well since I put him In the 10-20 range I really only have to name 10 but I feel it totally comes down to your criteria .Dude, cause i think you are a reasonable (sp?) poster, i'm not gonna say right away you are out of your freaking mind.
First: if you put Kobe in he "10-20" range, please name 15 players who were greater than Kobe Bryant. I dare you.
Second: It's a given Jordan has a resume for the top spot. Please tell me what is Lebron's "resume" for said spot. And after you realize you can't do it, please tell me Lebron's "resume" for Top-5.
if its peak level of play he's closer to 20 if you make longevity of greatness a big factor obviously he comes closer to 10.
but there is a top echelon of players he simply isn't in.
then you have
Oscar Robertson(averaged a triple double over the course of 5 years)
magic(3 time mvp)
bird(3 time mvp in consecutive years 84-86)
moses Malone(3 time mvp when kareem , bird and magic running around)
players who at their best have clearly been a notch above kobe's best at some point in their career.
kobe is to me in the next group with
great players some of whom you can make a very good argument that they belong higher but I just don't see it that way.
people have different ways of evaluating and what's more important to them to be sure .
but I saw kobe as a very good defender , occasionally a lockdown defender an excellent scorer who was slightly above average efficiency often to the detriment of the team who at times had much more efficient options to go to and kobe chose not to pass more often than he should have
not the best teammate who often put himself ahead of the team
he was usually clutch a good passer when he chose to do it and a good rebounder and a very physical player .
as for LeBron's resume for the top spot I don't think he has it I strongly believe that spot belongs to wilt chamberlain no one has ever forced so many changes upon the league with his mere presence because the league knew if it didn't the games would be less competitive add to that he was still the most dominant player of his time ....its a double edged sword for Jordan because the league actually changed a few rules to help him out.
Jordan was more clutch than LeBron but if you are going to judge them solely by their skills LeBron wins , physically capable of playing all 5 positions on both sides of the ball and capable of being a ball dominant scorer while keeping his teammates involved something generally only great point guards can do
Jordan on the other hand needed a guy like pippen and another team oriented ballhandler whether it was a point guard or ron harper or a guy like toni kukoc to keep everyone involved .
it makes LeBron the easier guy to build around , he's had seasons where he was a better rebounder , passer , while scoring at a significantly more efficient clip than Jordan has ever done (I dont believe any other player has shot 60% from 2 and 40% from 3 let alone doing it while avg. 25+ points) so LeBron needs less specialization around him.
LeBron has made it to the finals in 6 of his 12 seasons and is the odds on favorite for 7 in 13 mj 6 for 15
LeBron made the finals at age 22 with a starting line up of eric snow larry hughes, drew gooden and ilgaustas....only larry hughes averaged 12 or more points a game at 14.9
Jordan has never been past the 1st round in any season(5 in total) scottie pippen wasn't playing alongside him.