Best Basketball Players Of All Time

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The most dominating and revolutionary players ever. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Michael Jordan
Best player the world has seen and will see. Just looking at him inspires you to become a basketball player. No matter what anyone says, Jordan is the best basket-baller.
The best player ever! Everybody will know the one who is going to surpass him. (if that day will ever come)
Amazing how quickly people forget how good he was. Bobby Knight who coached him in the 84 Olympics once made a statement saying he is the best player to ever play any team sport. Knight might has been an ass at times, but he knew talent and if one of the few who knew Michael would be as great as he was. He also made Pippen and Rodman the players they are due to his desire to win. Paul Westfall after getting beat by Jordan was asked by reporters did you say you had to stop Michael. Westfall replied, nobody can and we never said we could, the only way stop Michael is rip his heart out. He was red in the face and left the podium. How many great players did he keep from winning a championship: Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Karl Malone and basically everyone on the Dream Team unless they played for the Bulls or when Jordan was playing baseball, Hakeem O. Who was picked a head of Jordan in the 84 draft. It was a good pick, with Jordan playing baseball he was able to win 2 championships with the Rockets. Heck I would had picked him over Jordan in 84 not knowing how great his Airness would be. To compare LeBron to Jordan doesn't even make sense. LeBron is a good passer because other defenders can stop him from going to the bucket. If Jordan wanted to score nobody who ever played the game could stop him period! If he wanted to shut any guard down in the league, consider it done. Actually Dewayne Wade is the best player in the league at this time and can take over games like Jordan, but don't have the players to finish the game off like when Jordan played. He is only 6'4, but I've seen him where defenders can't keep him from scoring either. There may never be another Jordan, buy his 3 disk collection to jog the memory!
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2Kobe Bryant
Kobe = 81 points, most by a wing player in NBA history.
HAD KOBE PLAYED THE FOURTH QUARTER AGAINST DALLAS WHEN HE HAD 62 POINTS AT THAT TIME I'M SURE HE WOULD OF HAD ANOTHER 80 POINT GAME.
HEART OF STONE. IT'S FITTING HE IS RANKED 2ND.
It is obviously MJ, but Kobe is probably the closes thing to him we will have. People are looking for LeBron to be the next MJ, but they don't realize that's Kobe.
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3LeBron James
Kobe is great but LeBron James fantastic he can dribble he can shoot he can do anything he would be the next Michael Jordan in the next few years because he has got amazing potential and he won back to back MVP's I mean who else can do that

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Lebron James is the greatest Small Forward right now in NBA but he is the right now in NBA Larry Bird and Kobe is Magic Johnson Kobe said he's number 1 idol in NBA is Magic Johnson! Kobe wants he's jersey number is 33 but Kobe said 33 is on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar so he's jersey number now is 24
Lebron is the best he shines over Kobe in every way. I think he's better than Jordan too all he needs are the rings and enough said. People don't give Lebron his credit just as people don't Eminem his credit well we all know Eminem is the best rapper alive and Lebron is the greatest ball player ever to touch a basket ball!
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4Magic Johnson
Seriously, you put Iverson ahead of Magic Johnson? You have lost all credibility with 98% of your audience. No one on this list exhibited the versatility, vision and capability to make others around him better than Magic!
Now Magic what a player the most unselfish in NBA history he has the highest assist average in an NBA career ever he lead the lakers to the NBA crown when he was just a rookie but yet didn't win rookie of the year he has 4 rings 3 MVP's and way way more awards he is a great player and if he didn't retire on his 12 season he would probably be at the very top at this list or at least second because he was probably the best of the era he played.

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Magic could easily play point guard, shooting guard, small forward, and power forward. He once played center in 1980 nba finals and won with kareem injured in game 6. The bulls struggled when Jordan played the point because he was not good at distributing. Jordan was too small in size and did not have the strength to play small forward at his prime.

Overall Talent
While I do give Michael Jordan the edge in scoring, Magic had more all around talent. He has 100 more triple doubles than Michael Jordan did even though he retired at only 32. Magic Johnson was the best passer the game has every seen not even john stockton, jason kidd, steve nash, or chris paul can pass as good as Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson was best rebounder who played out of any guard position averaging 7.2 rebounds a game for his career.

Competitiveness
While Jordan did win 6 rings. Magic Johnson won 5 rings in the 1980's era that was best in basketball there was celtics who had bird, mchale, and parish. Pistons who had isaih thomas, dennis rodman, joe dumars. 76ers that had moses malone and Dr.J. and Magic beat all those teams which were the only other teams to win a championship beside lakers in 1980's. The teams Jordan beat had only one top 50 player of all time or at most 2 like jazz. Magic Johnson save the NBA and he is the Greatest Player OF All Time!
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5Larry Bird
Larry was a great shooter with few dunks unlike Jordan who had many dunks to increase his shooting percentage. Larry was also a better rebounder, free throw shooter, and passer than Jordan. Larry entered the NBA one year late, after sitting out a year in college, and missed almost another full year in his prime with a foot injury. He was not a selfish shooter but just wanted to win and would get all of his teammate involved. He averaged over 10 rebounds per game for his career - not bad for someone who couldn't jump! He was both the first AND second player ever to shoot over 50% from the field AND over 90% from the line for a season - and this from a long range shooter! He was the best ever with a ful command of the game and awareness of what was happening - always.
He was the best ever: the greatest, most creative passer ever; one of the greatest defensive rebounders, the greatest all around shooter, the greatest clutch shooter, and played great team defense. Add to all these qualities his great basketball intelligence, mental toughness, and pure skill, and you have, by far, the greatest player of all times!
Scored when ever he wanted to. Anywhere he was he was great.
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6Wilt Chamberlain
He averaged 50 points in a single season
Scored 100 points in a single game
Got 55 rebounds against the Celtics led by Bill Russell (2nd all time career rebounder behind chamberlain)
Had a 33 game winning streak
Of the 62 times more than 60 points have been scored by a single person in a game, 32 of those times were by Chamberlain
Blocked shots were recorded after he retired, but Harvey Pollack asked his statisticians to count Chamberlain's blocks, and they got up to 25 one night. Well above the record for most blocks in a single game.
Elgin Baylor said that Chamberlain was the only player that could dominate on both end of the court. He recalled one particular game against the bulls where he blocked every single shot for 4-5 minutes and how no one from the bulls could get a shot in.
In a sport where one game is 48 minutes for a season he averaged 48.5 minutes a game, thanks to overtime.
Bill Russell, the man who won more rings than he has fingers, said that Wilt Chamberlain was the best player he ever played against and that it wasn't even close.
He scored a lot but he was also an accurate shooter. Through more than 70 years of the national basketball association Wilt Chamberlain still holds the record for the highest season field goal percentage at 0.727.

