Best NBA Players of All Time
MJ is the goat. 6-0 in the finals and when it mattered most, he delivered. Clutch and confident always in his approach while also methodical, he would break down his opponents and beat them. Truly the goat of the sport who popularized it once again
Won 6 championships, would have won more if he hadn't retired for brief moments during his career. He also had 6 Finals appearances and never lost, which proves he could go off when it mattered most. He won 5 MVPs, would have won more except the NBA was tired of him having all that success. He was on some stacked teams, but they were only stacked because Jordan made all his teammates good. He is the greatest player at being clutch, he is the greatest scorer of all time, he is a top 10 dunker of all time, and he is the 4th best defender of all time, and no, Lebron is not even a top 10 defender. The only thing Jordan really lacked was 3 point shooting, but he didn't really need to shoot 3s because he could just splash mid-range jumpers about 70% of the time. Michael Jordan is the GOAT.
Anyone saying Lebron just doesn't know what they're talking about. Jordan had Pippen, that was it. He didn't have stacked teams like Lebron or play in the weak East for a decade where all the best players were always on his team - Wade, Allen, Love, Irving, and then he goes to LA and he has Antonio Davis. Jordan had Luke Longly, Tony Kukok, John Paxton. Pippen was the only other great offensive player MJ had
The age old argument... LeBron or Jordan. I got LeBron as #2 and Jordan is still the GOAT for me. Nearly unrivaled athleticism, perfect finals record, all those MVP's, all-NBA and all-defensive team selections, his legendary trash talk, and his work ethic made him number 1 for me. Also, he obviously played less than most NBA greats, he retired twice and played like what 13-14 seasons? It's about the quality of your career, not the quantity. Jordan's career was as close you could get to perfect.
People like Magic had their careers cut short. But what he did in those years he played are just phenomenal. 5 chips, 9 finals appearances, 11 all star appearances, etc. He also along with Larry Bird, saved the NBA. Magic is possibly the greatest passer ever and the most entertaining player ever.
By far the most over rated player ever.! He was blessed in his championship game in college to have 2 or 3? Other NBA players on his team playing a Larry Bird led team that had a bunch of unknowns, etc. Then he was blessed with the best shooting center of all time (percentage wise) = assists. And don't get me going on his passes that he MADE look harder than they were by looking away at the last minute! He was a top 40-50 player and that's it! With out Kareem the best player on that team he would not be half as popular with the fans. Media created most of him.
P.S. he was the first that got away with carrying the ball on every other play...now they all do it!
ALl I have to say is if Magic had played longer than 9 seasons he could have been the GOAT. On the pace he was going at, he could have been the all time assist leader, all time steals leader, one of the all time scoring leaders, he could have literally been on the top of every major and most minor statistics ever. Same case with other greats like Bird, Pettit, and Maravich. But of course he had other issues but hey still a top 10 player all time.
Magic was an incredible competitor who elevated the games of his teammates. Basketball is a TEAM game, despite ESPN's obsession with offensive statistics, dunks and 3 point shots. Magic could play every position, even playing center in the 1980 Finals. I am a long time Celtic fan. But I have to place Magic as the second best player to have ever played.
LeBron > anyone. The man is a beast and can kill it from anywhere on the court. He's doing things no one has ever done at a young age. He made basketball his own and is re-writing history! He has everything you could you want in a basketball player talent, brains, humbleness, sportsmanship, hunger, confidence, and a great team player. Those who don't appreciate his talent are far to ignorant to realize that he obviously deserves all he's gotten and has worked hard for his achievements. He deserves more credit then what he receives. He's an amazing person and basketball player. #G.O.A.T
Here is the thing Jordan played against most of those guys mentioned above and most of those guys had championship rings. LeBron is the best player of his era... Bill Russell has more Championships than players above him but Jordan was an all around player. Russell could have scored more points but that wasn't what his team needed him to do. Could LeBron do the same in Jordan's era in the East vs Pippen, Bird, Dr. J, James Worthy... the game was different back then and these guys played D.
Sick of haters always using LeBron's lack of rings against him, especially when you look at his playoff record he generally played very well, better than some jumped up stars with more rings, that had better support to get those rings anyway or they had easier opposition! No way should Kobe be above LeBron! What goes against him for me is twice leaving his home team, though having said that at least he played for his home state at all, no question he'd have had at least twice as many NBA wins if he spent most of his career under strong teams and changing ship when needed...
