Best NBA Players of All Time
The Top Ten Best NBA Players of All Time
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 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. - venusman
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.
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!
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.
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
Overcame a 3-1 lead to the 73-9 Warriors with the first ever unanimous 2 time mvp Steph Curry. Simply, put the most dominant and game changing player of all time - Bingefest1
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. - rapaddict97
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
In case you guys didn't know Kareem is at the top of the list at the most points of all time with almost 39,000 points his career
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.
Best small forward ever to play the game. He won 3 championships but he was alone. He would have won more if is back hadn't been hurt.
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.
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. - venusman
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. - hiphopgod
Why are only Jordan or LeBron considered acceptable answers as the GOAT? Wilt was the most dominant force in basketball history and the stats back it up. Dude averaged 50 and 25 over a full season and was also probably the greatest passing center ever.
What the hell are you talking about he isn't eleventh he is with out a doubt the best NBA player that ever lived he scored nearly as much as Michael Jordan and he played less game I mean the guy scored 100 points and scored 4,000 points in just one season THE BIG DIPPER DESERVES TO BE NUMBER 1 he is the greatest of all time HE IS BETTER THAN YOU'LL EVER BE he was the best Lakers player ever and you put Kobe Bryant in front of Wilt Chamberlain are you senile I mean you can't do that
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. - venusman
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.
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.
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
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.
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
3-time college player of the year & mr. triple-double. 6-time assist leader.
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
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 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. - bishop.moore07
I have no words to say. The Logo at number 33? Are you serious? - bishop.moore07
He should be higher than Curry. I mean, he is on the NBA logo! - EpicJake
best guard for many ,many years
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.
He is better than Jordan because he crossed him in his rookie
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.
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 - Sabbath
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 - Munknjet
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?!?
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. - JosephZ441
Really he probably 60 in the ranking of all time
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.
Steph is #1 No doubt about it bro what is this steph worked way harder to be at the top!
Stephen Curry should be like top 15. He has set more world records than most of the people above him on this list. He has one of the best 3s IN THE LEAGUE
Curry is the best nba shooter eva Lebron and Curry should be tied so curry should be at least top 20 let alone top 50 or 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!
Best current player in the NBA
Not nice like kobe
Good defender. - joshsanz
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
Most important player in heat history
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. - joshsanz
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
Chris Bosh kicks your tosh
He looks like Snoop Dogg.
Come on guys, he deserves to be on this list.
Best Asian Player of all time...
Awesome Asian player
Just a big man
Waiting for Kyrie Irving
I have never in my life seem a better player than Elgin Baylor. At, 6ft 5ins, he was the second leading scorer in the NBA
During the Big Wilt era and the third leading rebound leader during Bill Russell and Big Wilt era. The most important
Attribute he had was his excitement and hang time. He did not have a good supporting cast but he performed at the
Highest level. He is the best of the best!
Should be #15. Scariest player since Oscar Robertson. Averaging triple doubles and leading a team to the playoffs by himself. Can pass, shoot, block, steal, rebound, and leads almost all of them. Insane
He should be way higher than this.
Please vote for him he should way higher
He is a magician
R you kidding where is this guy seriously! - peaceswagtv
Karl Malone is a top-25 NBA player of all time, it is a shame that this list puts him at 66. He is second on the all-time career points list only second to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He and John Stockton took the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals twice ('97 and '98). The only reason he does not have a ring is because he played in the same era as M.J., and ultimately lost both Finals series in six games. Absolute legend, in my opinion Karl Malone should be around number 20.
The Mailman definitely needs to be higher on this list. What other player in the history of the game was an undersized power forward that could equally score and rebound every game as consistent as Malone did it. Ignorant fans and bandwagoner morons are to blame for this in their mind players who don't win rings are not great. Gtfo
Why on Earth is he this low? - EpicJake
He is awesome
Just watch a highlight reel or game film, this guy in my opinion was the greatest talent to ever play the game. lightning fast jump shot that was just pure from anywhere. The athleticism of Lebron and frame to match, combined with the ball skills, body control, and touch of Kobe's game. Last but not least he was an absolute lockdown defender when he felt like it, which was consequently whenever he was playing any other top players. Kobe claims that T-Mac was his toughest opponent he ever played against and he's played against Bron and Jordan and Durant. Sadly he was one of those cases where injuries took what could have been the greatest player ever. He had seven phenomenal years before being plagued with injuries but still managed to score 18,381 points. Before you try and tear this post apart go back and watch some game film of him being the most dominant player in the NBA.
THIS MAN WAS A RIVAL TO KOBE BRYANT THE BLACK MAMBA BEAR with me t mac put up numbers that should put him at MVP level but we just were given one of the most explosive scorers in NBA history.He gave us one of the most historic moments in league history by scoring 13 points in 33 SECONDS against the 2005 NBA champions the San Antonio spurs. Tmac needs to be in the top 20
T-Mac is GOAT SG.
way ahead of his time for passing and offensive knowledge. cannot imagine what he would do in todays game.
If you don't know this guy, Google him or YouTube... The best, period, no question,... Passer of all time!
Brian Scalabrine above pistol Pete? What?
Clyde should be way higher
Clyde is way better than Oscar Robertson
Clyde Drexler is way better than Kevin Durant. Clyde is a hall of famer and kd isn't
60? He is top 15 no questions asked!
He is definitely deserving of the number 1 spot he's the goat
I vote fr siakam because he is inprouving a lot
He is the 2nd best ball player this year 2015-16
Nice person to carry a team. - JosephZ441
Dwight Howard is better
Fel bad for ankle
He is unbelievable.some people say he is small but is still an amazing player
He's young and underrated. With a few more years, he could be at GOAT level
What is he doing here?
He single-handedly brought the jazz to conference finals, and He is the best modern net.
He was the man at cross overs he should be higher
He is no better than Raymond Felton
Why tf is he of all people on this list? He not even relevant in the league anymore
Does anyone remember this monster's dunks? Those are cool! - JosephZ441
He is 1st overall pick
he is best
Tell me why is this guy 70 he made steph look dumb in the finals score 57 points against the spurs best handles good sportsmanship he is going to win more championships than curry you guys need to watch basketball a lot more
Stupid kyrie is great
How is he 82? how!
How is Kyrie Irving #50
He made curry look like a goof in the finals.
He Can carry a whole team
He has his own shoe
He did amazing in college ball
His handles gosh he broke Wardell Curry's ankles
He deserves to be in top 10
He is so underrated. He helped Magic Johnson a lot, but people don't realize that. - Jonas103
Joel Anthony is the greatest of all time. This list is ridiculous. Am I the only one who have seen his amazing talent? His monster face will scare the hell out of you before you can drive the ball to the basket. The scariest player ever in NBA. He should be nailed to number 1. Because Joel Anthony is the real king. He is far better than Michael Jordan or any other player with a ring. He should even be the MVP in the miami versus dallas finals, but Lebron is too jealous because Joel just played from the bench. But he's underrated that's why not everyone appreciates him. - joshsanz
So Joel Anthony is better than Moses Malone? I don't think so.
So is he deformed? I've never heard of this dude
I don't know him but ill vote for him
Drazen Petrovic is the best European player ever to play the game and what made him great was his three point shooting and he gave up the ball when he needed to unlike Kobe Bryant would've
Only guy I have ever seen go against Michael Jordan as if he is just an average player. Sad to see him die before he reached his full potential.R.I.P.