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.

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

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 accomplishments, the statistics, and the influence all point toward Jordan. Toughest division and roughest era, yet he dominated everyone, every moment. It was the cruelty of the greatest sporting competitor ever. You can argue amongst yourselves who is the best below this man. But MJ is definitely the greatest player of all time and might always be, there is no debate.

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

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.

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!

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

He should be at number one are you crazy, he Is unbelievable he is a magician or science on the floor I saw him school Jordan and score. And why is lebron at the top he should be at 12 he's a choker sorry lebron but until you improve on your dribbling and shooting and finesse in the air and play good at that time for your ring and don't choke. You look awkward get some tips from magic or kobe awkward get some tips from kobe. Some players recognized that when you are closely marked you pass the ball you can't dribble. I know you are tall, but what about crossover, But there are things I like about you. You understand the game and make the right plays better than Bryant

Magic is only seventh and behind Lebron and Iverson please, Lebron may not even be the best player on his team. Both have not won a championship though Lebron might only time will tell. There is more to basketball than how many points you average, Magic and Larry Bird are the greatest ever with Magic Johnson getting my vote. They won championships against teams in their prime (Dr J Sixers, Isiah Thomas Pistons and against each other), even Jordan was not good enough in the eighties and had to wait for the nineties for his success.

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.

LeBron is by far the best all round player I have ever seen. Jordan's greatest accoplishment was done off the court. He was privy to a decade of mediocrity. My god the best teams during that time were the Pacers and the Knicks?! and maybe the Jazz? If the Chicago bulls where in the peak during the 80's they would have never won an NBA title with teams like the Sixers, Pistons, and of course the Lakers and Celtics. So all that said LeBron is my 4th player picked.

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

Lebron James given the weapons players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan had he could be on his way to more rings than them. James is the greatest team leader I've ever seen, you put him on any team and they are championship contenders. The year after he left Cleveland they went from 61-21 to 19-63 and when he left the Heat they went from 54-28 (in the finals) to 37-45 (no playoffs). He has the greatest affect on any team that I've ever seen and if you're going to talk about the greatest of all time there are only 5 names relevant to the conversation: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James!

It's a shame people put Kobe over LeBron. It's also wrong that people compare LeBron to Jordan. Take Magic Johnson's Game, add a bit more strength to it and you got LeBron. Rings are important, but not an argument to say who is the best player of all time. If I had to pick between Jordan and LeBron, I couldn't even decide which one is better. In the end of important games Jordan got that killer instinct but he cannot create as many finishing opportunities like LeBron can do. LeBron proved against San Antonio that he can be a closer and that he is definitely clutch. I think if he would be 2 years younger he could reach that Jordan-clutch-level. But LeBron has an unbelievable overview and basketball-IQ so he can create so many options at every time of the game and he can also shoot the ball very well.
So I cannot pick between these 2 great players, I would put em both on Position 1. On 2, there is Olajuwon and Magic. (But Kobe is definitely not under the top 5 of all time)

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.

I only voted for Kareem because he holds so many NBA records, for example, most points (there was no three point line yet), he is also on the leaderboard for a lot of NBA records, most blocks, most rebounds, most FG attempts. Also, his sky hook was almost impossible to guard, it would take someone like Wilt to even reach over Kareem's head during the skyhook (Wilt did block Kareem's skyhook once). Even through the years, he still remained a very good player, and plays defense better than most players. Which in my opinion makes him the greatest defensive player of all time and makes him one of the best offensive players of all time. He was pretty well rounded too.

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.

Kareem has won the most MVP's (according to wikipedia) and I think he is the best. Milwaukee and Los Angeles (Lakers) are one lucky team for having this guy on it :)

He scored the most points of all time played with some of the best franchises of all time. He did have the most TOS in NBA history. He was the best self when he played on the bucks. I don’t think Michael Jordon is the best of all time. He went to a casino 6 hours before a game. In my opinion Kareem is the best player in NBA history.

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.

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

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.

While Michael Jordan is definitely the greatest player ever, Wilt was absolutely the most dominant in his respective era. This comes down to much lesser competition, nevertheless, his stats are astounding.

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.

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.

Bird has to be the greatest trash talker and always kept his promises. Considering he had physical problems to deal with whilst in the league just made him seem inhuman. If he had no physical problems and lasted longer in the league he could have been as great as, I dare say Magic, LeBron, or even Jordan, of course just me opinion :)

In his prime he was the scariest offensive player ever behind Kareem. This guy was not only the best shooter in the league but one of the smartest ever.

