Kobe Bryant is one of six Los Angeles Lakers to make this list of the 10 greatest players in NBA history.
I do want to make it clear that when compiling the list, I really focused on the individual talents of the players. Yes, winning a championship is very important and factored heavily into my evaluations, but it was not the final determining factor when ranking the players.
For example, what if Wilt Chamberlain played for the Boston Celtics instead of Bill Russell? Their legacies would almost certainly be different today. Some players were simply fortunate to be surrounded by other great players, coaches and GM’s, while others weren’t nearly as fortuitous.
And while I realize basketball is one of the ultimate team sports, this list is about the best players individually—regardless of team affiliation.
After watching Dirk Nowitzki’s incredible performance in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, it got me thinking about where he would rank now that he’s a world champion. He’s easily amongst the top 20 players of all time and could continue to climb if he wins a couple more rings.