Best Basketball Players of All Time

The most dominating and revolutionary players ever.

The Top Ten

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

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.

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 ...more

The best player ever! Everybody will know the one who is going to surpass him. (if that day will ever come)

Michael Jordan is not just the best basketball player but the athlete ever he was the strongest pound for pound non injury prone because of his fitness. His era was the most competitive era ever every night they played the went up the best back then he was always doubled teamed a lot of times triple team and he still dominated he came to the NBA in his early twenties he retired for two years he rookie year he sat out because of a broken foot but still dominated and still has all the records an 6 championships would of been 8 if he didn't leave the game for two years. Kobe came two the NBA when he was 17 and he's still playing in a league now that has no defense this why he scored 80 points big deal there's no defense now he has been in the league now for about 14 years which years that THE KING has played an still not even broken half of Jordan THE KING's record and someone said Kobe is the best check the stats man stats don't lie. And only have 5 rings because he met Shag and many ...more

2 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.

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.

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 ...more

Where the is Bird there is Magic. It is hard to pick one over the other except for the 2 mental blunders Magic made in the play-offs against Boston. But that aside he is one of the smartest players and craftiest players ever to play this game. best team player ever!

3 LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

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

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!

Lebron is the 2nd best but Eminem is overrated as hell and not the best

The man is lebron james! Been to the finals by himself with a bum ass cavaliers team! Every time kobe won a ring he had a squad! As a matter of fact the first three rings were shaq because the year after he left in 06 shaq won a ring with the HEAT. What did kobe do that year? Hit 81 points against the raptors? Come on man! The young boy couldn't even make the playoffs. Kobe has never been without a big man, he a hoe always waiting for some big men to save his ass just like bynum, gasol, and odom rescued his dumbass. Not mention all kobe has is that mid range jumper. Lebron is all 5 basketball positions in 1! He could block the biggest centers like he stuffed kevin garnett last years playoffs, he could guard the fastest point guard like he guarded derrick rose in last years playoffs. The man is just an all around athlete. He is gonna be number 1 just give him time!

1- Michael Jordan (for now)
2-Lebron James
3-Kevin Durant (if he keeps it up)
4- Kobe bryant

4 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.

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

I say Kareem is the best player of all time. He can do all these things. Also he scored the most points out of anybody in the NBA. Michael might be the best but I have to go with Kareem.

Michael Jordan is without question the greatest player of all time. Kareem is 2nd best though.

5 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.

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 ...more

Wilt's cool, but I feel he's overrated. If he was a NBA player in 2016, he would average 15-15-2 AT BEST.

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.

Excuse me, may I remind y'all that he scored 100 points in a game first off.
Averaged 30 points, 23 rebounds, and 6 assists for his entire career playing into his late 40s. And technically had the first quadruple double.
He also bench pressed 500 in his 50s and 60s and beat hall of fame runningback Jim Brown in a race TWICE
He was also a track star early in his life and became a volleyball superstar playing volleyball after he retired from basketball.
Also his defense is very underrated, people say no one could guard the sky hook huh? Wilt blocked it twice in a row probably thanks to his 48-54 inch vertical. He could grab a quarter from the top of the backboard which is 13 feet. THE NBA HAD TO CHANGE MANY RULES BECAUSE OF HIM.
There are many stories of other famous athletes challenging Wilt to races or a pick up game and Wilt easily beat them.
May I remind you all that Wilt was 7'1", for him to be this athletic is just inhuman. I think he is one of the GREATEST all ...more

Best ever you are crazy if you think Michael Jordan is better
Wilt all the way
Kareem second then bill russell

6 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)

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.

Celtics were 61-103 the 2 seasons before getting him. Then they added only him to their starting unit---and they went 61-21 (best in the NBA). This is the greatest single-season turnaround in NBA history when changing just 1 player in the starting lineup. When Boston was a Conference Finalist in 1988, they went 57-25 with him. When he missed essentially the entire 1989 season, the Celtics with Parish, McHale, Dennis Johnson and Ainge still playing----started 24-28 before trading Ainge for front court help. Even hobbled his last 2 years, the Celtics were 77-28 in the 105 games he played VS 30-29 in the 59 he missed. The player with the greatest impact on his teams' winning and losing in at least the last 40 years of the NBA. 1 of only 2 players in NBA history (Magic) to have his team average over 60 wins per 82 games he played in----only Bird joined the 29-53 Celtics while Magic joined a near 50-win Lakers team with arguable another top 5 player of all-time in Kareem. Averaged about ...more

7 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant (1978 - 2020) was an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. ...read more.

