I've never seen Oscar Robertson play, much to young to have seen him live and I haven't seen video of him. However his numbers are a little inflated because teams played at a much faster pace then. I can't link it but a read an article about how LeBron would probably average a TD if he had played in the league then because of how much faster paced the game was then.
My top 5 players, and these are only guys I've seen play either on ESPN Classic, NBA TV, or another outlet like that:
3. Wilt (most of the stuff I saw was later in his career though)
5. Kobe, maybe not right now but I honestly think we'll say so at the end of his career. Kind of a cop out, but I honestly think so. And I don't really like Kobe.
michael, kobe, magic, bird, karl malone
Michael Jordan retired as the best player in the game after winning three championships. His first full season back, not only was it the first championship of his second three-peat, but he led his team to the best record of all-time. And that wasn't in a crappy Eastern Conference.
Magic is not even close to Michael Jordan. I actually would put Bird and Magic tied for 4th. With
4. Magic and MJ
5. Shaq- He was unstopable in his prime.
"The NBA wants Ivan Chiriaev."
Though not one of the greatest 50 NBA players I was a huge fan of Bernard King. When healthy he was one of the toughest players around.
I'd put Karl Malone among the top PFs of all time, but not basketball players. Maybe if he spent more time working on his game rather than having sex with underage girls or making babies that he refuses to acknowledge or support financially.
he is the most dominate most powerful pf of all time, and i think the 5 greatest player
Michael Jordan is great. One of the greatest but people tend to overrate him when they say he is "easily" the greatest of all time. When he was winning championships who was he beating? Barkley, Ewing? That's not the same as having to go up against the 80's Lakers, Celtics, and Pistons (whom Michael couldn't beat). Basketball in the 90's stunk. You had the greats like Magic, Bird, Thomas, etc leave the game in the early 90's and the league took a nose dive. MJ was able to take advantage.
This does not mean I don't think MJ was unreal. B/c I do. I have him #3 of all time. I don't think he would have won 8 straight if he would have retired. I think he was burned out and he knew it. Plus I think that Houston team would have beat the Bulls.