Best one on one player has to go to Michael Jordan, but best team player of all time, who with both teams being equal, could & would find a way to beat you... Whoever you were... Jordan, Magic... Etc... Didn't matter. There are players who raise the level of play of their team by several levels. Magic did it. Jordan did it. But no one did it as good as Bird in his prime. And I have to admit that I have always wondered what Bird would have done if he had been on the Lakers & Magic had been with the Celtics. The speed of the Lakers with Larry's passing & shooting... One can only imagine. At the very least, I think Bird's career would have been longer. But then again, it might not have been a good fit. Who knows. All I know is that when I watch high light clips of Larry, he is more fun to watch than even Michael Jordan. And to me that says something.

So yeah, in their primes, Jordan would probably win most of the one on one games... But with the 2 teams being equal, I think Larry ...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.

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

Greatest basketball player ever since Michael Jordan. Kobe and Shaquille O'Neill... Don't get me started best duo ever! Shaq you are definitely not given the credit you deserve and those refs have been blind for years when it comes to both of you getting fouled especially Shaq. I would love to see Dwayne Wade on the Lakers too.. Gotta give my man props. Gasol.. What can I say you are amazing. World Peace I don't care what anyone says you are an outstanding player. Mike Odom.. Gotta love him.. And Derrick Fisher you never disappoint me. Bynum.. Do work baby. Matt Barnes.. Need I say more? As for all the rest of my number one team since birth, thanks to my awesome father.. Keep it real and come on guys.. Step up your game! Gotta love my man Dwayne Wade though... Seriously I really wish he'd come to L.A... Gotta admit though being from Florida myself.. Miami is a BEAUTIFUL place!

People claiming that 'King James' is better than the Black Mamba. Please give me a break, when LeBron has won a title without another big player, in this case Wade, you've got an argument, but only an argument nothing more. Kobe won the title with and without Shaq, LeBron couldn't do it without Wade/Bosh... Kobe is in the top 3 players in the world ever, Jordan being number 1. People need to remember Kobe is ageing now too, and still one of the best, LeBron is an amazing player probably falls just behind Kobe at the end of his Career, simply on the fact LeBron has not consistently dominated, it's taken 8/9 years to win the NBA Chapionships for LeBron

Kobe is a winner. He doesn't have the statistics of a play such as Lebron but he sure could get the ball in the basket when his team needed him to. His jumpshot is in my opinion arguably the best of all time and his intangibles such as getting in the opponents head were unmatched by anyone in his era. He was as hard-working as a player could be, it didn't come naturally, he put in more hours than anyone. He is an assassin on the court who will not give up ever and always believes that as long as he's on the court that his team is going to win. Kobe takes no breaks, he is always doing something to improve his game. And all these reasons that I mentioned are why he has five rings today. People can make a fantastic argument for Michael Jordan but when it all gets down to it, I think Kobe has edged him out for the greatest

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.

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

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

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, ...more

Russell and Jordan are neck-and-neck for 1 and 2 all-time greatest players. As time goes by, people tend to forget how great certain players from the past were. Bill Russell dominated Wilt Chamberlain and went to the NBA finals 13 times, winning 11 of those times. Before the NBA, he won back-to-back state high school championships, back-to-back NCAA college championships, and a gold medal as the 1956 Olympic basketball team captain. In the NBA, he averaged 22.5 rebounds and 15+ points per game, and is considered the greatest shot blocker of all-time. Had they kept track of this stat when Russell played, he would certainly be listed well ahead of Hakeem.

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.

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.

Nobody can do a better charge then this man. He currently I think the most experience pro-basketball player on the NBA Roster being on currently 15 years. I mean he is simply amazing. Him along with the amazing Dwayne Wade to Miami Heats to places it hasn't gone before.

Shaq is my inspiration I want to be just like him but even better shaq is a dominate player through out his career he can dunk he can hook he has great post moves such as the dropstep if thie was a center that can shoot you know shaq would be on top.Shaq can play defense and offense

He's obviously the top ten because he was big and could definitely put up layups and dunks. There is no one that I know that in a better center than Shaq, (unless the other good center can shoot free throws,). He can probably be a small forward!

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.

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 first player to average a triple double and he almost did it 3 more times. No one else has ever done something like this. He also did this without a three point line. Oscar gave the nba a new style of play and was one of the first great nba point guards

Best all round player of all time. Averaging a triple-double in a season is amazing! Better than magic, because he got more rebounds and points although he is shorter. Just because he wasn't as flashy doesn't make him lesser than magic.

A "triple double" for an entire season, and 4 other season where he ALMOST did it as well - despite: steals & blocks not being recorded as a stat until his final season (so who knows how many other he should've/could've earned). SImple as that.

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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

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.

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!

