Basketball legend Julius Erving, famously known as Dr. J, recently unveiled his personal Top 10 players list, featuring some of the all-time greats from the history of the NBA. In no particular order, the esteemed lineup includes Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, and Tiny Archibald.
Erving’s list instantly sparked debates among fans and experts, particularly for its omission of present-day NBA stars. When questioned about the absence of players like Steph Curry, Erving firmly defended his choices, stating, “Oh no, he hadn’t played long enough. Everybody I named on there, their careers are finished.
“People can hate on me when I give them my list. When I put those first five, that just messes everybody’s list. ‘You got to have somebody from today.’ Let them get finished.”
The basketball icon’s selections encompass a remarkable array of talent, highlighting the achievements of iconic players who have already left an indelible mark on the game.
The list is a testament to the lasting impact of these basketball legends and the contributions they made to the sport during their illustrious careers.
Dr. J’s inclusion of players like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson comes as no surprise, considering their legendary status in the basketball world. Each player on the list has had an exceptional career, leaving behind a trail of records, accolades, and unforgettable moments.
While the exclusion of today’s NBA stars may raise eyebrows, Erving emphasizes the need to consider a player’s entire career before bestowing them with such honors.