Top 5 Basketball Players in the History of NBA

Basketball is one of the well-known team games. It was the idea of a Canadian-American gym teacher. James Naismith from Massachusetts, the United States, came up with the idea of having a game that consists of two competing teams, and since then, this game has grown into of the most recognizable sports games in the world. The National Basketball Association is one of the most professional basketball leagues according to the level of expertise and talent. Each continent has its own league in the world, and today we have regional and national teams, and continental championships such as Euro League, FIFA Basketball Champions League Americas. Today, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and basketball matches are one of the most-watched in the entire world with a loyal fan base.

NBA Basketball Players

NBA has been established in 1927 and since then we have witnessed a number of great basketball players going for the gold. Basketball fans have seen different styles of playing in the last few decades. Some fans are enjoying basketball betting so much that US sports betting information are not hard to find on the internet. Today, thanks to smartphone apps, betting enthusiasts can place their bets using their smartphones. 

Defensive dominance, sharpshooting snipers, and all-around skillful players are what loyal basketball fans are already familiar with. Shooters have dominated the sport for a long and the center position was about recently that became relevant in the basketball world. Having all of this information at hand, having so many skillful and talented players playing with various styles and strategies, it’s really hard to determine who would seize the throne of LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kobi Brian, and other legendary names in the sport. 

Taking a look at the stats, discovering the strengths and weaknesses of each player, will give us the greater picture of who did well and who player dominates the stadium. Here are the top 5 basketball players in 2020 who rightfully found their place on the list of best basketball players of the year.

LeBron James

There is no other way to start this list without mentioning the name of the all-time legend, LeBron James. Since the age of 18, this legendary basketball player has won the hearts of all basketball fans. The moment he entered the basketball world, he was seen as the rightful inheritor of Jordan’s success in basketball. Some things that he has done in his career were unheard of before in the basketball world. We have all witnessed how LeBron has defeated two of the greatest dynasties in the San Antonio and Golden State Warriors championships. 

No one can deny the fact that some things LeBron has done in his basketball career remain noted in basketball history as some of the most memorable moments in the history of basketball. Put his career aside, he is also a socially responsible player who cares about social issues. He has created a school in his homeland, Ohio, for students coming from poor families. Every student who graduates from this school receives a full-tuition scholarship to continue his studies.

Michael Jordan

The basketball player who has brought the spirit of a basketball game back is Michael Jordan, the most recognizable name in the basketball world. His name is a brand on its own and he is the greatest scorer in the history of basketball. When someone thinks of basketball, the first thing that falls on his mind is Michael Jordan, a legend in basketball history. He won the scoring title of the league not less but 10 times. He has set the record for the number of wins putting the Chicago Bulls team on the top 72 times. Michael Jordan is the great scorer the world has ever seen. He has made a name of himself by working hard and playing from the heart. He created a shoe business that brought him millions of revenue. Definitely, one of the names in the basketball history that will forever stay in the memory of loyal basketball fans.

Shaquille O'Neal

One of the most dominated names in the history of basketball is, of course, the name of Shaquille O'Neal. The player has played center in most teams, including Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics. His height of around 7’1” and weighs around 325 pounds, in other words, a giant of a man. This player has dominated the court both defensively and offensively. His final score in his career was 28,596 points. Interestingly enough, Shaquille O'Neal was a multi-faceted person, having the talent for many other things out of his basketball career. He has been a rapper, actor, spokesperson, and many other things. We should mention the fact that Shaquille O'Neal is a four-time champion and an MVP. His playing style and accomplishments in basketball history are simply unmatched. These are all the reasons that brought him the title one of the great basketball players of all time. 

When Will NBA Plan Its Return?

Did Dinwiddie Spill the Beans?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has not specified a return date for the league but a seemingly innocuous tweet by Nets’ point guard Spencer Dinwiddie could have let the cat out of the bag. Replying to a tweet by sneaker designer, John Geiger, that said, “June 21st NBA Back”, Dinwiddie replied, “That’s just practice... I heard those last 5 games at bubble site start July 15th.”
Although that July 15th date might not be precise, it certainly is in the vicinity of what the whispers have indicated surrounding a return to action. A total of 20 teams have opened their facilities to players this week for voluntary workouts with a maximum of four players allowed at one time.
One of the issues facing the NBA, as well as all other professional sports, is that there are different timelines for different states and even cities to reopen. Therefore, a ground zero of sorts is the most likely answer with Disney World in Orlando, Florida being the frontrunner to house the athletes and conduct the games without fans in attendance. Testing for the COVID-19 virus would be mandatory for all of the players and Silver has expressed his desire to hold a full postseason with each round consisting of the current best-of-seven format.
In a roundtable discussion with Donald Trump, Houston Rockets owner, Tilman Fertitta, commented, "I think what they're doing is waiting to see what happens in certain states and if we're going to be able to play. Making sure the virus continues to go in the right direction in the next few weeks. And I think that if things are going in the way that it's going, I think the NBA, the commissioner Adam Silver, who has done an unbelievable job through this, and the 30 owners will make the decision to try to start the season up again."

Who’s Better than LeBron?

At 35 years old and in his 17th season, LeBron was playing like a man on a mission prior to the shutdown of the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last season King James had not assembled his court but now with Anthony Davis in a Lakers’ uniform, there is little slowing him down and, in fact, a case could be made that he is still the best player in the league. His Lakers are in first place in the Western Conference and LB has plenty to do with that.
Yet, some could point to the NBA scoring leader, James Harden of the Rockets and his 34.4 points per game average, or the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, scoring nearly 30 points per game and hauling down nearly 14 boards per game. But Lebron’s league-leading 10.6 assists per game to go along with his 25.7 PPG scoring average is a testament to his ability to sink the rock and keep his teammates involved.
But not everyone agrees, especially former NBA star Paul Pierce. “What has LeBron did to build up any organization from the ground? I’m talking about these players, Top 5 players,” Pierce said on ESPN. “Bill Russell built the organization of Boston, Kareem, Magic, Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe, Bird. These guys are all-time Top 10 players who helped build their organization or continued the tradition.”
Few would agree with Pierce’s assessment and most chalk it up to bad blood between the two. LeBron is a historical top-five player on anyone’s list but the debate that rages the longest and most virulent is the one which pits LeBron and the previously undisputed king, Michael Jordan.
The recent 10-part documentary, “The Last Dance”, has given younger NBA fans a chance to see how impactful and masterful Michael Jordan was during the Chicago Bulls reign of supremacy during the 1990s when he won six titles over a span of eight years. But one man who faced Jordan at the height of his powers was diplomatic when discussing who’s better than whom. Magic Johnson declared LeBron the best all-around player but Jordan was the greatest ever….ah, what?
Let’s let Magic speak for himself, "First of all, let's not take anything away from LeBron James," Johnson said, speaking on Stephen A. Smith's The Last Dance special. "Because LeBron James is a great basketball player, one of the all-time greatest that's ever played the game. LeBron James to me, when you think about all-around basketball players, he's probably the best of all time. But when you want to say 'who's the greatest ever?' — it's still Michael Jordan. Now, LeBron James' chapter is not closed yet, right, he still has some basketball to play. So maybe he has a chance to catch him later on if he can get some more championships under his belt."
LeBron or Michael – Michael or LeBron? You can’t go wrong with either choice but whatever you do – don’t listen to Paul Pierce.