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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Updated November 22, 2018 133.2k votes 14.9k voters 76.4k 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
    3,891
    1,045

    Larry Bird

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age64

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

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar2
    3,240
    1,683

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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  • Kevin Durant3
    2,503
    1,345

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Allen Iverson4
    2,000
    1,042

    Allen Iverson

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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    #40 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History#2 of 22 The Greatest Georgetown Basketball Players of All Time

  • Stephen Curry5
    2,435
    1,050

    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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  • Wilt Chamberlain6
    3,250
    1,843

    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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  • LeBron James7
    3,282
    1,855

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Shaquille O'Neal8
    1,991
    1,106

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • Hakeem Olajuwon9
    1,285
    694

    Age56

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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    #4 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#1 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

  • Michael Jordan10
    4,079
    2,341

    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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  • Kobe Bryant11
    3,745
    2,143

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Charles Barkley12
    831
    426

    Charles Barkley

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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  • Karl Malone13
    1,154
    633

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • Bob Pettit14
    641
    304

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward, Center

    Age88

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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    #18 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#3 of 58 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time

  • Oscar Robertson15
    1,307
    1,163

    Oscar Robertson

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #3 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#1 of 22 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 60s

  • James Harden16
    1,167
    397

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Magic Johnson17
    1,703
    986

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard, Power forward

    Age61

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #9 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#13 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Jerry West18

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    #3 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#1231 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Pete Maravich19
    1,065
    1,337

    Pete Maravich

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

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

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  • Mitch Richmond20
    169
    222

    Mitch Richmond

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

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    #33 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#9 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Larry Nance21
    129
    153

    Larry Nance

    Power forward, Center

    Age60

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #9 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s#19 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • World B. Free22
    116
    154

    World B. Free

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age67

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, San Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

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  • Dražen Petrović23
    2,007
    43

    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

  • Spencer Haywood24
    71
    89

    Spencer Haywood

    Power forward, Center

    Age70

    BirthplaceSilver City, Mississippi

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, New Orleans Jazz, Denver Nuggets

  • Allan Houston25
    102
    129

    Allan Houston

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

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