By Barry Wilner
Jordan or Malone? poultry or Kobe? who're the best scorers within the heritage of basketball? enthusiasts constantly like to examine sleek avid gamers to the good avid gamers of the earlier. From the slam dunk to the three-point shot, writer Barry Wilner provides us the 10 maximum avid gamers (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry chicken, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Elvin Hayes, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West) who ever lit up a basketball scoreboard.
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But it wasn’t until O’Neal was traded to Miami that Bryant became a dominant player and unstoppable scorer. In fact, Jerry West, the Lakers’ all-time top scorer before Kobe came along, believes Bryant could hold every points record before his career ends. “He’s a Picasso in basketball shoes, absolutely—one of those once-in-a-lifetime players,” West said, comparing Bryant to a great artist. “Kobe is the ultimate closer in the game. In all sports you seem to have people who play at a high level when it’s important.
Britton, Rayville, Louisiana. COLLEGE: University of Houston. PRO CAREER: San Diego/Houston Rockets, 1968–72; Baltimore/Washington Bullets, 1972–81; Houston Rockets, 1981–84. RECORDS: Fifth in NBA Games Played (1,303) and Third in Minutes Played (50,000); missed only nine games in sixteen years. HONORS: Basketball Hall of Fame (1990); NBA Draft First Overall Pick (1968); twelve-time NBA All-Star. 6 MICHAEL JORDAN MJ. His Airness. Or just plain Michael. Michael Jordan reached that special position in life that he was as well known by his nicknames, or merely by his first name, as anything else.
When a man has broken records, won championships, endured tremendous criticism and responsibility, why judge? ”2 He was certainly the greatest scorer ever. And it was not only with backboard-shaking dunks or that famed sky hook; Abdul-Jabbar was a good foul shooter, rare among big men. Less rare among tall, athletic centers was Abdul-Jabbar’s shot-blocking skills. He retired in 1989 at age forty-two with the most in league history: 3,189. Image Credit: All photos courtesy of Associated Press Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Facts BORN: April 16, 1947, New York, New York.