Top 10 Best Basketball Players of All Time

Basketball is the sport of legends, and these players are the best of the best. They have dazzled fans with their amazing skills, incredible athleticism, and unstoppable will to win. They have won championships, MVPs, and other awards, but more importantly, they have changed the game forever.

This list features players from all positions, eras, and teams, but they all have one thing in common: they are the ultimate basketball players. Some of them were pioneers who revolutionized the game, while others were dominant forces who ruled the game for years.
The Top Ten
1 Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

MJ, Kareem, Wilt, Bill Russell, and LeBron are the top five of all time. I know the majority of the current generation believes it's LeBron, but that's because they haven't done their "homework." If anyone looks at the full game of basketball, Jordan is/was the best ever. Kareem won 6 NBA MVPs, dominated from the very get-go, and had the most unstoppable shot of all time. Chamberlain's individual stats were staggering. Bill Russell led his teams to 10 championships. Oscar Robertson was consistently great and is often overlooked. Olajuwon was probably the most athletic center the game has ever seen.

The 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 basketball player.

It's 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 have been an ass at times, but he knew talent, and he was 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 if he said he had to stop Michael. Westfall replied, "Nobody can, and we never said we could. The only way to stop Michael is to 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. was picked ahead of Jordan in the '84 draft. It was a good pick, and with Jordan playing baseball, he was able to win 2 championships with the Rockets. Heck, I would have picked him over Jordan in '84, not knowing how great his Airness would be.

To compare LeBron to Jordan doesn't even make sense. LeBron is a good passer because other defenders can stop him from going to the bucket. If Jordan wanted to score, nobody who ever played the game could stop him, period! If he wanted to shut any guard down in the league, consider it done.

Actually, Dewayne Wade is the best player in the league at this time and can take over games like Jordan, but he doesn't have the players to finish the game off like when Jordan played. He is only 6'4", but I've seen him where defenders can't keep him from scoring either.

There may never be another Jordan, but buy his 3-disc collection to jog the memory!

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.

Magic could easily play point guard, shooting guard, small forward, and power forward. He once played center in the 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 ever seen, not even John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, or Chris Paul can pass as well as Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson was the best rebounder who played at 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 1980s era that was the best in basketball. There were the Celtics who had Bird, McHale, and Parish, the Pistons who had Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, and the 76ers who had Moses Malone and Dr. J. Magic beat all those teams, which were the only other teams to win a championship besides the Lakers in the 1980s. The teams Jordan beat had only one top 50 player of all time, or at most 2 like the Jazz. Magic Johnson saved the NBA, and he is the Greatest Player of All Time!

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.

Personally, I think LeBron, as of 2023, is the greatest. I feel the league was easier in the '90s, especially because of all the rules introduced between the '90s and the 2010s. Jordan never averaged 30 points per game at 37 and 38. Bron's got the scoring record and significantly outnumbers MJ's career rebounds and assists. He carried his team to the finals in 2018, at 33, with a 2K team filled with 75 overalls, except for Kevin Love, who was decent. LeBron is truly the greatest, especially because he can play and guard all 5 positions. And his consistency is of GOAT caliber.

LeBron James is amazing, and I definitely support him, but not as number 1. I still agree that Michael Jordan is the best, but LeBron should be 2nd!

LeBron James, given the weapons players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, or Michael Jordan had, 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 effect on any team that I've ever seen, and if you're going to talk about the greatest of all time, there are only five names relevant to the conversation: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and LeBron James!

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 think Jordan, LeBron, and Kareem are locks for 1, 2, and 3 because Michael is just the best, LeBron is the second best, and Kareem is not as good as those two but better than anybody else.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most underrated players in NBA history despite being the all-time leader in scoring, having 6 championships (more than Jordan), having the most MVP trophies (more than Jordan), being 3rd in rebounding, and 3rd in shot blocking. It's amazing because shot blocking wasn't even counted statistically until his 4th year in the NBA. It's safe to say that if they would've counted it from his rookie year up, he might very well be the all-time leader in shot blocking. He is never in the conversation of the greatest of all time. Why?

