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When it comes to the top NBA players of all time, there's plenty of speculation and room for debate, though many may not think so. Though Michael Jordan is easily considered the greatest player ever, some may say players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, or Kevin Durant give him a run for his money. Who are the best NBA players? This list includes the best basketball players in NBA history, along with the top basketball players today.

Anyone can vote on the best NBA players here, which means these players are truly fan favorites. NBA fans can even add their own rankings to this list. Whether they have a famous jumper that just won't quit or ball-handling skills that leave their opponents spinning, these top 100 NBA players rule the hoop and the hardwood, and this list is a celebration of those skills. This list should answer who is the top 100, top 10, and best NBA player ever. 

If you've ever asked, "Who's the greatest basketball player of all time?", look no further. Ranked by votes from thousands of fans, this list features the all time NBA GOATs, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, and Larry Bird. Vote up the best basketball player ever, and those who follow close behind. 

list ordered by

1
54,996 14,276
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
16,101 20,702
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

3
29,174 16,346
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

4
16,008 13,602
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

5
30,264 17,937
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

6
26,558 16,971
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

7
42,974 20,071
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

8
24,010 13,764
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

9
36,302 21,712
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

10
30,303 14,878
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

11
20,772 10,390
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

12
25,418 12,370
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

13
23,008 10,695
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,389 7,726
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
4,825 5,556
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

16
10,709 8,448
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

17
8,177 6,346
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

18
8,678 7,426
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

19
7,779 6,799
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

20
12,319 8,231
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

21
12,894 8,251
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

22
15,281 8,075
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

23
7,767 6,159
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

24
12,199 8,647
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

25
12,485 7,222
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

26
4,723 5,165
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

27
13,231 6,912
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,394 5,895
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,111 5,924
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,618 7,916
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

31
13,373 7,554
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors

32
12,077 7,488
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
9,952 6,453
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

34
10,899 5,618
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,912 3,047
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

36
8,000 5,135
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

37
2,328 2,636
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,009 5,178
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,652 4,593
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,675 3,579
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

41
7,530 4,614
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
bulls added Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

42
5,993 3,489
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

43
5,428 4,092
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

44
5,259 4,250
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,362 3,513
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

46
2,036 2,422
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

47
5,109 3,800
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

48
1,484 1,945
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
6,926 4,386
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

50
6,419 4,185
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets