HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #1 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, the fan labelled GOAT. Six Championships in eight years, in order Jordan and the Bulls sent home; Magic and the Lakers, Clyde and the Blazers, Barkley and the Suns, Payton and the SuperSonics, Malone and the Jazz x2, and last but not least the Monstars. There are infinite ‘what if’s’ with Jordan, the big one being what happens if Jordan doesn’t leave to try his hand at baseball over the 94 and 95 …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

We know who is coming tomorrow, we knew he was coming when we started revealing this list way back on August 18th, I knew he was coming before I tallied the ballots. That being said, if you had to argue one players greatness over his airness, it’d be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His resume might be greater, it’s a very feasible argument. He won the same amount of rings, and he was recognized as the league MVP …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #3 Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson, the former Spartan and former Laker comes in at number three on the list. Magic was a mismatch, a unique combination of size and speed. His ability to match up with virtually anyone on the floor gave the Lakers an ace each and every night. Although Magic was far from an elite scorer, he did play on a team that featured one of the two individuals still not listed thus far. Aside from …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #4 Bill Russell

  The resume won’t do Bill justice, many of the accolades we lean on today simply weren’t available during Russell’s run. We can safely assume he would have 10+ All-NBA Defense honours had they been distributed in his day. He’d undoubtedly own multiple Defensive Player of the Year Awards and I think it’s also safe to say he’d own a few of his namesakes (The Finals MVP award). Accolades be damned, nobody collected the hardware …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #5 Wilt Chamberlain

  He scored a 100 in a single game, he averaged 50 points per game in a single season, and yet his rival Bill Russell still finishes ahead. Chamberlain had no weaknesses, the guy almost led the league in assists because he felt like it. Arguably the most dominant player in NBA history, if you place your stock in individual numbers there’s a real case for Chamberlain to be higher on this list. Chamberlain’s shortfalls …

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