So far we have talked a lot about the Celtics and their development throughout the season, but just to take a break from all the hard news and numerous scenarios regarding the future, let’s have some fun by putting together my idea of the perfect basketball player.
1. IQ & Vision: Earvin “Magic” Johnson
There have been few players quite like Magic Johnson, and you could make the case for him being the greatest point guard to ever step floor on a basketball court. And while his height was a major contributing factor in this thought process, it was Magic’s vision that ultimately made him such an intriguing player.
While seemingly having eyes in the back of his head, Johnson’s court vision was unparalleled during the 80’s. According to basketball reference, Magic led the league in assists three times in his career(1982, 1985, and 1986), but his continued excellence allowed him to crack the top ten in assists 11 times. He is also my pick because of his flashy style of play, as the best player ever would have to show off.
2. Upper Body: LeBron James
If you are one of the few people that don’t think LeBron is one of the best to ever do it, you are straight up delusional. The reason I have LeBron’s upper body should be relatively obvious, as he is a mammoth of a basketball player who absorbs contact and seemingly bounces off defenders. James’ upper body and physical frame would make it nearly impossible to contain the ultimate player while he drives. Imagine what would happen if he was given all these other attributes too.
3. Arms: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Given the fact that Giannis is probably unlike anything we have ever seen in a basketball player, I think taking a small part of him makes sense. His arms, although long like Durant’s, are stronger than Durant, making Giannis a monster in transition and on the open floor.
4. Hands: Kawhi Leonard
There’s a reason his nickname is “The Klaw”, as Leonard has some of the biggest hands around, making steals a nightly task. Leonard is one of the many players who also has an uncanny ability to take anyone on in transition, as he protects the ball well when he drives at an elite level.
5. Handles: Kyrie Irving
Irving is one of the most prolific ball handlers to ever play in the NBA. His quickness and ability to dribble past, through, or around his defender makes him a nightmare to guard at the point guard position. Imagine his handles on a player the size of LeBron James. Scary stuff
5. Heart: Michael Jordan
I hope I don’t have to explain myself here, but Michael was simply one of a kind. Never have we seen a mix of competitiveness, drive, and performance/efficiency all in one player. Making tough plays seem easy, Jordan was one of the greats because he never gave up on a play, and consistently led his team as a leader both on and off the court. Michael’s legacy is said to be his overall performance on the court, and while that is impressive, his legacy should be the fact that he led his team since the moment he came into the league.
Check out some highlights of “His Airness” to be reminded how amazing this guy really was.
6. Guts: Kobe Bryant
One of the fiercest competitors of his era, Bryant was known as the one to give the ball to when the chips were down. His all-around game made him a matchup nightmare, and his never-stop working mentality made him dangerous when the final shot was to be taken.
Here are some of the most clutch plays from the Black Mamba’s career, take a look.
7. Legs/Feet: Dominique Wilkins
You simply don’t get a nickname like “The Human Highlight Film” unless you are a spectacular showman on the court, and Wilkins did this by asserting his dominance against the lesser competition by dunking right on their heads. He was a player known to go coast to coast with emphatic jams left and right, which often times would lead to some beef.
Not only this, he was also one of the most impressive contestants in the Slam Dunk Contest, as he routinely broke out superhuman dunks, only losing once against a surging Michael Jordan in 1988.
8. Finally, let me give you my best guess at the best player with all-around abilities: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Let me know what you guys think about this monster of a player I just built. And check out some of my other content!