5. John Stockton
Stockton was apart of one of the best duos ever with Karl Malone as his running mate. Stockton was an AMAZING passer. Amazing doesn’t even do his passing justice. He led the league in assists for NINE straight seasons. The man averaged 14.5 apg for an entire season, that’s insanely good. He’s first all time in assists, 2nd all time in assists per game and also 1st all time in assist percentage! Stockton was also a pest on defense for many years. He ended up #1 all time in steals. Him and his co-star Karl Malone took the Jazz to back to back finals in the late 90s. They lost to Michael Jordan and the Bulls of course.
Peak Numbers (PTS/REB/AST/STL/BLK/FG%): 15.3/2.9/12.5/2.5/0.2/52%
Career Numbers: 13.1/2.7/10.5/2.2/0.8/51%
4. Steph Curry
Easily the greatest shooter of all time. He’s 2nd all time in 3 point % despite his high volume of shots. Curry holds FOUR (4) of the 7 best 3 point shooting seasons of all time (402,286,272,261). Curry also holds one of the best MVP seasons of all time in my opinion. Steph averaged 30.1 ppg, 5.4 rebounds per game, 6.7 assists per game on 50-45-90 field goal, 3 point, and free throw percentage splits. He led his team to a NBA record 73 wins in the regular season and although they lost in the finals the had the most wins in a season ever (88). His disappointing play in this years finals could haunt his legacy in the long run, I think he has many more great years in him.
Peak Numbers: 25.2/4.5/7.5/1.9/0.2/47%
Career Numbers: 22.4/4.3/6.9/1.8/0.2/47%
3. Chris Paul
In my opinion, this guy is the most underrated player of all time. Chris Paul gets shown no love or respect because he hasn’t made a conference finals yet in his career. It is not his fault. Let’s compare him and Magic Johnson’s playoff stats per 100 possessions. Chris Paul – (PPG/RPG/APG/SPG/BPG/FG%) 29.1/6.5/13.0/3.1/0.1/48%, Magic – 25.4/9.4/14.5/2/5/0.5/52%. Magic is obviously the better player but he has also had better teammates than Paul has had.Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, and David West are the 5 best players he’s ever played with… All of them are big men. In the 2015 conference semis against the Houston Rockets his Clippers were up 3-1 and lost. Again, not his fault. In games 5,6,7 he averaged 26.3 ppg, 10.3 apg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 spg on 50% shooting. CP3 is also one of the best on ball defenders we’ve ever seen from the point guard position.
Peak Numbers: 19.2/4.3/10.3/2.4/0.1/48%
Career Numbers: 18.8/4.4/9.9/2.3/0.1/47%
2. Oscar Robertson
The Big O was one of the more complete players of all time. He was a walking triple double in his prime. He actually averaged a triple double in the 61-62 season (30.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 11.4 apg, 47%). The pace was drastically faster in his ear which could be the reason for his inflated numbers but it is still one of the greatest individual seasons in the history of our league. He is one of the first “big” guards, standing 6’5 205lbs. Oscar could see over most guards and deliver on point passes. He won a championship towards the end of his career with Kareem as the best player on the Bucks that season.
Peak Numbers: 29.3/8.5/10/3/NA/NA/48%
Career Numbers: 25.7/7.5/9.5/NA/NA/48%
1. Magic Johnson
The greatest Laker of all time right here. Magic won 5 championships in his 9 attempts at the chip as a member of the purple and gold. He won the championship as a rookie and played all 5 positions in a closeout game. Magic was 6’9 so it was easy for him to see over the defense just like the aforementioned Oscar Robertson. Magic was the best passer of all time in my opinion. He doesn’t have the total numbers that somebody like John Stockton has because he sat out from age 31 to age 36 due to his HIV problems. He is #1 in assists per game and 5th all time in total assists. Magic has 3 MVPs along with 3 FMVPs and will always be known as one of the most complete players ever.
Peak Numbers: 19.8/7.3/11.2/2.0/0.4/52%
Career Numbers: 19.5/7.3/11.2/1.9/0.4/52%