This man was unstoppable
Wilt Chamberlain was by far the most underrated player to ever play basketball. People are so quick to discredit Wilt by saying he played "lesser" quality players and would not be as dominant in this day and age. Kareem Abdul Jabar, Willis Reed, Bill Russell, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld were all excellent players who played in the post at the same time as Wilt, are you saying they weren't quality basketball players. He played 48.5 minutes a game in chucks, and all 82. He averaged 8 assist a game as a center in season, his records in scoring and rebounding remain untouched. Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest player to ever play on the hardwood.
Best ever you are crazy if you think Michael Jordan is better
Wilt all the way
Kareem second then bill russell
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7Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
No one could guard the sky hook. Most points scored in a career - not even close
Most points scored in the history of the NBA- He has so many blocks as well as some great assists. That is why He deserves number 1
Kareem was THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME, NO QUESTION. Kobe doesn't even compare, Lebron is good but doesn't even compare to Kareem, Who had the most points of all time in the NBA (38,387), Surpassed all these people for rebounds, Had an incredible amount of assists for a point guard, and mastered the hook shot. He won just as many championships as MJ, and just as many MVPs. Also, Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leader in minutes played (57,446, field goals made (15,837), field goal attempts (28,307), All Star Games (18), and All Star Selections (19). He is now 10th in Field Goal Percentage (.559), 2nd in Games Played (1,560), 3rd for most Rebounds (17,440), 3rd for most Blocks (3,189) Note: Blocks were not officially counted until the 1973-74 season, 2 years after Abdul-Jabbars debut in the NBA, and 14th in PPG. He had ten 50 point games, all with the Milwaukee Bucks. His career high was 55 points on December 10, 1971 against the Boston Celtics. He was also a two time player of the year (1967, 1969), Three time NCAA Champion (1967-1969), Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament (1967-1969), and Naismith College Player of the Year (1969), along with Rookie Of the Year (1970), Six-time NBA champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88), NBA MVP (1971-72, 1974, 1976-77, 1980), and the first player in NBA history to play 20 seasons. Kobe Bryant or Lebron James will never be as incredible player as he his, and they will never score more points then him, even as Shooting Guards and Small Forwards.
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8Bill Russell
I would simply like to say that with all due respect to the names listed here, you must remember that this is a TEAM game. If you wanted to talk about who is the best 1 on 1 player based on his individual talents and all around skills, then that is a different subject all together. The overall skill level of the game has certainly changed over the last couple of decades, but, some good, and some maybe not so good. The game was first played with much more physical play, and in most cases the player had more rules that restricted much of the modern day displays of athleticism, no doubt. But back to the main quest for who was the most dominant individual player of the game. There are only two names that stand out above all others, Statistically that should go to Wilt Chamberlain, but when you look at the ultimate goal for playing the game, it was to win a championship, and no one, not even M. J. , nor Kobe, came even close to the overall domination of the entire sport itself. Also remember that No rules were ever changed for M. J. , or Kobe, that would slow them down in there pursuit of excellence. Both Wilt & Russell did just that, they were so dominant, that the entire game was revamped in order to take away there athletic abilities, and that did not even change what Bill accomplished as a winner of the ultimate prize.

M. J. & KOBE, and all other modern day greats have had the rules enhanced in order to show case and favor there great athletic abilities, and never did they have rules which would take away there already physical advantages. So there you have it, if you are playing Golf, then stick with the man who won the most trophies, and Tennis the person who won the most titles, but when talking about a 5 man team, who else contributed more and accomplished more at every level of the game, College, 2 championships, Olympic Gold, 11 NBA championship out of 13 years playing, and the 2 years he did not win, he was injured. THIS IS A TEAM GAME, and the comparisons are right there in full view, the stats don't lie, you tell me how was it possible for someone to dominate to that level, and then there is the additional social and society issues that these black players had to endure, that were not as prevalent in the more modern era. Different times, different circumstances. A lot of hype in those modern showcases, I would never count this man out as the most dominant player who made the biggest impact at every level of this game we call basketball, Collegiate player, Professional Player, Coach, and so on, life experiences, and the continued respect of the people who surrounded him.

In RUSSELL'S AUTO-biography, he writes: It was at a Thanksgiving family setting when my Grandson had asked me a question? , Grandpa? "were ever as good as Michael Jordon? , Grandpa Russell looked down at his grandson, and said, "son, you've got that question backwards, you should be asking, "if whether or not M. J. was ever as good as your GRANDFATHER? "

And the footnote in a joking gesture bill said he was thinking of writing his grandson out of his will, lol.

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Most opinions that I read about come from people who use stats. They simply are very misleading. And how does one define "best" basketball player? Is it the one with the best overall skills? Russell was not too good at dribbling or shooting.

But in a team game, I think it makes more sense to talk about how "valuable" a player is. In other words, what would occur if the team lost that player? How easy would it be to replace that player's skills with someone else?

If we look at it that way, then russell is a clear first. No one is even close. Russell was the Boston Celtic fast break, possibly the most dominating aspect that basketball has ever seen.

Russell got the rebound, turned, made his outlet pass, and the ball was near half-court by the time russell hit the ground. No wonder he was not scoring many points. Chamberlain, on the other hand, rebounded, shook his body, then handed off to his guard (hal greer most of the time).

