The Greatest vs The Best
It is vital to understand exactly what we are defining when naming the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T). Is it the best? The most accomplished? The winningest? Let’s dig a bit deeper here
Greatest is defined on dictionary.com as ” of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average.” This can qualitative or quantitative, it can used to measure cumulative accomplishment over the course of a career.
Best is defined on dictionary.com as “of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality.” This seems solely qualitative. A measure of the highest quality at a particular moment or over the course of a career.
It’s particularly important to define this at the beginning to avoid confusing the Greatest (G.O.A.T) with the Best (B.O.A.T?). These can be different, and that has been the case in the NBA for some time.
Now let’s use this information to properly categorize our Candidates.