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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Updated November 22, 2018 134.0k votes 15.0k voters 76.5k 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
    3,901
    1,047

    Larry Bird

    Small forward

    Age64

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

    Number33

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar2
    3,244
    1,689

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #1343 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#1 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time

  • Wilt Chamberlain3
    3,253
    1,846

    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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  • Michael Jordan4
    4,089
    2,362

    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsChicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

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  • Kevin Durant5
    2,509
    1,368

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • LeBron James6
    3,285
    1,876

    LeBron James

    Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Allen Iverson7
    2,001
    1,067

    Allen Iverson

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

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

  • Kobe Bryant8
    3,754
    2,171

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Stephen Curry9
    2,439
    1,073

    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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  • Shaquille O'Neal10
    1,992
    1,133

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

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

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    #1015 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#378 of 568 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

  • Hakeem Olajuwon11
    1,287
    721

    Age57

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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    #4 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#5 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • Karl Malone12
    1,155
    664

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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    #37 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#27 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Oscar Robertson13
    1,307
    1,198

    Oscar Robertson

    Point guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #1 of 22 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 60s#4 of 27 The Best 60s NBA Shooting Guards

  • James Harden14
    1,167
    438

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Magic Johnson15
    1,703
    1,029

    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#13 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Jerry West16
    865
    577

    Jerry West

    Point Guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia

    Number44

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

  • Charles Barkley17
    831
    464

    Charles Barkley

    Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers

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  • Bob Pettit18
    641
    337

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward

    Age88

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Number9

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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

  • Pete Maravich19
    1,065
    1,384

    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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    #20 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#2 of 25 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • Dražen Petrović20
    2,054
    43

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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    #5 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#3 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Lou Hudson21
    62
    72

    Lou Hudson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    AgeDec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

  • Andrew Wiggins22
    52
    51

    Andrew Wiggins

    Small Forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceMarkham, Thornhill, Canada

    Number22

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

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    #17 of 49 The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time#9 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Larry Nance23
    129
    180

    Larry Nance

    Power forward, Center

    Age60

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #19 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s#487 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • Mitch Richmond24
    169
    240

    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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    #13 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#7 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Terry Cummings25
    85
    117

    Terry Cummings

    Power forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #45 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#10 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s