Most Versatile Players in NBA History

The Top Ten
1 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.

Not only does Lebron have a chance to be the best player in NBA history, he may already be the most versatile player the game has ever seen. He can guard 1-5, and is the best perimeter defensive player in the current NBA. He is also third all time in scoring averages per game. Not to mention the fact that he has point guard like vision and is a freak of nature at 6'9 270lb

LeBron James proved he is the most versatile NBA player ever in the 2012 NBA Playoff. He has the size, strength, & athletism to defend & play all 5 positions. He sets up the Heat offense, great facilitator & a great post player. He is able 2 do things on the b-ball court that no other NBA player has been able 2 do.

I'm a die hard Celtics fan but I'd have to be an idiot if I didn't think LBJ is the most versatile player in the league today and maybe even of all time. Magic may have been just as good on offense but not nearly as on the defensive end.

As a Celtics fan its not easy to say it but lebron is just a beast. He can guard anyone on defense and make you embarred on offense. He can guard anyone playing any position.

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.

In Magic's rookie year he came off the bench and played for a hurt Kareem in the playoffs, and that's where everyone is at their best.

He could play any position haha hey lebron bet you can't play center

He is the greatest point guard in NBA history

Majic is the best

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

MJ is the 5 best player ever steph is 2 magic is 3 kareem is 1 lebron is lebron is 6 and kobe is 4

There's only 1 number 23!

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

I'm a larry bird fan...but most versatile goes to this guy. He could defend, run the point, run the wing, shoot, whatever it took...
And a team first guy. I'd say pippen might be the most underrated and underappreciated player ever. Pippen was the perfect #2 guy...and had the talent to win an MVP if he had no Jordan his whole career.
Sydney moncrief was also versatile

Pippen once led the team in every major stat category. He was the offense, the defense, and the hustle when MJ went to the MLB.

Best all around player ever played in nba. He can dunk pass and play defense and also score a basket

Best all around player in the 90s hands down. So he would have to be top 3 best all around ever.

5 Dennis Rodman Dennis Keith Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association.

Most underrated rebounder in the game. Gives you energy, hustle, muscle and rebounding a lot. At a disadvantage in height he still crashes the boards.

6 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.

-In 1967-68 Robertson also became the first of only two players in NBA history to lead the league in both scoring average and assists per game in the same season

-He's the only player ever in the NBA History to average a triple double doing it 5 years with averages of 30.6 points,10.6 assists and 10.4 rebounds

-Oscar Robertson is one of the 5 players ever to record a triple double in a playoff series

-He's the first player ever to record en entire triple double through entire playoffs

-His career total of 26,710 points is ranked #11 on the all time lists

-His career total of 9,887 assists is ranked #4 on the all time lists

-His playoff assist total of 769 is ranked #23 in the playoffs history

-His playoff assist average of 8,9 is ranked #4 in the playoffs history

-His career total of 181 triple doubles is the best in the NBA history

Simply put, he's the "godfather" of versatility in the NBA, and if you take into account the era in which he played - well, if you gave me, 6 months, maybe even as little as 6 WEEKS to study today's game, practice and get in shape like today's players do, he'd put LBJ and even Magic to shame!

No other player with the exception of magic wilt and lebron could ever dream about averaging a triple double for a season.and he almost did it 4 other times.INCREDIBLE.

He literally averaged a triple double. He could score, pass, defend, and rebound

7 Draymond Green Draymond Jamal Green Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

He can run 1-5... Shoot the 3.. And guard anyone in the league. This is way to low for him

He can also kick people in their privates

8 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)

It's a disgrace all you basketball fans left out this mans name! He could do it all pass, shoot, make something happen out of nothing! He was one of the if not the most clutch player the league has ever seen and a very underrated defender! He is the only guy in nba history to have career averages of 20+ ppg 10+ rpg and 5+apg don't believe me look it up and no I'm not a 70 year old celtic fan I'm 17 and this man could dominate any game and any era with his versatility

AGREE WITH LAST STATEMENTS. GREAT ALL AROUND PLAYERS WITH HEART AND GAME IQ.

9 Boris Diaw
10 Robert Horry
The Contenders
11 Ron Artest
12 Shawn Marion

The matrix is one of the best perimeter defender, he can guard 1-4 position and average mostly 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assist, 1.2 blocks and 3 steals in his prime.

13 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. ...read more.

Best ball player to walk this earth

He is the greatest most versatile player beside MJ

Black Mamba is greatest

He's one of 3 players ever to score 33,000 points His 6,000 assists are 32nd all time 1 of 7 players ever to score 30,000 points He's the only player ever to score 600 points in the postseason for 3 straight years

14 Wilt Chamberlain Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure. ...read more.

Only center in NBA history to lead the league in assists.
If blacks had been kept as a stat during his career, he would have averaged a triple-double for the season several times, as he routinely blocked 12-16 shots per game.
When younger and playing for the Globetrotters, he often played point guard and led the break.

People may not remember young Wilt, who ran like a gazelle and was the fastest 7-footer in NBA history and had the highest vertical of any 7-footer in NBA history, they mostly remember older Wilt, not quite as speedy, but stronger than anyone in NBA history.

Best player in nba history no doubt

15 Scott Wedman
16 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.
17 Ernie Grunfeld
18 Giannis Antetokounmpo Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

The greek freak is the next magic/LeBron mashup

19 Brian Scalabrine Brian David Scalabrine is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

The perfect center; taller than Yao, stronger than Wilt, can dunk it or hit from 3-point range like Curry.

20 Charles Barkley Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.
21 Kevin Garnett Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

He can guard almost every position

22 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.
23 Zaza Pachulia Zaza Pachulia is a Georgian professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.

R u joking. He could injure positions 1-5 plus the opposing teams coach

24 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.
25 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.
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