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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
57,407 15,072
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
30,772 17,122
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

3
27,847 17,776
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

4
31,667 18,877
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

5
45,792 21,049
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

6
25,063 14,447
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

7
16,610 23,074
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

8
16,548 14,841
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

9
31,800 15,251
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

10
21,709 10,913
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

11
26,807 12,785
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
38,163 22,264
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

13
24,058 11,023
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,637 8,378
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
9,005 7,889
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

16
11,101 8,991
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

17
12,846 8,511
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

18
8,047 7,309
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

19
8,482 6,842
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

20
8,152 6,560
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

21
13,499 8,464
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

22
5,008 6,079
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

23
16,029 8,378
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

24
4,882 5,581
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

25
13,004 7,435
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

26
13,916 7,130
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

27
12,677 8,914
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

28
10,813 6,102
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,590 6,122
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
13,108 8,147
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
14,103 7,889
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
12,638 7,738
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
11,747 5,919
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

34
10,365 6,690
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

35
2,041 3,371
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
8,288 5,311
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
2,439 2,877
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,281 5,351
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,884 4,767
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,918 3,712
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
7,814 4,747
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
5,455 4,414
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,294 3,963
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

44
5,668 3,694
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

45
5,606 4,246
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
2,116 2,621
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

47
6,302 3,705
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

48
1,571 2,143
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
4,609 2,548
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

50
6,675 4,306
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets