Basketball has become one of the most popular sports of all time. These next 10 players have dominated the hardwood better then anyone has ever done.
Baylor had career numbers of 27.4 points 13.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in 13 years with the Lakers. He was an 11 time all star and was rookie of the year in 1959.
Although Shaq Daddy might have lost a step in 2008, no one has dominated the past 15 years like Shaq. There has never been a more athletic big man then Shaq, nor someone who could physically dominate everyone in the NBA in the style he plays. To this point Shaq has career averages of 25.6 points 11.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. Hes won the NBA MVP award once, 4 NBA titles, 3 time NBA finals MVP and is a 13 time NBA all star.
Russell was the main reason for the Celtics dominance during the 1960's. He was a 5 time NBA MVP and a 11 time NBA Champion. He finished his career with averages of 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.
DR. J was one of those players that changed the entire way the game was played. His explosive and powerful dunks dominated both the ABA and the NBA. He was a 1 time NBA Champion and a 1 time NBA MVP. He finished his NBA career with 22.0 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and over 1,500 steals.
The Big O is known as Mr. Triple Double as he is the only player in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. In the 1961 season he averaged 30.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists. He was the 1964 NBA MVP and the 1961 rookie of the year. No one played a better all around game then the Big O.
The NBA's all time leading scorer was the master of the sky hook shot. He was the Rookie of the Year, a member of six NBA championship teams, a six-time NBA MVP, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, a 19-time All-Star, and a two-time scoring champ. He finished with averages of 24.6 points per game and 11.2 rebounds.
Larry Bird was a player who was part clutch shooter, and part hustle player. Bird would not only lead all players in scoring in games, but also make all the little plays that would help the team win. His skills helped him become a 3 time NBA Champion, a 3 time NBA MVP, and a 2 time NBA finals MVP. He finished with averages of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per games. No number can be put on the amount of clutch plays he racked up.
Wilt the stilt not only got with 20,000 women in his life, but he played basketball too. Not only did he play basketball, but he was a 2 time NBA champion, and a 4 time NBA MVP. His career stats are staggering with averages of 30.1 points per game, and 22.9 rebounds. He also holds the record for most points scored in a game with 100. He doesn't get number 1 on this list because of the people he played against.
A 6'9 point guard, Magic could pass shoot and rebound with the best of them. He was the driving force for the Showtime Lakers run in the 1980's winning the NBA title 5 times. He was NBA MVP 3 times and was NBA finals MVP 3 times. He won the 1992 All Star game MVP for making a comeback after being diagnosed with HIV. His career stats are 19.5 points per game, 11.2 assists per game, 7.2 rebounds a game and over 1,700 steals.
What can honestly be said about Michael Jordan that has not already been said. Go anywhere in the world where basketball is played and say, MJ, Jordan, number 23, or his airness and everyone will know you are talking about Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan is the reason why basketball is as popular as it is. The awards he has earned do not live up to how good Michael Jordan actually is. He was a 6 time NBA champion, a 5 time NBA MVP, a 14 time all star and the rookie of the year in 1985. He averaged 30.1 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and over 2,500 steals. All that needs to be said is that he single handedly gave Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, and Muggsy Bogues their powers back after the Monstars took it from them. Who else could do that?MJ's Best Buzzer Beaters