Former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan leads the balloting through three weeks of international voting in the United States Sports Academy’s search to identify the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time.
The Academy is hosting a worldwide ballot through NBC Sports and USA Today in an effort to name its newest sculpture on campus, a basketball player, which is a tribute to the late Ernie Barnes, a two-time winner of the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year award. The sculpture will be dedicated in the winning player’s name.
Jordan won five most valuable player awards and led the Bulls to six NBA titles. He leads the balloting over Celtics legend Bill Russell, who won 11 titles in 13 seasons and was regarded as the best defensive center in the history of the game. Currently in third place is late center Wilt Chamberlain, who once scored 100 points in a game and averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds a game for his career.
Voting continues through Thanksgiving Day, 26 November 2009. Ballots can be cast at http://ussa.edu/ballots/basketball-player. The ballot includes the names of 15 players, past and present, national and international. There is also an area for write-in candidates.