Former College Basketball Prodigy Shockingly Omits Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal From All-Time NBA Starting 5

Published 05/22/2022, 11:00 PM EDT

NBA fans have had the privilege of watching some of the best players in the world play in the league. Out of various legends of the game, choosing just 5 is a tedious task. However, some names like Michael Jordan and LeBron James are always in the mix.

Interestingly enough, former college basketball star, Adriana Hahn feels otherwise. When asked about her all-time starting 5, she made some interesting choices. Although she named Kobe Bryant in her lineup, she excluded the likes of Jordan, LeBron, and even Shaquille O’Neal!

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Former college star skips Michael Jordan and LeBron James in her starting 5

One of the biggest debates in the world of basketball is the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James debate. Although the two belong to two very different eras, fans and analysts can’t get enough of comparing them.

Feb 20, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Lebron James and Michael Jordan on court during halftime during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Despite all the comparisons, the greatness of both the players cannot be undermined. While Jordan has 6 NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls, LeBron has 4 with 3 different teams. Similarly, Shaquille O’Neal is regarded as the best center to ever play in the NBA.

However, basketball star Adrianna Hahn does not feel like including these 3 in her starting 5. Talking about what would be her ideal starting lineup, she made some interesting choices.

Hahn said, “Kobe Bryant and that was my number 1 in terms of player of all time. Person, personality, demeanour, mentality, I mean, no question. Point guard wise, overall I love Steve Nash. I’m a huge Larry Bird fan. Steph Curry! One more….I’m gonna go with Kevin Durant.

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Although it is completely her own opinion regarding the starting 5, it is very surprising to see someone not name Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Shaq in her lineup. 

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Out of all the legends mentioned above, Hahn was all praises for Kobe Bryant. The former Los Angeles Lakers legend acted like an inspiration for her as she rose up the ranks of the basketball world.

Would James and Jordan have made it into your teams? Let us know.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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