US media evaluates the 8 most comprehensive players in history
2023/10/16

Kevin Garnett is the first power forward in history to handle the ball and initiate attacks, with excellent defensive abilities. His all-around skills earned him awards such as the Defensive Player of the Year. Garnett ranks in the top 20 in career points, rebounds, steals, and blocks. He averaged 23 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6 assists,1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks in his peak season. 

Scottie Pippen, known as the most versatile small forward before LeBron James, was an exceptional defender, playmaker, and scorer. Despite sacrificing his personal stats playing alongside Michael Jordan, Pippen averaged 22 points, 8. 7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks in his prime. Kobe Bryant, overlooked for his all-around skills, had excellent defensive abilities, with 9 All-Defensive selections. He averaged 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks in his peak season.

Jason Kidd, one of the most versatile point guards in history, had top-tier defense and rebounding skills. He ranks second in career assists and steals. Kidd averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 9 assists, 2.2 steals in his peak season and led the Nets to the NBA Finals twice. 

Oscar Robertson, a triple-double machine before Russell Westbrook, was an outstanding scorer and playmaker.  

Michael Jordan, underestimated for his all-around abilities, was a dominant scorer, outstanding defender, and playmaker. He won Defensive Player of the Year and was a nine-time All-Defensive selection. Jordan averaged 32.5 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 2.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks in his peak season. 

Magic Johnson, the greatest point guard in history, had the versatility to play all five positions effectively. He holds the record for the highest career assists per game and the most playoff assists. Johnson averaged 23.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 12.2 assists, and 1.7 steals in his peak season, leading the Lakers to multiple championships.

LeBron James, known as the most versatile player in history, can excel at any position. He has won five All-Defensive selections and has a chance at the Defensive Player of the Year award. James is the all-time leading scorer, a capable playmaker, and an excellent defender. He averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1 block in his peak season.

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