Originally Posted by TitusTroy
Russell won 11 titles in 13 seasons...that's about as dominant as you can get...so Russell wins the rings argument...Kareem won the same number of championships as Jordan plus is the all time leader in points and won 6 MVP's...Magic won 5 titles and is arguably the greatest point guard of all time...to say that Jordan is the no doubt GOAT is diminishing the accomplishments of those others
Well if you're going to include # of championships as a large determining factor, then Magic is out of the running because he had 5, MJ had 6.
And while Magic is arguable the greatest point guard of all time, Jordan is arguably the best two-guard of all time. So for argument sake, we'll call it a draw on that "best player by their respective position" point and so then their respective # of championships becomes the criteria.
Which then leaves Magic out, with only Russell & Kareem remaining in consideration.
The rest gets more complicated, trying to compare eras, different rules, fewer teams, possibly lesser competition, etc.
So I will concede there may not be a clear cut answer here and a respectable case can be made for all 3.
But to flat out say the others have a better case? Well, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.