My NBA All-time Starting Five

Ryan Bobb, Staff Writer

It is hard to pick an all-time starting five because there have been so many great players and it is hard to know just how good players would be in other eras. 

To start, you have to pick a point guard and to me, that means Steph Curry. I know that there have been other great point guards including Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Allen Iverson to name a few, but when you are a four-time NBA champion, two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP), own the record for most three pointers made all-time, and have been named to the All-NBA team eight times with four of those being on the first team, then you are the GOAT at that position. 

At shooting guard the choice has to be Micheal Jordan. I mean, the man’s 6-0 record in the NBA Finals speaks for itself. Add to that that he is tied for most points per game average in NBA history with a whopping 30.1 and you can see why he’s the one. Some others that also stood out here include Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade. 

The frontcourt would be made up of small forward who you may have heard of: Lebron James. James, to me, is the best of all time for that position coming in just above other greats such as Larry Bird, Kevin Durant and Julius Erving. I’ve got to go with James because he has been the most consistent player of all time and has played in the NBA for the 3rd most seasons all time with this being his 20th season. Over these 20 seasons he has had only one season averaging less than 25 points per game and that was his rookie campaign. Add to that his 4 championships and 4 Most Valuable Player awards to his name and you can see why I think he deserves the best small forward spot.

The power forward spot has many greats and includes names such as Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, and Giannias Antetokounmpo. However, none of those names are who I’m choosing as I’ve got to go with 5-time champion and two-time MVP Tim Duncan. Duncan had the longevity to back it up having played 19 years in the league and was the key player for the Spurs throughout his career. I do have to add that in 10 years I think Antetokounmpo will have this title. 

The last and the hardest position to pick is the center position which features names like Hakeem Olajuwon, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O’neal. Ultimately, though, I’ve got to go with the late Bill Russell, who won 11 championships – including 8 in a row – and was a five-time MVP. He was such a basketball guy that he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.