1. LeBron James
- pretty much the definition of completeness. Can guard basically any player in the league on stretches, excellent passing ability and ball control for such a big guy, unmatched Strength/Speed ratio. Very versatile scorer.
2. Larry Bird
- the definition of completeness before LeBron came around. Awesome long range shooter for a tall guy who also was effective on the boards and had excellent court vision. Not quite as tenacious defender as some others on this list maybe nor did he have LBJ's speed and athleticism.. It's a pretty close competition for places 2-5 here but eventually I'll put The Hick From French Lick as a runner up on this list over equally deserving candidates. Because he's white.
3. Oscar Robertson
- basically the only player in the league to average 30/10/10 in his best seasons. Of course it was easier to get rebounds and assists back then as there were more possessions per game. Nevertheless he is seen as the model versatile guard who could do everything on the court and had a massive competitive drive as well.
4. Michael Jordan
- although he was strictly a shooting guard he managed to make his influence felt all over the court and took his position to perfection. 32/8/8 in his 88/89 season are numbers LeBron is yet to reach. One of the best defenders among guards in his era.
5. Magic Johnson
- one of the best passers in the history of the game while also being a versatile scorer. His huge body and wide array of skills meant he could play any of the 5 positions. His poor outside shooting and somewhat low rebound numbers for his size force me to put him below MJ and Oscar, though.
6. Kevin Garnett
- an elite defender, rebounder and scorer and also one of the best passers ever among big men. Among the greatest pick and roll defenders of all time. Not a great outside shooter but as far as 7-footers go he had the widest skillset in history.
7. Arvydas Sabonis
- among the superbigs (+7'2) he had an unique skillset: incredible ballhandling, court vision and assist making ability, unbelievably good outside shooting for a guy his height. Due to his awesome basketball IQ and great fundamentals he could also be a good defender even later in his career when all his speed was gone.
8. Hakeem Olajuwon
- as far as standard 7 feet centers go, he was the most complete one: awesome arsenal of offensive moves, among the best rebounders and blockers of his era, good handling and passing too.