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Paul George names all-time starters per position, picks Kobe Bryant ahead of Michael Jordan

Paul George, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Clippers, NBA

Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George joined the all-time best players bandwagon and named his own all-time starting five.

The 6-foot-8 swingman recently spoke with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and there’s no doubt that the most contentious decision George made was picking the late, great Kobe Bryant over Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

“I would have Bron [LeBron James] at the point, Kobe [Bryant] at the two,” started George, who was then questioned by Woj as to how he intended to squeeze in Jordan in his lineup. “Yeah, I know Michael is the best, but I grew up on Kobe, so I would put Kobe at the two.”

It did not seem as though George hesitated too much in picking Kobe over Jordan, but he was able to offer up a proper explanation for the same. Being a Los Angeles native himself, the Clippers forward grew up idolizing Bryant.

Moreover, despite appreciating the greatness of the one and only Michael Jordan, George is still willing to take Kobe over MJ on any given day.

The 30-year-old Clippers star then went on to round out the final three spots of his lineup.

“My three, I would put Larry [Bird] at my three,” George continued. “At my four I will put KG [Kevin Garnett]. And my five I will put Shaq [O’Neal].”

That’s a pretty formidable lineup right there, but not exactly one that will be met with complete agreement by many. Garnett is not usually a name that pops up in most all-time starting lineups, and the omission of Jordan is likewise uncommon, to say the least. Then again, to each his own, so no one can and should fault Paul George here for what is his own personal preference.