When chamberlain got the ball, the rest of his team could take a nap, for all that it mattered. Wilt was gonna shoot, score or miss.

When russell blocked a shot, it almost always "miraculously" ended up in the hands of a celtic. Chamberlain's blocks went out of bounds. According to stats, each had a blocked shot. But in no way did they have equal effects.

With russell on defense, he intimidated shooters, because his body could get to places that no one else could. There is no stat at all for that.

One of the two years that russell did not win - he got hurt in the playoffs.

The celtics did not have the best individual talented players. But they had the most valuable player, and one that made everyone else better.

This is why the russell celtics were so dominant. I think russell's abilities were so unique that it might take 100 years to see another russell.
As long as the Celtics had Russell, they kept winning. I remember Red Auerbach saying that the year after Russell left (1970) and the team went dowhill. Russell blocked shots and kept the ball in play. His defense won games. He played against WIlt Chamberlain and except for 1967, when WIlt's team won, the Celtics won every year and beat out WIlt. Russell has a record nobody will ever achieve again- 11 championships in 13 years. Today, the game has changed. There are more big men and we now have essentially two centers. One is the traditional center and the other is the power forward. Kevin Garnett is a Russell-type shot blocker, but he plays power forward. It is much harder today for a center to dominate a game because there are two "centers" or big men per team. Russell made the Celtics world champions 11 of 13 seasons he played. I don't believe Russell could be this dominant in today's game. He was an intellectual player and basketball is an intellectual game. He was a student of the game. In 1970 in college I asked Bill how he could continually beat Chamberlain's teams as Wilt was about 4 or 5 inches taller. My recollection is he said, "Young man, I can jump flat footed and grab the top of the backboard. " He was an incredible athlete, a fact not that many people recognize today because Bill didn't lay the glamor position of a big time scorer. Guys like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade are great players. They just could not have the impact of a big man like BIll Russell. Look at Wade. He needed Shaq to win. Look at Kobe. He needed Shaq and later Gasol. Jordan needed Cartwright and Pippen. These days one man on the team cannot make the impact Russell did in the 1950s and 1960s.

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9Shaquille O'Neal
He gave the NBA a lot more image and he has a lot of NBA Championships he is an important part of the Greatest NBA players of all time

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Can't see any better center other than O'neal. I think people are just being stupid by voting for lebron instead of oneal oneal should have been in top 5
Shaq has it all - Now that he is retired, his stats will be known more and he will jump up to #1. No reason for LeBron or Kobe to be higher than the Shaq!
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10Oscar Robertson
Um honestly don't jump on me MJ fans but he is the greatest Player to ever step foot on the hardwood he has over 180 career Triple-Doubles That wouldn't be impressive if it was a double double with an assists and points but he rebounded as well and he was 6'5 who else can do that well there are a few that can do that lie LeBron, D-Wade and maybe Jason Kidd but the Big 0 should be the best or at least top 3 only trailing to SHAQ Wilt and maybe MJ but he is the best all round player ever there's no doubt about that he averaged a triple double for an entire season enough said
USBWA College Player of the Year was started in 1959, which makes it the oldest running trophy for the college player of the year. The USBWA annually selects a player of the year and All-America teams for both men and women in college basketball. The USBWA men's player of the year award is now called the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

The USBWA also selects a national coach of the year for men and women, with the men's award named after legendary coach Henry Iba. It was renamed after the college and professional legend Oscar Robertson in 1998. Five nominees are presented and the individual with the most votes receives the award during the NCAA Final Four. The Oscar Robertson Trophy, previously known as the Player of the Year Award, was renamed in 1998 because of Robertsonís outstanding career and his continuing efforts to promote the game of basketball. He averaged 32.6 points per game in his sophomore year at Cincinnati.
You guys do realize that he is the only player 2 average 27 points, 6 boards, and 6 assists a game for more than 3 strait seasons an HE DID IT 8 YEARS IN A ROW. If that's not being a complete player I don't know what is.
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The Contenders

11Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson compares with 3 different players when you talk about individual offensive achievements. Or there are 3 players who compare with him. Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James. Go look up stats in games, seasons, and playoffs most importantly. Iverson and LeBron only players with at least 40 points 15 assists and 5 steals in a game. Most 50 point games in the playoffs: Michael Jordan (8) Wilt Chamberlain (4) Allen Iverson (3). And Iverson played much fewer games because he had no talent around him. Allen Iverson is 2nd in playoff Points Per Game in NBA History at 29.73. Only Michael Jordan averaged more with 33+ per game. Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan only players to be Top 10 in Scoring and Steals All-Time. Only 2 Players in NBA history have scored at LEAST 50 Points twice in the same Playoff Series: Michael Jordan 1988 Playoffs vs. The Cleveland Cavaliers with 50 & 55 points AND Allen Iverson 2001 Playoffs vs. The Toronto Raptors with 52 & 54 points. Only TWO players in NBA history have lead the NBA in scoring and steals more than once: Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson. Allen Iverson ranks 6th All-Time in Points per Game just below 27.0 PPG. Allen Iverson broke Wilt Chamberlains Rookie Record of three straight 40 point games..he did it 4 times scoring 50 points as a rookie against Cleveland in 1996-97 season. Two-time All-Star MVP. In the 2004-2005 NBA Season Iverson was robbed of the MVP when he averaged 30.7 points (1st), 7.9 assists (5th), 2.4 steals (2nd), 42.3 minutes per game (2nd to LeBron with 42.4) He then averaged 30 points and 10 assists per game in the NBA Playoffs where he became one of 4 players in NBA history, to record at least 35 points and 15 assists in a playoff games, shared by Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. He had 4 consecutive years where he was Top 10 in PPG and Assists Per Game. The only player in that decade to record more than one straight season was LeBron James. He put together probably one of the 5 best seasons in NBA history in 2001, winning league MVP, leading the league in scoring and steals and carrying the 76ers to within 3 games of an NBA title with no teammate averaging more than 15 points. He and Michael Jordan shared the two highest usage rates in NBA history.. (measures how much your offense is built around one player)
When you look at his achievements, he is without a doubt a Top 10 player of all-time and the best pound-for-pound player in NBA history. He is one of the 5-6 best all-around offensive players in NBA history, along with Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and LeBron James. This is my opinion of course, but if you look at his numbers, they do apply. And if you were from Philly and got to watch him play every night for 10 years, there was no question who the best perimeter player was after Jordan and before LeBron. The player closest to Michael Jordan in true talent and overall dominance as a scoring guard is 6'0 Allen Iverson, not Kobe Bryant. Iverson rivals Jordan more closely than any other guard in NBA history and actually had the rules changed when Stern put in the zone following The Answer's historic 2001 MVP season. Kobe Bryant cannot touch Iverson in points, assists, steals, minutes and most importantly, Iverson was the much better player starting and finishing their first 10 seasons when they both were rookies in 1996-97. Oh yeah, Iverson won the Rookie of the Year too. Quite simply, fans have been brainwashed by the media and David Stern, who didn't want Iverson's hip hop culture, individualist influence and negative view towards authority to swallow the NBA whole, the way his incomparable talent already had. Kobe Bryant was simply not the athlete, nor contain the basic greatness and 'IT' factor that Allen Iverson terrified opposing players with. Iverson, Jordan, Wilt, Shaq, Magic, were freaks of nature that dominated the NBA the way no one else could. As Larry Brown put it, paraphrasing 'It's like watching the little league games where there's one big kid who is just too good for everyone else'. Iverson was that player, but he did it at 6'0. He was the best. Don't listen to ESPN or analysts who want to market CP3 or Kobe or Durant. Iverson is a Top 10 player ever. End of story. That's the Answer to this question.
The dude's only 6'1" if he stands on the New York telephone book: he IS the GREATEST scorer of all time; arguably the greatest all around player, as well.
Six more inches and A.I. would have flew past Jordan... Key Statement: he did it amidst great opposition.
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12Hakeem Olajuwon
Watch The Dream's dream shake vs. David Robinson. That is all you gotta see to realize that he was the most phenomenal player of any generation. All time blocks leader. Two rings. That's 2 more than nash, tmac, stockton, malone, james, and ai. Did it single handedly. Only had drexler half the season in 95. The Dream did it all. Double-double, triple-double, quadruple-double, you name it.
Watch the games that this man played Jordon, Shaq, Duncan, Robinson; he schooled them. Because he wasn't in one of the popular teams, he wasn't watched. You have no idea how good this player was. (white, 60 year-old lady that watched basketball because of him)
Hakeem Olujawon the leagues greatest shot blocker of all time he has over 3800 blocked shots in his career now Olujawon is my favorite player of all time he lead the league in all time blocks is one of the greatest centers of all time not only could he block shots but he was ninth place in all time points scored with just over 26,000 points scored in his long eighteen year career

HE WON AN MVP 2 TITLES AND SEVERAL BLOCK LEADERS

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13Dwyane Wade
Wade? How could he not be in top 10? His shots are almost perfect.
Dwyane Wade bar none is one of the 3 best basketball players on the planet today. His averages right now may not stun you, but when this guy retires and you look back on his career, there's no doubt he'll be considered one of the greatest of all time. He's a champion, an all-star and has had many MVP worthy seasons even though he hasn't won the award yet. In my opinion, by the time he gets in to the hall of fame, he'll be one of the top 15, maybe top 10 players of all time. If top 15, probably only behind Jordan, Magic, Russell, Bird, Wilt, Kareem, Big O, Kobe, Duncan, Shaq, Olajuwon, Mailman, Jerry West and LeBron.
Dwayne wade is the best basketball player sorry lebron but he's good
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14Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is amazing. As a player and as a person. He dominates and scores more points then Lebron and Kobe. In the summer he's the one who calls up his teammates to go up to the gym and shoot. Great leader. And the reason he wears the #35 jersey is because his HS coach was murdered at the age of 35. Humble.
the best to play basketball period better than derrick rose he is not the mvp durant should of got that award
Up to Top 10... he got the most points in 2010-2011. Yao Ming only played just a tiny bit of games but ahead of Kevin Durant. Are you kidding me?! Dude, he's an all arounder!
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15Tim Duncan
Are you kidding me?! 18? Tim Duncan is in the Top Ten at the very least. I sense a bit of Spurs hating on this list. The guy is a perennial All-Star, League MVP Winner, Finals MVP Winner, Rookie of the Year all NBA etc... And possesses the traits that all true champions have, the ability to modify his game over time as needed. Duncans entry into the league was marked with moves and grace the likes of which hadn't ever been seen at the Power Forward position and will from here on out be the standard by which other Power Forwards will be judged. As he got older he continued to find ways to remain relevant, even if he was no longer dominant. His basketball IQ is through the roof and his mere presence on the floor makes his team better while simultaneously frustrating his opponents and making them worse. I'm not sure why you have so many players ahead of Tim that have not won as many championships if they even won one at all. I'm sorry, but this Hall of Fame player deserves to be way higher on this list than he is. Not bad for a kid from a tiny little island with 50,000 people on it and no real basketball program.
The best defender ever, the best power forward ever, the best passing power forward ever and the greatest player ever.
Remember when he was on his way to a quad double he was just two blocks short.
Remember his fundamental style offense and defense.
Remember his four championship rings.
Remember his back to back MVP awards.
Remember those 20 something thousand points.
No one has even come close to Timmy D's career he is a first ballot hall of FAMER ( who ever wrote this list put him bellow LeBron, Kobe, Steve Nash and Derrick Rose I mean who the hell put Rose in the top 15 I mean he will when it's all said and done don't get me wrong but he will never be better than Tim DUNCAN.
IS this a joke? Duncan is the by far one of the most amazing people to ever touch a basketball. He is a champion. He keeps quiet unlike Kobe and LeBron. Don't forget he is the most underrated player in sports...
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16Julius Erving
Earned an NBA championship ring, won an NBA MVP award, went to 11 NBA all star games and took home the all star MVP twice... And that doesn't even count the two ABA titles, two ABA MVP awards and 6 ABA all star games. Dr. J was the dominant player of his era and completely changed the way the game is played today.
Dr J was Dr Dunk. His move over Kareem was monumental... Remember the under the basket hang time it was forever... Or his famous dunk from the free through line... Now there is history!
Doc is the Best thing to happened to the game since the BALL! Erving won only 1 title in the NBA, but all fail to remember that he led a garbage team in 80 and 82 to finals to loss in 6 against the 7 all star Lakers and the sixers had no one, but the Doc! Also greatest flyer, dunker and hang timer Ever! Class act.
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17Dirk Nowitzki
He's got the skills, basketball height and knows how to use his body parts for offense and defense! Why is this guy underrated? After they win the 2011 finals, everybody will know the real Dirk! Go Dirk!
Even Magic Johnson is saying, on ESPN, that he is probably one of top ten best players in NBA History, perhaps even in the top five!
Dirk is 7'0 and is a beast. He can shoot, drive to the hole and does the greatest post moves ever! Although a lot of times compared to larry bird he is better and should ranked higher
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18Derrick Rose
DERRICK ROSE CAN DO EVERYTHING HE CAN SHOOT, DRIVE IN THE BALL BETTER THAN ANY BODY I've EVER SEEN I MEAN HE IS THE COMPLETE PACKAGE FOR A POINT GUARD.
Derrick Rose is amazing, he is the player who get the attention of the crowd from his unbelievable moves and no one can stop him inside the court. The best point guard I've ever seen. Derrick Rose is the best.
GO BULLS! DERRICK ROSE IS THE BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME. WELL AFTER MICHAEL JORDAN. BUT IF DERRICK ROSE GETS MORE MVP'S HE WILL BE BETTER THAN HIM BY A LONG SHOT. EITHER WAY THEY ARE BOTH IN BULLS SO THEY ARE ALREADY THE BEST OF ALL TIME.
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19Chris Paul
Chris paul is one of the best point guards. But then again everyone has their opinion who cares who's better at this or that just have your best b-ball player and like it
Chris Paul is an amazing player and should be up in the top 20! he doesn't deserve to be down here! he scores points and assists with style! he deserves better.
He should definitaly be higher than rondo he has the drives but can shoot plus gets Moore assists with worse teammates
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20Ray Allen
Greatest 3pt shooter and history, good playmaker, very special. He hasn't been with a good team, now that he is with the Celtics it just boosts his career,
What of the all time best shooters in the game and has one of th fastest releases I have ever seen
I recken that ray allen should be number 11 just in front dwane wade because I've seen them play eash other ray allen scored 49 out of 83
but dwane wade only scored 32 out of 76.
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21Pistol Pete Maravich
Nobody can realistically challenge his creativity, well-honed talent and flair which was WAY ahead of it's time. If he were playing in today's game, he'd still accomplish the things that he did in his day. Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of Pete was his athleticism. Great combination of speed, jumping ability, height and quickness.
Averaged 44 points per game three years in a row at LSU!

