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The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

Updated November 22, 2018 134.3k votes 15.0k voters 76.6k 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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  • Larry Bird1
    3,871
    1,036

    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
    3,206
    1,682

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    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
    3,205
    1,835

    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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  • Kevin Durant4
    2,476
    1,372

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Michael Jordan5
    4,025
    2,364

    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsChicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

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  • Kobe Bryant6
    3,697
    2,164

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • LeBron James7
    3,239
    1,870

    LeBron James

    Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Allen Iverson8
    1,972
    1,071

    Allen Iverson

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

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

  • Stephen Curry9
    2,402
    1,073

    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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  • Shaquille O'Neal10
    1,964
    1,138

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

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

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  • Karl Malone11
    1,139
    673

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • Hakeem Olajuwon12
    1,269
    728

    Age57

    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

  • Oscar Robertson13
    1,288
    1,195

    Oscar Robertson

    Point guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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  • James Harden14
    1,148
    449

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Magic Johnson15
    1,676
    1,037

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard

    Age61

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Number32

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Jerry West16
    855
    588

    Jerry West

    Point Guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia

    Number44

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

  • Charles Barkley17
    823
    487

    Charles Barkley

    Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers

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  • Pete Maravich18
    1,047
    1,399

    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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  • Bob Pettit19
    638
    362

    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

  • Dražen Petrović20
    2,083
    42

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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    #3 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#1 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Paul Arizin21

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  • Elgin Baylor22
    770
    1,125

    Elgin Baylor

    Small forward

    Age85

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Nate Thurmond23
    29
    36

    Nate Thurmond

    Power forward, Center

    Age78

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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  • Andrew Wiggins24
    51
    65

    Andrew Wiggins

    Small Forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceMarkham, Thornhill, Canada

    Number22

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

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  • Kendall Gill25
    34
    43

    Kendall Gill

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

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