Best NBA Players of All Time
The Top Ten
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
I don’t understand why this is even a list
How is lebron james not here
The best I have ever seen – nobody impacted the game like him. Jordan is a close 2nd.
Simply the best overall. MJ just scored a lot, but he could do everything.
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
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
Lebron has a higher FG% then Jordan and more assists and rebounds and his career is still going.
#2. If he wins Lakers a chip then he’s number 1.
LeBron is better than MJ.
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 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
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.
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
BETTER THAN EVERYONE – DeathGripsStayNoided
Kobe should be 1-3
100 points a game
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
He’s waaayyy underrated. Should be number 2 behind Michael jordan.
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.
Y’all need icy hot – rankist
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.
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.
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
Would kill any player today
Simple he averaged a triple double for an entire year.
Averaged a triple double
Better than Tim Duncan
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
How do you put a guy like kwame brown over a legend like dirk. What.
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.
Chris Bosh kicks your tosh
He looks like Snoop Dogg.
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
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
How is dwyane wade this far down.
This is so disrespectful having wade below the likes of Lowry and Derozan
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.
Come on guys, he deserves to be on this list.
Best Asian Player of all time.
Awesome Asian player
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!
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
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
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?
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
60? He is top 15 no questions asked!
Why is Kyle Lowry and Demar ahead of this man!
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.
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.
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’s young and underrated. With a few more years, he could be at GOAT level
What is he doing here?
He is the 2nd best ball player this year 2015-16
Dwight Howard is better
Fel bad for ankle
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
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
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)
He is 1st overall pick
He is so underrated. He helped Magic Johnson a lot, but people don’t realize that. – Jonas103
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
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