No all time list is easy. However let's give this a shot.
My methodology is as follows we will balance statistical contribution, accolades and overall game impact.
1. Wilt Chamberlin
13 time all star
11 Time Rebounding champion
All time leader in career win shares
Only player to average 50 points for a season.
Only player to score 100 points in a game.
Chamberlin dominated the 60's and early 70's as the best C of all time.
2. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
19 time All Star
11 All Defensive Teams
6 time MVP
Jabbar picked up where Chamberlin left off as the Best big man of the 70's and 80's.
3. Michael Jordan
14 time All star
9 all defensive teams
5 Time MVP
Jordan is the greatest SG of all time. However after that is when the debates begin.
4. Lebron James
14 Time All Star
6 All defensive teams
4 time MVP
Lebron is the greatest SF ever beyond we will leave the rest to be debated.
5. John Stockton
10 time All Star
5 all defensive teams
8th all time in steals per game
1st in total career steals
2nd in career assists per game.
Stoctkton was one of the best defensive PG's ever and an elite playmaker.
Stockton has a real argument for the best PG ever.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Jimmy Butler is still looking for a new home. What follows is the latest intel.
The Rockets and Timberwolves Jimmy Butler trade talks are at an advanced point. A revised package could be agreed to within the next week. Marquess Chriss and the 4 1st round picks are a confirmed part of the package.
The Miami Heat have also re-engaged Houston to see if mutual terms could be found.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are insisting on Eric Gordon being a part of any trade package while the current package contains PG Brandon Knight instead.
If the Rockets cannot finalize a deal for Jimmy Butler via trade they have interest in the Miami Heat's Justise Winslow as a low cost alternative and plan to kick the tires.
More to come.
Many see the Jimmy Butler drama, the Kyrie Irving trade request and the Blake Griffin trade and wonder who is the next star or superstar to get moved?
In my opinion a likely suspect is Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers.
Lillard is an elite PG who is likely top 3 at his position and still in his prime. Why would Portland move him? Simple the rest of their roster is terrible. They are paying CJ McCollum like a star and he rates more as an average starter. They have no starting caliber SF or PF and are already flirting with the luxury tax.
In Moving Lillard the Trailblazers would be accepting a rebuild and some short term pain. However this would make much more sense than expensive roster that really only is a low playoff seed at best.
A package of a young PG with potential, a 1st round pick and likely at least one other young piece would make sense in return.
Some teams who could offer this include the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.
CJ McCollum would be moved for young talent and draft assets as well.
The TrailBlazers would have Nurkic, Simons and the return from these two trades as their potential core going forward. The team would be bad or even terrible for a couple seasons but those two high draft choices stand a real chance at giving the team the 2nd star long term it currently lacks.
I think the Portland Trailblazers should hit the reset button, do you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
League scources have confirmed that SG/SF Patrick McCaw is unlikely to return to the Golden State Warriors. McCaw has been holding out for more money and playing time,
In a related event McCaw has ceased contact with his teammates and who his potential suitors are is currently unclear.
Tyler Ullis has signed with the Chicago Bulls.
Jamal Crawford has signed with the Phoenix Suns.
Richard Jefferson has announced his retirement.
Coach Brett Brown intends to do split starting with JJ Reddick starting the 1st half and Markelle Fultz starting the 2nd half at SG for the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Golden State Warriors will start Damion Jones at C until Demarcus Cousins is healthy.
These rankings are over the last 3 years with a weighting of talent acquisition, cap flexibility, wins and overall growth potential of existing talent.
NBA FO Ranks Full list:
Most of the top 10 are current playoff teams or championship contenders. Even though the Heat are not in a great position from a cap standpoint I don't doubt Pat Riley and his ability to acquire high level talent when the opportunity arises.
The 76ers are lower as most of the FO that got them their 2 young stars are no longer with the team. The current regime has made questionable draft and trade decisions.
I am not sold on the current team building by the Suns or Magic. Ayton is likely a young star but I believe Booker is an overpaid starter and the rest of their roster is below average.
Orlando have a lot of promising front court talent but have overstocked there and have literally no young talent for either back court position despite going big heavy for 4 straight drafts just not sure what their plan is.
Jimmy Butler Trade talks continue:
While the Heat have long looked like the favorites in the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes, Miami isn’t the only team talking to the Timberwolves. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Wolves and Clippers have had ongoing discussions about a Butler trade.
NBA Conference Predictions. Western Conference
8. LA Lakers
Eastern Conference Predictions