He has it all bulky yet fast and skilled on the court, team oriented mind unlike one ball hogger on this list.. Broken tons of NBA records and will continue to do so, while I don't condone his team switching he did give so many years to an inferior franchise and it must have been utterly frustrating all those prime years and only 1 ring to show for it. If he had been an inferior player like Dwight Howard or ...more
I don't even know why Lebron is 7th that is the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen. Without Mentioning 6 rings what is Jordan better at then Lebron James. Nothing, Lebron is 10x better teammate, better passer, better rebounder, and better defender because Lebron can defend vs every position. Also Lebron can play every position offensively. Some people say MJ is a better offensive player. But was he? Mj scored exactly 3 more PPG in his carrer than Lebron but he did it on 3 more shots. Lebron better percentage from 2. Better percentage from 3. Better FG%. Better TRUE shooting percentage. I know Lebron is 3-5 in his career in the finals but he has already got to 8 of them and he will get to 5 more of them. He will win at least 1 or 2 more. Jordan didn't play who Lebron did
Stats alone have him as an all time great. Then you add in his championship pedigree and putting a team on his back in his early years...he's the definition of a GOAT.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is arguably the greatest NBA player of all time. He was drafted to the Milwaukee Bucks, a 27 win team, and in only his second season, he won the MVP and the Bucks won 66 games and the NBA Finals. He's a six time MVP, six time NBA Champion, the all-time leader in points, the all-time leader in all-star appearances, one of the greatest passing big men, one of the greatest interior defenders, and the master of the sky hook.
MJ is the GOAT but Abdul-Jabbar is a close second, all-time scoring leader on a list where Jordan is 4th. Kareem was also a great defender, because of his height. Kareem should be second on the list. Go Bucks.
Everyone else here already explained it for all you people so I'm just showing everyone who might see this that I support their claims.
Larry Bird is very underrated. He won 3 championship but his competition, especially in the finals was tough, Sure you could say Larry had McHale and Parish but do you really think those 2 guys are better than James Worthy and Kareem? I don't think so. Bird was one of the NBA's first marksmen and has 3 3 point shootout wins to show for it. Bird was so confident in his ability which made him one of the greatest trash talkers. What sets him apart from the rest is that he actually keeps his word. Also Bird has had so many injuries during his 13 year career and yet played through them. He may also be the clutchest player along with MJ. Also Bird is one of the few athletes who successfully had a great coaching career. He won Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year and led the Pacers to their only finals appearance AGAINST JORDAN. So ye
Larry Legend - the master of fundamentals, tops list of competitiveness, vicious confidence and lethal trash talker that backed it up. This man broke champions spirits, while letting them know what he was going to do next.
Larry Bird is the best overall player ever! His numbers are simply amazing considering that he only had about 7-8 good years b4 his body betrayed him. Crazy numbers in a short amount of time. Imagine Bird staying healthy and playing for about 15-18 years! He scored 49 points, had 14 rebounds and 12 assists with a back brace on during his last season. He could barely put his uniform b4 game! Laugh out loud
Undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time. 3x champion, 3 point contest champion, one of the greatest shooters and passers ever. The GOAT at trash talking and one of the toughest players physically and mentally.
