The first five lists are still debatable; whether it’s movies, artists, or food, it can be difficult to put together such a list. But especially when talking about an all-time NBA roster. The old barbershop conversation can lead to heated arguments between them, and each has their reasons behind a top five list.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green weighed in on the endless topic of his Uninterrupted show “Throwing Bones.” And he gave his top five list to the public.
Draymond explained his reasoning behind having Lakers superstar LeBron James, who founded Uninterrupted with Maverick Carter, ranked number one on his list.
“He was the best player in the NBA, no matter what the game did. The game went from slugs, like a big slow man, to a stretched four big man, back to two big men. And he was the best no matter what.”
He said that Michael Jordan has never beaten the greatest team ever (referring to the 2016 Golden State Warriors), and no one can do what LeBron did on the basketball court.
James is considered by many to be the greatest of all time, and his skills and resume back it up.
Two other Lakers make up Green’s roster: the late great Kobe Bryant and the Big Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal.
The two were the main reason for winning three of the Lakers’ 17 championships in the early 2000s. And even for a time after their breakup, both were considered the best at their jobs. Bryant also led Los Angeles to two more titles (in 2009 and 2010) following the trade that shipped O’Neal to the Miami Heat, where he and Dwyane Wade won a championship in 2006.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry drops to No. 4 on Green’s list. The longtime teammates won four NBA titles together and were part of the greatest team ever in 2017-18.
Draymond’s top five is good, but of course questionable at the same time.
One thing is certain: many of the best players in NBA history have donned purple and gold.