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This list of top NBA players is ranked by basketball fans worldwide and based on popular opinion. Who are the best NBA players? This list includes the best basketball players in NBA history, along with the top basketball players today. Anyone can vote on the best NBA players here, which means these players are truly fan favorites. NBA fans can even add their own rankings to this list. Whether they have a famous jumper that just won't quit or ball-handling skills that leave their opponents spinning, these top 100 NBA players rule the hoop and the hardwood, and this list is a celebration of those skills. This list should answer who is the top 100, top 10, and best NBA player ever. 

If you've ever asked "who's the greatest basketball of all time?" look no further. Ranked by votes from thousands of fans, this list features the all time NBA GOATs, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, and Larry Bird. 

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+ - 36,044 6,938
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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+ - 17,248 9,095
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

3
+ - 19,400 10,631
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

4
+ - 16,924 9,749
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Wilt Chamberlin Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

5
+ - 19,052 10,472
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

6
+ - 22,540 13,903
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

7
+ - 14,964 8,024
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Bill Russell Boston Celtics

8
+ - 14,720 8,143
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

9
+ - 12,829 7,077
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

10
+ - 14,180 7,559
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

11
+ - 11,036 7,028
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

12
+ - 21,408 12,131
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

13
+ - 10,921 6,613
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

14
+ - 8,382 5,439
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

15
+ - 8,229 5,481
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

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+ - 8,357 6,120
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

17
+ - 8,272 4,959
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
John Stockton Utah Jazz

18
+ - 7,062 4,542
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

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+ - 5,947 3,901
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

20
+ - 7,205 4,238
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
David Robinson San Antonio Spurs

21
+ - 9,372 5,051
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

22
+ - 8,629 5,763
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

23
+ - 8,277 4,874
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

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+ - 4,816 3,317
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

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+ - 5,360 3,378
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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+ - 7,610 5,169
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dwayne Wade Miami Heat

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+ - 6,602 4,596
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

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+ - 5,623 3,251
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

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+ - 7,080 4,382
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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+ - 5,086 3,415
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Pete Maravich Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

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+ - 7,571 4,600
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Durant Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder

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+ - 5,748 3,605
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Patrick Ewing Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

33
+ - 5,799 3,529
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers

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+ - 3,792 2,526
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

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+ - 4,521 3,434
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

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+ - 4,613 2,796
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

37
+ - 5,188 3,386
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Ray Allen Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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+ - 3,251 2,592
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
George Gervin Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

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+ - 4,040 2,985
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

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+ - 3,815 3,041
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

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+ - 3,120 2,372
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Walt Frazier Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

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+ - 2,952 2,019
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Vince Carter Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

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+ - 3,577 2,718
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

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+ - 3,302 2,551
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

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+ - 2,516 1,277
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

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+ - 4,388 3,023
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers

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+ - 4,190 3,137
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets

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+ - 2,669 2,378
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Rick Barry New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

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+ - 2,191 1,464
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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+ - 3,935 3,333
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons