Gilbert Arenas was given the unenviable task of listing his top 5 scorers of all time, but he made the best of it with a great list featuring MJ.
All-time NBA rankings and comparisons are the life blood of all forums that discuss basketball. These discussions bring life and soul to our lives as NBA fans when we’re having a lean day. Basketball tends to liven us up and get our juices flowing.
And any conversation about NBA scorers is something that allows us to go down rabbit holes in search of context. A ton of us have spent hours poring over material and trying to deliberate how good the likes of George Gervin and David Thompson really were.
Gilbert Arenas is much like the rest of us in this regard. Of course, the man is an NBA star and understands the game better than all of us. But Uncle Gil is also one of the chillest ‘No Chill’ guys you’ll ever come across.
Agent Zero has spent his post-retirement days still involved in basketball at various levels. One of his favorite pastimes is dropping by on podcasts and giving us all a good time with his tales.
Gilbert Arenas gives us his list of top 5 pure scorers of all time
Arenas made a 2-hour long appearance on the ‘All the Smoke’ podcast by Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson last week. He spoke at length about a number of interesting topics.
One of the features of this podcast is that the guest answers rapid-fire style questions posed by Barnes and Stephen Jackson. Arenas got a pretty good one in the form of this question: ‘Who are your top 5 scorers of all time?’
He took a few seconds to take it in before answering (2:03:36 in the video below):
“I gotta be biased because I can only go as far as I watched the game. Jordan, Kobe… Kevin Durant, AI… I can’t sleep on Melo. It’s hard for me. Joe Johnson has some merit, but he doesn’t score that much. I gotta go with Melo.”
Given his justification for having only watched basketball in the 3-point era, this is quite a solid list. One question that will remain, however, is how LeBron didn’t make the cut here. In Gilber Arenas’ terms, he’s probably talking about the typical jump shooting pure scorer mould, which explains James’ exclusion. After all, No Chill Gil has often anointed LeBron as the GOAT with solid reasoning.