The Confusion in Ranking the World’s Best NBA Players
Selecting a NBA leading player is not an easy task. This is because the selection process has evolved with time. There are those who feel that the categorization should be done according the existing rules in a given NBA period to make the playing field level and give every player an equal chance to be featured amongst NBA leaders.
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) rankings were first introduced in 1956. This has led many top basketball analysts to believe that players such as Bill Russell could command a lead in the league of NBA players because most of the new categorization rules were not used during their time yet they were by far better players.
The other thing that makes it difficult to come up with a distinct list of NBA leaders is because different Ranking bodies do not agree on a couple of names. Some have impressive total those are important in the determination of top raking NBA players for bodies such as Career EFF and Career PTS.
The grading factor is an issue considering the fact that conflicting rankings makes it hard to trace the sports’ history with distinct precision. In the 1973 -1974 season for instance, players such as Russell and Wilt were presented in different charts as having 4 to 5 less points than they actually deserved. This is according to Martin Manley who has paid close attention to the NBA leaders ranking for decades.
Manley adds that, according to the EFF 1988 rankings, Michael Jordan averaged 35.05 and is counted amongst the best compared to Chamberlain’s more outstanding performance in 1966. To some, ranking NBA leaders is therefore a behind the scene plot that does not reward talent on a level playground and this kills the legacy of true stars.