you feel about Spud Webb? He was I think the shortest guy in the NBA, but was definitely a good player for his size and speed. In any event, thanks for your comments and participation in this discussion!
@Holv03 (535)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Michael Jordan should be number one in my opinion. He was a great player. His overall game was just insane. He was a great scorer, a very good defender lets just say he had the whole package and what player at the late age of 40 comes back to the league and puts up numbers like Jordan did. I don't think anyone would come back at the age of 40 and put up back to back 50pt games and play the way he did.