I think the hate Wilt gets is a tad bit undeserved. Sure, he was cocky and "selfish" and was "a bad teammate." Sure, he won 2 rings. Sure, Bill Russell and his Celtics existed. Dig a little deeper though. He is obviously one of the most outstanding physical anomalies in all of history (48 inch vert, could outrun a HOF NFL runningback, etc) as well as one of the most dominant players ever, they had to change rules because of him. Also he was a highly regarded prospect when he came in. Wilt had a lot of pressure on him, so obviously he wanted to do well. He wasn't winning any championships in his first years, and it's not like he had much help. The media started to judge Wilt for this so Wilt decided to score more points to cover up the fact he was losing. The media then labeled Wilt as selfish. So Wilt decided to lead the league in assists... the only big man to do so. Guess what the media called him, they called him stat-obsessed. Also, Wilt never had many great teammates aside from ...more
Um I do have an unpopular opinion that Wilt should be lower on the list. He wasn't a team player which resulted in his team always falling to the Celtics, he also under-performed in the playoffs. Also he wasn't as freakishly athletic as most people would think. Wilt did not have a 48 inch vertical, the stories say he could reach the top of the backboard which is 13 feet. If he did have a 48 inch vertical he would reach way past that. Thanks to some curious people and technology, people estimated his vertical was like 7-9 inches less than what he said his vertical was. Okay that part was unimportant but just in case anyone wanted to know... Wilt is still like top 10 all time though there's no denying he is an all time great and one of the most dominant players in a sport ever. He's also in the volleyball hall of fame and he was a decathlete
People say Jordan's the best, but I'm leaning towards this guy. People continuously try to discredit his achievements by talking about how they were in the 50's. It doesn't matter if it was in the 50's and 60's, he still would've had to put the ball in the basket 50 times to score 100, he would've had to put the ball in the basket 25.2 times every game to average 50.4, and he would've had to have played every second of every game including overtime to average whatever the ridiculous stat is that he got with his minutes. People love to talk about Jordan's free throw line dunk, but what they don't know is that instead of shooting free throws, Wilt would just jump and dunk the ball from the free throw line. That's why the rule exists. Wilt was also very strong, being able to deadlift about 500 pounds if my memory serves me correct. Nobody is as athletic as Wilt either. People from his era estimate that he had about a 48"-58" vertical. This guy was an absolute freak of nature.
In the past 30 years, there have been three players to put have a game in which they scored 30 points and brought in 30 rebounds. Wilt accomplished this feat over 100 times. He may not have won as much as Bill Russell, and he may have just been a tall guy at a time when the NBA was full of shorties. But Wilt revolutionized the game. He is the reason why basketball has become a game of giants. If Wilt never played, the sport of basketball would be a very different game. He is indisputably the most dominant player to ever play the game. For all of the reasons listed above, Wilt the stilt is the greatest basketball player ever.
Kobe Bryant the one of those players, who showed a really interesting game, not just the number of points scored, rebounds and assists, he showed incredible skill of the game, very difficult scored, thought out and non-standard throws. Kobe is good in all aspects on the basketball court, unlike those who can score only open three-pointers, or stand under the ring and wait for the pass, or other easy shots. He was the team leader, and he really deserved this title. He always laid out 100% and more, and he was the locomotive of his team.
Kobe's accomplishments & numbers are not very far off Jordan's.. Now let's consider that he played near half his career as a 2nd fiddle to Shaq.. That alone beside the achillies injury & the fact he came into the league as an experiment & had to wait for playing time & to become a focal point in the offense hurts his stats.. But straight up by the eye test Kobe was as good as it gets.. Complete package mentally, physically, both ends of the floor.. And of course his competitive drive & killer instinct is what really puts him over the top of everyone else on this list..
Who is better? Kobe or Lebron?. Let me talk you through this. Kobe, great shooter and inside shooter. Also great at that last second shot. Kobe was known for such talent and skills but does Lebron have the potential to beat Kobe? Lebron, whenever he gets in the paint he is almost unstoppable. Whenever he gets in the paint you start to get the feeling that it is an automatic posterizor. In my opinion Lebron is better. Anyone agree?
Kobe us undoubtedly a very athletic player with phenomenal offensive talent. However, he was never known as a TEAM player. He did not make his teammates better. He was quite fortunate to have Shaq and Gasol as teammates in their primes. Otherwise, he would have won zero rings. Despite his shortcomings, he has to be placed in the top 10 best to ever have played. I would place him in the 8 - 10 range.
In the era of ESPN where there exists an obsession of OFFENSE, dunks and 3 point shots, fans under 40 don't appreciate Bill Russell. In addition to Russell's 11 rings, he also won 2 NCCA championships at unheralded University of San Francisco. Russell was a fabulous athlete with an unmatched intensity for the game. He understood that basketball is a TEAM game and he made his teammates better players. Bill Russell was the best basketball player ever to put on a uniform.
What an absolute JOKE. I am born and raised in Boston and he doesn't even crack top 3 best Celtic all time. He won when there were 10 teams in the league and most players had a second job, the league was a JOKE. A center shooting 44% and only averaging 15 ppg when you are one of two 7 foot plus players is terrible. When the foul lane was changed to 16 feet he only averaged 12 ppg. Imagine him trying to defend Shaq, Hakeem, Dwight Howard, or Dikembe? Get him off this list immediately.