Kobe = 81 points, most by a wing player in NBA history.

That's one game I'm not trying to take away anyone from this amazing night by Kobe but one game shouldn't be a reason he's number one.

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.

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.

This is for every one on LeBron's comment list that can't even spell and continues to say how Kobe cannot take over a game, is a selfish ball player, or how he relied on his teammates. You are all mentally challenged and obviously have only watched LeBron for the past 7 years. Kobe had Shaq everyone says? Kobe and Shaq were all that team had as far as talent! The only other people on that team were role players, not stars. LeBron has 2 other all-stars on his team and still couldn't do what Kobe did with role players. This is a joke of an argument. I wish very much that I would have been old enough and involved enough with the game to see Jordan play. Unfortunately I was not. Kobe Bryant is simply incredible. He is the only player in the entire league that I can safely say that anything is possible, and he has a chance to overcome any situation and prevail. LeBron is predictable, same crap every year. Conference finals and lose, or, more recently, a loss in the finals when he choked ...more

8 Bill Russell William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.

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 ...more

The best center of all time. He was the best defender of all time who could also be relied as the team's 2nd or 3rd scoring option. When people debate whether or not he was better than Wilt, they point to the stats, and Wilt was probably the best regular season player of all time, however, when it mattered, wilt shrunk and Russell thrived. Wilt chased stats, Russell chased championships. Russell's effect also goes well beyond the stats. He was key to starting the fast breaks that the Celtics of the 50's an 60's were famed for, and he was unlucky that the NBA didn't record blocks when he played, otherwise he would be more revered by the casual sports fan. Whenever somebody challenges me by saying that Wilt is better, I ask them a couple questions; first of all, why was Wilt traded twice in his prime. If he was the best center of all time, then why would the management trade him? Why, when faced with the option of trading for Wilt, did the Lakers vote 10 to 2 against? Why, when Russell ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

9 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.

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

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!

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

You can see my reasoning for my picks. I am thinking in terms of a pick-up game and who would I choose from 1 through 10.
Shaq is a no brainer when it comes to domination. What a scary player.

10 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.

3-time college player of year would have been unstoppable in todays "no rules" nba.

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

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.

Averaged a combined triple dpuble for theforst 5 years of his career. led league in assists for 6 years and still averaged 27 points for career!

The Contenders

11 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.

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 ...more

Exactly what are you think it is five championships all good

As Michael Jordan said, Duncan was the most fundamentally sound big man ever when he was in his prime.

Who the hell made this list obviously no one over 40 which means their going on hearsay about players from the 60s and 70s and are not old enough to have watched the NBA in the 90s when Tim Duncan stood up against arguably the eras greatest ball players in history and proved beyond all measure his place in the NBA a top 10 legendary hall of famer who by the way was voted by the players this last season and awarded the best team mate honors with a trophy...If you think Shaq LeBron Rose Wade Durant any of those guys are better than the big Fundamental your a teenager or in denial...SCORE BOARD...BABY...check the stats and count the...RINGS...

And your a teenager if you don't think Russell was the best ever period!

12 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.

This guy was at times the best player in the league but without the fan fare that Jordan got. Just a solid player with moves we had not seen in a big man and still have not seen.

Bet center of all time. Blocker, dunker, and rebounder. He is who I mostly picture my game after.

One of the best defenders of all time and had the best footwork for a big man.

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.

13 Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, and the Nets. He was MVP of the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals.

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!

This guy is in that list of scariest player. All the players before him scare you when you know you will have to face them. Jordan was not so much scary as much as he intimidated his appoint and of course the refs.

14 Allen Iverson Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

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 ...more

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.

AI truly mastered the crossover and turned it into what it is today

Six more inches and A.I. would have flew past Jordan... Key Statement: he did it amidst great opposition.

15 Dwyane Wade Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

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

I have compared Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James & Larry Bird with D-Wade, and Dwayne is better than all of them. He has a very unique and exciting playing style, and sometimes he does play dirty, but so does Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird did as well. He is without a doubt the greatest thing to happen to the Miami Heat, LeBron isn't the greatest player in the Team's history it is definitely this man! He also has a lot of team work, attributes he can work with any one Shaq, LeBron etc. It's a shame he didn't get to play against greats like Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing or even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he would've definitely given them a challenge!

