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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History 

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Updated November 22, 2018 107.5k votes 12.1k voters 71.1k views 258 items

List Rules Please vote for the players based only on their offensive prowess

The greatest offensive players in NBA history are among some of the best athletes of all time as well as some of the best basketball players of all time. These elite basketball players are best known for putting points on the board as well as putting amazing plays on sports highlights reels.

Some of these players, like Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, are obvious entries onto this list of the best offensive players ever in the NBA, but others are just now coming into their own like Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki. Whether the player you're voting for as top offensive player in NBA history is a current NBA player or already an NBA legend, this is the list to determine who the best offensive player ever really is.

What makes the best offensive players in NBA History? Who is the top offensive player in NBA history? Who are the best NBA offensive players ever? There's no slam dunk of an answer here, but this list of the NBA's best offensive players ever seeks to bring some clarity to the top offensive player debate. This is by no means a list of all the best offensive players in the NBA (since there are more that could be added every year) so make sure to add your favorite NBA offensive player to the list if he's not on there. That way, other fans can vote for your top NBA offensive player to move up the list of the greatest offensive players and into the #1 spot as the best offensive player in NBA history.

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City

Age: 56

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center from Philadelphia

Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center from New York City

Age: 72

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from USA

Age: 41

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from Akron

Age: 35

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from West Baden Springs

Age: 63

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward from Washington

Age: 31

Number: 35

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center from Newark

Age: 47

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton

Age: 44

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Age: 31

Number: 30

Teams: Golden State Warriors

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center from Lagos

Age: 56

Teams: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard and Power forward from Lansing

Age: 60

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward from Summerfield

Age: 56

Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward from W├╝rzburg

Age: 41

Number: 41

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from Leeds

Age: 56

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from Bartow

Age: 40

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
18
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Charlotte

Age: 81

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago

Age: 37

Number: 3

Teams: Miami Heat

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Age: 30

Number: 13

Teams: Houston Rockets

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard from Aliquippa

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
23
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Christiansted

Age: 43

Number: 21

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Age: 87

Teams: Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Age: 35

Number: 7

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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