Have you ever wondered who are the best among the best with regards to basketball? Have you compared your top 10 players to anyone? Well this article is going to help you out on seeking the top 10 elite basketball players of all time. Their genres may not have been at a single specific time but their greatness amass almost every audience whether past or present. Take a deep look at the top 10. Let’s make it a countdown to be more exciting.
5) Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon
There’s no other center who delivered finesse and strength all at the same time than Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon. His footwork is incomparable and his thousand moves under the basket has become an inspiration to centers. His mid-range shooting makes him as lethal as well. Ever since college basketball, Hakeem has made himself a powerful force. His greatness is reflected in his success in college and in the NBA as well. He won 2 consecutive championship rings with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.
4) Shaquille O’Neal
Shaq has been one of the most versatile athletes of all time. He can rap, he can act and he definitely can dunk over anyone. Shaq’s brute strength has made him a powerful presence and the most dominating center of this generation. Since his early inception in the NBA, he has been a brutal center that never backs down to any defender. He had also won 4 championship rings, 3 with the Los Angeles Lakers and 1 with the Miami Heat.
3) Bill Russell
Bill Rusell won championships more than any other center in the history of the NBA. His storied career is best described by the championship banners that hang in the rafters of the Boston Garden. He was one of the key instrumental players that assisted the Boston on building their dynasty in the 1960s together with Bob Cousy and all the other Celtic greats. His presence in the paint made it harder for the other teams to score and only one player stood his ground against this Celtic great.
2) Wilt Chamberlain
Well, that one player who was mentioned a while ago, is Wilt Chamberlain. His fierce rivalry with Bill Russell made the NBA more exciting than ever during those times. The greatness of Wilt is reflected in his dominance under the basket. There’s no other player who had done what he did in one game. He scored 100 points in a single game. Until today, that record is still holding up, even though Kobe Bryant had an 81 point performance recently. This record set by Wilt may never be accomplished ever again. Wilt Chamberlain was the epitome of the true center, his power, defense, offense and everything in between makes him truly one of the elite players in the history of the game.
1) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Ever wondered why Kareem is in number 1? Well, he had won many championship rings, he had set scoring records and his skyhook is probably the most famous move ever attributed to a center. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s greatness has been evident through all the years that he had played in the league. Ever since with the Bucks until with the Lakers, he had played each and every year as well as good as he can. His scoring records still holds up until today and no other center has topped his achievements. He was a very significant player with the 1980s showtime Lakers. Truly, Kareem is one of the best and his greatness is just truly evident every game that he played.