He gave his life to the game! Way ahead of his time.
Best player to ever play the game. The other nba players hated Pete for his money. He made 400, 000.00 per year and other guys made 40 thousand. No one mentions he could light up a crowd like a match to gasoline. Who else could do that. How about being another player and everyone is coming to see this guy the Pistol? Tough to swallow. God made this man special and he did it all missing a ventrical out of his heart. HATERS only says this guy was not the best. There is not one guy in the NBA right now that could beat him 1 on 1. Would never happen. If you think so ask Walt Frazier (the best nba defender) why he hung 68 points in his face? Walt was trying to switch defenders and his teamates refused. Walt is one of the best defenders to play the game. How fitting. Hate if you will, no one will ever be the complete basketball player he was. Now he plays for GOD. How many will get that?
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22Charles Barkley
This whole thread was made by people who do not know crap about Basketball! Charles Barkley is the player with the highest Basketball IQ of all times. A 6'6 forward who ranks in the all time's leaders on rebounds and points! WTF and you have Yao, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony, Rondo, Dwight Howard, McGrady, and many more above Charles LOL! Oh Lord this is sad!
Charles is really undervalued because he had such a big mouth. In terms of his ability, he is closer to top 10 than number 36. He was as good as Kevin Durant, not as good a defender as LeBron, but better in the post and a better overall shooter than James. He is a guy that people don't remember well enough.
The round mound should be way up, he changed the game allowing shorter players to dominate in big man positions. Come
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23Scottie Pippen
He was the big support for michael jordan. He was such a all around player and one of the best defensive players bulls ever had. When michael was not around he led the team for almost all category.
2nd best after michael jordan, people don't realise that for many of the bulls games jordan needed pippen!
Was essential to MJ being the dominating force that he was.
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24Jerry West
Greatest player- NBA symbol- admired by all NBA greats and only 6' 2" - "Mr. Clutch" -at a time they called traveling, three seconds in the key, and no three point lines. When basketball was real basketball!
Any list without Jerry West in the top 10 is stupid. This list must have been made by 15 year olds because most of the all time greats are not here. Vince Carter as number 19. No Baylor...no West. You're kidding...right!
I have to agree with the other comments posted here. Jerry West absolutely must be in the top ten. Someone who doesn't know much about the GREATEST game ever invented must have started this.
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25Kyrie Irving
Best ball handeler in the nba
Kyrie Irving a future nba mvp and future allstar mvp and well as an nba champion.
Have you seen this guy he's the future he's going to be the greatest of all time.
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26Bob Cousy
BOB COUSY IS MR. BASKETBALL. HIS EXPERTISE IN SCORING, PASSING, SETTING UP
PLAYS, AND SKILLS HAS NOT BEEN SURPASSED BY ANYONE. RAJON RONDO IS THE ONLY ONE I'VE SEEN THAT MAY DO IT. THE REST ARE GOOD IN SOME AREAS BUT NOT ALL AREAS LIKE THE COUZ
Sd be way further up the list why is earl boykins ahead of him is it because hes short (sympathy)
revolutionized passing, led league in assists for 8 straight years
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27Patrick Ewing
Whoever said that Adonal Foyle was the most talented center of all time must be smokin somethin. And whoever said Jerome James is the greatest center of all time is even dumber. Ewing is top 50 or so and don't even vote for Foyle or James there average players.