Bill was a pioneer for the game. He really showed that a player can dominate just on defense and team oriented play. He never had an overpowering physique, yet he was the only guy back in his day who could stop Wilt from scoring. Not only a role model for black people, but to everyone.
11 titles in 13 years. Totally changed the nature of the game. To rank him below Chamberlain is hilarious. I saw them play against each other. One had the heart of a champion (it wasn't Wilt). Ranking him below Kobe Bryant is also completely ridiculous.
One of the most loyal players ever. Stuck together with the team and never made a dumb decision to go play with other all stars like LeBrick Lames. Never appeared on sportscenter top 10, but did the basic things to win. Every year he played, the Spurs were a playoff team.
As a Lakers fan, I would have taken him as my centerpiece over Kobe or Lebron any day. He didn't need superstars around him. He made everyone around him look like superstars.
Four time NBA champion and two time MVP. The Greatest power forward of all time is an amazing player to the game of basketball. I like the way he plays the game.
Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward ever. That is a fact. He has been consistent since 1997! That is 16 years. It's a crime to not put this guy in the top 10.
ShaQ can dunk. Who in the world can dunk like that like breaking glasses. The NBA's backboards are too good to break but for him to break the backboard like that is too serious. He is kind of slow his shooting isn't all that great but he is still a great Basketball player.
Shaq is a lot like Wilt Chamberlain, except that Shaq is shorter, slower, weaker, fatter, and had way less stamina and substantially less vertical.
The Diesel, Big Aristotle, Shaq Fu, whatever you wanna call him was one of the greatest. His days in Orlando and Los Angeles were the prime years of his career. Had he remained a Laker, we could be talking about multiple championships in the 00's.
Definitely better than Wilt Chamberlain. How is Shaq not in the top 5. He is the best center ever. Great Player.
Hakeem destroyed the likes of Shaq, Ewing, Robinson. On the low block, he never had powerful strength but he resembled footwork of a ballet dancer, combined with a silky smooth jumper and no one had an answer for him.
Hakeem the dream is so good made it to the use team I think he is better than Shaq so he should be top 8!
The only opponent MJ said he truly feared. He made great defenders look average. Best all around center in the game.
Hakeem is just an absolute baller. He is an all rounder and a nice guy.
VERY underrated! Should be in the top 10. Much better than Kobe, who has missed the most field goals of all time of any player. The big O averaged a triple-double for 3 straight seasons.
Kids today will never know about the Big O. It is a shame that there werent enough video cameras back then. Couldve captured highlight after highlight.
One time NBA chamion and one time MVP. The big "O" has the most double doubles in NBA history and is the only player to avarege a triple double per game.
Simple he averaged a triple double for an entire year.
Listed at 6'9 but we all know damn well he's over 7'0. Loyalty aside, Can get to the cup, can hit 3's at an above average rate, basically got his mid range game down to a science. The best offensive player the game has ever seen. Should be at least top 10. At the end of his career, I hope we put aside his awful move to Golden state and just realize that this guy is a legend.
Durant and Lebron are equily good in my opinion. Kevin is a better three shooter but lebron is better in the paint.
Not even a contender
Best of the best
Dr. J inspired Michael Jordan to be an amazing dunker and the best of all time. His moves were unlike anyone else. He was one of the best Dunkers ever.
He did everything MJ did before he did it. From the dunk at the foul line, to the no looker and reverse layups. Dr J should be way higher than this!
Without Doctor J, most of those above him on this list wouldn't be know. Doc saved the game if you ask me.
One of the most underrated players of all time.
Allen Iverson is pound for pound one of the greatest, if not the greatest, player of all time. He played with unmatched heart and passion every night of his NBA career. The Answer was lightning quick and extremely fast, could finish at the rim amazingly well, could make incredible passes even though it's not his forte. Him and LeBron are the only ones who took a weak team to the finals despite, with better teammates there's not a doubt in my mind that he could've won a few rings during his career. With a career average of 26.7 ppg, he dominated the late 90s and early 00s.
Allen iverson shouldn't even be in the top 30 of all time. He had ball handling, could shoot decently, OK defense but never did anything with his career. Great players make their team great like lebron on the cavs, shaq on the magic. Yeah, they had some role players but no star players. Allen iverson got decent talent also but never did anything with it.
Not the best player of all time, but he was my favorite of all time. Put the ball in his hands and he will make a highlight-worthy play. Plus he was under 6'. I will be deeply disappointed if he's not a first ballot HOF.
