Best Basketball Players of All Time

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The most dominating and revolutionary players ever.

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jordan 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)

Best player in the world he always be better than Shaquille O'Neal. - Lordvader3500

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2 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.

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. - logankulas

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

Beautiful game changer

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

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 - logan101

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 - venomouskillingmachine

As of right now LeBron is not the 3rd best. End of career he probably will. - GooneyBird

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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)

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.

He was one of the best shooters - prav

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5 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant is 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 is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

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. - chocodilesforlife

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.

1. MJ
2. Lebron/Kobe
3. Wilt (of course if he played in today’s game he’d have a harder time though) - Tommy_99

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6 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.

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. - EspioTheChameleon

Wilt Chamberlain was by far the most underrated player to ever play basketball. People are so quick to discredit Wilt by saying he played "lesser" quality players and would not be as dominant in this day and age. Kareem Abdul Jabar, Willis Reed, Bill Russell, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld were all excellent players who played in the post at the same time as Wilt, are you saying they weren't quality basketball players. He played 48.5 minutes a game in chucks, and all 82. He averaged 8 assist a game as a center in season, his records in scoring and rebounding remain untouched. Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest player to ever play on the hardwood.

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

Wilt was stronger than Shaq..Wilt-500lb. bench. Shaq 450lb. bench..more endurance than Lebron..Wilt 45 min.per game Lebron 37-38 min.per game..and a better scorer than Jordan..Wilt has the top 4 season scoring averages..

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7 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.

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

Humble giant, master of all time, takes after his original coach, unforgetable speaker... Spoke about how he learned to be a good man ^^ about life through his coach. Kareem should be number 1 player.

Humble? I think not. Listen to half of the stuff that he says and you'll see what I mean. - Revrad

Kareem was the best player of the 70s, nobody could stop his sky hook. He continued to be top 5 for most of the 80s. I don’t think he received the recognition he deserved due to a lack of flashiness and quiet demeanor. At 7-2, 275 lbs, he was a immovable object with the grace of a gazelle. Come on, he lead Milwaukee to two NBA Finals, winning one. Who else could’ve done that? This happened years before Magic Johnson came along. Let’s give the man his props.

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8 Bill Russell Bill Russell

I would simply like to say that with all due respect to the names listed here, you must remember that this is a TEAM game. If you wanted to talk about who is the best 1 on 1 player based on his individual talents and all around skills, then that is a different subject all together. The overall skill level of the game has certainly changed over the last couple of decades, but, some good, and some maybe not so good. The game was first played with much more physical play, and in most cases the player had more rules that restricted much of the modern day displays of athleticism, no doubt. But back to the main quest for who was the most dominant individual player of the game. There are only two names that stand out above all others, Statistically that should go to Wilt Chamberlain, but when you look at the ultimate goal for playing the game, it was to win a championship, and no one, not even M. J. , nor Kobe, came even close to the overall domination of the entire sport itself. Also ...more - CRUISERJ

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 - basketballer

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).

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The goat

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9 Shaquille O'Neal 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 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 - noahhurrle

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

Big Shaq in the house

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10 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.

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.

You can not seriously be rating the best players of all time without the "BIG O" in the top 10... come on. You have been brainwashed by the media dominated by the coasts.

no

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 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.

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

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! - Dperry

Because the Spurs play together so well that no one stands out like a Dwayne Wade or Kobe Bryant who have the ball a lot of the time in any game. The Spurs share the ball and everyone has a chance of making a basketball. That is why Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are often overlooked.

Best PF to play the game at its core fundamentals.Represents the game of basketball like no other.

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

Watch The Dream's dream shake vs. David Robinson. That is all you gotta see to realize that he was the most phenomenal player of any generation. All time blocks leader. Two rings. That's 2 more than nash, tmac, stockton, malone, james, and ai. Did it single handedly. Only had drexler half the season in 95. The Dream did it all. Double-double, triple-double, quadruple-double, you name it.