Chris-1

How can you forget patrick ewing he is one of the best centers of that time and to not put him there is just crazy.

28Elgin Baylor
How does Elgin Baylor not get on this list. Highest season scoring average in history, highest point total in an NBA finals game, one of the true greats to ever play the game.

thebige

Wow and you put Allen Only Practice Iverson above Elgin Baylor. I demand a recount and we send the results to Iverson in the minor league.
He could shoot off balance and I believe with his eyes closed

29Steve Nash
Nash is a beast what can he not do this year he is doing everything when he first got drafted by the suns they made a huge mistake now look at if he would have played so many years there would be number 1 named Steve Nash
STEVE NASH IS DEFINITELY AT LEAST THE 2ND BEST BASKET BECAUSE HE AVERAGES 12 ASSISTS A GAME AND IS THE 2ND HIGHEST STEAL LEADER
He is so good he could make every shot but instead he passes it to other people and he gets no credit for after this year 4 assists titles in a row
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30Paul Pierce
Pierce has led Celtics to greatness multiple times
Paul Pierce should be higher than a lot of people here because of his absolutely dominant mid-range shooting and what he can do in clutch time. He led a Celtics team with no talent to the playoffs multiple times but was screwed over by the media because he's not Kobe ( a ballhog) or LeBron. The Truth also has respect from pretty much every player and coach in the NBA. Yeah, Kobe's a great player but people don't respect him like Pierce. Another thing about him is his toughness. Nobody in the game today played hurt like number 34 did. He got stabbed in the face and, a month later, led his Celts to a key victory over the Pistons. Pierce cracked 4 teeth against Nash's Suns, slipped in a mouthpiece and returned to win the game. The next day, he went through 7 hours of surgery. The day after that, he made the game-winning shot against Charlotte. Pierce also stayed loyal to his team (unlike Melo, Howard, Carter, LeBron and Ray Allen) and made a special bond with his tema and the fans like nobody else could replicate (of course, in the game today.). He is a leader who remains unappreciated by the media and the public because Pierce's game was more than numbers. That's why he should be in the top 20.

bishop.moore07

Paul Pierce was always the top prospect, and he has lead the Celtics to greatness
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31John Havlicek
FIRST OFF READ A BASKETBALL STAT BOOK

LOOK AT NUMBER OF GAMES PLAYED
LOOK AT YEARS PLAYED
LOOK AT REAL CONSISTENCY

HONDO BEST WHITE MAN ON THE COURT
NO DRUGS, NO B.S. oFF THE COURT JUST
REAL SHARP! HEADS UP! PLAY-MAKING
BASKETBALL... HECK EVEN LARRY BIRD
learned how to be a play maker through HONDO'S
SELFLESS style. LOOK AT THE REAL NUMBERS

NASH has the makings of the same thing... That is tne same
selflessness. TEAM PLAYERS are rare... Sounds strange however;
the league is littered with loads of individual talent... Darn few make it all
come together ans actually lead a team to team coordination.

HONDO Number 17 not only was and remains the best...
BUT his loyalty ranks at the top also...
One career... One team John Hondo, Havlicek
gets my vote play maker... Spiritual leader before the phrase was coinned
and an over all good guy... Yupper #17 is sorely missed

old guy who see's a lot
Hondo won, what, 9 championships? And he is rated 60? Come on. He was the driving force of many of the Celtics championships. He should be in the top 10!
What? That's right, baby.


32Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard is my favorite player. He's the best. He's an amazing shot blocker and an amazing dunker. Superman is really good. He's on the Orlando Magic and like they're good. They would be terrible with Dwight Howard. Go Dwight Howard!
When Dwight Howard is on the court you know that he's going to get 5 blocks and 10 dunks. He should of been in the Dunk Content in 2011. The Orlando Magic will win a championship in a few years
Dwight Howard is Beast! So what he's only 6"11 He can rebound over any 7footer. Is the best center of all time with Shaq and Moses Malone behind him. He can play D like I never saw before. And the only reason magic got out of the playoffs so early is because Superman was hurt. That's also why the sixers beat the bulls. Dwight is the best player I have saw in my Life! Superman is my Favorite player!
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33Vlade Divac
He was the most talented center who came from Europe. Very clever. Good player and good man.
Undoubtly one of the greatest and my favourite!
He was the grate player, but he is a grate man!

34John Stockton
Any one who says John would have been nothing with out Karl (or the other way around) should be shot. Best point guard of all time. Most assists ever, most steals ever, best shorts ever.
John Stockton at 29 is a joke. Easily in the top 10 to play the game, probably top 5. Behind Jordan, Magic, Wilt and Jabbar in my opinion.
Best pure point guard of all time. Made passing and defense look easy. As far as fundamentals go John is the best of all time, his great basketball IQ led to his longevity. He was an inspiration to white kids everywhere, showing them that just because they are white doesn't mean they can't FLAT OUT BALL!
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35Tony Parker
3-times NBA Champion and Finals MVP ans he's far behind players like Sabonis, Stojakovic or Vince Carter? It's a joke!
Fast, fearless, nice guy too
He's the best player ever
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36Moses Malone
Moses was better than shaq ever will be! Moses didn't need to be over weight to get his rebounds the man used talent. He's the reason the sixers won it in 83!

37Russell Westbrook
RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS BETTER THAN HALF THE PLAYERS HE SHOULD BE UP WAY BETTER THAN JOHN WALL UPDATE LIST AND ACTUALLY WATCH THUNDER GAME
You guys are crazy! This guy is a monster in the paint. Get your mind striaght and WATCH HIM PLAY.
Russell Westbrook should be number one of the year
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38Bernard King
Greatest basketball player of all time. The guy couldn't be stopped. Magic Johnson was scared of him. His magical dunks wowed crowds all over the world.
Bernard King should be at least in the top 20?

