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
3,361 1,083
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

2
3,065 1,414
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

3
1,303 1,494
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

4
2,392 1,033
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

5
2,335 781
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

6
2,616 1,167
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

7
2,029 893
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

8
1,017 821
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

9
1,394 734
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Power forward

10
1,552 697
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

11
848 649
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

12
599 625
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

13
1,640 652
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

14
1,785 940
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

15
1,762 763
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
funkythunderstuff added Point guard, Shooting guard

16
482 401
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Shooting guard, Small forward

17
1,059 481
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

18
527 329
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

19
1,216 589
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

20
877 452
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

21
450 346
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard

22
758 287
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
685 386
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

24
729 344
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

25
715 355
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added Point guard

26
533 154
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added Shooting guard

27
652 288
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center

28
581 246
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard

29
259 237
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Veggamattic added Small forward

30
558 259
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard

31
497 253
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Shooting guard, Small forward

32
512 237
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard

33
455 217
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

34
538 288
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
drjma1993 added Small Forward

35
312 191
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center

36
192 163
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

37
178 162
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard

38
163 200
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

39
321 134
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

40
182 82
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
AAL2016 added Point guard

41
110 112
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added

42
312 141
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

43
364 206
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard

44
238 139
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

45
270 132
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

46
94 74
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard

47
212 117
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Center

48
181 128
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added

49
138 91
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added Small forward

50
139 101
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
danmedsker added Power forward, Center