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If Jordan was the best player of the last 30 years, who was/is the second best?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Mizzougrad96, May 16, 2011.

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If Jordan was the best player of the last 30 years, who was/is the second best?

  1. Karl Malone

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  2. Magic Johnson

    43.1%
  3. Kobe Bryant

    18.5%
  4. Shaquille O'Neal

    6.2%
  5. LeBron James

    1.5%
  6. Dwyane Wade

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  7. Dirk Nowitzki

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  8. Jason Kidd

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  9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    3.1%
  10. Isiah Thomas

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  11. John Stockton

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  12. Hakeem Olajuwon

    6.2%
  13. Scottie Pippen

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  14. Kevin Garnett

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  15. Allen Iverson

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  16. Larry Bird

    18.5%
  17. Patrick Ewing

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  18. Tim Duncan

    3.1%
  19. Charles Barkley

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  20. David Robinson

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  1. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I thought this might be an interesting debate.

    As much as I can't stand him, I think I'd have to go with Kobe.
     
  2. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Magic Johnson. Exhibit A - This Date in History: May 16, 1980, The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-107 to win the NBA title in six games. Rookie guard Magic Johnson fills in at center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and comes up with 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and is named the Finals MVP. The 42 points are the most scored by a rookie in an NBA Finals game.
     
  3. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    It's Magic.
     
  4. Wendell Gee

    Wendell Gee Member

    I'd say Shaq. With his decline the last few years, people seem to have forgotten just how dominant he was in his prime.
     
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    2. Kobe
    3. Magic
    4. Duncan
    5. Bird


    I can't bring myself to put LeBron in the top five yet.
     
  6. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    If the criteria is "the last 30 years", then Kareem shouldn't be even be one of the choices. Best of the 70s, no doubt, but he was past his prime and in decline after 81.
     
  7. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Good point.
     
  9. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    This is a very interesting thread. I'd say O'Neal because he was almost unstoppable in his prime. Magic would be right there as well.
     
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Magic, although I would say Kobe is the most individually skilled behind Jordan.
     
  11. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Oh, ho, ho it's Magic, you know
    Never believe it's not so
     
  12. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Kobe. Scored way more and will pass Magic in steals and rebounds. Magic's assists, it could be argued, mitigate Kobe's scoring numbers to an extent, but I'd say 30,000 points (13,000 more than Magic) would be a bigger notch in Kobe's belt than 10,000 assists in Magic's.

    PTS PPG STL REB AST FG% 3FG%
    Kobe 27,868 25.3 1,653 5,829 5,154 .454 .339
    Magic 17,707 19.5 1,724 6,559 10,141 .520 .303

    Of course, y'all don't know how old I am and I'm sure someone will tell me how Magic learned to pass under Tommy Amaker at Michigan. :D
     
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