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 a quiet demeanor. At 7-2, 275 lbs, he was an immovable object with the grace of a gazelle. Come on, he led Milwaukee to two NBA Finals, winning one. Who else could have done that? This happened years before Magic Johnson came along. Let's give the man his props.

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.

Wilt Chamberlain set the books by scoring the most points scored in a single game (100), most rebounds in a game (55), and most consecutive field goals (18).

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Wilt was good beyond belief. His numbers were too good to be true, so people just ignore it. 50 points per game for a season, 100 points in a game. These numbers sound made up, but he did it. If blocks were counted in his era, he would have had as many as 10 blocks per game and would have the highest player efficiency rating of any player ever. If he played for good teams like Bill Russell did, he'd have 10+ championships. At 7 ft 1 inch tall, 275 lbs, Wilt could bench press 500 lbs. He could also run the 100-yard dash in 10.9 seconds, shot-put 56 feet (17 m), triple jump more than 50 feet (15 m), and won the high jump in the Big Eight Conference track. He's not only the best NBA player of all time, he's the best all-around athlete of all time. He's so good, it's too much for people to comprehend. There will never be another Wilt.

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 ends of the court. He recalled one particular game against the Bulls where he blocked every single shot for 4-5 minutes and how no one from the Bulls could get a shot in.

In a sport where one game is 48 minutes, for a season he averaged 48.5 minutes a game, thanks to overtime. Bill Russell, the man who won more rings than he has fingers, said that Wilt Chamberlain was the best player he ever played against and that it wasn't even close.

He scored a lot, but he was also an accurate shooter. Through more than 70 years of the National Basketball Association, Wilt Chamberlain still holds the record for the highest season field goal percentage at 0.727.

This man was unstoppable.

6 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. He Retired in 2016. He died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California at age 41.

According to me, Kobe is number 3. Most of you would say Kareem, but he played in such an easy era, with his prime being during the '70s after Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain retired. At the same time, he's not better than MJ and LeBron. Kobe proved that he could win titles without Shaq. He's 4th all-time in career points, a 5-time champ, 2-time Finals MVP, and he's earned a few gold medals. He might not have had the raw talent, but his work ethic made up for it. Despite these achievements, he isn't better than Bron and MJ. Rest in power, Black Mamba and Gigi...

This is for everyone on LeBron's comment list who 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 and played like garbage. So he is exciting to watch, his stats are great, he wins regular season games. Every NBA player will say themselves that it means nothing without the championship. I personally believe they are still great accomplishments but nowhere near as impressive as what Kobe Bryant has done in this league. I mean, come on people, the guy coaches his own teammates on the triangle offense in the middle of the games. He doesn't just play for his team. He makes his team every year. He builds his team and his teammates every year. He is incredibly intelligent in the game of basketball and possesses everything that LeBron personally wishes he had.

7 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 teammates 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 full command of the game and awareness of what was happening - always.

They called him Larry Magic. He could do it all: shoot for a high percentage, rebound 10+ times, and have 7+ assists per game as a 6'11" forward. He had one of the highest basketball IQs ever. He was practically the inventor of no-look passes and impossible clutch 3-point shots for the win. With three championship wins, he was the best player on his team pretty much every year of his career on the most successful team in NBA history. He is definitely a part of the all-time starting five.

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

As a Celtics fan, it's truly great that we got Bill Russell. He's won 11 championships in 13 years and won 8 straight from 1959-1966. He also won 5 MVPs and changed how basketball was played. He was the first player to block shots and is considered the greatest defensive player of all time. If blocked shots were a recorded stat at the time, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain would be at the top of the list. He and Bob Cousy invented the fast break, which is one of the most dominant things ever invented. He is also second in rebounding all time as of 2022, and he was a player-coach from 1967-1969, becoming the first black coach in American professional sports history. No one will ever accomplish as much as Bill Russell has. If Bill didn't change the way basketball was played, basketball wouldn't be the same. But he did because he's the GOAT, and not Jordan or LeBron.

