- Jamal Murray has included Stephen Curry and Shaquille O'Neal in his top 5 NBA players of all time list
- Greatest players lists have always been a subject of contention, but Michael Jordan and LeBron James are names that usually make the list
- Murray and the Denver Nuggets recently made their first-ever NBA Finals after beating the Lakers in the conference finals
Jamal Murray has named his top 5 greatest players in NBA history.
The Denver Nuggets guard named some iconic players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Murray and the Nuggets are getting ready for their first-ever NBA Finals series set to tip off on June 1.
Nothing gets NBA fans talking like lists. A top 10 list of greatest NBA players usually includes Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Shaquille O'Neal, in any order. Those three names were on his list. He also included the late Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry, per SI.
Jordan is considered the greatest player in the history of the game; Bryant inspired a generation, while O'Neal is the most dominant player of all time.
James' longevity and consistency saw him become NBA's all-time leading scorer. Curry changed how the game is played with his long-range shooting. Those five players have won a combined 23 NBA championships.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell are other Hall of Famers that left an indelible mark on the game.
Murray wants more respect
Murray was exceptional in the Western Conference finals against the Lakers. He scored 31, 37, 37, and 25 In Games 1-4, respectively, as the Nuggets swept the Lakers.
“I don’t think I get enough respect as I should be,” Murray told Andscape on Thursday night. “I’m better than a lot of players in the league. Every time I see rankings of guys I think, ‘Man, that is crazy.’ Maybe it’s because I have been out for so long. But if we win the chip, it changes everything,” via Andscape.
In 15 playoff games, the 26-year-old is averaging 27.7 points per game.
Murray on Nuggets doubters
Sports Brief earlier reported on Murray sending a message to doubters of his team after they took a 2-0 lead in the conference finals.
Murray was echoing a strong message from his coach, Michael Malone, who was angry with the narrative in the conference finals, which he said focused too much on the Lakers. Murray said his team is used to it.
"We're the Denver Nuggets; we're used to that," Murray said. "Even when we win, they talk about the other team."