1 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.
I mean, no explanation needed. Probably should've won 7 MVPs because he got screwed because of voter fatigue in 1973 season which Dave Cowens won MVP over Kareem in won of the most controversial selections of all time. 1972 MVP season, which was all-time historic featured him setting an all-time record that still stands, which is the NBA record of single season win shares of 25.37. 1971 was him having one of the all-time historic season that he seriously should've been the unanimous MVP, but only because of disrespect of being a 2nd-year player screwed him up. He averaged 11.2 rebounds per game even though the competition of being one of the best rebounders in the league featured players such as Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed, Dennis Rodman. Also, the he also stayed extremely relevant even though there were great centers throughout his era, such as Bob McAdoo, Bill Walton, Moses Malone, Robert Parish, Patrick Ewing, Elvin Hayes, Willis Reed, ...more - NBALists2049
To good to be true he scored the most amount of points in NBA history!
2 Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
Why is Michael Jordan on that list? He's great!
3 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.
100...In a underrated era that's all you need to know
Sorry, but simply playing for many more seasons than Wilt does not make anyone a better scorer. The average NBA career is 5 years, take any players best 5 consecutive year period vs. Wilt's, the other players look like they are in Elementary School. Double that and take the first 10 years of Wilt's career, the other players [Jordan and Kareem included] have only moved up to Middle School. Even "Grandpa" Wilt, at 315 pounds, with heavy scar tissue in his knees, late in his career, still outrebounded every other player in history. It's a testimony to Kareem and Karl Malone's longevity that they are #2 and #4 in total games played, and no coincidence that they are #1 and #2 in total points. Offense is more than longevity, and for a single game or an entire season, younger Wilt Chamberlain would have made mincemeat out of them.
Any list without Wilt at #1 in this category is wrong.
100 point game? check.
Multiple 70-point games? check.
50 point season average? check.
55 rebound game? check.
Multiple 60/40 games? check.
Its silly to have anyone in history above Chamberlain for individual offensive accomplishments.
4 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.
5 Dr. J 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.
6 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.
7 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)
8 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.
9 Pete Maravich
Peter Press Maravich, known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player.
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.
"He's Shaqtin A Fool"
"He's Shaqtin A Fool"
"He's Shaqtin A Fool"
"He's finally given us a gift we all wanted"
11 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.
Two consecutive league leading scorer. Purely from the stand point of his offensive skills and the number of ways he was able to score and the intense of defense back to the days and the difficulty to guard him when he was in his peak, T-mac would have ranked the top 5 offensive players in all time nba history. Obviously, he did not win many rewards like MVP, but his offensive skills are definitely the best of the best.
12 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.
13 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.
14 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.