The OP should ask what's the cutoff number to be in goat discussion.
Some people believe top 10 qualify to be in goat discussion and others are more stricter...they only include 5 or 3 players. Whereas some people already have conceded one particular player is a goat and there's no more discussion.
To be honest, I don't there's much of a discussion either. I just take, "GOAT candidate" to mean, "top-tier GOAT."