Best NBA Players Before Michael Jordan

ParasN2000

The Top Ten

1 Magic Johnson Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.
2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.
3 Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)

The best, no question.

4 Wilt Chamberlaim Wilt Chamberlaim Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . ...read more.

I agree that the most dominant doesn't mean the best, but he was the best.

When did Jordan average over 50 points a season?
When did Jordan score over 4,000 points in a season?
When did Jordan score 100 points in a game?
When did Jordan score over 70 points in a game?
When did Jordan get 55 rebounds in a game?
When did Jordan get 78 points and 43 rebounds in the same game?
When did Jordan [a guard] lead the NBA in assists for a season?
Just checking.

Yes the Stilt was a great player and probably the most dominant player ever but most dominant does not mean best. - ParasN2000

5 Bill Russell Bill Russell William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.
6 Oscar Robertson Oscar Robertson Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
7 Julius Erving Julius Erving Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.
8 Jerry West Jerry West Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
9 Isiah Thomas Isiah Thomas
10 Bob Pettit Bob Pettit

The Newcomers

? Jerry Lucas Jerry Lucas
? Clyde Drexler Clyde Drexler Clyde Austin "The Glide" Drexler is an American retired professional basketball player. During his career, he was a ten-time All-Star, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

The Contenders

11 Moses Malone Moses Malone Moses Eugene Malone was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association from 1974 through 1995. The center was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA selection. ...read more.

76ers became champions with him.
Julius Erving got the title he deserved.

12 Elgin Baylor Elgin Baylor

Elgin Gay Baylor played for Minneapolis/LA Lakers for 14 seasons (1958 - 1972).
SLAM magazine ranked him 11th player of all times.
His main achievements were:
-NBA Rookie of the Year (1959).
-All-NBA First Team 10 times.
-11-time NBA All-Time.
-NBA All-Star Game Co-MVP (1959)
-Holds NBA Finals single-game record for most points (61) on April 14, 1962 against the Boston Celtics
-Scored 71 points (8th highest in history) against the New York Knicks (November 15, 1960).
-No. 4 all-time with 87 regular season 40-point games.
-Scored 23,149 points in only 846 games (27.4 points per game, 4th best all-time).
-Retired as NBA's 3rd all-time leading scorer.
-Ranked 6th in NBA Finals all-time scoring (26.4 in 44 games).
-Ranked 7th in NBA playoffs all-time scoring (27.0 in 134 games).

13 George Gervin George Gervin George Gervin, nicknamed "The Iceman," is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls.

One of the most underrated NBA players, 4 times top scorer (1978,1979,1980,1982).
He played 13 seasons, 9 of them with Spurs, averaged 25.1 ppg (26,595 points).
SLAM magazine ranked him 45th player of all times.
His main achievements :
-9 - NBA All-Star
-NBA All-Star Game MVP (1980).
-5 - All-NBA First Team (1978-1982).
-2 - All-NBA Second Team (1977, 1983).

14 George Mikan George Mikan
15 Bob Cousy Bob Cousy
16 Bill Walton Bill Walton
17 Willis Reed Willis Reed
18 Westley Unseld
19 David Cowens David Cowens
20 Bob McAdoo Bob McAdoo
21 Robert Parish Robert Parish
22 Dominique Wilkins Dominique Wilkins
23 Nate Thurmond Nate Thurmond
24 Elvin Hayes Elvin Hayes
25 Calvin Murphy Calvin Murphy
26 Pete Maravich Pete Maravich
27 John Havlicek John Havlicek John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.
28 Walt Frazier Walt Frazier Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association.
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