Top 10 Greatest Seasons by an NBA Player

The Top Ten
1 LeBron James 2016 LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

LeBron James. He is the best Small Forward of all time and the best NBA Player of all time. He is the NBA goat. But only in the NBA Finals. The way he played during the finals in the playoffs is why he is the goat, not because of his everyday play. So, he is the goat in the finals, but working his way up there in everyday play. He is the biggest crybaby, but he is still amazing at basketball. He has the gift. He is the best in the game. He is Baby Bron-Bron. He is the best because of his playoff play in the finals in 2016.

2 Michael Jordan 1996 Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

MJ is the most amazing player of all time. He is so good and has put up consistent numbers throughout his career. His best year was 1996. The Bulls have never had a better player and no one likes a player more than MJ except for the frontrunner LeBron fans who switched from Curry to LeBron after LeBron won the NBA Championship. What a day. MJ is still so good.

3 Stephen Curry 2016 Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, if not the greatest. He is one of the most beloved stars in the NBA today, as... read more

Stephen Curry. On the greatest team of all time now that KD's on the team. The greatest 3 point shooting team of all time. 2 time MVP. One half of the splash brothers. The most popular player in the current NBA currently fighting off LeBron James. He ruined basketball with his excessive 3's. The most overpowered player in NBA 2K16. The most bandwagoned player in all of the NBA. His performance during the NBA finals was the second best next to the crybaby LeBron which is why he is an NBA. Chef Curry will keep cooking 3's and he is one of the best in the game right after LeBron. Steph gonna Steph. These top 5 players are the only players as of this year that are ever going to be named the GOAT. Every one else came close, but doesn't deserve that nickname. One of the best in the game. Cook up a dub, dub nation.

4 Kobe Bryant 2016 Kobe Bryant (1978 - 2020) was an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history... read more

Kobe Bryant had a fantastic year. Kobe Bryant had his greatest moment of his entire career when he got over 60 points in his final game in the NBA. He is the definition of a loyal player when it comes to playing with one team his entire career. Kobe has the shot and he is the Black Mamba. The Lakers fans love him and is easily the most lovable in the NBA. The way he played in that last game was almost as good as MJ in 1996. He is one of the best in the game. His last game is the reason why he is 3rd in the game. He had his moment.

5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1971 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.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the second greatest player of all time, not just in a timeframe right under MJ. Kareem is so solid and is the best center of all time. He is the greatest Milwaukee Buck and is the greatest actor. Thanks Full House. Kareem is the greatest historic player of all time and his size advantage made his hook shot so much more easier. He is easily the greatest post player of all time and is so gifted. Thank you Kareem.

6 Magic Johnson 1992 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.

Easily the second best point guard of all time right behind Curry. His performance during all star games were phenomenal. That is why he is 6th. He is so good at shooting and great at driving to the hoop. People say he is better than Curry. As much as I want to say that is true, he was until Curry played during the NBA finals in 2016 and that's that. His all star performances are why he is this high up on the list. He is fighting diseases and being one of the top 10 best players in the NBA. That's Magic. One of the best in the game.

7 Michael Jordan 1991 Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

MJ. Again? He can't be two names on one list. He can because I'm doing how they performed during that year. His performance in 1991 was phenomenal. His only better year was 1996. He is not the GOAT in this year but he is in 1996. He is the true MJ. Sorry Magic Johnson. One of the best in the game. Love you MJ. He is number 7 because of his MVP performance in 1992.

8 Oscar Robertson 1962 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 greatest player on the kings of all time. The third best PG of all time. He is a beast in the NBA. He is an old player, but that can't stop him from being great. He truly is a king in the NBA.

9 Tim Duncan 2003 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.

Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time. He retired this year and had a wonderful 18 year career with the Spurs. I love players that are with one team their entire career. Mr. Fundamentals had a great career and shared a special bond with his coach, Gregg Popovich. He won a lot of championships and was fantastic. The reason he is number nine is because of his 2003 throwback year. The best throwback period of all time was Tim Duncan's.

10 Wilt Chamberlain 1962

Add up the numbers, most of the other names best years are about "half" of what Wilt's were in 1962. Possibly the problem is that the numbers are so huge, they don't seem real.

Wilt had the best statistical season in nba history.
50 points per game: a record
25 rebounds per game: not a record but close to it (his record was in his rookie season) also to correct the other guy he didn't have 55 boards in one game this season

Averaged 50.4 points PER GAME: NBA record.
Averaged 25.7 rebounds PER GAME: NBA record.
Several 60/40 games [60 points/40 rebounds]: no other player has ever done it.
Scored 100 points in a game: NBA record.
Had 55 rebounds in a game: NBA record.
No other player in NBA history has remotely had a year like Wilt Chamberlain had in the 1961-62 season.

The Contenders
11 Dwyane Wade 2006 Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

Dwyane Wade became the leader of the Miami Heat right after LeBron left to go to the Cavaliers. He had a great season, leading the Heat in almost all offensive categories. Then, he went to the Bulls. Dwyane Wade had a great career so far. His best part of career was in 2006 in his throwback year. This is the second best throwback year of all time only falling under Tim Duncan. He is still a great player and this makes him at that hall of fame tier. Always a D-Wade fan for life.

12 Kobe Bryant 2006

35.6 ppg...the only player in today's modern 3pt era to average that much. The last person to do that was a young Michael Jordan. The man dropped 81 points in one game for God's sake. Everyone says LeBron carried the Cavs last year. No, he didn't. The only threat was Boston. In this 2006 season, Kobe Bryant carried the Lakers with a prime Dirk Nowitzki, 7 seconds or less Suns, Tim Duncan Spurs, a really good Tracy McGrady/Yao Ming duo in Houston. THAT is a good Conference, not the complete and utter joke of the Eastern Conference like it was this year.

13 Wilt Chamberlain 1960

Wilt's Rookie year, was really better than any other player's best year ever, much less any other Rookie's best year.
PPG- 37.6
RPG- 27.0- yes that is 27 rebounds per game AVERAGE!
APG- 2.3
They did not officially record blocks during Wilt's era, but considering that he "informally" averaged about 8.8 blocks per game in the 112 career games he played where somebody kept track, chances are that he had more blocks as a Rookie than anybody in NBA history except for Bill Russell [and himself].

14 Kobe Bryant 2009
15 Allen Iverson 2001

Led Philly to the Finals with a very weak team.Won the Scoring Title and the MVP award. Averaged 32 points per game and who can forget the Toronto Series. He nearly scored 50-55 points every match in a 7 game series. After winning the Conference Finals they played with Lakers which was one of the strongest teams in history. Iverson brought the first game to Sixers with 48 points.After the first game Lakers won the series with Shaq's amazing performance.He averaged about 39 points in the Finals but there was no way to beat that Lakers with one player. Never seen someone else than Iverson that lead a really weak team to finals by himself...

16 LeBron James 2018
17 Kawhi Leonard 2019

Although it was extremely disappointing for the entire country to watch him walk after just one season, what he did in that one season is, in my opinion, the most incredible single season I've ever seen by a player.

Traded to Toronto from San Antonio after missing a full season due to injury, Kawhi stepped in and never looked back. He didn't want to be here, and we knew that. Regardless, Kawhi used this season to prove everyone wrong, and to bring an entire country their first ever NBA championship.

He averaged 26-7-3 during the regular season despite some belief that his quadricep injury may affect his future as a player. Then, as the Raptors undisputed leader, lead the team to the Eastern Finals with ease. The Raptors quickly went down 2-0 to the Bucks before the Raps would come back and win 4 in a row. This series of course provided what will easily go down as the biggest moment in Canadian basketball history. With the game tied at 90 and mere seconds left on the clock, Kawhi ran up the court to the right side of the Bucks zone just past the 3-point line and hit a clock-beating 2-point jumper to bring the Raptors to their first ever NBA final.

The Finals series heavily favoured the defending champion Golden State Warriors who had arguably the best lineup ever assembled. The Warriors were unfortunate to lose two key players in Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson in the series, but even with near-full strength the Raptors seemed on step ahead. The Toronto Raptors would shock the entire world when they did indeed overcome all odds and defeat the Warriors, effectively ending an era of dominance for GS. Leonard was named Finals MVP, becoming only the third in NBA history to win the honour with two different team alongside all-time greats LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

Kawhi may have left that offseason back to his hometown in LA, but his season with the Raptors will be cemented in time among the greatest seasons by any player in NBA... more

18 Russell Westbrook 2017
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