16 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.

Does anyone remember how great this guy was? He had the unfortunate pleasure of playing in the ABA and in the NBA during the 70s when the league was not as glamours as it became the 80s and beyond. But I would not even begin to leave him of my top ten line-up

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!

if he could have played in the nba for his entire career, he would rank higher.

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.

17 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.

Lets just say if this guy was around when the three point shot was in existence, he would be top 10 of al time.

Remember there was no 3-point shot when he played, or his career scoring average would be over 30 points, and equal MJ and Wilt. Also Steals were not counted when he played, or he would easily be in the top 5 all time in Steals.

Mr Clutch Turned up when it mattered and is literally the frickin nba logo.

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!

18 Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.

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!

Yea, saying dwight howard is good as his superman is like saying using steroids is good because it is medicine - Rocket_League

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!

What the crap?! Howard should be way higher than where he is. Wit Arenas and Richardson at his side the guy should have went farther up on this list. I mean come on DAWG! He was in the 09-10 finals against Kobe and co. And he put on a show wit Carter and nelson.

19 Scottie Pippen Scottie Maurice Pippen is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

Every legend needs a teammate, and that's what Scottie was to Michael Jordan.

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.

Was essential to MJ being the dominating force that he was.

2nd best after Michael Jordan, people don't realise that for many of the bulls games Jordan needed pippen!

20 Isiah Thomas Isiah Lord Thomas III is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association.

Isiah and the pistons did beat Jordan and the bulls and sometimes I fell like he gets no credit

Possibly the greatest defensive point guard of all time. Won 2 rings and was within a stones throw of winning another 2.

Isiah Thomas is nice Point Guard also like chris paul or Jason Kid but chris paul is the number 1 Fans of Isiah Thomas Thomas gets a lot of crap for destroying the New York Knicks and it's a valid point. He and James Dolan combined is what pushed me over the edge to no longer being a Knicks fan, but that's besides the point. As a basketball player, Zeke was amazing and one of my favorite players of all-time. He led the Bad Boys to two NBA titles, and despite his size, was the biggest player for those title teams.

Ya'll trippin when you say westbrook is better than Isiah. Even casual NBA fans know he's at least a top ten point guard in NBA history, but only the real OGs know he's the second best. How many rings does westrbrook have again?

21 Moses Malone Moses Eugene Malone was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association from 1974 through 1995. The center was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA selection. ...read more.

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!

Moses was better than so many on this list. Who rebounded better. Great scorer top 10. It amaze me how you distant Moses. The first straight out of High School

Best defensive center to ever live

I rate him in front of M.Jordan, just the greatest, not only on Stats but his longevity is unmatched. No. 1 for me!

22 Bob 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

Cousy was one of the best point guard in NBA history. Without him direct the traffic the Celtics won't have that many Championship banner.

23 John Stockton John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association, from 1984 to 2003. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA ...read more.

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.

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!

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.

Are you kidding me! You put Stockton at 31? This is the most ridiculous list I have ever seen. You really do not know basketball. Nobody will ever break the two records that he holds.

24 Vince Carter Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.

Ok to all you who didn't post this man... Up yours. He is definitely one of the best of all time. At his peak, he was averaging 29.5 points per game. Not as high as Kobe or Lebron but still he is a BEAST. Slam Dunk Contest winner 3 times, Three point Shootout winner 2 times, all star appearances 4 times, and had the ball handling skills to make even the best point guards cry.

HE WAS THE BEST WHEN HE WAS YOUNG. Now he is old he can't perform as well and because he is such a high flyer he is having problems with his knees. He was an awesome dunker and shooter and deserves to be in at least the top 10.

Perfect dunker maybe he is #1 in that case in NBA history. His mid-range shooting ability is amazing in his mid30-ies... Has very good stats in 3pt shooting; excellent ball handler. He has full package that leader needs...

Vince Carter is the best better than Kobe or Lebron James maybe better than Michael Jordan the dunk master Vinsanity

25 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.

I'm a Jazz fan, so Karl is obviously my favorite player, and personlly I think he is the best o the list.

The least you could do is put this guy in top ten!

The second highest scorer of all time he topped Michael Jordan! That's an amazing feet!

Most people don't realize this, but check his stats. Ridiculous!

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