Top Ten NBA Players from 1949 to 2015

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The Top Ten

1 Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

He is a superstar athlete who worked his way up through hard work and power is so should be on the top!

There is no way that LeBron should be above Jordan. He is number 20 on my list - Bronson

He is better than LeBron no matter WHAT!

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2 LeBron James LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.

Shouldn't be above Jordan but he's still The King!

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3 Magic Johnson Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.
4 Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)
5 Julius Erving Julius Erving Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.
6 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. V 1 Comment
7 Oscar Robertson Oscar Robertson Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
8 Dwyane Wade Dwyane Wade Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
9 Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . ...read more.

In a one-on-one match, prime Wilt destroys everyone on this list except for Kareem, whose skyhook would make it an interesting match, although Wilt is the only player who could block prime Kareem's skyhook, and he famously did it twice in a row during a key playoff game.

Wow Wilt at number 10 easily number 3. Can Jordan, James and Magic score 100 points in a game, NO. They can barely score 50 a few times. Hands Down Wilt.

Wilt Chamberlain's season scoring averages his first 4 years were: 37.6 as a rookie! , then 38.4, then 50.4, then 44.8, compared to Michael Jordan's best-ever year averaging 37.1.

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10 Bob Cousy Bob Cousy

The Contenders

11 Steph Curry

Since he is in a harder era then Jordan's he should be higher I mean they was guard close not the three and the players Jordan played were not that good

12 George Mikan

Since this list begins with 1949, Big George deserves major mention. He was voted the greatest player of the game's first half-century, and is considered to be the best individual from when Dr. James Naismith created the game in 1891, until Bill Russell first slipped on a Celtics Jersey in 1956.

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13 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.
14 Jerry West Jerry West Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

Holds NBA record for highest scoring average in a single playoff series, 46.3 points, compared to Michael Jordan's best single-series average of only 45.2 points.

15 Bill Russell Bill Russell V 1 Comment
16 Elgin Baylor Elgin Baylor

His best single-season scoring average of 38.3 PPG is better than even Michael Jordan's best season ever, which was only 37.1 PPG.

17 Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
18 John Havlicek John Havlicek John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.
19 Rick Barry Rick Barry Richard Francis Dennis "Rick" Barry III is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association.
20 Karl Malone Karl Malone Karl Anthony Malone is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The MailMan", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton.
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