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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
55,956 14,647
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
30,832 18,316
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

3
29,834 16,662
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

4
44,212 20,467
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

5
27,072 17,319
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

6
16,324 21,697
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

7
24,426 14,080
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

8
16,239 14,124
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

9
26,035 12,528
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

10
30,910 15,058
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

11
37,083 21,949
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

12
21,153 10,628
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

13
23,438 10,842
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,503 8,012
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
12,554 8,357
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

16
8,813 7,610
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

17
13,165 8,356
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

18
10,879 8,670
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

19
15,623 8,200
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

20
7,899 6,994
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

21
8,306 6,556
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

22
7,931 6,333
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

23
4,901 5,787
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

24
12,712 7,318
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

25
4,792 5,353
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

26
12,400 8,770
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

27
13,507 7,015
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,562 5,983
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,321 6,007
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,821 8,024
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
13,692 7,706
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
12,314 7,602
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
10,128 6,560
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
11,274 5,730
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,974 3,192
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
8,132 5,209
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
2,379 2,744
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,121 5,258
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,754 4,667
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,780 3,636
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
7,653 4,677
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
5,356 4,325
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,498 3,589
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

44
5,190 3,866
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,501 4,166
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
6,119 3,592
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

47
2,068 2,515
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

48
7,028 4,474
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
6,532 4,234
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
1,522 2,035
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets