The debate who is the best player in NBA history is always tough and depends on numerous factors you need to take into consideration when supporting a specific player. Every era was different, and every decade in the NBA had a few superstars that potentially fall in the category of the greatest player in the league’s history. Many fans and analysts today believe Jordan is the GOAT, and there are numerous legitimate reasons for that statement, but some former players believe other names should be in that conversations as well.
Former NBA player Walt Fraizer who established quite a successful career in the ’60s and the ’70s is one of those players who doesn’t think Michael Jordan is the GOAT. Fraizer has been in the NBA for a long time, first as a player and then as a commentator. Throughout his long career, he was able to see numerous great players perform, which gives him an excellent basis to make this rather hard assessment.
Fraizer believes players like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, and all of these players in his mind should be in that conversation but are often forgotten by the NBA fans today. Frazier thinks when it comes to the GOAT debate, Wilt’s name should be in front of Jordan’s because he was the original Superman in the NBA.
“I always ask what the criteria are when you say the greatest ever … If it’s Superman, we’re talking about Wilt Chamberlain. I also have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the top scorer of all time. The versatility of Oscar Robertson. Bill Russell’s victories. Those are the four boys. Actually, I would say Wilt Chamberlain because when we played in the 70s and flew in economy, you crossed the airport, and people said ‘Are you a Globetrotter or Wilt Chamberlain?’. This is all that people knew. I find it hard to say Mike. Mike is definitely there with those guys but, if I had to choose, I would choose Chamberlain. “
Walt Fraizer, New York Post
Still, to this day, Wilt holds numerous NBA records that will probably never be broken. The stories about Wilt’s superior strength and physical abilities sound like a myth, and some people who played with or against him still claim they never saw a better athlete in their lives. There is no question he would be a dominant force in any era he played in, and even though he never won as much as Jordan did in terms of championships, his individual accomplishments are superior to Jordan’s. It’s good to have a different perspective on this debate, and the players Frazier mentioned fall in the category for the GOAT debate and should always be recognized even though their playing careers were over a long time ago.