NBA Legend Leaves Out LeBron James and Michael Jordan From His List, Leaves Everyone Confused

Published 12/03/2020, 10:30 AM EST
Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a call during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


In its 75-year-old history, the NBA has seen multiple legendary players like Allen Iverson, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant, among others. Fans always are eager to compare players from different eras to determine which player was better.

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Los Angeles Lakers’ legend Shaquille O’Neal recently posted a list of the best NBA players by height.

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However, there were two glaring misses in the list: LeBron James and Michael Jordan. LeBron and Jordan are recurring names in the GOAT debate and its surprising to see them miss out on the list.

Apart from LeBron and MJ, the list also missed out on legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

A month before this post, Shaq had formed his own best five, including Jordan, LeBron, Kobe, Iverson and himself as the best NBA lineup. It’s somewhat funny to see Shaq posting this list without two of the greatest players NBA has ever seen.

Why LeBron James and Michael Jordan should be on the list

At 6’6″,  Shaq’s list has Kobe Bryant. The ‘Black Mamba’ was one of the best players NBA has ever seen. In his 20-year stint with the Lakers Kobe had made 18- All Star weekend appearances and won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers. It’s still shocking to see how Bryant won only a single MVP title, despite dominating the league for so many years.

Replacing Kobe from this list is no easy feat. You have to be someone special. And that is what MJ is. Michael Jordan was Kobe’s idol. In a 15-year NBA career, Jordan was a 14-time All-Star, 5-time MVP, 10-time Scoring champ and won 6 NBA championships. He is regarded by many as the G.O.A.T. and it’s easy to see why.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after a play against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

At 6’8″, there is Tracy McGrady. McGrady was one of the best scorers the NBA has ever seen. A player capable of scoring from anywhere T-Mac made 7-All star appearances and was a 2-time scoring champion.

There is no doubting T-Mac’s greatness, but at 6’8″ there is the ‘Chosen One‘ LeBron James who stands above everyone else. The King is still at the top in his 17th year in the league. He has till now made 16-All Star appearances, won 4 NBA championships and 4 MVP titles.

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The GOAT debate is a never-ending one. One thing is for sure, both LeBron and MJ are a must in a list a the best players in the NBA.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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