Most opinions that I read about come from people who use statistics. They are simply very misleading. And how does one define the "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 happen 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 clearly the first choice. 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 did not score many points. Chamberlain, on the other hand, rebounded, shook his body, then handed off to his guard (Hal Greer most of the time).

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

When Russell blocked a shot, it almost always "miraculously" ended up in the hands of a Celtic. Chamberlain's blocks went out of bounds. According to statistics, each had a blocked shot. But they did not have equal effects.

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

One of the two years that Russell did not win, he got hurt in the playoffs.

The Celtics did not have the most individually talented players. But they had the most valuable player, one that made everyone else better.

This is why the Russell Celtics were so dominant. I think Russell's abilities were so unique that it might take 100 years to see another Russell.

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.

Shaq was the most dominant player of all time. He was so dominant that we never use his last name. You wouldn't recognize his full name better than just Shaq. It's like Ichiro. Everyone knows his last name is Suzuki, but people refrain from saying it because they think it would be a sin or something.

Nobody can do a better charge than this man. He currently, I think, the most experienced 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, took the Miami Heat to places it hasn't gone before.

The best Orlando Magic player in history! He has literally destroyed the whole net, hoop, and rim when dunking two times! (MJ is better though)

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.

The first player to average a triple-double, and he almost did it three 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.

A "triple-double" for an entire season, and four other seasons where he ALMOST did it as well - despite steals and blocks not being recorded as stats until his final season (so who knows how many others he should've/could've earned). Simple as that.

Best all-around 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.

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. Duncan's entry into the league was marked with moves and grace the likes of which hadn't ever been seen at the power forward position and will, from here on out, be the standard by which other power forwards will be judged. As he got older, he continued to find ways to remain relevant, even if he was no longer dominant. His basketball IQ is through the roof, and his mere presence on the floor makes his team better while simultaneously frustrating his opponents and making them worse. I'm not sure why you have so many players ahead of Tim that have not won as many championships, if they even won one at all. I'm sorry, but this Hall of Fame player deserves to be way higher on this list than he is. Not bad for a kid from a tiny little island with 50,000 people on it and no real basketball program.

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

Although many people consider Hakeem to be one of the ten greatest players to ever step onto the hardwood, his current fourteenth spot on this list proves that he is still one of the most underrated players. I genuinely believe that he is the greatest center of all time.

Offensively, his Dream Shake was absolutely uncontainable due to his guard-like ability to dribble and spin. He also had a knack for finishing with either power or finesse and was a constant threat with his mid-range jumper. What set him apart the most on the offensive end was his ability to pass the ball, especially when faced with double and triple teams.

Defensively, he was probably even better. He didn't just defend the post through help-side blocks. He was also an elite one-on-one defender. This goes without mentioning his ability to steal the ball - he ranks in the top 25 all-time - and leading the league in rebounding in back-to-back years. He also won back-to-back titles as the only superstar on the roster, something that many other greats cannot claim.

If you switched Hakeem with Kareem, Wilt, Russell, or Shaq, I can't see why he wouldn't win as many rings, if not more, given the context of the situation. This includes the weaker eras with Wilt and Russell, as well as having another bona fide superstar like Kareem and Shaq did.

The only players who achieved all five of the major statistical categories at an elite level for an extended period of time while overachieving in terms of team success are Pippen in '94, a prime Garnett, and LeBron James. Although this isn't a benchmark for greatness, it does point out the uniqueness of Hakeem. The only players I'd take over prime Hakeem are Michael and Magic.

Given his offensive and defensive versatility, leadership, and era context - which included competing against elite centers like Robinson, Ewing, Shaq, and Mourning - I have no doubt in my mind that Hakeem Olajuwon is the greatest big man of all time.

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

Kevin Durant is amazing. As a player and as a person, he dominates and scores more points than LeBron and Kobe. In the summer, he's the one who calls up his teammates to go to the gym and shoot. Great leader. And the reason he wears the #35 Jersey is because his high school 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 copied 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 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 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 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.

