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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Updated November 22, 2018 135.3k votes 15.4k voters 77.2k views227 items

List RulesPlease 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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    1,041

    Larry Bird

    Small forward

    Age64

    BirthplaceWest Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #36 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans#4 of 20 The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History

  • 2
    3,171
    1,708

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    More Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

    #1217 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#1 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time

  • 3
    3,163
    1,850

    AgeDec. at 63 (1936-1999)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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  • 4
    3,973
    2,375

    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsChicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

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  • 5
    2,449
    1,387

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    The Best KD 10 Colorways, Ranked#1 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • 6
    3,195
    1,870

    LeBron James

    Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 7
    1,947
    1,087

    Allen Iverson

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia, Hampton

    Number1

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

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    #1 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#44 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • 8
    2,379
    1,076

    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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    #99 of 200 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#2 of 92 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

  • 9
    3,642
    2,205

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 10
    1,936
    1,190

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

    More Shaquille O'Neal 

    #1052 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#217 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

  • 11
    1,258
    752

    Age57

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

    More Hakeem Olajuwon 

    #4 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#1 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

  • 12
    1,130
    698

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    More Karl Malone 

    #37 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#29 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • 13
    1,651
    1,057

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard

    Age61

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Number32

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #9 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#24 of 127 The Greatest Rivalries in Sports

  • 14
    1,273
    1,340

    Oscar Robertson

    Point guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #7 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#110 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

  • 15
    847
    756

    Jerry West

    Point Guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    Number44

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #5 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#13 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • 16
    819
    690

    Charles Barkley

    Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers

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  • 17
    1,136
    632

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • 18
    637
    576

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward

    Age88

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Number9

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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    #19 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#3 of 59 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time

  • 19
    482
    623

    Nate Archibald

    Point guard

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsKansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #24 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time#6 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

  • 20
    131
    184

    Tom Chambers

    Power forward, Center

    Age61

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, San Diego Clippers

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    #20 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#7 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

  • 21
    2,362
    46

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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    #1 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#3 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • 22
    106
    143

    Dan Issel

    Power forward, Center

    Age72

    BirthplaceBatavia, Illinois

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

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    #10 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#65 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • 23
    46
    41

    Age71

    BirthplaceChipley, Florida

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

    More Artis Gilmore 

    #21 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#11 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • 24
    51
    48

    Chet Walker

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age79

    BirthplaceBenton Harbor, Michigan

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals, Chicago Bulls

  • 25
    43
    63

    Calvin Murphy

    Point guard

    Age72

    BirthplaceNorwalk, Connecticut

    TeamsHouston Rockets, San Diego Rockets