The NBA has been around for nearly 70 years and there have been amazing players every step of the way. The early days of the game had players like George Mikan, Bob Cousy, Ed Macauley, Dolph Schayes and Bob Pettit. They were followed by the legendary exploits of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and John Havlicek. Since then, countless great players that have put on a NBA uniform, including stars of today like Tim Duncan, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
With so many wonderful and game changing players through the course of league history there were plenty of options for the all-time team. There were no-brainers when it came to building this team, while other selections were much more difficult.1 comment on this story
The center position was the most taxing of the bunch on which to decide. While players like Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon are considered top 25 players in league history, there was no room for them on this team because of how deep that position is. There were also some pretty impressive forwards with legendary careers who didn't make the cut. The four that had serious consideration who just missed out were Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor and Julius Erving. The guards that are on outside, looking in are Cousy, Havlicek and Isiah Thomas.
Although doing a team like this is all about personal preference and it is very challenging to compare players from different eras, there is nothing that gets sports fans going more than trying to decide who they would want on their all-time team.