Magic defends Isiah Thomas in ESPN rankings

The Detroit News

Magic Johnson isn’t completely happy with ESPN’s list of top 10 point guards of all-time. And he topped the list.

Johnson, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers legend and former Michigan State star, took to Twitter on Wednesday to support former Pistons great Isiah Thomas, who was ranked No. 5 on the list, released Tuesday, behind John Stockton (No. 3) and Stephen Curry (No. 4).

Simply put, Johnson said, Thomas is better than that.

“There’s no way Stockton & Curry are better than Isiah,” Johnson tweeted, continuing in a string of tweets. “Let me remind everyone, young and old, I played against (Thomas) when he was hurt & hobbling on one leg ... and (Thomas) still scored 25 points in one quarter in the NBA Finals!”

Johnson made sure in subsequent tweets that it wasn’t about Stockton and Curry. He said he “loves” both.

“I love (Curry),” Johnson tweeted, “the best shooter we’ve ever seen, but he’s not better than Isiah, at least not yet.”

Thomas appreciated Johnson's pitch in a tweet:

Here’s how ESPN explained how it came out with its rankings:

“To create All-Time #NBArank, we put together a ballot with the 150 greatest players ever. Then our ESPN expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups, with voting based on both peak performance and career value. The result is our all-time NBA Top 100.”

ESPN is releasing its top 10 by position, one position each day. Its top 10 shooting guards were unveiled Wednesday.