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Claudius 11-08-2011 09:18 PM

Your five favorite players of all time
I'm limiting it to five. It doesn't have to be by position. Just tell us, who your five favorite guys are.

In no specific order....

1. Drazen Petrovic. I grew up watching him, my uncle idolized him and I still remember where I was as a kid when the news hit that he died. I never really understood, or appreciated, how much he meant to people until when I went to Croatia last year and still saw some small memorials to him.

2. Toni Kukoc. So yeah, as a younger kid, I was really into my heritage...ha. Growing up, I wanted to be like him. I wore my Kukoc jersey constantly (number 7 Bulls) and it be pained me when he was part of the team that beat my Jazz. But he was the real deal, he could dribble, pass like a pg, score, rebound etc. If Bargnani was even a little like Kukoc we'd be in a good place.

3. Karl Malone. Another guy I wanted to be like and play like. He was a beast and yeah he was an asshole (still is) but he was unstoppable at times. He was an athletic freak as well.

4. Kevin Garnett. When he was in Minnesota, I just loved how hard he played the game and how hard he worked. He never quit, just worked and I loved his intensity. I enjoyed him in Boston, but his at one time intensity has become arrogance, but still, there's no denying how awesome he has been in his career.

5. Vince Carter. I agonized over this one. I really, really did, but at the end of the day, I still think of that time of him in Raptors uniform and just how awesome it was. During his peak as a Raptor, I just couldn't believe my eyes half the time. He was THE guy and he was on MY team. It was cool to be a Raptors fan. I'll still never really forgive the guy for quitting on the team, but that period, where he was just playing basketball.....I'll never forget being a fan and thinking I was seeing something special.

Acie 11-08-2011 09:50 PM

1. Magic Johnson
2. Dominique Wilkins
3. Dennis Rodman
4. John Starks
5. Steve Nash

Windex 11-08-2011 09:57 PM

Limiting it to guys I saw play

The Glove

Thats a nice starting 5

jeffb 11-08-2011 10:00 PM

1. Magic Johnson
2. Michael Jordan
3. Dominique Wilkens
4. Charles Barkley
5. Larry Bird

LX 11-08-2011 10:13 PM


Five guys that really captured my imagination in ways that went beyond stats. I could probably convince myself to find a way to switch some of these guys for Nash, Garnett, Moses, and/or Maravich.

Dark Knight 11-08-2011 11:07 PM

I really wish I couldve seen Pistol Pete play in his prime. My basketball coach is always telling us these stories about him, how there will never be another NBA point guard as explosive and creative as Maravich.

Toby 11-08-2011 11:43 PM

Clyde Drexler, and that's all that need be said

Beesh 11-09-2011 12:27 AM

1. Jordan
2. Nash
3. Karl Malone
4. Iverson
5. carter

Nites 11-09-2011 01:14 AM

Tim Duncan
David Robinson
Manu Ginobili
Steve Nash
Ray Allen

I can almost make a starting 5 out of that.

ClutchCity 11-09-2011 06:52 AM

5. Jalen Rose (Raptors version only)
4. Alvin Williams
3. Carmelo Anthony
2. Vince Carter
1. Kobeeeee

Alex 11-09-2011 07:19 AM

1. Magic
2. Shaq
3. The Dream
4. Lebron
5. Dirk!

INSIDER 11-09-2011 07:23 AM

Tim hardaway

Not 5, but I couldn't choose!

halphbreedballer 11-09-2011 07:45 AM

David Robinson
Vince Carter

Barracuda 11-09-2011 10:06 AM

I dunno where he'd be in my 5, but... JYD


powerfulpanda 11-09-2011 10:40 AM

vince carter
chris paul
allen iverson
lebron james
jeremy lin

carp 11-09-2011 11:22 AM

Dikembe - close second is the Admiral... even liked watching Ewing work.
Duncan - dude puts on an offensive clinic, is the reason bigs need to go to college.
Vince Carter - the most electrifying player in his prime, it's true.
Jalen Rose - the fab five era was sick.
AI - there was no stopping this guy.

dishonourable Mention: Percy Miller


Someguy again 11-09-2011 12:42 PM

rip hamilton
ben wallace
chris paul
tim duncan
tayshaun prince

fundemental defensive guys

XiaominWu 11-09-2011 12:50 PM

Alvin Williams
Steve Nash
Dale Ellis
Larry Bird
Charles Barkley

'trane 11-09-2011 01:14 PM


honourable mentions - shaq, kemp

there are 2 more guys that i absolutely loved at one point, but didn't make this list because i absolutely detested them as players later in their careers - kg and vince

fancylad 11-09-2011 01:31 PM

1. Steve Nash
2. Dominique Wilkens
3. John Stockton
4. Isiah Thomas
5. Reggie Miller (mostly for always giving it to the knicks)

only Raptor that comes close to me is Jorge Garbajosa.

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