The Spurs are always underrated by the media even though they've won FIVE, that's right FIVE Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) and all of them have been won with this guy, number 21, on the Spurs since he was first drafted in 1997. He's the greatest power forward ever and he will be the best power forward as far as time goes, nobody will beat him. 3 MVPS, a host of All-Star Game appearances, Rookie of the Year and so much more. Why is this superstar plus plus at #11? He should be top 5!

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.

In my estimation, for what little it amounts to, Hakeem was the most talented big-man to ever play the game. There is certainly difficulty in finding his proper placement amongst the very best that we've ever seen, but 12 (by deduction, there are 11 players better) is just too low. He put the NBA on his back when Jordan walked away in the wake of personal tragedy, and retired in the top 10 in scoring, rebounds, blocks, and steals.

Do these guys know Hakeem Olajuwon? He is clearly a top 10 player. He is underrated. He can rebound, steal, block the most in nba history. Oh yeah he is equipped with a dangerous weapon the nba has ever seen. THE DREAM SHAKE! Shaq, Ewing, Mourning, Barkley, Robinson, Malone what do these guys have in common? They are humiliated by Hakeem's Dream Shake!

I have no problem with Jabbar, and Wilt ahead of him, but Shaq has no business being ahead of Dream. Olajuwon destroyed Shaq every time they played each other. Shaq always talks trash about every center in history, but always admitted Dream was the best. Also Wilt was the best NBA player in history, Jordan is a distant second to Wilt The Stilt.

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.

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.

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.

Durant is not even in the top 10? In the game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Durant scored 34 points in 30 minutes of action! I know I copy and pasted that, but he has also won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals! Not many basketball players who can say that, huh?

How is Dwayne wade ahead of durant. Kd is the second best player in the nba maybe even the best. I think kd should be in the top 5 I mean seriously he's great. He's also only 24 and he dominates the court no one has a better scoring ability than him. He was the youngest player ever to win a scoring title he followed that one with two more scoring titles in a row.

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

He is the GOAT, one thing many people are aware of is competition. Who was Magic's competition? Larry Bird? Who was wilt's competition? 5'5 white people (no offense ). Now who was The 6'0 guard allen iverson's competition? Lebron, Kobe, Shaquille, MJ, Kidd, etc. Iverson had much harder completion and still rose to the top. This guy is the best scorer and arguably the best player of all time. Not to mention the player who changed the game. He invented the crossover, he went to the finals with no talent around him (unlike Kobe who had jones, Shaquille, fisher, Nash, and Howard on his team). His guy was special.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Number one pick
1x NBA MVP
2x NBA All Star MVP
Rookie of the year
11x All Star
2x Big East Defensive Player of the year
3x All NBA First Team
3x All NBA Second Team
1x All NBA Third Team
NBA All Rookie First Team
4x Scoring Title
3x Steals Leader
1x MPG Leader
Number Retired
1x Assist Leader

If Allen had a better team... Wait didn't he put Philly on his back and went to the finals, But ran into Shaq and Kobe. Allen is the best player in my eyes because of his size and heart and will to win. Even after a hard nite of partying he could turn around and drop 35 on guys. He had the best handle I ever seen too, how many guys got destroyed by that cross over. He was like 5'11" and like 150lbs. All talent. I know people are feeling the same way but the got with the popular choice MJ I'm not that old but when I look back it seems that the greatest or all time is up for grabs in every era. Mj came in at the right time.T.V. ,marketing, shoes, and novelty. That what I see. Mj wanna talk rings. Bill Russell should be the greatest of all time. If you talk scoring its wilt if you say all around its Oscar Robinson. Talk about jumping abilities. Vince Carter, Dominique Wilkins, Dr J. Tons of guys can fly. (nate Robinson) so don't give me that dunk champion crap. I got eyes and a brain. No ...more

The reason A.I. is in the top 10 is because he is the greatest little man in the history of the game if I were ever to pick a starting Shooting Guard to my team I would pick Allen Iverson yes sorry Kobe, D-Wade, Michael Jordan, Jerry West (who by the way for some reason isn't in the top 15) because he is not a point guard he is a shooting guard.
Allen had the best cross over ever if you haven't seen it look it up it was an ankle breaker he even crossed Jordan and that's no easy task I guess you can say he has the "ANSWER"

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

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

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.

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!

D wade will go down as the most underrated basketball player to ever play this game. He deserved the 09 MVP. The Miami Heat currently have the 2 best players in basketball with Lebron and Wade and I believe they will win multiple championships to bump them up to maybe the top 5-7 players to ever play the game. Wade will go down as one of the most clutch players to ever play. He knows when it's time to step up, and he lets no one get in his way. He may just be the best finisher at the basket to ever play the game of basketball, and if he keeps this type of play up for the next 5 years, watch out kobe and MJ.

