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The Top NBA Players Of All Time  

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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. 

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more
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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets
Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ...more
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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks
Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is a retired American National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6 ft 5 in, 220 ...more
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more
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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers
Elgin Gay Baylor is a retired American basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 13 seasons as a forward in the National Basketball Association for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers, ...more
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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National ...more
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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers
Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...more
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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics
William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to ...more
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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors
Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; ...more
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his ...more
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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. ...more
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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for ...more
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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs
Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. The ...more
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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics
Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay ...more
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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs
George "The Iceman" Gervin is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the ...more
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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks
Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two ...more
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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals
Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City - Omaha ...more
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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic
Jacques Dominique Wilkins is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best ...more
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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets
Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide," he was a ten-time All-Star during his career, and named ...more
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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
Moses Eugene Malone is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player who starred in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. A three-time NBA MVP ...more
21
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons
Isiah Lord Thomas III is a retired American basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of ...more
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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets
Elvin Ernest Hayes is an American retired professional basketball player and radio analyst for his alma-mater Houston Cougars. He is a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, and an ...more
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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics
Peter Press "Pistol Pete" Maravich was an American professional basketball player. He was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Maravich ...more
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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies
Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for four different teams during 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played both the point ...more
25
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors
Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more