Better than Darius and he can cross shoot and pass he is a good passer he ecspecially deserves to be in the NBA and has good defense. He can dominate the basket whenever he can score shoot and steal the ball.
Jerry West would eat most of the players here alive. He was not only a great shooter but he was also an exceptional defender. He was unmatched in clutch time and set the standard for every guard after him.
He should be higher than Curry. I mean, he is on the NBA logo!
I have no words to say. The Logo at number 33? Are you serious?
Mr Clutch! What else can I say?
17. Sigh. Huddle up casuals. Let me educate you on the amazing career of the one and only Steph "The Chef" Curry. Shooting GOAT. Back-to-back MVP and the only unanimous MVP ever. 2x Scoring Champ. 3x NBA Champion and should have at least 1 or 2 Finals MVP (Igoudala didn't deserve the first one let'e be honest and Curry outplayed Durant in the 2018 Finals). Oh and he's a 7x All-NBA. Durant is at 13 and Curry is at 17. They should both be Top 15, Curry having the edge. Curry has something Durant doesn't have: unprecedented offensive gravity. Curry attracts at least 2 defenders as soon as he is hot. Also, a defender is with him the entire time, even before he crosses half-court, just so they can hopefully win a playoffs game. This is why Curry will be TOP 10 ALL-TIME when he retires. Arguably the Offensive GOAT as well.
He deserves so much more credit than he gets. Without him the warriors wouldn't have their super team. KD would never join and Draymond and Klay wouldn't be able to carry the team. He is doing things that no nba player ever could do. He is amazing in everything on offense and is hands down the greatest shooter of all time. It makes no sense why Lebron is top ten and curry is barely in the top 100
Stephen Curry is so much better than nearly everyone on this list. Michael Jordan, Magic, and a few others like Wilt Chamberlain are better than Curry, possibly. He is 100% the best 3-Point shooter ever! And he is not lucky, he is great!
Dude, as of writing/typing this (4/04/16), Stephen Curry is on track for 403 three pointers... 403 THREE POINTERS! He will break the previous record (which he set by the way, which broke the previous record that he set) by a lot.
The man defined his position and is all time leader in assists/steals. What more do you want out of your point guard? Controversial top 10 for me, but no less than top 20.
All time NBA career assists and steals leaders.
Never heard of him.
John is underrated I mean he leads the NBA in assists and steal s go John Stockton
So Draymond Green over Sir Charles Barkley on this list? Yeah ok. Shows how incredibly stupid voters are. Barkley a close 2nd to Duncan in best Power Forward of all time with Karl Malone jut behind him. Nowitzki is like 6th best Power Forward of all time at best.
The Round Mound of Rebound. Sir Charles was the Incredible Bulk. AT 6'6'', he dominated other power forwards that stand at about 6'9''.
I don't really like Charles Barkley because he was Karl Malone's rival.
Ok sir Charles isn't the greatest I admit but he was a one of the greatest, he was a complete player as well so he gets my vote
Fantastic all around player who doesn't get nearly enough recognition for his accomplishments.
How do you put a guy like kwame brown over a legend like dirk?!? What?!?
Really OP point guard. No wonder Dallas won in 2011.
Carried a mediocre team to the finals to defeat Lebron and D. Wade
Chris paul is the best player he will cross, shoot, or do a cool layup on anybody.
Best point guard ever.
Pretty good at handling. Terrible at everything else.
Can't get pass the 2nd round.
What in the... Chris.. Paul?
One of the toughest individuals to ever step out onto the court! He is one of the reasons Michael a Jordan couldn't get to the NBA Finals until the 90s considering his Detroit Pistons handled him so well.
He is such a diva. He wants everything to go his way and everyone to listen to him
Not nice like kobe
Dwyane Wade is just an all around incredible player. I really enjoy watching old games from the heat dynasty where I see Dwyane can do anything. Top twenty for sure.
How is chris bosh higher than dwyane!? I mean I like chris bosh but dwayne wade was way more legendary
Third best SG of all time. Only player besides Hakeem to win a title single handedly.
How is dwyane wade this far down?!?!?!?
Derrick Rose lost a lot when he got injured and is not his MVP self anymore.
Were you guys doing marijuana when you made this? Two Wades and Two Roses
Too bad, his injury ruined his career.
2 Roses and you spelled Derrick wrong.