This seems more relevant today than ever, what with Shaquille O'Neal retiring and LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki facing off in the NBA Finals after being compared -- favorably -- to Michael Jordan and Larry Bird by people who would know. Scottie Pippen says James could be better than MJ, and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle (a former Bird teammate) says Nowitzki is very much like Bird.
So it got me thinking. Who ARE the best 10 players in NBA history? Here's my list, in chronological order:
Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Kobe Bean Bryant.
I left out Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, but do you really think those guys are any better than Dwyane Wade? Whom I also left out? If this list went to 11, you'd see Pete Maravich's name. If it went to 12? Elvin Hayes. To 13? No clue. I only feel strongly about those 12.