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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Updated November 22, 2018 134.9k votes 14.6k voters 75.8k 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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  • Larry Bird1
    3,927
    1,095

    Larry Bird

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age64

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

    TeamsBoston Celtics

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar2
    3,354
    1,689

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Wilt Chamberlain3
    3,361
    1,870

    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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  • Allen Iverson4
    2,079
    1,056

    Allen Iverson

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

  • Kevin Durant5
    2,580
    1,376

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Michael Jordan6
    4,225
    2,374

    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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  • Stephen Curry7
    2,530
    1,078

    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

  • Shaquille O'Neal8
    2,067
    1,134

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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  • Hakeem Olajuwon9
    1,330
    707

    Age56

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

  • Charles Barkley10
    845
    427

    Charles Barkley

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

  • Kobe Bryant11
    3,894
    2,205

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • LeBron James12
    3,406
    1,907

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Bob Pettit13
    645
    302

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward, Center

    Age87

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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  • Karl Malone14
    1,187
    653

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Oscar Robertson15
    1,361
    1,208

    Oscar Robertson

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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  • James Harden16
    1,219
    404

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Magic Johnson17
    1,770
    1,026

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard, Power forward

    Age61

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • Jerry West18
  • Pete Maravich19
    1,106
    1,151

    Pete Maravich

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

  • Tracy McGrady20
    999
    1,186

    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

  • Dwyane Wade21
    933
    1,196

    Dwyane Wade

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • Dražen Petrović22
    1,776
    40

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

  • Paul Arizin23
  • Kawhi Leonard24
    396
    555

    Kawhi Leonard

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    BirthplaceRiverside, California

    Number2

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

  • Steve Francis25
    57
    74

    Steve Francis

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceUSA, Takoma Park, Maryland

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

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