However you feel about the NBA "greatest of all time" debate, there's not much question as to who have been the league's three most impactful players over the last 30 years. It's Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Since the 1990 season, 14 of the 30 championship teams have included one of those three players. Needless to say, not many players have found success against those three. In fact, only one player in NBA history has a winning record against all three.
Your first thought may be someone like Tim Duncan, who is one of the few players to see as much success as those three while also overlapping with all three careers. The answer isn't quite as high-profile as the Big Fundamental, however.
Instead we go over to the Eastern Conference, with Mr. Big Shot himself, Chauncey Billups.
Billups went a career 6-4 against Michael Jordan, 24-21 against Kobe Bryant and 22-17 against LeBron James.
Billups won't work his way into any conversations about all-time greats, but he carved out a terrific career. He was a five-time All-Star, took home All-Defensive Second Team honors twice, All-NBA Second Team honors once, and won an NBA Championship and Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
It really is fitting that a player best known for his time with the Pistons — famously a thorn in the side of both Jordan and Kobe — is the one with this distinction. The fact that Billups did it while also spending plenty of time with an assortment of less-successful teams makes it all the more impressive.
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