Watch the games that this man played Jordon, Shaq, Duncan, Robinson; he schooled them. Because he wasn't in one of the popular teams, he wasn't watched. You have no idea how good this player was. (white, 60 year-old lady that watched basketball because of him)

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!

Gives me inspiration.

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13 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He was MVP of the 2017 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!

Blew a 3-1 lead in the Western conference finals then joined the team that beat him. Yep sure looks like an all-time great to me. - GooneyBird

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14 Allen Iverson 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.

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

He must be the 2 best player

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15 Dwyane Wade 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

He is one of the best player ever behind MJ, Koby, And Larry

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16 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.

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!

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.

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.

I think Dr.j is the best dunker in my opinion and he is better than Michael jordan and shaquel o'neil

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17 Derrick Rose Derrick Rose Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

DERRICK ROSE CAN DO EVERYTHING HE CAN SHOOT, DRIVE IN THE BALL BETTER THAN ANY BODY I've EVER SEEN I MEAN HE IS THE COMPLETE PACKAGE FOR A POINT GUARD.

Derrick Rose is amazing, he is the player who get the attention of the crowd from his unbelievable moves and no one can stop him inside the court. The best point guard I've ever seen. Derrick Rose is the best.

GO BULLS! DERRICK ROSE IS THE BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME. WELL AFTER MICHAEL JORDAN. BUT IF DERRICK ROSE GETS MORE MVP'S HE WILL BE BETTER THAN HIM BY A LONG SHOT. EITHER WAY THEY ARE BOTH IN BULLS SO THEY ARE ALREADY THE BEST OF ALL TIME.

Stephen Curry is better

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18 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.

Greatest player- NBA symbol- admired by all NBA greats and only 6' 2" - "Mr. Clutch" -at a time they called traveling, three seconds in the key, and no three point lines. When basketball was real basketball!

Any list without Jerry West in the top 10 is stupid. This list must have been made by 15 year olds because most of the all time greats are not here. Vince Carter as number 19. No Baylor...no West. You're kidding...right!

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.

He is the 2nd best three point shooter ever after Stephen curry.

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

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!

GOAT

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20 Pistol Pete Maravich

Nobody can realistically challenge his creativity, well-honed talent and flair which was WAY ahead of it's time. If he were playing in today's game, he'd still accomplish the things that he did in his day. Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of Pete was his athleticism. Great combination of speed, jumping ability, height and quickness.

Best player to ever play the game. The other nba players hated Pete for his money. He made 400, 000.00 per year and other guys made 40 thousand. No one mentions he could light up a crowd like a match to gasoline. Who else could do that. How about being another player and everyone is coming to see this guy the Pistol? Tough to swallow. God made this man special and he did it all missing a ventrical out of his heart. HATERS only says this guy was not the best. There is not one guy in the NBA right now that could beat him 1 on 1. Would never happen. If you think so ask Walt Frazier (the best nba defender) why he hung 68 points in his face? Walt was trying to switch defenders and his teamates refused. Walt is one of the best defenders to play the game. How fitting. Hate if you will, no one will ever be the complete basketball player he was. Now he plays for GOD. How many will get that?

Averaged 44 points per game three years in a row at LSU!

He gave his life to the game! Way ahead of his time.

Never seen a more complete and Superior player of the sport. Pete was a miracle. People would go see him play just to get an autograph: even the players he played with wanted his autograph. Unbielievable!

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21 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets 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!

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!

Two words best dunker

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22 Kyrie Irving Kyrie Irving Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

Best ball handeler in the nba

Kyrie Irving a future nba mvp and future allstar mvp and well as an nba champion.

Have you seen this guy he's the future he's going to be the greatest of all time.

Best

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23 Charles Barkley Charles Barkley Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

This whole thread was made by people who do not know crap about Basketball! Charles Barkley is the player with the highest Basketball IQ of all times. A 6'6 forward who ranks in the all time's leaders on rebounds and points! WTF and you have Yao, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony, Rondo, Dwight Howard, McGrady, and many more above Charles LOL! Oh Lord this is sad!

