Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would be the centerpiece of my team. He is widely considered the greatest collegiate basketball player ever. During his college career, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a two-time Player of the Year (1967, 1969), a three-time First Team All-American (1967–69) and played on three NCAA basketball champion teams (1967, 1968 and 1969). In addition, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was honored as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament (1967, 1968, 1969); and became the first-ever Naismith College Player of the Year in 1969.
Michael Jordan was a star player for the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 points per game on 54.0% shooting and 5.0 rebounds per game. Many people saw the potential in Michael Jordan to be a star in the NBA, but most of them did not expect him to be the greatest basketball player of his generation. Michael Jordan is the 1984 ACC Player of the Year, National college player of the year, the two-time USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, and the 1982 NCAA champion.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. redefined the versatility of a basketball player with his ability to play all five positions. During the 1978–79 season, “Magic” Johnson led the Michigan State to the NCAA Tournament championship game against Indiana State, which was led by senior Larry Bird. In what was the most-watched college basketball game ever, Michigan State defeated Indiana State 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game in his two years in college.
LeBron James is the best athlete to have ever played in the NBA. Like “Magic” Johnson, he can play and guard all five positions. LeBron James was a high school sensation that appeared in SLAM Magazine and the cover of Sports Illustrated, which he became the first underclass high school basketball player to do so. Many saw the potential of LeBron James and knew he had the God-giving talent to dominate the NBA. He is one of those few players that come along once in a lifetime.
Len Bias died prematurely before he was able to play his first NBA game, but he was a college sensation. He astonished basketball enthusiasts with his imposing physique, leaping ability, and his ability to create plays. Len Bias was raw talent that developed into an All-American player. By his senior year at the University of Maryland, scouts from various National Basketball Association teams viewed Len Bias as the most complete forward in the Class of 1986. He probably would have been the LeBron James of the 1980s. Len Bias was the 1986 ACC Athlete of the Year and a two-time ACC Player of the Year (1985–1986).
By Shamarie, 26th Aug 2015