Yeah! ….Do you really wanna know the best all-round NBA player ever! …Okay, let's roll.
Ask Michael Jordan to pick his all-time NBA five, and he would include Oscar Robertson.
Ask ‘Magic' Johnson to pick his best all-time five, and Oscar would feature there.
Ask (Wilt) Chamberlain……………………………….
Ask (Bill) Russell……………………………………
Ask (Larry) Bird……………………………….
Ask (Julius) ‘Dr J' Erving…………………………
Ask (Hakeem) ‘The Dream' Olajuwon………….
Ask…………ask ……….ask………….and they would all pick Oscar. ….Oh yes! The Big "O"!!
I remember in 1997 when ‘SLAM' magazine's Tony Gervino asked basketball buff (and ardent New York Knicks fan), Spike Lee, to choose his all-time starting five, and he included Oscar, (as his second pick).
Zack Burgess, (also of ‘SLAM' mag) once asked the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, (whose imposing NBA resume includes an unassailable 19-time All-Star selections in a whooping 20-year career), to name the best player ever. Kareem thought for a while and answered thus: "Oscar Robertson. Maybe Michael Jordan. Those two without question."
Those few insights, (above), pretty-much sums up everything. And lest I forget, NBA's website abounds with more: in case of any insatiability.
Meanwhile, let me just add that Oscar Robertson was fluid. He is one of the most skilful men to play basketball. And in particular, the most skilful all-rounder the game has ever known. In terms of raw statistics, his 1960s profiles dwarf those of every other player of that generation: with the sole exception of (Wilt) Chamberlain.
The 6'5" Guard, who featured for both Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks, was always a delight to behold. A consummate poetry-in-motion, Oscar inspired people both on-and-off the basketball court. His amazing runs, fluent dribbles, and graceful ball-handling were beyond words. Thus, it is no surprise that the average input, which he launched from 1961 through to 1965, is an amazing triple-double. That is: 30.3 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game, and 10.5 assists per game. He was that efficient!
This first ever player to average triple-double in a season was in All-NBA First Team for nine consecutive seasons (i.e. 1961, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '67, '68, and ‘69). He was indeed the first guard, (much earlier than Jordan and ‘Magic'), to practically dominate a game (from start to finish). He was simply ahead of his time.
Well, there is no point for too many words here. A gleaming jewel will always dazzle: regardless of how much or how little is said about it. But as I conclude, let me just relay a description from one of the great players, who squared-off against Oscar on several occasions. Remember the indomitable Bill Russell? Yes, that glorious 6'11" Celtics Center, who won an unbelievable 11 championships in 13 seasons. He said the following about Oscar Robertson:
"If you think about all the pictures you've seen of him in action, you see him shooting, but you never see him shooting with someone hanging all over him. Because, he had such great moves to get himself open."
Is there really any other thing left for me to say?
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The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Robertson played the guard position, and was a twelve-time All-Star, eleven-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in fourteen professional seasons. He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season, and he is regarded as one of the best and most versatile NBA players of all time. He was a key player on the team which brought the Bucks their only NBA championship in the 1970-71 NBA season.
For his outstanding achievements, Robertson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980, and was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. The United States Basketball Writers Association renamed their college Player of the Year Award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in his honor in 1998, and he was one of five people chosen to represent the inaugural National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2006.