Charles is really undervalued because he had such a big mouth. In terms of his ability, he is closer to top 10 than number 36. He was as good as Kevin Durant, not as good a defender as LeBron, but better in the post and a better overall shooter than James. He is a guy that people don't remember well enough.

23.000 points, 12,000 rebounds, 4,000 assists. Only 1 of four to pull that off and he's not even in the top 10? Joke.

Just because he talked a bit of smack. Guy had heart... And game! He used to dominate players half a foot taller than him so had something to back that mouth up with!

Trash

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24 Ray Allen Ray Allen Walter Ray Allen, Jr. is a former American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

Greatest 3pt shooter and history, good playmaker, very special. He hasn't been with a good team, now that he is with the Celtics it just boosts his career,

What of the all time best shooters in the game and has one of th fastest releases I have ever seen

I recken that ray allen should be number 11 just in front dwane wade because I've seen them play eash other ray allen scored 49 out of 83
but dwane wade only scored 32 out of 76.

Most clutch and best 3pt shooter

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25 Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS BETTER THAN HALF THE PLAYERS HE SHOULD BE UP WAY BETTER THAN JOHN WALL UPDATE LIST AND ACTUALLY WATCH THUNDER GAME

Russell Westbrook should be number one of the year

He cares more about the Thunder than all of the teammates! Golden State Warriors was our worst enemy, and when Kevin left, oh, HECK NO. - HyenaLover

Haves a potential

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26 John Stockton 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.

Most assists ever

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27 Chris Paul Chris Paul Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

Chris paul is one of the best point guards. But then again everyone has their opinion who cares who's better at this or that just have your best b-ball player and like it

Chris Paul is an amazing player and should be up in the top 20! He doesn't deserve to be down here! He scores points and assists with style! He deserves better.

He should definitaly be higher than rondo he has the drives but can shoot plus gets Moore assists with worse teammates

He should be 1

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28 Isiah Thomas

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.

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.

Come on, we are talking about what he did on the court not after he retired. One of the best point guards ever.

GO PISTONS!

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29 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.

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!

Greatest power forward of all time. He should be #5.

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30 Patrick Ewing Patrick Ewing

Whoever said that Adonal Foyle was the most talented center of all time must be smokin somethin. And whoever said Jerome James is the greatest center of all time is even dumber. Ewing is top 50 or so and don't even vote for Foyle or James there average players. - Chris-1

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

Patrick is extremely underrated. Did not play with all stars or hall of fame guys. Carried the Knicks on his back for many years.

You are amazing

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31 Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki

He's got the skills, basketball height and knows how to use his body parts for offense and defense! Why is this guy underrated? After they win the 2011 finals, everybody will know the real Dirk! Go Dirk!

Even Magic Johnson is saying, on ESPN, that he is probably one of top ten best players in NBA History, perhaps even in the top five!

Dirk is 7'0 and is a beast. He can shoot, drive to the hole and does the greatest post moves ever! Although a lot of times compared to larry bird he is better and should ranked higher

Dirk would have beaten Shaq and D Wade by himself in 2006 had the Refs acted like Refs in game 3 4th quarter. That would have been the 2nd time one star took a team to an NBA championship in the last 40 years, and 2011 would have been the third time. Wait a minute how could one player complete twice what no other player on this list could do once (except Hakeem) with other folks on this list on their team in their primes and not be considered greater than say D. Rose, Allen Iverson, K. Garnett just to pick on a couple obvious ones.

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32 Moses Malone 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 - willums

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

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33 Elgin Baylor Elgin Baylor

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

Wow and you put Allen Only Practice Iverson above Elgin Baylor. I demand a recount and we send the results to Iverson in the minor league.

He could shoot off balance and I believe with his eyes closed

Elgin Baylor is the real G.O.A.T. He was 60 years ago, before Michael, before Kobe, before LeBron.

At the time Elgin played he was considered the Best All-Around Player in NBA History. Elgin could play every position on the court; Forward, Guard or Center.

At 6'-5" averaged 27 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for his career.

