Former NBA player and one of the most underrated forwards from the 90’s Jamal Mashburn, made a guest appearance on the Knuckleheads podcast. Among numerous interesting topics he talked about from his college and NBA career, he also shared his personal top five players of all time. Everyone has their favorite all-time starting lineup, and it’s no different for former NBA players like Mashburn, who is very knowledgeable about the game and its history.
In his favorite starting lineup, he didn’t include any of the players from the new generation, and rather interestingly, he mentioned two of his favorite players are Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson.
A guy that I wish I have seen play, well, two guys, and they are probably my favorite, are Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, would be on that list, and it’s a toss-up between Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson.Jamal Mashburn, via Knuckleheads Podcast
Mashburn has a lot of respect for Isiah Thomas and believes most fans don’t really understand how great he was in his prime. On top of that, he is one of the rare players in the NBA that beat Magic, Bird, and Jordan while they were in their prime and won two straight NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons.
I like Isiah because I don’t think people realized how good Isiah was and how much he sacrificed for the Detroit Pistons. Just as a scorer alone, he could lead the league in scoring. I really like what Isiah has done, and I guess that would be it.
Unlike a lot of fans who only look at championships to measure someone’s greatness for Mashburn, it doesn’t matter if you won if you were a dominant player. Basketball is a team sport, and sometimes the best players don’t win the title if they are not surrounded by other great individuals and knowledgeable coaches.
I like Wilt Chamberlain just based on the historical numbers he put up. I’m not the guy that puts in the championship thing because I think it’s a team thing. There is a lot of great players that haven’t won a championship, and they need to be in the discussion as far as great players. People often use the championship thing to relegate those guys to a lesser position.Jamal Mashburn, via Knuckleheads Podcast
There is no doubt Mashburn picked an exciting team of five NBA legends as his favorites players. All of them impacted the league in their own way, from an individual and team perspective. It would be hard to come up with a better team than this one, but feel free to let us know which squad could beat Mashburn’s favorite team.