Basketball is one of the fastest and among the most exciting sports to be a part of. Not only does it require a lot of stamina but the amount of skill involved is also important. Great bastekball players over the years have managed to stretch human limits and become supermen with their feats in this incredibly demanding sport. The game is most popular in the NBA which is easily the largest basketball league in the world. The NBA has had many international superstars take part in the game. Some of the greatest players ever in the sport have also changed the way in which this game is played. Let us look at the top 10 basketball players of all time.10. LeBron James:
LeBron James is a well known current day NBA superstar. His claim to fame came early as even during his school days he was touted as the next NBS superstar. He has managed to set many records in the NBA and elsewhere. He is one of the youngest basketball players to rise up to the top in this sport. With his assistance his team Miami Heat is a force to be reckoned with today as in 2011 he helped engineer the team’s entry into the NBA Finals. The star is also a regular feature of the US national team.
(img source: articles.nydailynews.com) 9. Tim Duncan:
Tim Duncan is a professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs. He was born on the 25th of April 1976 and is one of the most prolific forwards in the history of the game. He started off with the NBA in 1997 and has remained with the same team since then. He is also an active philanthropist and has set up an organization for that purpose too. Under him the Spurs have won several championships and he has also been awarded as MVP (most valuable player) several times.
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Kobe Bryant is a well known shooting guard for the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers also otherwise simply known as the Lakers. Bryant has been a regular star for the team’s excellent record in the NBA in recent times. He is also a big fan favorite and averages among the highest in the league through most seasons. This eminent basketball player has also been awarded the MVP in the finals for leading the team to NBA title glory in 2009 and 2010.
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William F. Bill Russell is a well known basketball player from the past. He was born on the 12th Feb 1934 and was a player for the legendary Boston Celtics team. He played center and is one of the most charismatic players to have hit the basketball court. He has won the MVP award five times and has been a part of the all-star team on more than ten occasions. He was also the gold medal winning captain at the 1956 Summer Olympics for the US national team.
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Shaquille O’Neal also well known as Shaq is one of the most well known faces in the game of basketball. Besides that he is also a rap artist and has had a fair amount of success as an actor. He started off his career in the NBA as a center for the Orlando Magic and became one of the most dominating players in the league within a couple of years with the team. He has helped the Lakers win their share of championships, besides that he also helped the Miami Heat win another, his fourth title in 2006. He has multiple MVPs and is also the winner of four team titles. This notable basketball player retired after playing his last season for the Celtics in 2011.
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5. Kareem Abdul Jabbar:
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is one of the NBA’s all time leading scorers. This charismatic basketball player was born in 1947 and had a 20 year career in the NBA during which he played for two teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Lakers. He has held many records in the NBA and still holds some scoring records. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest players to hit the courts and is also considered as one of the most dominant players in the history of the sport.
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4. Wilt Chamberlain:
Wilt Chamberlain was among the greatest players the game had ever seen. In his career as a center for three major teams of the league, he established himself as a dominant force in the game of basketball. Towering over his opponents with a 7 foot 1 inch height, he is the only player to score a hundred points in a single game. Other than that too he holds many league records and is regarded by many as the best player to walk the courts. He passed away at the age of 63 in October 1999.
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3. Magic Johnson:
Magic Johnson is a well known point guard in the NBA who played for the LA Lakers. His career kicked off with a bang as he won the rookie of the year and also helped his team win the championship in 1979. His career was broken up in many parts and he won a total of 5 NBA titles in his time. He was rated as the best point guard of all time by many reputed sources and has received various accolades for his contribution to the sport. He is also a well known entrepreneur, philanthropist and a TV personality.
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2. Larry Bird:
Larry Bird was an amazing player to have graced the sport with his presence. Today he is among the most respected names in the sport. His career with the Boston Celtics as a power forward and a small forward spanned more than a decade. The team was a well oiled machine in his presence and he has won several awards besides being inducted in the basketball hall of fame.
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1. Michael Jordan:
Anybody who has ever been near a basketball or a basketball game knows the name Michael Jordan. His emergence as one of the greatest players ever to play the game started off in 1984 when he joined the Chicago Bulls. He played with a rare ability that is not seen in any sport that often. He was a great entertainer as he was able to pull off games from the mouths of defeat on many occasions for his team. His formidable all round skills made him an opponent to be always reckon with. He holds many records and is one of the most loved basketball players of all time. His peers and his past players have widely acknowledged Jordan as the greatest ever in the game of basketball.
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