Best NBA Players of All Time

The Top Ten

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

M J made the Game of basketball just plane old exciting! You could never sit down this man is the GOAT better than lebron better than anybody $ you Michael

best that there will ever be ! you have a list of 166 "supposed" great players, but Joe Dumars is not included. he was better than 75% of the players listed

When talking about the GOAT you inevitably nitpick the resumes. his is the resume with the least amount of flaws mixed in with the greatest amount of accolades and accomplishments

This is a no brainer, most clutch player ever. Kobe is a huge douche but a great player, number 2 fits. Lebron has the ability and should be the goat but he is a head case sometimes. One through seven are pretty much about right though. Hakeem should be way higher. Steve Nash and Isiah Thomas are not on the list? Both better than Stockton or Iverson when it comes to little guys. Lastly Vince Carter? Great dunker, maybe best dunker, greatest PLAYER? Probably not even in top 100 ever.

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.

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.

MAGIC JOHNSON IS A GREAT HALL OF FAMER HE IS THE BEST TEAM PLAYER IN THE NBA EVER HE HAS HAD THE MOST ASSISTS EVER AND BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE MOST ASSISTS IN AN ALL STAR GAME WITH 24 ASSISTS

Best play creator ever. Best point guard ever. After Kareem left he still won it didn't matter.

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.

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.

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.

KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR HAS A LOT OF CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 19X NBA ALL STAR HAS THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF POINTS IN AN NBA CAREER WON THE MOST MVP AWARDS AND HAS HAD QUITE A LOT OF RINGS THAT HE HAS

Kareem is number one better than Jordan has the most points in the nba the skyhook was unstoppable most mvp 6 time nba champion with the bucks and lakers kareem is better than Jordan people are just Jordan bandwagon

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.

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

For me, Lebron is better than MJ or Magic. So Lebron deserves the first-best.

LeBron is probably the second-best player ever and should be higher than Magic.

LeBron James was the star of the Cavaliers and dragged them to 4 straight finals appearances. When he left they immediately became one of the worst teams in the league. Michael Jordan led the Bulls to 3 straight finals wins. When he left they made it to the second round of the playoffs.

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)

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.

LARRY BIRD IS AN NBA HALL OF FAMER HE HAS HAD WON 3 MVP'S IN A ROW 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HAS HAD PROBABLY THE GREATEST RIVALRY IN THE NBA EVER WITH MAGIC JOHNSON

3 time NBA champion and 3 time MVP. Such an amazing player. Could be THE BEST shooter of all time. One of my favorite players of all time.

Larry Legend was badass in every way. You couldn't intimidate him one bit. He didn't need athleticism to compete, he just knew how to pick his spots on offense, where to pass, and how to defend and rebound at a high rate.

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.

RIP to a legend first of all. And yes Kobe is up there. Probably had the most legendary work ethic of any player alongside Pistol Pete.

He was a fantastic player. I remember a Los Angeles Lakers - Boston Celtics match where Kobe and Lamar Odom played so good, that was when I saw Kobe Bryant the first time and he becomes one of my favorite player via NBA teams.
Rest in Peace Kobe Bryant!
You made important chapter in NBA and US Basketball history!

Kobe is awesome, but a bit overrated. Should be closer to 10th than 6th. But he is perhaps the fourth-best guard ever (behind MJ, Magic and the big O).

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.

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.

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

Best statistical player in NBA history. People had to change the rules because of this man. 50 points averaged in a season. Better than Jordan

Too many accolades and records this man has. Very skilled and one of the greatest athletes ever. RIP Wilt Chamberlain

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Great leader and teammate

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.

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 IS THE MOST INTERESTING PLAYER IN THE NBA EVER HE HAS BEEN TO MORE PLAY OFFS THEN YOU CAN COUNT HE WON 4 OF THEM HE WENT WITH STEVE NASH, LEBRON JAMES AND DWYANE WADE AND HAS THE BEST PERSONALITY IN THE NBA EVER AND IS 7 FOOT 1 INCH

Shaq is a lot like Wilt Chamberlain, except that Shaq is shorter, slower, weaker, fatter, and had way less stamina and substantially less vertical.

