Greatness is in the eyes of the beholder.
Through my eyes, Lebron James is the greatest basketball player of all time.
Through my dad’s eyes, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.
Through my grandfather’s eyes, Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest basketball player of all time.
According to Basketball Reference, Lebron James is a four time NBA MVP, 12 time NBA All-Star and a three time NBA champion. Along with the three championships, James has done something no other player has done: he has gone to six straight NBA Finals. James has averaged 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game throughout his 14 year career. Since Lebron takes such good care of his body and is only 31 years old, he still has a seven solid years of production to pass up Jordan in just about every category. His physical presence might never be matched.
Michael Jordan was a five time NBA MVP, 14 time All-Star, and a six time NBA champion. Jordan was also the Finals MVP in all six appearances. Jordan averaged 30 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game throughout his 15-year career. Jordan’s competitiveness and grit set him apart from the competition. His unrelenting drive each and every year is something my dad truly loved about Jordan. He was an assassin on the court.
Wilt Chamberlain was a four time MVP, 13 time All-Star, and two time NBA champion. Chamberlin is currently in the NBA Hall of Fame, rightfully so. Chamberlin averaged 30 points, 23 rebounds, and 4 assists per game throughout his 15-year career. He was physically dominant over his competition when it came to scoring and rebounding. He also holds the league record for most points in a game, which is 100.
These are just three examples of some of the greats throughout the years of the game. Each of these players could make a case, along with many others, for being the greatest in basketball history. However, each generation has their own G.O.A.T. because of who fans were most exposed to. Overall, we need to stop worrying about a single person as the G.O.A.T. and start appreciating all the great players for what they were able to do for the game of basketball.
Appreciate all forms of greatness.