Russell, Kareem, Jordan, Magic and Bird
I really can't separate Magic and Bird, they're so much a part of each other's story and also the story of the 80s in the NBA. Both retired too soon compared to their talent and peers historically because of injury/disease as well.
This is one of the hard parts about Magic and Bird and arbitrary cutoffs. They are both right next to each other in most rankings and you can't really pick one over the other definitively or mention one and not the other.
I mean, you can't really make any list definitively. They're all flawed. I stopped ranking players long ago because the justifications became bigger than the appreciation.
Absolutely, I'm not too hot on saying who the GOAT in basketball is (unless LeBron rattles off another decade of MVP calibre play). But I do think that you can present a reasonable list of ranges where players fall in and have the list appreciated. Obviously criteria differ in every list made.
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