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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History  

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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, Small forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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2
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Roosevelt, New York, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

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3
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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5
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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6
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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7
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: West Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

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

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Power forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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12
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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13
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Point guard

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Number: 30

Teams: Golden State Warriors

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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15
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Number: 35

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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16
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Center

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Teams: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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17
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

Nationality: Germany

Birthplace: W├╝rzburg, Germany

Number: 41

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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18
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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19
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Shooting guard, Small forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Small forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Paris, France

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

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21
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
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Shooting guard

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Number: 13

Teams: Houston Rockets

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22
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Teams: Chicago Bulls

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23
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Leeds, Alabama, United States of America

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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24
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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25
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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