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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3,198 1,026
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward

2
2,906 1,349
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

3
2,217 732
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

4
2,272 990
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

5
1,255 1,361
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Julius Erving Small forward

6
2,473 1,099
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

7
1,924 865
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

8
969 760
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard

9
1,318 686
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Magic Johnson Point guard, Power forward

10
1,451 671
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

11
800 601
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

12
560 582
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Small forward

13
1,558 631
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

14
1,652 727
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
funkythunderstuff added Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard

15
1,672 904
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Kevin Durant Small forward

16
451 371
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward

17
1,009 467
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

18
1,160 576
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Power forward

19
495 309
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

20
836 434
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Karl Malone Power forward

21
427 326
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
George Gervin Shooting guard

22
705 273
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward

23
649 371
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

24
679 322
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added Russell Westbrook Point guard

25
688 325
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard

26
457 127
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added James Harden Shooting guard

27
619 273
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

28
474 236
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

29
530 246
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Ray Allen Shooting guard

30
491 228
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Steve Nash Point guard

31
549 239
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

32
434 206
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

33
518 272
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
drjma1993 added Carmelo Anthony Small Forward

34
243 225
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Veggamattic added Bernard King Small forward

35
300 181
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

36
179 154
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Alex English Small forward

37
167 158
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Nate Archibald Point guard

38
155 193
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

39
303 132
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Paul Pierce Small forward

40
103 104
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added David Thompson

41
297 139
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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166 76
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
AAL2016 added Isiah Thomas Point guard

43
347 201
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
John Stockton Point guard

44
228 133
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Rick Barry Small forward

45
254 128
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Power forward

46
86 71
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Walt Frazier Point guard

47
201 112
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Patrick Ewing Center

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171 124
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added John Havlicek

49
130 84
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added James Worthy Small forward

50
129 98
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
danmedsker added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center