"top 10 maybe 5"
And, with that comment, you have no credibility on the topic of basketball.
No what it means is i watch basetbal lmore than the past 20 years. Oscar robertson averged a triple double for an entire season, Wilt was a beast who was so far ahead of his time it wasn't even funny and when was told he couldn't pass he went out and led the league in assists jsut to prove a point, Magic Johnson as a rookie subbed in at center in the NBA finals against a great sixers team and dominated at center and he made every person on his team better and of course as much as i hate to say it kobe is pretty d**n good too.
Jordan was an outstanding player but he did not change the game. Yeah his level of competitiveness was soemthing hte league never saw but he benefitted from coming ito the league at the perfect time. Many greats were on the downswing of their careers and once Phil Jackson came on board they had a chemistry that wasn't matched and he won his titles. The league was probably at it's weakest durign Jordan's runs. Wehn larry, DrJ and magic won their titles they had to play each other every year in the finals and for the sixers or celtics they had to get through each other first too. I woudl argue the sixers in '83 are probably the best team to ever play the game and very nearly swept the playoffs if it wasn't for one loss against milwaukee.
I would also argue that Lebron is easily the msot talented player to suit up in the NBA. The league has not seen a player of his size with that skillset. The thing he is lacking is his drive to win. If he had the competitive drive of say a kobe or jordan he would be the best by far.