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The Top NBA Players Of All Time

Updated November 26, 2020 2.2m votes 181.5k voters 1.7m views786 items

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

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  • 1
    Michael Jordan
    74,754
    22,591

    Michael Jordan

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    LeBron James
    65,485
    32,488

    LeBron James

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

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  • 3
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    44,231
    24,082

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionCenter

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  • 4
    Larry Bird
    42,571
    21,740

    Larry Bird

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Kobe Bryant
    54,151
    27,698

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

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  • 6
    Magic Johnson
    43,022
    23,930

    Magic Johnson

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Power forward

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  • 7
    Tim Duncan
    31,597
    17,006

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Shaquille O'Neal
    36,786
    20,097

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic

    PositionCenter

    Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Wilt Chamberlin
    39,305
    22,583

    Wilt Chamberlin

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

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  • 10
    Bill Russell
    33,689
    19,719

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics

    PositionCenter

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  • 11
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    28,962
    17,101

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionCenter

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  • 12
    Kevin Durant
    21,018
    10,698

    Kevin Durant

    Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionSmall forward

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  • 13
    Stephen Curry
    21,309
    10,488

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

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  • 14
    Karl Malone
    18,189
    10,694

    Karl Malone

    Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward

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  • 15
    Kevin Garnett
    14,965
    8,200

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

    PositionPower forward

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  • 16
    Scottie Pippen
    17,144
    9,646

    Scottie Pippen

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionSmall forward

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  • 17
    Allen Iverson
    21,224
    12,827

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Charles Barkley
    16,492
    10,264

    Charles Barkley

    Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Dwayne Wade
    17,186
    9,228

    Dwayne Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    John Stockton
    16,425
    9,481

    John Stockton

    Utah Jazz

    PositionPoint guard

    John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Jerry West
    16,709
    10,317

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers
    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player.... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    David Robinson
    13,462
    8,294

    David Robinson

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionCenter

    David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Dirk Nowitzki
    19,832
    11,527

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionPower forward

    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Steve Nash
    12,845
    8,402

    Steve Nash

    Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Kawhi Leonard
    8,516
    4,643

    Kawhi Leonard

    Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia