5. Alvin Robertson: Robertson was originally taken with the seventh overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs. Robertson played 10 season in the NBA for the Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors. Robertson had the best stretch of his career with the Spurs where he made three of his four All-Star games in a five-year span. Robertson was a great defensive player who lead the league in steals three times while making the NBA All-defensive first or second team six straight seasons. The best season of his career came in ’85-86 when Robertson won the Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of th Year and earned All-NBA second team. Another great season came in ’87-88 when Robertson averaged 19.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists and three steals a game.
For his career, Robertson averaged 14 points, 5.2 rebounds, five assists and 2.7 steals in 779 games (680 starts).
4. John Stockton: Stockton was originally taken with the 16th overall pick by the Utah Jazz. Stockton played his entire 19-year career with the Jazz and finished as the all-time NBA leader in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). The ten-time All-Star led the NBA in assists nine straight seasons and was a key piece as the Jazz made two trips to the NBA Finals. Stockton averaged a double-double in scoring and assists for ten straight seasons. Stockton made the NBA All-defensive second team five times and made All-NBA first,second or third team on 11 occasions. The most impressive statistical season of his career came in ’89-90 when Stockton averaged 17.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 14.5 assists and 2.7 steals.
For his career, Stockton averaged 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 2,2 steals in 1,504 games (1,300 starts). Stockton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 for his remarkable accomplishments.
3. Charles Barkley: Barkley was originally taken with the fifth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Barkley played 16 seasons for the 76ers, Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. Barkley averaged a double-double in points and rebounds for the last 15 years of his career. The 11-time All-Star earned All-NBA honors 11 consecutive times including five seasons on the All-NBA first team. Barkley had one of his most impressive seasons in ’92-93 when he was named the NBA MVP after averaging 25.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.6 steals and one block a game.
For his career, Barkley averaged 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 1,073 games (1,012 starts). For his dominant career, Barkley was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
2. Hakeem Olajuwon: Olajuwon was originally taken with the first overall pick by the Houston Rockets. Rockets played 18 seasons with the Rockets and the Toronto Raptors. Olajuwon averaged a double-double in points and rebounds in the first 12 years of his career while leading the league in rebounds and blocked shots two times each. The 12 time All-Star earned All-NBA honors 12 times including six seasons on the All-NBA first team. Olajuwon also made the NBA All-defensive team nine times and was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice. His most impressive season came in ’93-94 when Olajuwon averaged 27.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.7 blocked shots a game to earn the league MVP. He followed that up by leading the Rockets to the NBA Championship and was named the Finals MVP. A year later Olajuwon was named the Finals MVP after leading Houston to their second consecutive championship.
For his career, Olajuwon averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.1 blocks in 1,238 games (1,186 starts). For his efforts, Olajuwon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
1. Michael Jordan: Jordan was originally taken with the third overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. Jordan played his 15 year career with the Bulls and the Washington Wizards. Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA championships and was named the Finals MVP each time. Jordan made the All-NBA first team 10 times and all-defensive first team nine times. To top it off Jordan was named league MVP five times. Jordan had so many amazing years that it’s nearly impossible to list all his accomplishments.
For his career, Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 1,072 games (1,039 starts). He was inducted into the Hall Of Fame for his legendary career in 2009.