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LeBron Now Joins Mt. Rushmore of Five Best NBA Players of All Time

by Todd A. Smith

 

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) goes up for “The Block” against Andre Iguodala (9) of the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the 2016 NBA Finals (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

 

Best NBA Players of All Time: Regal Mag’s All-Time All-NBA Team

 

Forget what the haters and shade throwers say, the king LeBron James has firmly retaken his throne as one of the best NBA players of all time.


His third NBA championship, and first title for the Cleveland Cavaliers, officially makes him the best small forward to ever play the game.


Ranking the five or 10 best NBA players of all time is a tall task.


However, ranking the best NBA players at their various positions makes it a little more interesting.


So without further adieu, RegalMag.com releases its Mt. Rushmore of best NBA players, position by position.  All stats are according to NBA.com.



FIRST TEAM



Point Guard—Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers; 1979-1991, 1996): five-time NBA champ, 12-time All-Star, three-time MVP, 19.5 PPG, 11.2 APG, 7.2 RPG career averages


Shooting Guard—Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards; 1984-1993, 1995-1998, 2001-2003): six-time NBA champ, five-time MVP, 14-time All-Star, 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RBG, 5.3 APG, 2.3 SPG for career


Center—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers; 1969-1989): six-time NBA champ, six-time MVP, all-time NBA leading career scorer, 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.57 BPG for career


Power Forward—Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs; 1997-present): five-time NBA champ, two-time NBA MVP, 15-time All-Star, 19 PPG, 10.8 RBG, 2.2 BPG for career


Small Forward—LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat; 2003-present): three-time NBA champ, four-time NBA MVP, 12-time All-Star, 27.2 PPG, 7.2 RBG, 6.9 APG, 1.7 SPG for career



SECOND TEAM



Point Guard—Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks; 1960-1974): 1971 NBA champ, 1964 NBA MVP, 12-time All-Star, 25.7 PPG, 9.5 APG, 7.5 RPG for career


Shooting Guard—Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers; 1996-2016): five-time NBA champion, 2008 MVP, 15-time All-Star, 25 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.4 SPG for career


Center—Bill Russell (Boston Celtics, 1956-1969): 11-time NBA champ, five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, 15.1 PPG, 22.5 RPG, 4.3 APG for career


Power Forward—Karl Malone (Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers; 1985-2004): two-time NBA MVP, second leading career scorer in NBA history, 14-time All-Star, 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG for career


Small Forward—Larry Bird (Boston Celtics; 1979-1992): three-time NBA champ, three-time MVP, 10-time All-Star, 24.3 PPG, 10 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.73 SPG for career



THIRD TEAM



Point Guard—Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons; 1981-1994): two-time NBA champ, 1990 Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, 19.2 PPG, 9.3 APG, 1.9 SPG for career


Shooting Guard—Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat; 2003-present): three-time NBA champ, 2006 Finals MVP, 11-time All-Star 23.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.7 SPG for career


Center—Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers; 1959-1973): two-time NBA champ, four-time MVP, 13-time All-Star, most points in one game (100), 30.1 PPG, 22.9 RBG, 4.4 APG for career


Power Forward—Kevin McHale (Boston Celtics; 1980-1993): three-time NBA champ, two-time Sixth Man of the Year, seven-time All-Star, 17.9 PPG, 7.3 RBG, 1.74 BPG for career


 

Small Forward—Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers; also played for the Virginia Squires and New York Nets of ABA; 1971-1987): 1983 NBA champ, 1981 MVP, 11-time All-Star, 22 PPG, 6.7 RBG, 3.9 APG for career

This article was published on Friday 24 June, 2016.
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