ShaQ can dunk. Who in the world can dunk like that like braking glasses. The NBA's backboards are too good to break but for him to break the backboard like that is to seriuos.He is kind of slow his shooting isn't all that great but he is still a great Basketball player.

Definitely better than Wilt Chamberlain. How is Shaq not in the top 5. He is the best center ever. Great Player.

Um, excuse me sir, where can I find the weed you're smoking? Because Wilt was without a doubt better than Shaq. Wilt was stronger, faster, more athletic. Wilt could've dunked on Shaq and then blocked every shot he took in the game - hiphopgod

The Contenders

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

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!

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.

Greatest center of all time why the hell is he not in front of larry bird or just scalbrine he made the dream shuffle he got the most blocks than anybody ever in NBA history and he was way wore finesse

Hakeem is just an absolute baller. He is an all rounder and a nice guy.

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.

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.

if you do not believe he shouldbe ranked this high... goggle him

Would kill any player today

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.

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.

Well he's going on the Warriors so this will be good

MVP, finials MVP, title holder, do I need to say more

He doesn't deserve to ten

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.

He is way better then kevin durant

One of the most underrated players of all time.

Made the dunk interesting

Without Doctor J, most of those above him on this list wouldn't be know. Doc saved the game if you ask me.

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.

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.

I have no words to say. The Logo at number 33? Are you serious?

He should be higher than Curry. I mean, he is on the NBA logo!

best guard for many ,many years

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

Changed basketball with his elite ball handling and scoring easily top 10

This guy put everyone on the ground- enough said. No one could guard him

His moves were slick and, despite his ego getting in the way, he could score and dump off some great passes. Greatly underrated, possibly because of his off-court troubles.

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.

I'll agree that he was the best scorer but come on top 10 player of all time? - im1azy

John Stockton John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association, from 1984 to 2003. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA ...read more.

He should be higher than Kevin Durant

John is underrated I mean he leads the NBA in assists and steal s go John Stockton

Definition of point guard

All time NBA career assists and steals leaders.

Charles Barkley Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

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

I don't really like Charles Barkley because he was Karl Malone's rival.

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.

Better than KD, only thing was he didn't win a ring

Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.

Fantastic all around player who doesn’t get nearly enough recognition for his accomplishments.

He help beat the HEAT in 2011

Really OP point guard. No wonder Dallas won in 2011.

How do you put a guy like kwame brown over a legend like dirk?!? What?!?

Isiah Thomas Isiah Lord Thomas III is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association.

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.

Simply awesome

Complete awesomness

clutch

Chris Paul Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

lmfao everyone here is hating on cp3 but clearly y’all need to watch some old hornets games

Most overrated if you ask me. He makes the all star roster every year because of favoritism from the coaches and fans.

Never been champ, never been MVP, defensive player, nothing

Pretty good at handling. Terrible at everything else.

Kawhi Leonard Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He has played for the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, and the Clippers.

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

Good defender

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose lost a lot when he got injured and is not his MVP self anymore.

2 Derrick Roses except on this one you guys spelt it wrong WHAT ARE YOU GUYS SMOKING... I want in

He has been the best but since his injuries have put him down he is not as good as he was but is still good

Too bad, his injury ruined his career.

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

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

He had shaq and lebron he did not do it himself

Jermaine O'Neal Jermaine Lee O'Neal is an American former professional basketball player. The 6 ft 11 in, 255 lb forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft straight out of high school.

A good Damn center can dunk pass the ball and shoot. A "6'11" shooter so good.. He can attack the basket whenever or so what some people say he suck but they are wrong he is one of the best Basketball players.

How the Hell he made this list

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