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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
55,861 14,599
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
44,108 20,425
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

3
30,778 18,278
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

4
29,780 16,629
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

5
16,311 21,620
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

6
27,028 17,278
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
24,387 14,048
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

8
16,220 14,074
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

9
21,118 10,604
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

10
37,012 21,914
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

11
30,838 15,045
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

12
25,969 12,517
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
23,388 10,829
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,488 7,984
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
13,141 8,345
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

16
15,595 8,184
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

17
8,798 7,592
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

18
8,294 6,540
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

19
12,534 8,344
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

20
7,884 6,978
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

21
10,862 8,656
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

22
7,919 6,314
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

23
4,895 5,768
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

24
12,694 7,309
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

25
4,786 5,333
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

26
12,381 8,763
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

27
13,470 7,010
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,543 5,976
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,299 6,003
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,800 8,017
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
13,660 7,691
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
12,281 7,594
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
10,116 6,548
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
11,237 5,720
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,969 3,178
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
8,117 5,203
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
2,376 2,730
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,110 5,251
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,742 4,660
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,766 3,632
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
7,643 4,671
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
5,346 4,319
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,483 3,582
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

44
5,179 3,862
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,493 4,161
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
6,106 3,583
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

47
2,063 2,506
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

48
7,019 4,467
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

49
6,518 4,231
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets

50
1,514 2,027
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets