Best NBA Players of All Time


The Top Ten

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

Hands down... always will be the GOAT!

I feel like Michael Jordan made the NBA exciting. Before he played, most players were boring to watch. Then he came along and brought some entertainment. This man had flashy layups, dunks, and dribbles that we had never seen before in this sport. On top of that, he was the greatest winner of all time. He won 6 titles and didn't lose in the finals!

This guy is the GOAT. Period.

Sure, I may have been born after the guy was retired, but watching the hundreds of hours of clips on YouTube,etc. convinced me that MJ is the greatest. He was clutch, a great rebounder, assist man, a great shooter inside and out, he is a DPOY and was on countless All-Defense teams. He matches the incredible Wilt on the most PPG in a career. He is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, dunker of all time. He dominated in an era that had some of the Greatest Players and had some of the Greatest teams of all time. And to top it all off, he has 6 rings AND has a legendary company that bears his name. It would be amazing if I was a kid watching this man fly from the free throw line in the Finals, or send the Bulls to one with a clutch game winner. Period.

He is the reason why the game of basketball is so popular today

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.

How is lebron james not here

The best I have ever seen - nobody impacted the game like him. Jordan is a close 2nd.

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


3 LeBron James 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

He needs to be either number 1 or 2

LeBron is hands-down the greatest player in NBA history. What more do you Jordan lovers need? - BluePrideBadger

Lebron has a higher FG% then Jordan and more assists and rebounds and his career is still going.

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 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

Why does everyone think MJ is the best,it's got to be Kareem the man won 2X more championships and MVP's then Michael Jordan.


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

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)


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.

6 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 won five titles, two without Shaq

Kobe's accomplishments & numbers are not very far off Jordan's.. Now let's consider that he played near half his career as a 2nd fiddle to Shaq.. That alone beside the achillies injury & the fact he came into the league as an experiment & had to wait for playing time & to become a focal point in the offense hurts his stats.. But straight up by the eye test Kobe was as good as it gets.. Complete package mentally, physically, both ends of the floor.. And of course his competitive drive & killer instinct is what really puts him over the top of everyone else on this list..

Kobe scored 81 did any of these players


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 . more.

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.

Chamberlain is top 5 player

100 points a game


8 Bill Russell 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.

ONLY 8! - GloriousGuy

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.

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. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.

Y'all need icy hot - rankist


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.

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.

This guy for sure has to be top ten

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.


The Contenders

11 Hakeem Olajuwon 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!

The best

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

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.

Would kill any player today

Simple he averaged a triple double for an entire year.

Averaged a triple double

Better than Tim Duncan

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.

Come on he made nba and aba exciting and he has a better record than Lebron 3-0 vs 3-8

He is way better then kevin durant

One of the most underrated players of all time.

Made the dunk interesting

14 Kevin Durant 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.

Kindness Is Not A Sign Of Weakness

Uhh 14 top 3 easily

Accurate possition

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

HE IS THE NBA LOGO. good spot though

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

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

He is better than Jordan because he crossed him in his rookie

Ankles dash that three boy. There goes a note popcorn man cause of Iverson. Splash That three

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.

17 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 more.

Top 10 player - ShugaRoy

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

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

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

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.

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

What in the... Chris.. Paul?


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

Epic - prav

20 Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki


Carried a mediocre team to the finals to defeat Lebron and D. Wade

He help beat the HEAT in 2011

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

21 Isiah Thomas 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


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

Wade should be like top 15

Most important player in heat history

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

23 Chris Bosh Chris Bosh Christopher Wesson Bosh is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

Chris Bosh kicks your tosh

He looks like Snoop Dogg.


24 Jermaine O'Neal 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

25 Derek Rose

Who are you guys?

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

Were you guys doing marijuana when you made this? Two Wades and Two Roses

2 Roses and you spelled Derrick wrong.

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26 Yao Ming Yao Ming Yao Ming is a Chinese basketball executive and retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

Come on guys, he deserves to be on this list.

Best Asian Player of all time...

Awesome Asian player

Just a big man

27 Elgin Baylor Elgin Baylor

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!

28 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.

R you kidding where is this guy seriously! - peaceswagtv

29 Derrick Rose Derrick Rose Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves 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

Derrick is hurt but he's coming back and is going to raise hell

30 Clyde Drexler Clyde Drexler Clyde Austin "The Glide" Drexler is an American retired professional basketball player. During his career, he was a ten-time All-Star, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

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

31 Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

He is a walking triple double

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

Why is Kyle Lowry and Demar ahead of this man!

He should be way higher than this.

32 Pete Maravich Pete Maravich Peter Press Maravich, known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player.

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?

33 Steve Nash Steve Nash Stephen John Nash, is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

Two time straight MVP, played in 8 all star game, and rated one of the best point guard of all time? How can nobody add Steve Nash in this list? Lebron and Durant are still playing and there on the top ten list?!?!

A true point guard defines Steve Nash - joshsanz

34 Bob Cousy Bob Cousy

60? He is top 15 no questions asked!

35 Moses Malone Moses Malone Moses Eugene Malone was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association from 1974 through 1995. The center was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA selection. more.
36 Tracy McGrady Tracy McGrady Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association, where he played as both a shooting guard and small forward.

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.

37 Karl Malone Karl Malone Karl Anthony Malone is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The MailMan", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton.

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

38 Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.

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?

39 John Havlicek John Havlicek John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.
40 Paul George Paul George Paul George is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.

He is the 2nd best ball player this year 2015-16

Dwight Howard is better

Fel bad for ankle

He is great

41 Deron Williams Deron Williams Deron Michael Williams is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.

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

42 Tony Parker Tony Parker William Anthony Parker Jr. is a French professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
43 Brian Scalabrini

How dare you spell the name of our lord and saviour, the one and almighty two time rookie of the year winner, BRIAN SCALABRINE wrong? whats wrong with yall

The greatest to ever pick up a basketball. I mean where do you start? His legacy is so great that the nba censored most of it. Averaging a triple triple for the nba finals against a very mediocre shooting guard in love Bryant. He is the goat and that is the only way to put it

Well. I can see now that earth is literally stupid. From making Donald trump into a republican candidate to Scalabrine being at this level. Nice to see that we are being smarter nowadays...

Easily the coldest player of all time

44 DeMar DeRozan DeMar DeRozan DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.
45 Paul Pierce Paul Pierce Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

How is this a list w/out Pierce? He was forced to play every last position in his career and excelled at all of them except center. Pierce was one of the few players in the game today who cared about his team and winning. Paul Pierce was also a legendary clutch performer and an inspiring team leader. He transformed the Celts from a team into a family. Because of Pierce, very few teams had a stronger bond than the Celts. I know Pierce isn't going to show up in the top 10 but he more than earned his spot on a list like this. Please put Paul Anthony Pierce on this list. It would be great to see that not everybody thinks that basketball is all about scoring points (I'm talking to you, Kobe, Melo, Durant, etc.)

NBA Champion (2008)
NBA Finals MVP (2008)
10 NBA All-Star (2002-2006),(2008-2012)
All NBA Second Team (2009)
3 All-NBA Third Team (2002,2003,2008)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1999)
NBA Three Point shootout champion (2010)

46 Blake Griffin Blake Griffin Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.

He is 1st overall pick

he is best

47 Michael Cooper

He is so underrated. He helped Magic Johnson a lot, but people don't realize that. - Jonas103

48 Drazen Petrovic

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.

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

Worst ever. he should stop yelling at the reffs - MrSnuffleupagus

Quality defender best second round pick ever

He is awesome and all you haters stfu cause he don't care about the haters.

This guy is better than Steph

50 Joel Anthony

I don't know him but ill vote for him

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

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