Best NBA Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

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

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.

Easily the best player of all time. Six NBA championships and five time MVP. So graceful on the court. He truly is the BEST NBA player ever.

Kobe great lebron great kareem great but how are people arguing mj is the best player ever and the best athlete ever, and I love all the guys on this list but mj is the best. And how many times has lebron won the finals with a game winning shot. Enough said

no brainer

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2 Magic Johnson 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.

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.

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3 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant is 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 is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

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

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

Kobe Bryant has faced double teams from defenders who were much tougher than those of Jordan's time. He consistently scored, he only has 1 MVP, but he is probably one of the best scorers ever, if not the best. He is not a ball hog, and in the 4th quarter, there is no one better to close a game or win it

He scored 60 points in his and game and I actually think he should be at number 1 or 2 because magic Johnson is nothing but a piece of magic dust and I would say MJ and KB are equally the same but ya kobe is just a BOSS

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4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 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.

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

The greatest of all time.

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5 Larry Bird 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)

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.

Larry Bird went 25-0 in the 3 pt contest. That's perfect!

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6 LeBron James LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Heat and the Cavaliers.

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

LEBRON IS A GREAT PLAYER HE WAS THE YOUNGEST PERSON TO WIN BACK TO BACK MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARDS AND ON HIS 2012 SEASON OPENER HE SCORED 37 POINTS 10 REBOUND 6 ASSISTS 2 BLOCKS AND THROW IN TWO STEALS AGAINST THE NBA CHAMPS

I couldn't find Javale McGee so I had to go with Lebron aha Lebron is a beast that can do it all! Looking at all around statistics between Jordan and james and I believe James is better

How lebron is in number 6 and wilt chamberlain 7 wilt chamberlsin should be nuber 5

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7 Wilt Chamberlain 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.

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

READ: Only 6 other players have had a 30/30 game, with 30 points and 30 rebounds, and none have done it more than once; while wilt did it over 100 times.
No other player has had even one 40/40 game, and Wilt had 8 of them.
And then there is Wilts "Double-Triple-Double", where he had 20/20/20, which again no other player has ever done.
Blocks were not recorded officially during his career, but in his final year, the NBA was doing a few "test" games, and he had 26 blocks.
Simply the GOAT- Greatest Of All Time!

Listen closely, Wilt Chamberlain is the most dominant figure to ever grace the hardwood! He owns almost every record in the book and impacted the game historically making the game evolve into a much quicker pace. Centers started playing above the rim cause of him. Shaq in his own mind claims he more dominant than Wilt ever was, uh YEAH RITE!

Monster? Octopus?..But not Human!

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8 Bill Russell Bill Russell

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

11 titles in 13 years. Totally changed the nature of the game. To rank him below Chamberlain is hilarious. I saw them play against each other. One had the heart of a champion (it wasn't Wilt). Ranking him below Kobe Bryant is also completely ridiculous.

Defense wins championships, and Bill Russell can give you 11 examples of this

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9 Shaquille O'Neal 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.

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 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.

Best season in NBA history 1999-00. enough said.

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10 Tim Duncan 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.

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.

He is amazing

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The Contenders

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

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 at least number 9

Better than Tim

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12 Oscar Robertson 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.

Simple he averaged a triple double for an entire year.

Was a great scorer and s great Milwaukee Buck - Kingjon15

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.

Better than Tim Duncan

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13 Julius Erving 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

He's A TON BETTER THAN LEBRON! HE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 5! COME ON PEOPLE! READ THE COMMENTS BELLOW! THEYLL TELL YA!

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14 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

He doesn't deserve to ten

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

Best of the best

Beast

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

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

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.

Made all of us under 6 feet believe that we could make the NBA. He is a true inspiration from his backstory and his skills

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16 John Stockton 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

Should be waaay higher

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17 Stephen Curry Stephen Curry

He's not good, he is lucky that he takes bad shots and they go in plus Kyrie has better handles

He is a great player but definitely not the best of ALL Time.

He is not the 18th best of all time he ain't better than Charles Barkley Isaiah Thomas Scottie pippen or Kevin garnet

Curry the best u the real mvp

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18 Jerry West 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. - bishop.moore07

I have no words to say. The Logo at number 33? Are you serious? - bishop.moore07

HE IS THE NBA LOGO. good spot though

He would destroy steph curry

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19 Chris Paul Chris Paul Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

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

Really he probably 60 in the ranking of all time

Ok Dirk is better than chris Paul

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20 Derrick Rose Derrick Rose Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

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

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

He has a massive habit of getting the basket

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