I have LeBron 4th that is out of the players I have seen by my eye test and based on stats and championships as well. I have only been watching since 1977 so guys like Wilt and Russell do not factor in. My top 5 is:
1. Michael Jordan
2. Magic Johnson
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
4. LeBron is here IMO
5. Kobe Bryant
6. Larry Bird
7. Shaq O'Neal
-Magic has to be #2 because not only was he more efficient than LeBron, his teams even more Championships 5-3. Magic was more clutch than LeBron, shot a better FG%, FT%, and is the all-time leader in Assist average with 11.2 per season. Magic also won Finals MVP as a rookie at 20 years old. He basically scored 20 points a night over his career too. Kareem won 6 Championships and 6 League MVP's, and is all-time leading scorer in NBA history, reason why I put Magic over him is because IMO Magic was the better player on most of the Lakers teams. LeBron deserves 4th because IMO he has been the best player of this generation like Kareem was in the 70's. Magic was in the 80's, and Jordan was in the 90's. Statistically LeBron may pass Kareem in scoring and LeBron has 4 League MVP's and 3 Championships. It is just different today though, players want to form super teams, LeBron didn't win a Championship until he joined Wade and Bosh in Miami. He even made a comment he would love to play with Jordan. He should've said he would want to beat Jordan. Any team LeBron is on will improve their win total by 12-15 games so he is great. When it comes to LeBron, Kobe, Bird, and Shaq it is a coin flip basically and all debatable. I could give a damn what ESPN says saying LeBron is #2, he isn't, Magic is and I could bring a ton of debate regarding that as posted above.
Watching his one starting year at OSU, I would have been convinced that he would be a generational type safety in the NFL. Then the CFP semi happened. More to the point, an at the time still very underrated offensive game planning Clemson and its savvy quarterback Deshaun Watson happened, and Malik's inexperience and still undeveloped game had a big, shining light cast on them. I was much more concerned after that showing. What OSU and mostly lesser competition had been able to very successfully "hide" of his inexperience during the season, Clemson and Watson picked apart to an alarmingly embarrassing degree. What may have been even more alarming were the huge numbers during that offseason leading up to the draft who seemed to ignore it, and treat it almost as if it didn't even happen. Having seen these strange human behaviors, even among football professionals, for almost 5 decades now, I probably shouldn't be surprised anymore, but it still amazes me how so many can talk themselves into believing whatever they wish were true, instead of accepting what really is.
And in this case, what really was true was that Malik wasn't ready for an existence of every week facing sophisticated offenses that made even that advanced Clemson attack look like a plain vanilla cone. He should have returned for one more year of seasoning and development at OSU. Yes, even despite the eye popping athletic ability that allows him to at times make plays everyone else only dreams of.
That said, he should still have been able to develop into a top safety with 3 years of work on an NFL team, too. Even though he wasn't ready in 2017, he certainly should have been by now. But he'll get at least one more year here to do so. We can all speculate on the chances of someone doing in one year what he hasn't in so many more before, but regardless of that, he does have that opportunity. Let's see what happens.
For what it's worth, I read the tweets and I don't get the vibe they were trashing her. She did take it that way though, which makes me feel bad for her. She said it came in the mail and they were stating it looked fake, as in that there might be a concern that she unknowingly purchased a fake. Though someone did insult her flooring lol. Regardless, cool on Pittman for his intention here!
Yeah, one article isn't going to convince me Hooker doesn't need to improve or we need to move on. PFF, the same people who made this, gave him a grade of 69.5 ... I'd say there's still room for improvement or an upgrade if needed. Don't get the wrong idea, I'd always wish for a player to improve before sending him away, just stating that this doesn't change the fact that he has issues.
I chose Pittman for the first one because it says "career". For now I think Taylor may end up being the better player, but he is a RB and he may not be able to have a better career than his WR teammate.
For the second I chose Julian Backmon. 10 TDs is a LOT to expect out of a rookie WR IMO even if his size makes him a red zone threat. 1000k yards as a rookie is not unheard of for rookie RBs, but he'll be splitting with Mack so I feel iffy on that one. Eason is probably the 3rd stringer so barring injuries, it's not likely he starts. So that leaves Blackmon taking the Hooker role. It wouldn't be immediate, but I wouldn't find it too far fetched. Blackmon already looks more polished to me than Hooker did coming out, he just may not have that "ball hawk" label Hooker had and hasn't perhaps lived up to. But he could be a big help in the run game and as long as he's good in coverage too, he could take the job by year's end.
This was a good question though. I think all of those scenarios are unlikely so it was fun to speculate which was most likely.