1. Michael Jordan (1984-93, 1995-98, 2001-03)
Did you think it would be anybody else?
Honestly though, the way Michael Jordan is referenced these days, you’d think the man never missed a shot in his life.
To the contrary, he did. He also struggled to win during the first portion of his career. Struggles against Detroit and Boston were real. If Social Media had existed during his era, he’d be discussed and bashed upon just as much as LeBron was prior to his Miami titles.
Jordan missed big shots. He also nailed more than anyone.
The true thing that made this guy great, however, was his unbelievable ability to capture the moment.
When thinking about scenes and memories from the career of all of these guys listed, Jordan has collected the most.
THE THING THAT PUTS MJ OVER THE TOP WAS HIS ABILITY TO “CAPTURE THE MOMENT.”
The “Flu Game,” the “Double-Nickel,” the “Last-Shot against the Jazz,” even his mysterious exit to baseball which many believe David Stern orchestrated beautifully, Jordan has brought us the most memories.
Along with the memories, his uncanny ability to thrive under pressure is what most remember about this guy. His competitiveness matched his skill, smarts and athleticism to form the most perfect of NBA superstars.
Jordan compiled six NBA Championships, six NBA Finals MVPs, and five NBA MVPs. He is fourth in career points with 32,292. More than that, he was efficient with his shots. His .497 career mark from the floor is unbelievable considering some of the tough mid-range, contested shots he thrived on during the back-nine of his career.
All those stats are great fodder, but where he really enters the legend discussion is when the postseason hits.
His 33.4 points per game in the playoffs is the best in NBA history (179 games total).
Michael Jordan will remain the greatest of all-time unless LeBron does something incredible during these 2015 playoffs and adds on to it the next five seasons.