39Stephen Curry
Why was he not put in the top ten?
Stephen curry is awesome why not put him on the top ten
He is so good at three's why wouldn't vote for him
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40Dominique Wilkins
Dominique wilkins was a great basketball player he should not be in 51 place he should be in the top 3 players of all time
Dominique Wilkins is a slam dunk champion like michacl jordan nobody in
The nba could stop. He's on my top three list of best players of old time. Laugh out loud!
Best Hawks player ever! He deserved way more credit than the lousiness he got. Totally beast and is arguably the best dunker ever.
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41Peja Stojakovic
One of the greatest shooters of all time, fast and clever, with a lot of solutions, with great apearences in NBA and Europe (Serbia and Greece in PAOK). He motivated the fans with his pasion and a memorable 3 point bit the buzzer winning shoot in the semifinals greece vs osfp
One of the best 5 shooters in NBA history. Pity that people in USA don't have a clue about Game. Good enough for the top shooter in NBA doesn't make him top 20 Yugoslav player.

42Richard Hamilton

43Reggie Miller
Great shooter from deep range and great in the clutch.
I remembered that He set the record for most 3pt shots made. Great shooter and should have deserved a championship.
He's good because he scored 8 points in 9 seconds.

44Manu Ginobili
He is simply incredible. He And Duncan Were like ''Who can stop us'' Also Player Of The Olympics 2004 When He Absolutely Demolished Your USA Crapheads Why not on the list I tell you why because you don't have a brain!
Manu is a dog. He can possibly be the most unstoppable player ever. Maybe the best player
Excelent clutch. Good defense. He can penetrate over the most closed defense like any one can do. In or out, he can make that the impossible shoots looks like an easy routine. In other words, Manu is the best.
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45Clyde Drexler
He was an awesome SG in the MJ era I say about number 20
Ten time All-Star. Took College teams to Final four twice. Took NBA teams to Finals three times winning once. Played on the original Dream Team. Very athletic scorer who could hit the three and play good defense well. Best rebounding guard of his era. Dunked on the highest rim in history.

46Robert Jaworski
One of the best player the philippines have produce.
Best there ever was or will be.
Because he is the best in the world

47James Worthy
He played with 2 of the most talented ever and still made his presence known on the court.
James Worthy was one of the best players to ever play in the NBA, as well as college. He should definitely be way higher up on the list.
Worthy is the most underrated player of all time. He is on my all-time first team, meaning he is in the top 12 all time. He was a "revolutionary" player, as he was able to play either forward position, and showed more speed and agility of any player 6'9" or over, ever. He was also an excellent defensive player.

48Bob Pettit

49Penny Hardaway
Cause he can shot the jumper
Best player opponent of Michael Jordan
Number one endorser of Nike

50Toni Kukońć
He is just the best!
He played at any position.
The magician. Won 3 Euroleague titles in a row wit Yugoplastika Split, than did the same with Bulls. Won many madals with national team.

I just enjoy watching him

51James Harden
J harden is a great three point caca

52Kevin McHale
Seriously!?!? The most unstoppable post moves the world has ever seen and I can't believe he is ranked 52nd... How can guys like Baron Davis, Toni Kukoc, D-Wade be better than this guy? He lead the Celtics win multiple championships along with Bird and Parish how can you put him in 52nd... I tell you one more time! The most unstoppable post moves in NBA history. Better than Olajuwon's post moves or even Tim Duncan's post moves... Not the greatest but boy 52nd is too low for him...
I think Kevin McHale was a complete team player and did what ever necessary to help his team win games and he did it within the rules of game in the time period that he played. He was also a very nice gentleman.
Kevin McHale was unstoppable around the basket...this ranking is absurd...McHale would beat Scottie Pippen in a 1-on 1 game 9 out of 10 times.

53Shaquille Johnson
Who? This list is the dumbest thing I've ever seen! 1

54Gilbert Arenas
Agent zero deserves to be a little higher rated than this!
The best little man in the NBA, soon to overcome A.I. and if he grew 5 inches would dominate Lebron. Calls his own shots!

55Baron Davis

Baron davis was amazing dude
he scored so many points and was so strong


56Amare Stodumire
He is beast. He is one of New Yorks best players. He averages good points per game. He is also a good slam dunker.
He is a beast what can't he do

57Derek Fisher
He is my favorite and my second favorite is Pau Gasol.

He is the most amazing man on the planet! He should be no1
One of the BEST Players in the Lakers He good at everything in the court he play good never give up always try his best. He one of my favorite player in the nba


58Deron Williams
Amazing scorer and passer. Also playing through bone spurs.
THIS IS THE WORST LIST EVER DERON IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN MOST PEEPS BEFORE HIM, what IS GOING ON

59George Gervin

60David Thompson
He is the best college basketball player who ever lived. He invented the alley-oop. The only reason this guy isn't in the top 5 is because he played for the ABA more than he played in the NBA, he is from the early seventies, and he was more of a college player than a pro player. Michael Jordan says that this guy was his idol. He could jump so high he tripped over some guys shoulder. In college it was said that he could touch the top of the backboard. People said that he could but a quarter on the the top of the backboard then change it out for a nickel and two dimes.
He was absolutely unstoppable in his first five to six years in the league. Very underrated as a defensive player and was very unselfish. David Thompson was as good as any of the top players in the history of basketball
If you never saw this guy dunk a ball then you've seen nothing. He is simply awesome. One of the highlight players of the 70's. The people who can lack to his level are a short list. Jabbar, Chamberlain, Barry, and West.

Undertaker15-0

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61Joakim Noah
He is an amazing mid range shooter and a great hook shooter as well. The time he blocked Lebron was the best or when he stole the ball against Paul Pierce and dunked yeah. There is plenty more I could list but he's the man.

62Jermaine O'Neal
A good center and power foward

63Jerry Lucas

64Shawn Kemp
Best in game dunked of all time! Hands down well next to vince and d wilkens
The best dunker and good fighter in 90's. He created one of the best duo (with gary payton)in nba ever.

