Fave 5 - NBA Players of All-time

This is the one I promised last week, but ended up changing because of the “Lost” finale. That said, this isn’t a “greatest” list. It’s my 5 FAVORITE players. If I was doing a 5 greatest list, then I’m pretty sure four of these guys wouldn’t make the cut (though one of them has plenty of time left to get there).

5. Stacey Augmon (1991-2006)
The Plastic Man joined the Hawks as a rookie, playing alongside one of my other favorite players (see below), and immediately captivated me. It wasn’t just his high-flying dunks, but his shut-down defense too. Sure, he was never an all-star, but he was always exciting in those early years with the Hawks.

4. Allen Iverson (1996-Pres)
He does amazing things on the court, but this has nothing to do with what he does in games. It’s all about practice. We talkin’ ‘bout practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game. We talkin’ ‘bout practice.

3. Dominique Wilkins (1982-1997, 1998-99)
When I started watching the NBA, Nique was my favorite player right off the bat. He could do so many things on the court that no one else could, dunking with such grace and violence all at the same time. His teams were never successful, and those later years drifting around the league (and Europe) were kind of sad, but The Human Highlight Film will always hold a special place in my heart.

2. LeBron James (2003-Pres)
LeBron’s only been around for 4 seasons, but he’s also the only player I ever did a website for (the now-defunct LeBronJamesNews.com), and I’ve never lived and died with a player like I have with LeBron. Last night, I was driving home from work during the 4th quarter of Game 4, listening to it on a static-y radio station, trying to get any info I could on the game, and cheering wildly when the Cavs took the lead.

1. Michael Jordan (1984-93, 1994-98, 2001-03)
If this list WAS a list of greatest NBA players instead of my Fave 5, this still wouldn’t change. MJ is the best. Period. Kobe’s not better than MJ. LeBron’s not better than MJ. Simply put, he was the greatest player ever, and I loved watching his career. Seeing him play in person during his final season with the Bulls was one of my greatest thrills as a sports fan.