Most Versatile Players in NBA History

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The Top Ten

1 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.

Not only does Lebron have a chance to be the best player in NBA history, he may already be the most versatile player the game has ever seen. He can guard 1-5, and is the best perimeter defensive player in the current NBA. He is also third all time in scoring averages per game. Not to mention the fact that he has point guard like vision and is a freak of nature at 6'9 270lb

I'm a die hard Celtics fan but I'd have to be an idiot if I didn't think LBJ is the most versatile player in the league today and maybe even of all time. Magic may have been just as good on offense but not nearly as on the defensive end.

As a Celtics fan its not easy to say it but lebron is just a beast. He can guard anyone on defense and make you embarred on offense. He can guard anyone playing any position.

Versatility shouldn't be restricted to offense only. People talk about MJ and Magic offensively and Scottie defensively but Lebron is 1 through 5 on both ends.

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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.

He is the greatest point guard in NBA history

In Magic's rookie year he came off the bench and played for a hurt Kareem in the playoffs, and that's where everyone is at their best.

Who else could dominate THE FINALS at a completely different position at any time in their career much less as a ROOKIE? ONLY MAGIC!

He could play any position haha hey lebron bet you can't play center

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

There's only 1 number 23!

Lol steph curry number 2?

MJ is the 5 best player ever steph is 2 magic is 3 kareem is 1 lebron is lebron is 6 and kobe is 4

4 Scottie Pippen Scottie Pippen Scottie Maurice Pippen is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

Pippen once led the team in every major stat category. He was the offense, the defense, and the hustle when MJ went to the MLB.

Best all around player ever played in nba. He can dunk pass and play defense and also score a basket

Best all around player in the 90s hands down. So he would have to be top 3 best all around ever.

The inventor of versitility

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5 Dennis Rodman Dennis Rodman Dennis Keith Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association.

Most underrated rebounder in the game. Gives you energy, hustle, muscle and rebounding a lot. At a disadvantage in height he still crashes the boards.

6 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.

-In 1967-68 Robertson also became the first of only two players in NBA history to lead the league in both scoring average and assists per game in the same season

-He's the only player ever in the NBA History to average a triple double doing it 5 years with averages of 30.6 points,10.6 assists and 10.4 rebounds

-Oscar Robertson is one of the 5 players ever to record a triple double in a playoff series

-He's the first player ever to record en entire triple double through entire playoffs

-His career total of 26,710 points is ranked #11 on the all time lists

-His career total of 9,887 assists is ranked #4 on the all time lists

-His playoff assist total of 769 is ranked #23 in the playoffs history

-His playoff assist average of 8,9 is ranked #4 in the playoffs history

-His career total of 181 triple doubles is the best in the NBA history

Only player in NBA history to AVERAGE a Triple-Double for an entire SEASON!

Simply put, he's the "godfather" of versatility in the NBA, and if you take into account the era in which he played - well, if you gave me, 6 months, maybe even as little as 6 WEEKS to study today's game, practice and get in shape like today's players do, he'd put LBJ and even Magic to shame!

He literally averaged a triple double. He could score, pass, defend, and rebound

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

He can run 1-5... Shoot the 3.. And guard anyone in the league. This is way to low for him

He can also kick people in their privates

8 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)

AGREE WITH LAST STATEMENTS. GREAT ALL AROUND PLAYERS WITH HEART AND GAME IQ.

BEST ALL AROUND PLAYER EVER

Its a disgrace all you basketball fans left out this mans name! He could do it all pass, shoot, make something happen out of nothing! He was one of the if not the most clutch player the league has ever seen and a very underrated defender! He is the only guy in nba history to have career averages of 20+ ppg 10+ rpg and 5+apg don't believe me look it up and no I'm not a 70 year old celtic fan I'm 17 and this man could dominate any game and any era with his versatility

9 Boris Diaw

*See 2014 NBA Finals

10 Robert Horry

The Contenders

11 Ron Artest
12 Shawn Marion

The matrix is one of the best perimeter defender, he can guard 1-4 position and average mostly 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assist, 1.2 blocks and 3 steals in his prime.

13 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.

He's one of 3 players ever to score 33,000 points His 6,000 assists are 32nd all time 1 of 7 players ever to score 30,000 points He's the only player ever to score 600 points in the postseason for 3 straight years

Best ball player to walk this earth

Black Mamba is greatest

He is the greatest most versatile player beside MJ

14 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.

People may not remember young Wilt, who ran like a gazelle and was the fastest 7-footer in NBA history and had the highest vertical of any 7-footer in NBA history, they mostly remember older Wilt, not quite as speedy, but stronger than anyone in NBA history.

Best player in nba history no doubt

Only center in NBA history to lead the league in assists.
If blacks had been kept as a stat during his career, he would have averaged a triple-double for the season several times, as he routinely blocked 12-16 shots per game.
When younger and playing for the Globetrotters, he often played point guard and led the break.

15 Scott Wedman
16 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.
17 Ernie Grunfeld
18 Giannis Antetokounmpo Giannis Antetokounmpo Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

The greek freak is the next magic/LeBron mashup

19 Brian Scalabrine Brian Scalabrine Brian David Scalabrine is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

The perfect center; taller than Yao, stronger than Wilt, can dunk it or hit from 3-point range like Curry.

20 Charles Barkley Charles Barkley Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.
21 Kevin Garnett Kevin Garnett Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

He can guard almost every position

22 Zaza Pachulia Zaza Pachulia Zaza Pachulia is a Georgian professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.

R u joking. He could injure positions 1-5 plus the opposing teams coach

23 Hassan Whiteside Hassan Whiteside Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

Most underrate center I think I've ever seen. Unfortunately playing in the wrong era, the era of "small ball" (centers) and such. Greatest shot blocker I've ever seen! - JKolodne

24 Grant Hill
25 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.

Would have been the best ever if not for continuing injuries at peak of his prime. In his prime before injuries he was definitely the most versatile player to ever play the game.

Best #'s in the 2000's

26 Jason Kidd Jason Kidd Jason Frederick Kidd is an American basketball coach and former player. He was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

Its in his nickname

27 Vince Carter Vince Carter Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.
28 Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

Anyone who doesn't vote for him is literally retarded

29 Kawhi Leonard 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.
30 Stephen Curry Stephen Curry Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.

Best

31 Penny Hardaway

6'7 point guard who can do it all.
He could could play primarily point guard, but he was not limited to this position. He also played shooting guard and small forward. He would've been an all time point guard if it wasn't for his left knee.

32 Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.
33 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.
34 Chris Paul Chris Paul Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.
35 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.
36 Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
37 Klay Thompson Klay Thompson Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
38 Al Horford Al Horford Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.
39 Paul George Paul George Paul George is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.
40 Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
41 Gordon Hayward Gordon Hayward Gordon Daniel Hayward is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.
42 James Harden James Harden James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
43 DeMar DeRozan DeMar DeRozan DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.
44 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.
45 Manu Ginóbili Manu Ginóbili Emanuel David "Manu" Ginóbili is an Argentine professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
46 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.
47 J.R. Smith J.R. Smith Earl Joseph "J. R." Smith III is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
48 Deandre Jordan Deandre Jordan Hyland DeAndre Jordan, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.
49 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.
50 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.
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