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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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1
49,483 11,712
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
25,479 14,400
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

3
26,948 15,936
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

4
23,638 14,920
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Wilt Chamberlin Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

5
32,137 19,613
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

6
36,666 17,455
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

7
21,384 12,129
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Bill Russell Boston Celtics

8
14,707 17,107
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

9
22,209 11,186
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

10
14,518 11,830
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

11
26,801 13,876
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

12
18,295 9,683
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

13
20,317 9,961
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

14
6,682 6,373
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

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15
11,073 7,403
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

16
11,583 7,415
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

17
9,641 7,343
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

18
7,869 6,448
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

19
13,508 7,109
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

20
11,226 6,567
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
John Stockton Utah Jazz

21
7,113 5,869
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

22
7,463 5,492
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

23
7,039 5,375
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Pete Maravich Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

24
4,409 4,639
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
George Gervin Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

25
11,003 7,870
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

26
4,322 4,376
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Walt Frazier Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

27
11,693 6,381
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

28
9,462 5,482
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
David Robinson San Antonio Spurs

The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

29
9,922 5,497
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

30
11,405 7,397
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

31
11,493 6,731
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Durant Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder

32
10,656 6,925
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Dwayne Wade Miami Heat

33
8,887 5,909
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

34
8,824 4,882
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

35
1,697 2,413
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Tiny Archibald Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

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36
7,335 4,796
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Patrick Ewing Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

37
2,050 2,175
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
7,375 4,793
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers

39
1,846 1,993
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

40
5,135 2,832
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

41
6,032 4,270
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

42
5,126 3,311
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

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43
6,840 4,280
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
bulls added Ray Allen Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

44
4,858 3,935
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

45
4,659 3,496
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

46
5,027 3,801
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

47
4,656 3,126
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Vince Carter Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

48
1,297 1,552
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
5,801 3,915
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets

50
4,221 3,299
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics