Michael Jordan’s name is almost always at the top of every NBA all-time great list. He’s considered the GOAT for a reason. Global popularity, complete offensive, and defensive game, aerial acrobatics, charisma to fans, winning mentality, personal awards, and championships, name it, Jordan had it all. But one list only ranked him third, and Kyle Kuzma couldn’t help but react.
First List In Mankind
Kuzma is referring to the list made by Nick Wright. It ranked MJ number three and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar second. The first place is missing, and it’s assumed that LeBron James occupies that top spot.
Magic Johnson and Tim Duncan rounded up the Top 5, while Kobe Bryant sits at the 6th spot, followed by Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, and Steph Curry. Curiously, Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell’s names were excluded from the Top 10. Also, Luka Doncic was ranked 20th ahead of Kevin Garnett, David Robinson, Allen Iverson, and Scottie Pippen.
Kuzma played with LeBron James in the L.A. Lakers and won a title in 2020. M.J. being ranked 3rd is almost blasphemous and illegal. The Top 1 or 2 debate should be about Jordan and whoever else is considered at the top, such as Kareem, LeBron, or Kobe, but Mike shouldn’t be in 3rd place ever. He was too good, too legendary, to take the bronze medal.
Nick Wright trolling
With the bizarre list, fans blasted Wright for his take. Some think it was deliberate to elicit strong responses, clicks, and page views. Of course, Nick wasn’t a stranger to these hot takes. He’s been involved in several controversial incidents, including one in 2015 where he shared how the voting for the Finals MVP took place and why Steph Curry didn’t win it. The award went to Andre Iguodala instead.
Nick Wright isn’t the most credible regarding player rankings or hot takes. He is entitled to create his greatest of all time list but deliberately placing Jordan in the 3rd spot is laughable, to say the least.