Over the last few days, the debate on who is the greatest player in NBA history has really ramped up.
LeBron James has stated that he believes that he is the greatest of all-time thanks to his NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 while an interview from 2009 surfaced in which Michael Jordan said that he doesn’t want to be referred to as the greatest of all-time. The panel on ESPN’s « NBA Countdown » debated the issue on Wednesday, but former Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups really stirred the pot when he referred to Kobe Bryant as the « most skilled player ever. »
As evident in the video, Billups isn’t saying that Bryant is the greatest player in the NBA’s history and even admits that Jordan is the greatest. However, he insists that Bryant’s skillset is the most dangerous when it comes to the greats that have played the game. Paul Pierce and Jalen Rose don’t exactly disagree with Billups’ assessment of Bryant and admit that he’s up there in terms of the most skilled players.
It’s certainly hard to argue with Bryant’s credentials over the years with the Los Angeles Lakers. After all, Bryant scored 81 points in a single game, which was only surpassed by Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks in 1962. In addition, Bryant has 18 All-Star games appearances, five NBA titles, two NBA Final MVPs, and one regular season MVP to his credit.
Most will agree that Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever lace up a pair of shoes, but Bryant certainly is in that conversation.