So yesterday we told you about NBA 2K12’s all new “Greatest Mode” that will see 15 of the greatest players in NBA history come to NBA 2K12 and allow you to replay some of the greatest moments of their career. Once you complete certain objectives you will be able to unlock not the great player but their team which you can then match up against any of today’s teams. Who wouldn’t want to see Magic’s Lakers vs Kobe’s Lakers? How about MJ’s Bulls vs the young D-Rose lead Bulls? In any case at this point we only know the first 5 which are, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving. Since this mode will eventually contain 15 players that leaves 10 and that is where this discussion starts.
- Bill Russell-One of the greatest big men to ever play the game and just a dominant force in the game. One of the smartest too.
- Wilt Chamberlain-The guy scored 100 points in a game, what other reason do you need?
- Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon– Hakeem was one of the best centers to ever play and even with all this talent is often times overlooked. His Houston Rockets teams were just awesome.
- Charles Barkley– Sir Charles was a beast and though folks laugh at him and the things he says on TNT these day, when he played he was one of the greatest power forwards I have ever seen. Would love to see his Phoenix Suns in the game.
- Isiah Thomas– You gotta love Isiah and his Bad Boy Pistons were not only one of the meanest teams you will ever hear about but one of the best too.
- Clyde Drexler-Clyde “The Glide” Drexler had some absolutely epic battles with Michael Jordan and one was one of the greatest pure scorers the NBA has ever seen, his Blazers would be a tough matchup for any of today’s teams.
- Karl Malone/John Stockton– Ok so this is actually two players but they really only count as one right? The Malone/Stockton tandem is one of the greatest, if not the greatest to ever lace up a pair of sneakers. Their Jazz teams never dominated with raw talent, they just were better prepared than their competition.
- David Robinson-Robinson was one of the most humble guys you will ever see given that he could dominate the way he did. He is one of the top scorers in NBA History, won 2 championships and did it all with a grace that is uncommon and rare to this day.
- Patrick Ewing-For some reason history seems to have not been kind to Ewing’s legacy, but he was one of the top players of his generation and had it not been for Michael Jordan who knows how many championships he could have won.
- Jerry West-The man is the NBA logo for goodness sakes. Even though he only won 1 championship, he was still one of the best pure guards the league has ever seen.
- Moses Malone-People sleep on Moses Malone, but he could score and rebound and though he only won 1 championship he did win 3 MVP awards.
- Oscar Robertson– The big “O” is last but definitely not least. Oscar did things with a basketball that nobody had done before and haven’t done since. His ability to score, rebound, and dish the ball is legendary. He is STILL the only player to ever average a triple double for an entire season when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists during the 1961-62 season.
Ok so I gave you two extra, you know we always like to hook you up. This is just my list and the numbers aren’t in order of priority. What we want to know from you guys is who do you think should fill out the top 10, drop your thoughts in the comments and we will see who gets the most right.