Dwade should be higher his play making abilities and shot selection are amazing. He also has a knack for getting in the teeth of the defense and causing havoc for big men who've tried to swat the shot away. Top 10 easy. Le Bron would not be a champ without flash. Wade already had 1 now got 2. I'm mean if Miami would run it's offense through wade more you would see this man blow up just like mj instead of Michael and Scotty it's like bird and magic let's add bosh to the mix Miami will be a dangerous team for many years to come let's hope they can put together consistent runs together cause there is nothing worse than wasted talent.

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

Julius Erving DR. J is the first player make a ART on a dunk that's why people love him people said he is the heart of the city 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. forever... or his famous dunk from the free through line... now there is history! DR. J! Also greatest flyer, dunker and hangtimer Ever! Class act

Dr. J was as smooth as they come. An inventor of sorts, every night was like watching a man create something from scratch that no one had ever seen. If you add up career points and steals, no one beats Dr. J -- and only a handful have scored more career points in total. He took a sport from its hum-drum history of white-assed backboard shots and turned it into an entertainment machine. He deserves to break into the top 10.

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.

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.

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.

If Jerry West had been blessed with the three point line he would be among the top five without question. The NBA should use their computer systems to check West's shots made for a year and give him an extra point for every three pointer he made. No question, Jerry West would be right there with Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever. Even without the three point shot, West holds the scoring record for a series. Move Jerry to second at the least.

Jerry West was an outstanding basketball player, a good general manager, and a guy who deserves to be the face of the NBA. He was tough and clutch.
This list is completely whack as well. Anyone who thinks ginobili, gasol, REDDICK, Yao, Rondo, Nash, and Luke Walton (not Bill) are better than jerry west know very very little about basketball history

Why is Jerry West ranked 36? He's the logo for a reason people! Jerry West was one of the first clutch players ever in the NBA. People just have him ranked so low because he doesn't have a ton of flash. What he is though is one of the best shooters of all time. Nobody can deny that.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

Scottie Pippen is the best basketball player ever! A lot of people say : Scottie wasn't the best basketball player but the most versatile player best all around player. It is enough? If someone is the most versatile player ever or the best player all around so who is the best basketball player ever : the most versatile and the best all around player. Scottie Pippen forever

Them were the days of the Bulls! Jordan, Pippen and Rodman are the best ever! I am a huge Bulls fan and own a lot of Chicago team memorabilia. Out of all the years that I have watched basketball, them guys are the best ever and should always be. Go Bulls!

One of the most, if not the most, underrated players ever in my opinion. How could Derrick Rose possibly be above Scottie? That he managed to shine so brightly in a team containing Jordan says it all really. Should be top 10 out thereabouts.

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.

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 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.

The joke about this list is Allen Iberson and Russ Westbrook ranked so high. AI nothing but an addict to gambling and his retarded thuggish ways. Russ is a little douche, Steph Curry is in the 200s for god knows why that reason is. he's definitely the greatest shooter of all time and there's little to know debate on that. I voted for Isaiah because he was the heart and soul of the bad boys and I truly believe the bad boys were the greatest basketball team ever. Go pistons bichhh!

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?

Isiah was a great player and he deserves mor than to be number 94. Isiah was one of the greatest players of his time and was better than half of the people on this list before him. Also he is my number one and he earned his way there so whoever made this list should think where they put people next time because it makes a difference.

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 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

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!

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

Best defensive center to ever live

22 Bob Cousy

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.

Sd be way further up the list why is earl boykins ahead of him is it because he's short (sympathy)

They don't call him houndi of the hardwood for no reason

Thank you pak you

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.

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!

He is obviously one of the most underrated players in the history of the nba. It's sad that he was all time leader in assists and steals and still doesn't get the credit he deserved. Best jazz player ever. Early prediction: his son will grow to become better. Jk

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.

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...

If not for his knee problems, at his peak he was the best, or at least the most spectacular player ever.

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.

While the NBA has become a league of entitled victims, beggers and whinners Karl Malone becomes even more of a legend. Karl Malone had the greatest work ethic in basketball. Played with injuries. Dominated the league and was unstoppable. Of players I have watched in the last 40 years nobody else worked harder and got to that level with that amount of hard work. He might of not won a championship but not everyone is a champion. Karl is a champion and legendary.

Are you kidding me he is the second leading scorer in the NBA and he is down to 23 he should be in the top ten and Allen Iverson should be way below Karl Malone.

If Karl Malone would have stayed with the Utah Jazz for his final year he would have been the highest scoring NBA player in history.

You've got to be kidding me... This guy should be in the top 15. Aside from Tim Duncan, he's the greatest power forward of all time.

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