Elgin still holds NBA Finals record for most points scored in a game 61 also had 22 rebounds, most points scored in 7 game NBA Finals 284 (40.6 point per game average) and most consecutive 30 point games in NBA Finals 13. By the way the 61 point finals game was done against a Boston Celtics team with 7 Hall of Fame Players

They say Elgin never won a championship in 8 attempts. Well that may be because the 8 teams he played against had a total of 48 Hall of Fame Players. Elgin played against teams with 4 HOF players (1 time), 5 HOF players (2 times), 6 HOF players (2 times), 7 HOF players (2 times) and 8 HOF players (1 ...more

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34 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.

FIRST OFF READ A BASKETBALL STAT BOOK

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

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

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

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

Old guy who see's a lot

Hondo won, what, 9 championships? And he is rated 60? Come on. He was the driving force of many of the Celtics championships. He should be in the top 10!

Without him, Russell definitely wouldn't have won his 11 championships, he was the second best player on that team. Deserves to be around number 20.

Its an insult not to put this man in the top ten

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35 Ervin Johnson

Ervin/Magic Johnson is one of the best players ever he should be in the top 5

Should be in top 5 no doubt

This is not a accurate list he should be in top 5

Ervin Johnson is magic Johnson

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36 Paul Pierce Paul Pierce Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

Paul Pierce should be higher than a lot of people here because of his absolutely dominant mid-range shooting and what he can do in clutch time. He led a Celtics team with no talent to the playoffs multiple times but was screwed over by the media because he's not Kobe ( a ballhog) or LeBron. The Truth also has respect from pretty much every player and coach in the NBA. Yeah, Kobe's a great player but people don't respect him like Pierce. Another thing about him is his toughness. Nobody in the game today played hurt like number 34 did. He got stabbed in the face and, a month later, led his Celts to a key victory over the Pistons. Pierce cracked 4 teeth against Nash's Suns, slipped in a mouthpiece and returned to win the game. The next day, he went through 7 hours of surgery. The day after that, he made the game-winning shot against Charlotte. Pierce also stayed loyal to his team (unlike Melo, Howard, Carter, LeBron and Ray Allen) and made a special bond with his tema and the fans like ...more - bishop.moore07

Pierce has led Celtics to greatness multiple times

Paul Pierce was always the top prospect, and he has lead the Celtics to greatness

Inglewood's finest The truth one of the best Jayhawks ever his ring with the big ticket and Jesus Shuttlesworth was one to remember - mountainhawk

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37 Clyde Drexler Clyde Drexler

Ten time All-Star. Took College teams to Final four twice. Took NBA teams to Finals three times winning once. Played on the original Dream Team. Very athletic scorer who could hit the three and play good defense well. Best rebounding guard of his era. Dunked on the highest rim in history.

He was an awesome SG in the MJ era I say about number 20

They call him "Clyde the Glide" for a reason

He's the dunker

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38 Dominique Wilkins Dominique Wilkins

Dominique wilkins was a great basketball player he should not be in 51 place he should be in the top 3 players of all time

Dominique should definitely be top 5. Michael Jordan said he was the only one ever that impressed him. I mean most likely Stephen Curry won't make the Hall of Fame, and he's rated ahead of him. Only because he plays now

Best Hawks player ever! He deserved way more credit than the lousiness he got. Totally beast and is arguably the best dunker ever.

Best Hawk of all time. No contest.

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39 Bob Cousy 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

goat

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40 Kevin Love Kevin Love Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.

Kevin Love doesn't deserve top 10 or even 20 but, he is way better then half these guys on the list. You have majorly under rated him, he can shoot he is great in the paint. He does lack Defensive abilities but come on 1/4 of the guys above don't start or are even welly known.

Kevin love is amazing. He is near top in scoring and rebounds. His outlet passes are amazing. His 31 31 game. His progress is not slowing and he surely will become one of the all time greats. Also note his 3-point contest victory and beating out dwight howard for an all star starting spot.

I'm sorry but he doesn't deserve to be in the top 50

He's not even that good...

