Every time an NBA list and/or ranking comes out, fans have plenty of things to say about them. Hypothetical scenarios, debates about the greatest player ever, the greatest shooter, the best team in league history, and more are a daily thing for the NBA community.
It's not strange to see many people engaging in heated debates about who was better, who could be successful in this or that era, etc. This is a common thing in the association, and things get a lot more heated when we talk about the greatest players of all time.
Picking the greatest ballers to ever do it is a pretty difficult job. The Athletic tried to do it, selecting the best 75 players in league history. Michael Jordan and LeBron James finished at 1st and 2nd, respectively, as this is the consensus right now. However, after we see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 3rd, the situation gets tenser.
After the site published the full list, many fans debated about what player deserved to have a higher spot, which player was better than others, and even the ones that didn't deserve to be part of this list.
These lists/rankings will always be controversial. Everybody will have something to say, making a case for their favorite player while blasting others they don't like. We saw a lot of that in this debate, but there's nothing anybody can do now that the list is official. You can also check our list of the 75 greatest NBA players of all time.
Like many people have said recently, it's time to start appreciating greatness instead of looking for the minimum detail to trash players. Once they're gone, we'll miss them a lot, so it's better to enjoy their game while they're here and don't waste time in pointless arguments.