Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Wilt. Who is the greatest?
No Boston Celtic made the final three to determine the best player according to the criteria. Cheer up Celtic fan, Magic Johnson did not make it either. Even though Kareem is bitter as hell, Wilt is resting, and Jordan is enjoying people rip on his outfits, they all have a good case to be the ultimate NBA player. Hold up. Magic and Bird did not make it despite dominating the 1980s? Yep, you got it. There was no joking around when the GOAT requirements were made.
Let’s keep it straight. Wilt Chamberlain’s career total win share is 247.3. His career PER is 26.1 with two rings and 4 league MVPs. He built a great case yet falls short. He is eliminated.
Kareem versus MJ
Here comes Michael Jordan’s statistics and accomplishments. As a rookie, the man was already a top 4 player averaging 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.4 steals, true shooting percentage of .592 (amazing), 14.0 win share, 25.8 PER, and 84% from the line. Remember this is all AS A ROOKIE. LeBron and Kobe was nowhere near this. He edged out Kareem's rookie year, too. That was a great start. Do not get me started on his accomplishments at the end. These are some of them:
There are also other notable statistical achievements that many people forget:
That’s just some of the notable achievements. He has the statistics and the hardware. Now, did you watch him play doing all the little things during his run with the Chicago Bulls? I hope you did.
Lastly, according to basketball reference, Jordan is number one in MVP award shares. The gap between him and Jabbar is big.
The Greatest of All Time
After investigating and exploring facts and figures, it came down to Michael Jordan versus Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Michael Jordan takes it easily. He is the NBA’s Greatest of All Time based on the strict GOAT criteria. The statistics and the accomplishments are heavy in Jordan’s favor. He is not the undisputed ultimate player of the forever because Kareem has a great case, too. Here are the other players who did not make the cut. For the current crop of stars and fans alike, they need to take it slow. One game at a time. One season at a time. Hell, do not even think about it. It's too overwhelming looking at the work. The players are not filling his Air Jordans. Instead, they're actually trying to fill the Grand Canyon. It's a huge task.
Argue all you want with who you want, but Air Jordan reigns supreme. The facts do not lie. I ended the debates. Thank me later.