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I have studied statistics + player roles, and I include speed, team play, and a measure of offensive rating + defensive rating combined....along with every measure I can think of other than popularity bias to give these player's an all around rating....It is difficult to get the ratings perfect as Team roles affect perception of player's - however, Statistics help, the eye test helps, and having seen some play in more than one role helps, and noticing where, and how many places a player can shoot on the court (or lack of) helps...

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Magic Johnson Point guard, Power forward

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
David Robinson Center - I have him rated at #2 best Defensive Center, and at #2 Best Offensive Center...and he could be argued as #1 best offensive Center due to his ability to score 50 to 71 points if he wants...the fact that I have him rated at #2 ...

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Jason Kidd Point guard

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Power forward

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Durant Small forward

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Bill Russell Center

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Julius Erving Small forward

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Isiah Thomas Point guard

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time

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Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Chauncey Billups Point guard

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard

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Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Scottie Pippen Small forward

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Steve Nash Point guard

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Gary Payton Point guard

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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

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Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Elgin Baylor Small forward

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Patrick Ewing Center

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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
James Worthy Small forward

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Shawn Kemp Power forward

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Russell Westbrook Point guard

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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Chris Mullin Shooting guard, Small forward

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time

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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
John Stockton Point guard

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest NBA Players Of All Time
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward