We’ve enjoyed interesting debates regarding the Mt. Rushmore of NBA players. LeBron James said his top four players of all time are Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. But he said he will join that list before retiring.
Let’s go local and live. Here are my local Mt. Rushmore lists for our local teams.
Isiah Thomas: He is a hall of fame player NBA Finals MVP. Zeke was the Detroit Pistons in the 80s.
Bob Lanier: Old school, back to the basket big man, something you don’t see today.
Ben Wallace: The Pistons won titles based on his defense and leadership.
Dave Bing: He did not have a good run as mayor but Bing was a huge deal on and off the court in Detroit.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey. He could score, fight and pass the puck.
Steve Yzerman: The Captain. The second greatest Wing in my book and the greatest for others.
Nick Lidstrom: He is a top three defenseman of all time and was fundamentally sound.
Terry Sawchuck: He was a little strange but home boy could really stop the puck.
Barry Sanders: He made some of the most amazing runs in NFL history. Should be NFL rushing leader.
Bobby Layne: He’s got a ring. How many Lions can say that?
Calvin Johnson: Sadly, will probably be the second greatest Lion to leave without a ring.
Jason Hanson: A kicker should never be on this list but when you think Lions, you think Hanson.
Ty Cobb: He was a mean SOB but he sure could play.
Miguel Cabrera: He is the best all around hitter in franchise history.
Al Kaline: Mr. Tiger. He was steady and played the right field corner better than anybody.
Hank Greenberg: Won two MVP awards, five time all star and was one of the best first basemen in history.