Julius Erving, Dr. J, is the first player to make an art out of a dunk. That's why people love him. People say he is the heart of the city. He 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 throw line... Now, that is history! Dr. J! Also, the greatest flyer, dunker, and hangtimer ever! A class act.

Doc is the best thing to happen 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 the finals, only to lose in 6 against the 7 all-star Lakers. The Sixers had no one but the Doc! Also, he is the greatest flyer, dunker, and hang-timer ever! A true 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.

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 three 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 into 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, and 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. 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 teamwork attributes; he can work with anyone, Shaq, LeBron, etc. It's a shame he didn't get to play against greats like Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, or even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He would've definitely given them a challenge!

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

The reason AI is in the top 10 is that he is the greatest little man in the history of the game. If I were ever to pick a starting shooting guard for my team, I would pick Allen Iverson. Yes, sorry Kobe, D-Wade, Michael Jordan, and 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 crossover 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."

In his prime (2000-2001), Iverson carried a sorry 76ers team to the finals. They were legitimately so trash. They would have been the worst team in the league if not for him. He is the only player, other than Wilt Chamberlain, to average over 40 points a game in a single season, and I don't think Wilt counts because, at that time, there was nobody near him in height. Iverson got more double teams in that year than most players get in their career.

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.

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 knows very, very little about basketball history.

The greatest player in NBA history is a symbol admired by all NBA greats, despite being only 6'2" tall. He is known as "Mr. Clutch" and played during a time when traveling, three seconds in the key, and no three-point lines were enforced. It was a time when basketball was real basketball!

18 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, the best all-around player." Is it enough? If someone is the most versatile player ever or the best player all-around, then who is the best basketball player ever? The most versatile and the best all-around player. Scottie Pippen forever.

Those 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, those 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.

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

Dwight Howard is a beast! So what if he's only 6'11"? He can outrebound any 7-footer. He is the best center of all time, with Shaq and Moses Malone behind him. He can play defense like I've never seen before. The only reason the Magic got knocked 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 ever seen 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 without Dwight Howard. Go Dwight Howard!

What the crap?! Howard should be way higher than where he is. With Arenas and Richardson at his side, the guy should have gone 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 with Carter and Nelson.

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.

The joke about this list is Allen Iverson and Russ Westbrook ranked so high. AI is nothing but an addict to gambling and his thuggish ways. Russ is a little douche. Steph Curry is in the 200s for God knows why. He's definitely the greatest shooter of all time, and there's little to no 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!

Isiah was a great player, and he deserves more 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 about where they put people next time because it makes a difference.

Y'all 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 Westbrook have again?

21 Bob Cousy

Cousy was one of the best point guards in NBA history. Without him directing the traffic, the Celtics wouldn't have that many championship banners.

22 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.

Moses was better than so many on this list. Who rebounded better? Great scorer, top 10. It amazes me how you discredit Moses. The first straight out of high school.

Moses was better than Shaq ever will be! Moses didn't need to be overweight to get his rebounds; the man used talent. He's the reason the Sixers won it in '83!

Moses is better than Shaq. Wilt and Russell were the only centers better. Look at his stats, mind-boggling!

23 Patrick Ewing Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team.

Patrick is extremely underrated. He did not play with all-stars or Hall of Fame guys. He carried the Knicks on his back for many years.

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.

You are amazing.

24 Manu Ginobili Emanuel David "Manu" Ginóbili is an Argentine professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

Excellent clutch. Good defense. He can penetrate through the most closed defense like anyone can do. Whether inside or outside, he can make the impossible shots look like an easy routine. In other words, Manu is the best.

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'll tell you why because you don't have a brain!

Simply amazing. Obviously not better than the top three on the list, but deserves a little bit more recognition. I mean, it's not easy to win international matches.

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

He is an extremely good player. He can dunk insanely, he drains threes, and plays crazy defense. He's the most underrated player in the NBA and is the best shooting guard other than James Harden in the league.

DeMar is behind so many nobodies. He could easily be 40.

An amazing player for the Raptors team!

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