Basketball The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History  

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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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list ordered by

1
3,660 1,154
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

2
2,522 822
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

3
2,629 1,101
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

4
3,312 1,501
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

5
1,400 1,663
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

6
2,209 947
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

7
1,525 792
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Power forward

8
2,838 1,268
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

9
1,108 902
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,705 736
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

11
931 706
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

12
649 686
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

13
1,776 689
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

14
1,954 978
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

15
1,950 795
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
funkythunderstuff added Point guard

16
594 358
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

17
522 445
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Shooting guard, Small forward

18
1,138 501
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

19
1,314 613
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

20
484 379
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard

21
943 470
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

22
819 304
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
727 416
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

24
679 177
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added Shooting guard

25
793 362
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard