The Fantasy GOATs
JRR Tolkien :: Wilt Chamberlain
He’s got a compelling case for being the Greatest Of All Time. You’re either imitating him or responding to him. Nobody will ever be able to play the game at such a high level; it’s simply no longer possible.
Karen Miller :: Kobe Bryant
Miller/Kobe have all of the tools of the GOATs. There’s a level of innate talent there, but you can tell most of it is earned and not God-given. Miller/Kobe spent thousands of hours in the gym. Miller can get you a bucket from just about anywhere on the fantasy genre.
Robert Jordan :: Michael Jordan
He’s got everything it takes to take the crown from the previous GOAT. He played at the top of the game when the field was most crowded. There’s an entire stable of superstars who are ringless because he wouldn’t relinquish the crown.
Brandon Sanderson :: LeBron James
He’s still working at a high level, so you might not want to call him the GOAT. However, you know he’s the one you would trust to close out a legendary series.
The First Ballot Fantasy Hall-Of-Famers
JK Rowling :: Kevin Durant
JK/KD forever changed the game and maybe not for the better. JK/KD remains super popular despite near-constant dumbassery on Twitter.
Stephen King :: Vince Carter
He put up some crazy impressive highlights in his early years. You never thought he’d challenge for GOAT status, but he was always exciting. Now, his longevity might be his most distinguishing feature.
Dan Simmons :: Tim Duncan
He’s kind of lame, but his fundamentals are solid. He’s found a shot that works, and he’s going to hit it with textbook efficiency.
George RR Martin :: Shaquille O’Neal
He’s a lot like Wilt/Tolkien, another big man. However, he’s bigger, louder, and more brash. He’s so innovative and dominant with brute power that he could have been in GOAT territory, but you just can’t keep him focused on the game. Ohh, what coulda been.
The Fantasy Legends
CS Lewis :: Bill Russell
He’s a legend and will always be. He was dominant early on but was overshadowed by greater talents.
Gene Roddenberry :: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
He’s like a futuristic Tolkien/Wilt. Before him, the game was one way. After him, everything changed. He redesigned the entire landscape, and now we’re all just playing in his world.
Robert Howard :: Chuck Taylor
He was on top of the game so long ago that you’d probably forgotten he existed. He made a lasting contribution to the game, though. Importantly, Converse All-Stars and Conan the Barbarian remain cool as shit.