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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
55,913 14,624
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
29,809 16,646
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

3
44,172 20,442
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

4
16,318 21,661
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

5
30,808 18,295
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

6
27,056 17,297
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

7
24,408 14,065
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

8
16,230 14,102
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

9
30,877 15,051
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

10
37,053 21,933
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

11
26,006 12,522
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

12
21,135 10,622
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

13
23,417 10,838
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,496 8,000
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
8,806 7,601
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

16
13,152 8,352
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

17
12,544 8,353
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

18
8,301 6,550
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

19
7,893 6,988
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

20
15,610 8,195
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

21
10,870 8,668
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

22
7,923 6,326
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

23
4,899 5,778
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

24
12,706 7,314
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

25
4,789 5,345
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

26
12,390 8,767
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

27
13,492 7,012
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,554 5,980
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,309 6,006
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,814 8,018
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
13,679 7,697
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
12,298 7,598
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
10,123 6,553
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
11,254 5,726
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,973 3,183
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
8,125 5,205
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
2,378 2,736
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,117 5,254
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,748 4,663
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,773 3,634
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
7,648 4,676
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
5,350 4,323
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,492 3,584
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

44
5,184 3,864
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,497 4,163
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
6,113 3,587
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

47
2,065 2,510
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

48
7,025 4,470
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
6,525 4,233
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
1,518 2,031
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets