The 25 Greatest Players of the NBA's Golden Era

4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Accomplishments: 19-time All-Star, Six-time NBA MVP, 10-time First Team All-NBA, Five-time All-Defensive First Team
Team(s): Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Career Stats: 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.6 BPG
Years Played: 1969-1989

Kareem was as dominant a center as the NBA will likely ever see, with his unstoppable sky hook becoming the signature move of his career and propelling him to become the greatest scorer in league history. Quite simply, Kareem owns the record books. He holds the career records for minutes played, field goal attempts and makes, All-Star selections and career points. He has the third most rebounds in history, and even the 34th-most assists. His longevity was simply amazing as he remained a productive player for the Lakers deep into his 30s, averaging 23.4 points per game at age 38. His defensive presence was palpable as well, as he finished as the league's third-ranked shot blocker in history with 2.6 per game. His battles with the Celtics as a member of the Lakers are perhaps the most memorable moments of his career, with Kareem besting his foes from Boston en route to earning the 1985 Finals MVP award 14 years after winning his first one.

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