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
3,562 1,122
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

2
2,555 1,070
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

3
3,225 1,478
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

4
2,453 807
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

5
1,364 1,614
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

6
2,146 922
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

7
2,771 1,227
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

8
1,078 876
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

9
1,482 769
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Power forward

10
1,645 724
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

11
904 687
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

12
627 672
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

13
1,719 680
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard

14
1,894 962
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Small forward

15
1,881 786
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
funkythunderstuff added Point guard

16
570 349
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

17
504 432
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
wiabux added Shooting guard, Small forward

18
1,106 495
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

19
1,271 606
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

20
923 465
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Power forward

21
465 372
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard

22
791 301
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward

23
711 407
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

24
627 166
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
slaft added Shooting guard

25
760 360
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard