Best NBA Players of All Time
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.
MJ in my opinion, is undoubtedly the GOAT. Sure, people will say LeBron or others could be over Jordan. Let's be real for a bit, Jordan is the most athletic, clutchest, most balanced player there ever was. Most people who saw him in his prime would say that. MJ has so many NBA records and accolades it would take forever to list em all. He is the all time leader in PPG for a career, most scoring titles by a long shot, 6/6 in the finals, PPG in playoffs, PPG in finals, most finals MVPs, a DPOY, highest PER, highest win shares, and has the highest highest box +- just to name a few. He accomplished all of this within a span of 15 seasons (including 2 underrated seasons with the Wizards). Sure you (specifically LeBron fans) could argue that MJ had some help and his competition wasn't that tough (which is very untrue). The reason people don't remember teams like the Jazz with Malone and Stockton or the Sonics with Payton Kemp is because MJ stopped them. At least 70% of ringless greats never ...more
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
3x Most Valuable Player, 8x All-Star, 6x All-NBA first team, 2x All-NBA second team, 4x All-Defensive first team, one time champion, Finals MVP 27.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.9 SPG,.8 BPG. You tell me that he is not a top 5 of all time he is the best All-Round NBA player ever + 19000 points, 5000 rebounds, 5000 assists, 1250 steals, 800 blocks, 50% FG shooting number one baby
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Very underrated on this list! He should be at least in the top 5! Like, come on. The guy got 100 points in a game, he had 118 fifty point games in his career, he averaged 50.4 points per game in 1961-62, he is first in all-time rebounds and 1 of 2 people in NBA history to get more than 20 000 rebounds, and he is first in rebounds per game (22.9), he had 54 rebounds in 1 game. He is second in points per game, next to MJ. After all that, he's still not in the top 5? Second most dominant player ever in the NBA (next to shaq). He's the best center of all time, no question. Shaq was lazy and didn't work hard later in his career, plus he was overweight. Wilt always worked hard to get the ball from the opponent. Bill Russell couldn't play offense, and relied on his teammates to do the work up the floor. Wilt could play defense, with an extremly high vertical, was the only person that could outrebound Russell. Most of their regular season meets, Wilt's team would win. Kareem had all his great ...more
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.
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..
He plays with so much toughness and has an intense mentality. He is so clutch and is very reliable and he can score the basketball so well definitely better than lebron. Lebron is great but I feel kobe is more skillful and I really think he deserves to be in this spot in this list because of everything he did for LA and he has inspired many to play basketball with his great skill and how he can score from anywhere
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?
Best defensive player ever. Period. There is no way I would take anyone over him defensively, not even Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, or Hakeem Olajuwon.
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.
He is one of those guys under the basket, where you really can't do anything about it. He is there, he is getting the rebounds, that's it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shaq is a lot like Wilt Chamberlain, except that Shaq is shorter, slower, weaker, fatter, and had way less stamina and substantially less vertical.
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.
3-time college player of the year. 6-time NBA assist leader, averaged a combinrd triple-double for the first 5 years in the league.
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.
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.
How is he better than Larry Bird, Allen Iverson, John Stockton, Dwyane Wade, Clyde Drexler, and Karl Malone. kd is overrated
Kevin durant shooting and dunks are awesome and he is very fast
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.
Come on he made nba and aba exciting and he has a better record than Lebron 3-0 vs 3-8
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.
He has the greatest handles of all-time and he carried a team to the finals and could dunk at 6ft tall and won a game in the finals against the lakers some people might not like him because he didn't win a ring and had a short prime but in his prime he was the mvp
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.
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?
He would destroy steph curry
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!
How is he not number 2!?!?!?! His ball handling is amazing! For those of you who think he makes lucky shots, just wanna let you know that he couldn't have gotten that good without practice! He'd probably beat all you unbelieving idiots! Steph for the win!
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.
Greatest player today, best three point shooter in nba history, best dribbler, and my favorite player to ever exist in a sport. I am the biggest warriors fan to ever exist!
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.
John is underrated I mean he leads the NBA in assists and steal s go John Stockton
All time NBA career assists and steals leaders.
He should be higher than Kevin Durant
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.
I don't really like Charles Barkley because he was Karl Malone's rival.
Better than KD, only thing was he didn't win a ring
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
How do you put a guy like kwame brown over a legend like dirk?!? What?!?
Carried a mediocre team to the finals to defeat Lebron and D. Wade
Really OP point guard. No wonder Dallas won in 2011.
Fantastic all around player who doesn’t get nearly enough recognition for his accomplishments.
Chris paul is the best player he will cross, shoot, or do a cool layup on anybody.
Best point guard ever.
He isn't that good I would think he would be about 36 in rating on here
Never been champ, never been MVP, defensive player, nothing
Pretty good at handling. Terrible at everything else.
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
Best current player in the NBA
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.
Cutest player to play the game them scrumpcious cheeks look nice on him anywhere, I just want him to fart in my face and give me pink eye
How is chris bosh higher than dwyane!? I mean I like chris bosh but dwayne wade was way more legendary
This is so disrespectful having wade below the likes of Lowry and Derozan
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
Derrick is hurt but he's coming back and is going to raise hell
He has a massive habit of getting the basket