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LaMarcus joined an elite company with his monster game the other night - more importantly a reminder of Shaq and Kobe dominating the Kings in the early 2000’s.

This graph only shows the last 15 years of Playoff games, but even if we go as far back as 1986, we only get one more member in this group - Hakeem Olajuwon with 49 points and 25 rebounds (holy shit!!!) in the Rockets’ loss against the Sonics in 1987. 

Right now, my greatest ever list looks like this:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  3. Wilt Chamberlain
  4. Bill Russell
  5. Magic Johnson
  6. Kobe Bryant
  7. Tim Duncan
  8. Larry Bird
  9. Shaquille O’Neal
  10. LeBron James

Next tier: Oscar, West, Hakeem, Moses, Baylor, Havlicek, Dr. J, the Mailman etc.

What’s at stake in this year’s Playoffs:

  • If LeBron completes the threepeat, he’ll become only the 5th player in NBA history with at least 3 Finals MVPs (joining Jordan, Magic, Shaq, and Duncan), and only the 3rd player to do it in consecutive years (Shaq and Jordan being the other two). If that happens, he will be the 6th greatest player on my list, only behind Michael, Magic, Kareem, Wilt, and Russell.
  • If Duncan wins the title, he’ll leapfrog Kobe and land on the 6th spot - it’s pretty hard to pass any of those dudes 1 through 5.
  • If Durant leads OKC to a title, he’ll enter the top 20 discussion and given how young he is, he’ll be knocking on the top 10 door pretty soon. Still, being there at age 25 is extremely impressive.
  • I don’t really see anybody outside of Miami, OKC, and San Antonio winning it all, so I’m not even entertaining any other scenarios.

Either way, it’s gonna be a lot of fun, it’s the Playoffs baby! Time to chase your place among these NBA greats, fellas!

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