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The Top NBA Players Of All Time

Updated March 30, 2021 2.0m votes 186.1k voters 1.7m views269 items

List RulesVote up the best pro basketball players to ever compete in the NBA.

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. Then head over and vote on the best NBA players of the 2010s.

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    23,256

    Michael Jordan

    Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    PositionShooting guard

    6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
    6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
    5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
    14× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003)
    3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
    10× NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
    3× NBA steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993)
    2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1987, 1988)

     

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  • 2
    63,067
    33,153

    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPower forward

    4× NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)
    4× NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)
    4× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
    17× NBA All-Star (2005–2021)
    3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008, 2018)
    13× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2018, 2020)
    5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
    NBA scoring champion (2008)
    NBA assists leader (2020)

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  • 3
    42,924
    24,554

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionCenter

    6× NBA champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985)
    6× NBA Most Valuable Player (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)
    19× NBA All-Star (1970–1977, 1979–1989)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1971–1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986)
    5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974, 1975, 1979–1981)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1970)
    2× NBA scoring champion (1971, 1972)
    NBA rebounding champion (1976)
    4× NBA blocks leader (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980)

     

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  • 4
    42,227
    21,693

    Larry Bird

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward

    3× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
    3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1984–1986)
    12× NBA All-Star (1980–1988, 1990–1992)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982)
    9× All-NBA First Team (1980–1988)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1980)
    NBA All-Rookie Team (1980)
    3× NBA Three-Point Contest champion (1986–1988)
    2× 50–40–90 club (1987, 1988)

     

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  • 5
    38,317
    21,960

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

    2× NBA champion (1967, 1972)
    NBA Finals MVP (1972)
    4× NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966–1968)
    13× NBA All-Star (1960–1969, 1971–1973)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960)
    7× All-NBA First Team (1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968)
    2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972, 1973)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)
    7× NBA scoring champion (1960–1966)
    11× NBA rebounding champion (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973)
    NBA assists leader (1968)

     

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  • 6
    41,814
    23,966

    Magic Johnson

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
    3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)
    3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)
    12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992)
    9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991)
    NBA All-Rookie Team (1980)
    4× NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)
    2× NBA steals leader (1981, 1982)

     

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  • 7
    52,896
    28,049

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionShooting guard

    5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
    18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
    4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
    11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
    9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
    2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007)
    NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)

     

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  • 8
    32,892
    19,090

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics

    PositionCenter

    11× NBA champion (1957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969)
    5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1958, 1961–1963, 1965)
    12× NBA All-Star (1958–1969)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1963)
    3× All-NBA First Team (1959, 1963, 1965)
    NBA All-Defensive First Team (1969)
    4× NBA rebounding champion (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965)

     

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  • 9
    35,565
    20,559

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

    PositionCenter

    4× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2006)
    3× NBA Finals MVP (2000–2002)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2000)
    15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009)
    3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
    8× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000–2006)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
    2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)

     

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  • 10
    30,701
    17,562

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionPower forward

    5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
    3× NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2002, 2003)
    15× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013, 2015)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1998–2005, 2007, 2013)
    8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998)
    NBA Teammate of the Year (2015)

     

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  • 11
    28,287
    16,481

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionCenter

    2× NBA champion (1994, 1995)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (1994)
    12× NBA All-Star (1985–1990, 1992–1997)
    6× All-NBA First Team (1987–1989, 1993, 1994, 1997)
    2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
    5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
    2× NBA rebounding leader (1989, 1990)
    3× NBA blocks leader (1990, 1991, 1993)

     

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  • 12
    20,776
    10,683

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    3× NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018)
    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016)
    7× NBA All-Star (2014–2019, 2021)
    3× All-NBA First Team (2015, 2016, 2019)
    NBA scoring champion (2016)
    NBA steals leader (2016)
    50–40–90 club (2016)
    2x NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2015, 2021)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)

     

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  • 13
    20,617
    10,805

    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionSmall forward

    2× NBA champion (2017, 2018)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2014)
    11× NBA All-Star (2010–2019, 2021)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2012, 2019)
    6× All-NBA First Team (2010–2014, 2018)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
    4× NBA scoring champion (2010–2012, 2014)
    50–40–90 club (2013)

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  • 14
    14,568
    8,416

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

    PositionPower forward

    NBA champion (2008)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2004)
    15× NBA All-Star (1997, 1998, 2000–2011, 2013)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2003)
    4× All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
    9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000–2005, 2008, 2009, 2011)
    4× NBA rebounding champion (2004–2007)

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  • 15
    17,721
    10,743

    Karl Malone

    Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward

    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (1997, 1999)
    14× NBA All-Star (1988–1998, 2000–2002)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1989, 1993)
    11× All-NBA First Team (1989–1999)
    3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997–1999)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986)

     

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  • 16
    16,786
    9,855

    Scottie Pippen

    Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionSmall forward

    6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
    7× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992–1997)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1994)
    3× All-NBA First Team (1994–1996)
    8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1992–1999)
    NBA steals leader (1995)

     

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  • 17
    20,560
    12,822

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard

    NBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
    11× NBA All-Star (2000–2010)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)
    3× All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997)
    NBA Rookie Game MVP (1997)
    4× NBA scoring champion (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005)
    3× NBA steals leader (2001–2003)

     

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  • 18
    16,273
    10,214

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint Guard

    NBA champion (1972)
    NBA Finals MVP (1969)
    14× NBA All-Star (1961–1974)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1972)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1962–1967, 1970–1973)
    4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1970–1973)
    NBA scoring champion (1970)
    NBA assists leader (1972)

     

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  • 19
    16,023
    9,501

    John Stockton

    Utah Jazz

    PositionPoint guard

    10× NBA All-Star (1989–1997, 2000)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1993)
    2× All-NBA First Team (1994, 1995)
    9× NBA assists leader (1988–1996)
    2× NBA steals leader (1989, 1992)

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  • 20
    16,086
    10,313

    Charles Barkley

    Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets

    PositionPower forward

    NBA Most Valuable Player (1993)
    11× NBA All-Star (1987–1997)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1991)
    5× All-NBA First Team (1988–1991, 1993)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
    NBA rebounding leader (1987)

     

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  • 21
    13,142
    8,908

    David Robinson

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionCenter

    2× NBA champion (1999, 2003)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (1995)
    10× NBA All-Star (1990–1996, 1998, 2000, 2001)
    4× All-NBA First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992)
    4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
    NBA scoring champion (1994)
    NBA rebounding leader (1991)
    NBA blocks leader (1992)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1990)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)

     

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  • 22
    16,699
    10,062

    Dwyane Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard

    3× NBA champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
    NBA Finals MVP (2006)
    13× NBA All-Star (2005–2016, 2019)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2010)
    2× All-NBA First Team (2009, 2010)
    NBA scoring champion (2009)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

     

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  • 23
    19,280
    12,265

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionPower forward

    NBA champion (2011)
    NBA Finals MVP (2011)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2007)
    14× NBA All-Star (2002–2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)
    4× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007, 2009)
    50–40–90 club (2007)
    NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2006)

     

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  • 24
    12,494
    8,767

    Steve Nash

    Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006)
    8× NBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012)
    3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007)
    5× NBA assists leader (2005–2007, 2010, 2011)
    4× 50–40–90 club (2006, 2008–2010)

     

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  • 25
    9,685
    6,899

    Patrick Ewing

    New York Knicks, Orlando Magic

    PositionCenter

    11× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1997)
    All-NBA First Team (1990)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
    NBA All-Rookie Team (1986)

     

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