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Greatest 'Athlete' To Play Basketball

A poll about the Greatest Basketballer of All Time was conducted on the ESPN Sport Science website in 2012. The voting was based on the best athlete (not player) who has a combination of strength, speed, endurance, quickness, durability and the other attributes that make an athlete elite. See more about the ESPN Sport Science poll to determine the Greatest Athlete of All Time. See also our discussion of the greatest ever basketball player.


Who is the greatest basketball athlete of all time?

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. LeBron James
  3. Wilt Chamberlain
  4. Kobe Bryant
  5. Magic Johnson

And the winner was ...

Michael Jordan, a clear leader with 57 percent of the vote.

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