The All-Championship Team

The National Basketball Association just crowned its 64th champion. Now is the time to start reviewing the accomplishments of the current great players and comparing measuring them against the credentials of the legends. It’s incredibly difficult to rank players in terms of greatness because opinion will always factor in. However, I believe that any list of all time great players will have some combination of the following ten players.

I have assembled a list of the top ten players all time and divided it into first and second teams. The lineups are not conventional in the sense of C-PF-SF-SG-PG, but that should be reflective of the current state of basketball where the most ambiguous positions might be the power forward and small forward. Nevertheless, there are true front court players and true back court players on my line up. While compiling this list, I took into consideration statistics in addition to career accomplishments and accolades. Above all else, winning is what matters to me and matters to my list. There are tons of great players who have stuffed stat sheets but when it came down to the nitty gritty they walked away empty handed while someone greater held up the Larry O’Brien trophy. Therefore, the primary requirement to be on my list is that the players must have won an NBA Championship. Fear not, I will also put together what I call The Biggest Losers so stay tuned for that.

Without further ado, here are my first and second All-Championship Teams.

Second Team

Julius Erving (Forward/Guard)
1243 Regular Season Games; 189 Playoff Games
Regular Season Averages: 24.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.7 bpg, 2.0 spg
Playoff Averages: 24.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.4 apg

-2 Time ABA Finalist
-2 Time ABA Champion
-4 Time NBA Finalist
-1 Time NBA Champion
-3 Time ABA Most Valuable Player
-1 Time NBA Most Valuable Player
-2 Time ABA Playoffs Most Valuable Player
-5 Time ABA All-Star
-11 Time NBA All-Star
-2 Time NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player
-5 Time All NBA First Team
-4 Time All ABA First Team
-2 Time All NBA Second Team
-1 Time All ABA Second Team
-1 Time First Team ABA All-Defense
-ABA First Team All-Rookie
-5th Leading Scorer All Time (30,026)
-3 Time ABA League Leader Points Per Game
-7th All Time Total Steals (2,272)

Oscar Robertson (Guard/Forward)
1040 Regular Season Games; 86 Playoff Games
Regular Season Averages: 25.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 9.5 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.1 spg
Playoff Averages: 22.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 8.9 apg

-2 Time NBA Finalist
-1 Time NBA Champion
-1 Time NBA Most Valubable Player
-12 Time NBA All-Star
-3 Time NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player
-9 Time All NBA First Team
-2 Time All NBA Second Team
-NBA Rookie Of The Year
-5th Leading Assists All Time (9,887)
-4th All Time Assists Per Game
-7 Time League Leader in Assists Per Game
-8th All Time Points Per Game
-1 Time League Leader Points Per Game

Hakeem Olajuwon (Center)
1238 Regular Season Games; 145 Playoff Games
Regular Season Averages: 21.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3.1 bpg, 1.7 spg
Playoff Averages: 25.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.2 apg

-3 Time NBA Finalist
-2 Time NBA Champion
-1 Time NBA Most Valuable Player
-2 Time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
-12 Time NBA All-Star
-6 Time All NBA First Team
-3 Time All NBA Second Team
-3 Time All NBA Third Team
-2 Time NBA Defensive Player Of The Year
-4 Time First Team NBA All-Defense
-4 Time Second Team NBA All-Defense
-NBA First Team All-Rookie
-10th Leading Scorer All Time (26,946)
-All Time Leading Shot Blocker (3,830)
-3rd All Time Blocks Per Game
-3 Time League Leader in Blocks Per Game
-9th All Time Total Steals (2,162)
-2 Time League Leader in Rebounds Per Game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Center)
1560 Regular Season Games; 237 Playoff Games
Regular Season Averages: 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.6 bpg, 0.9 spg
Playoff Averages: 24.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.2 apg

-10 Time NBA Finalist
-6 Time NBA Champion
-6 Time NBA Most Valuable Player
-2 Time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
-19 Time NBA All-Star
-10 Time All NBA First Team
-5 Time All NBA Second Team
-5 Time First Team NBA All-Defense
-6 Time Second Team NBA All-Defense
-NBA Rookie Of The Year
-NBA First Team All-Rookie
-All Time Leading Scorer (38,387)
-2 Time League Leader Points Per Game
-4th Leading Rebounder All Time (17,440)
-1 Time League Leader in Rebounds Per Game
-3rd Leading Shot Blocker All Time (3,189)
-9th All Time Blocks Per Game
-4 Time League Leader in Blocks Per Game

Kobe Bryant (Guard)
1021 Regular Season Games; 198 Playoff Games
Regular Season Averages: 25.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, 0.5 bpg, 1.5 spg
Playoff Averages: 25.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.8 apg

-7 Time NBA Finalist
-5 Time NBA Champion
-1 Time NBA Most Valuable Player
-2 Time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
-12 Time NBA All-Star
-3 Time NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player
-8 Time All NBA First Team
-2 Time All NBA Second Team
-2 Time All NBA Third Team
-8 Time First Team NBA All-Defense
-2 Time Second Team NBA All-Defense
-NBA Second Team All-Rookie
-10th All Time Points Per Game
-2 Time League Leader Points Per Game

Tomorrow, the All-Championship First Team.

Posted byEnigmatik at 8:00 AM  

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