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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Updated November 22, 2018 131.2k votes 13.7k voters 74.6k 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
    Larry Bird
    3,754
    1,075

    Larry Bird

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age63

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

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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  • 2
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    3,338
    1,566

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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  • 3
    Wilt Chamberlain
    3,347
    1,784

    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
    Kevin Durant
    2,560
    1,296

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • 5
    Michael Jordan
    4,193
    2,249

    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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  • 6
    Shaquille O'Neal
    2,054
    1,057

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • 7
    Allen Iverson
    2,071
    1,012

    Allen Iverson

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

  • 8
    Stephen Curry
    2,512
    1,042

    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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  • 9
    Kobe Bryant
    3,875
    2,168

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age41

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 10
    LeBron James
    3,396
    1,886

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 11
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    1,324
    691

    Age56

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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  • 12
    Karl Malone
    1,183
    642

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • 13
    Bob Pettit
    643
    290

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward, Center

    Age87

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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    #16 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#10 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • 14
    James Harden
    1,209
    393

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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  • 15
    Charles Barkley
    839
    420

    Charles Barkley

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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  • 16
    Magic Johnson
    1,758
    1,023

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard, Power forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 17
    Oscar Robertson
    1,356
    1,206

    Oscar Robertson

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age81

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

  • 18
    Jerry West
  • 19
    Pete Maravich
    1,103
    1,022

    Pete Maravich

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

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

  • 20
    Tracy McGrady
    995
    696

    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Bartow

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

  • 21
    Dwyane Wade
    928
    710

    Dwyane Wade

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • 22
    Dirk Nowitzki
    1,559
    1,874

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

  • 23
    Dražen Petrović
    1,286
    36

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

  • 24
    Paul Arizin
  • 25
    Tim Duncan
    781
    1,127

    Tim Duncan

    Power forward, Center

    Age43

    BirthplaceChristiansted, United States Virgin Islands

    Number21