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Bonzi Wells Puts LeBron James Behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant In His All-Time Rankings

BEIJING, CHINA-DECEMBER 24:(CHINA OUT) Bonzi Wells of Shanxi Zhongyu attends a press conference after the match between Beijing Jinyu and Shanxi Zhongyu on December 24, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Xu Jie/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

Everyone has an opinion on the GOAT debate, and Bonzi Wells got his. On All the Smoke Production’s Unplugged with Stephen Jackson, the 10-year NBA veteran ranked Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James in that order, and explained why.

I mean, Bron is a special player. He’s one of my favorite players that ever played. I really love watching him, I like how he move in real life, you know what I’m saying? He’s a beacon of hope for guys that come in with all that pressure and you can sustain it throughout your career and not get caught up with nothing. So, hats off to Bron. 

If I have to rank him in my top… I hear these conversations all the time, and you know, I got Jordan, Kobe, and Bron. So it’s 1A, 1B, and 1C to me. You can’t go wrong with either one of those three.

In my opinion, Bron is a 1C guy. I can’t put him ahead of Kobe and Mike because those guys are my size, 6’5″, 6’6″, and they don’t really have no advantage other than skills. Bron is a big 6’9″, 250, so he could sometimes overpower the game and score in those ways. The skillset of Mike and Kobe, in my opinion, is unmatched.

Bonzi Wells on his personal all-time rankings

Wells played against those three, so he’d have firsthand experience of what it was like. It’s obviously not the end all be all of the GOAT debate, but a person giving his opinion.

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It’s not the first time a basketball personality favors Jordan and the Bryant over James. Former NBA player and coach Mark Jackson said he would choose either Jordan or Bryant to take the last shot for all the marbles. 

As Wells noted, fans could never go wrong with the three. People know Jordan and Bryant for their ridiculous shot-making, while James has a reputation for making his teammates better. That said, the 39-year-old’s longevity is also unmatched, even by Jordan and Bryant.