Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Picks Oscar Robertson as All-Time Top NBA Point Guard

Stephen Curry stirs conversation on NBA's elite playmakers.

by Nouman Rasool
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Picks Oscar Robertson as All-Time Top NBA Point Guard
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In an astonishing revelation from the basketball world, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA champion and former Los Angeles Lakers center, expressed that he doesn’t view his ex-teammate Magic Johnson as the supreme point guard in NBA history.

The comments were surprising to many, considering the tandem of Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson carved out a legacy with the Lakers. While Magic Johnson is widely hailed as the zenith of point guards, Abdul-Jabbar’s pick for the top honor is Oscar Robertson, affectionately known as "The Big O".

Reflecting on his time playing alongside Robertson, Abdul-Jabbar commented, “I had a brief stint with him towards the twilight of his career, but his prowess was undoubted”.

Curry Claims Top Point Guard Spot

The recent debate over who holds the mantle of the NBA’s premier point guard was rekindled by Golden State’s sharpshooter, Stephen Curry.

In a candid chat with ex-NBA star Gilbert Arenas, Curry boldly placed himself atop that list. He stated, “It's only fitting I say so. Yet, understanding Magic’s illustrious career and accomplishments, it underscores why such debates are exhilarating”.

With four NBA titles under his belt and his transformative impact on the game with his shooting finesse, Curry's claim is substantial. Contrastingly, "The Big O" thrived in a bygone era, clinching a singular NBA championship.

However, he secured the season’s MVP title six times. Robertson's illustrious career, marked by averages of 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists across 14 seasons, has cemented his place in the annals of basketball history.

His dual inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, once for his NBA journey and again for his Olympic heroics, testify to his mastery. While Abdul-Jabbar acknowledged the prodigious talents of other luminaries like Curry, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant, he was resolute in his stance.

Paying homage to the legends, he asserted, “While the likes of Steph, LeBron, Kobe, and Magic are undoubtedly elite, my choice remains unswerving - Oscar Robertson is the epitome of point guards”.

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