Originally written on Lakerholicz.com  |  Last updated 9/8/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Former NBA player Julius Erving arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Through the years, some of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball have worn the purple and gold uniform. Julius “Dr. J” Erving, a legend in his own right, recently listed his top five all-time NBA players – a list which included three former Lakers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Dr. J thinks former Lakers Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West are all in the top five greatest players of all-time: Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J.” Erving listed his picks as the top five NBA players of all time on Fox Sports Live on Tuesday, and he included three former Lakers. “I decided on my five when I was about 15 years old — that was Wilt [Chamberlain], Bill [Russell], [Elgin] Baylor, [Jerry] West and Oscar Robertson,” Erving said. “That’s my five.” Oddly, Erving didn’t include Lakers’ center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but in the same breath called him the “best who ever played in the NBA.” “Greatest” lists are always down to personal preference, and Erving’s list definitely reflects the generation of players he grew up watching. Nevertheless, he has picked a solid group and you can certainly make a case for each player to have their place on the list. The Lakers’ rich history definitely becomes apparent when you begin to name all the former Lakers who were left off the list by Dr. J. .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } }
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