Michael Jordan is widely considered the greatest player of all time by many NBA fans around the world. The Chicago Bulls legend left a huge mark on the game, taking his team from being a terrible squad to one of the greatest dynasties in history, three-peating not once but twice in the 90s.
Jordan was responsible for taking the league to new heights with his spectacular plays and attitude, becoming one of the best athletes the world of sports has seen. This is why so many basketball fans think he's the undisputed GOAT, and although other players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, and especially LeBron James have been compared to His Airness, a lot of people think he's the best of the best.
But what happens when big stars weigh on this debate? Well, many of them favor Jordan over LeBron James or any other player who is mentioned among the greatest of all time. Many legends and stars have given their flowers to MJ, showing he's not only the best for fans but also for the people that played the game and competed against him.
Larry Bird: “I would never have called him the greatest player I’d ever seen if I didn’t mean it
Magic Johnson: "There's Michael Jordan, and then the rest of us."
Allen Iverson: "Mike is the GOAT, Mike will always be the GOAT."
Shaquille O'Neal: "The Last Dance only solidified the argument about who is the greatest player of all time."
Kevin Durant: "MJ is one of one, God level, incomparable, a pure master in this shit. I'm still watching his games to learn."
Charles Barkley: "He didn't just want to beat his opponents, he wanted to break them. Like I said, no disrespect to Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, the best thing I've ever seen is Michael Jordan and it was an honor and a privilege to play against him. He is the best player I have ever seen."
Dwyane Wade: "MJ was chosen to be the GOAT."
Jerry West: "He is the best basketball player, the best athlete I have ever seen in my life."
Kevin Garnett: "He saved basketball when basketball was about to be lost. When we had addicts, when kids were coming to camp overweight. Who do you think started coming to camp fit, ready for day one? Who started it?"
Dirk Nowitzki: "The Last Dance was excellent. I was a huge Bulls fan in the '90s. So many things I never knew or had forgotten! MJ is the GOAT."
Patrick Ewing: "LeBron is incredible, but he is not Michael Jordan."
Vince Carter: "I still have to give it to Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant second."
Hakeem Olajuwon: "When people start comparing LeBron to Jordan, it's not a fair comparison. Jordan was a much more superior player in a tougher league. He was very creative. That doesn't take anything away from LeBron because He's a great player, but it's not a fair comparison, Jordan is just so superior."
Stephon Marbury: "You really want to rank Jordan? Jordan shouldn't even be in a ranking. I don't know why they keep mentioning MJ's name in the same conversation. LeBron is great, but Jordan is not from this earth. He's just different.
Carmelo Anthony: "MJ is the GOAT. He is the best player of all time, and we all agree with that."
So many players have Jordan on a pedestal. He's considered the greatest player of all time by those he beat and those he inspired, which shows that this man was on another level. We've seen incredible players during 75 NBA seasons, but it's pretty clear that Michael Jordan still stands above them.