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41 Manu Ginobili Manu Ginobili

He is simply incredible. He And Duncan Were like ''Who can stop us'' Also Player Of The Olympics 2004 When He Absolutely Demolished Your USA Crapheads Why not on the list I tell you why because you don't have a brain!

Manu is a dog. He can possibly be the most unstoppable player ever. Maybe the best player

Manu is one of the best players ever, and surely the best of all from south america. Good Luck Manu in the next world championship.

Lower lower

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42 DeMar DeRozan DeMar DeRozan DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.

An amazing player for Raptors Team!

An amazing player for the Raptors.

You being in the all star game is great

The best SG in the current NBA, and also is my other favorite Raptor (other than A.D, Vince, KLow, and Tracy Mcgrady) - Canadiangamer

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43 Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.

Hehas the mind of being a leader and knows how to turn around bad game into the best game

Kyle Lowry is #1 in the Raptors and he plays really well!

Better

I like Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan a lot. But as of now they are not better than david robinson or clyde drexler. Both of them are in the hall of fame. It's too early to tell for the raptors duo. - jack43818

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44 Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.

Top 20 players...Period.

He is the best pound for pound player, but Jordan is the GOAT

He is so good he should be in the top 50

HOW IS HE ABOVE GEORGE GERVIN? - kuledude

45 Shawn Kemp Shawn Kemp Shawn Travis Kemp is an American retired professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons.

Best in game dunked of all time! Hands down well next to vince and d wilkens

The Reign Man his shoes were so comfortable and dope his dunks were electric and moved crowds he is the reason why people loved the Super Sonics - mountainhawk

The best dunker and good fighter in 90's. He created one of the best duo (with gary payton)in nba ever.

One of the best dunkers ever - PokemonRPGbro

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46 David Robinson David Robinson David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career.

Respectable player of the San Antonio Spurs for many years.

Am I reading this list correctly... Gervin 60, Robinson 61, Kemp 62, and Payton at 63. Wow this is ridiculous. come on Irving is at 25. These guys r legends. Irving has done nothing in his career; he is yet to play in a postseason game. This list is a joke

Great player best player I have ever seen play

Give me this list so I can put it in a garbadge can

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47 Tony Parker Tony Parker William Anthony Parker Jr. is a French professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

3-times NBA Champion and Finals MVP ans he's far behind players like Sabonis, Stojakovic or Vince Carter? It's a joke!

Fast, fearless, nice guy too

I like tony parker.. The way he move.

Tony must be 30

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48 Bernard King

Greatest basketball player of all time. The guy couldn't be stopped. Magic Johnson was scared of him. His magical dunks wowed crowds all over the world.

Bernard King should be at least in the top 20?

He is way better then how you put him

Top 13

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49 Stephen Curry Stephen Curry Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.

Stephen curry is awesome why not put him on the top ten

Curry is not only a good player on the court but he is an amazing person. He respect his wife and children unlike Kobe. He is a basketball player I look up to. He came to an NBA conference being close to the last person picked to go but his strive and power for the game made him to be how good he is today. He pushed harder than any one of the other people there. He is unselfish and has great awareness if he needs to score to help the teams situation he will but still shares the ball. He is my favorite player and is pushing me to try to be the player I want to be.

There is no way the he pushed himself harder than every other player on this list. - HiBye

Stephen Curry is a very unique player, he has many things yet to try and go forward to advance to be the one of the greatest players on the NBA. His shooting skills are very mesmerizing, his deep 3-point shots are very consistent and shocking. He is a player that doesn't play for himself but for the rest of the team. Right now he is considered to be the best shooter on the league, Why? Look at his shots, they are very incredible. It doesn't look like he is a human but a cyborg shooter or a video game character controlled by a professional gamer. But seriously, he is a great player.

He is way better than LeBron James

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50 Rudy Gay Rudy Gay Rudy Carlton Gay Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.

He would be a legend if he swallowed his pride and went to a contender like the pacers heat knicks celtics spurs - mountainhawk

Boo should barely crack top eighty

Rudy gay looks very good

a bit gay?

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