65Gary Payton
Amazing player, sheer joy watching him play...
Best defensive player to play the game. Ever.

66Drazen Petrovic
My idol, my hero, a guy who won (or was runner up) everything in Europe and with national teams, best European basketball player of all time, I can't say that he is better than MJ but, he is in top 10, against dream team in 92 Olympic games he scored more than MJ, he was underrated in Portland, but great in Nets, and with career average of 17 points, Draz is magnificent, he scored 112 in one single game, he led his team ibenka to win a title in teen years, all in all, great man and player, our hero, drazen petrovic
The best... Search in youtube espn once brothers... It's worth it... You will be moved... You will cry
Best european Player of all time, I don't care what people say about him in the comparison to Nowitzki, the fact is Drazen opened the gate to the NBA for european and international players. He invented a new style of basketball, a few experts saw him as the best player of the world during his Career in europe. RIP
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67Oscar Schmidt
The most underrated player all time, just because he didn't played in the nba. Almost 50k points in his career
Best sniper ever! Beated the US into their home!
It's easy to get skills and grow oold playing basketball in USA, but in Brazil it's rare.
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68Larry Johnson

69David Robinson
Respectable player of the San Antonio Spurs for many years.
WHY IS HE SO LOW ON THIS LIST?

70Neil Johnston

71Marc Gasol

72Ersan Ilyasova
He takes charges all of the time and gets the calls he can even make most of his threes he slould be rated in the top 60 for sure not at 83.
This man can shoot he's blocked kobe and lebron like million times

73Kevin Love
Kevin Love doesn't deserve top 10 or even 20 but, he is way better then half these guys on the list. You have majorly under rated him, he can shoot he is great in the paint. He does lack Defensive abilities but come on 1/4 of the guys above don't start or are even welly known.
Kevin love is amazing. He is near top in scoring and rebounds. His outlet passes are amazing. His 31 31 game. His progress is not slowing and he surely will become one of the all time greats. Also note his 3-point contest victory and beating out dwight howard for an all star starting spot.
He has a while but he will be the best white basketball player of all time

74Robert Horry

"Big Shot Bob" is not only known for his clutch shots but also his aggressive playing... not to mention he has 6 rings


75Ivory Latta
The best girl basketball player form college. Got drafted to Detroit!

76Esteban Batista

77Earl Boykins
Nobody got more heart than this guy. Simply the GOAT. He's faster than AI, shoots better than Kobe, and has more heart than Duncan. He's a beast.

-InsideHoops

78Alonzo Mourning
one of the BEST shot blockers EVER and he had a surgery and is still one of the best Centers in the Game
Zo. A true warrior. A player with the heart of a champion. Deserves to be a hall of famer and one of the most intimidating center of his career.

79Danny Granger
SOON TO BE ONE OF THE BEST ALL AROUND PLAYERS IN THE NBA
I love the pacer fans I think Danny granger is way better than wade he sucks I hate the heat Danny Grainger could beat all the heat players but LeBron James I hate LeBron James is the king of flops paul George could beat LeBron James any time
Paul George is BOSS!

80Chris Mullin
Obviously someone is smoking the tree if Mully is not top 50 of all time. Shawn Kemp? Chris bosh. Are you kidding me

81Earl Manigault
Why is Earl number 82 on this list he would destroy Jordan he could shoot well, pass well, block exceptionally, he also averaged 31 points and 13 rebounds he dunked on Wilt and blocked him, and he destroyed Dr. J in a one on One he should be #3 behind Wilt CHamberlain and Raymond Lewis

82Dimitris Diamantidis
The best defender all time ever!

83Rick Barry
118 ABA and NBA 40 point game. Only person to lead the ABA, NBA and NCAA in scoring. I saw Rick Berry score 55 points and saw him before he blew out his knee. He was amazing.

84Donald Earl Slick Watts

the first nba player to choose the bald look. revolutionized the headband


85Adonal Foyle
The most talented center ever.
Hot and Dangerous he is so GOOD in bed!

86Jerome James
Jerome James is one of the greats in our game, kind of like the impact Allen Iverson had on Point Guards and Shooting Guards
Jerome James was amazing in his prime, even a few years ago he was incredible!
Jerome can really shoot and he is one of the greatest of all time
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87Eric Snow

88Shawn Marion

He is so fast and athletic a weired shot but makes it


89Billy Cunningham

90Brandon Jennings

so underrated! Future star of the Milwaukee Bucks. Should be chosen by the All-Stars

robertoantonioortuso


91Wilson Chandler

92Dejan Bodiroga
He won everything in world of basketball

93Spud Webb
5"6 men calm on he should be the top 40 best dunker for a small guy whoever made. This they don't know basketball
Great tiny but dunks a lot

94Fadi El Khatib

95Jimmer Fredette
If coaches let him loose, he could pull up many 3's like he did in Florida game. Even Reggie Miller was impressed. He is too unselfish. If NBA coaches let him shoot freely, he could cross a few feet on the run past the half court line and launch 3's before they guard him. He made 3 3/4 court shots in a row. I bet Ray Allen would have a hard time doing that!
No one can shoot threes like Jimmer Fredette and I don't no Why he wasn't the 1st pick in the NBA draft, And Why is he not a starter? I do not Know. Even Ray Allen would have a hard time beating him in a 3 point shoot out. And scored 43 points at Kentucky which is a final four team at one of the toughest places to play. And should be higher on this list.
The best ever he was the best college basketball player ever he never misses a three pointer and had a 43 point game at Kentucky and now is in the NBA averaging 8 threes a game! Jimmer Fredette can also dunk.
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96Nate Robinson
One of the best little guys in the NBA. Can really score and can dunk really well at 5 feet 9 inches.

97Milos Teodosic
The guy who is one of the best ballers in europe. He got 3 MVP titles in the last 4 years.

98Linas Kleiza
The guy how are the best in the world with his tallent his team winning big titles
Best Lithuanian basketball player

99Dennis Rodman
He his my favrate player in the world
He is the best jumper ever
He should be in top 50

100Roger Brown

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