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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
55,172 14,350
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
16,140 20,912
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

3
30,366 18,028
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

4
43,227 20,150
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

5
29,299 16,403
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

6
26,666 17,039
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
16,058 13,699
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

8
24,103 13,826
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

9
20,855 10,436
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

10
30,418 14,916
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

11
36,453 21,769
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

12
25,544 12,404
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

13
23,097 10,726
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,413 7,786
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
10,742 8,499
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

16
8,202 6,396
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

17
7,804 6,841
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

18
8,706 7,462
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

19
4,843 5,609
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

20
12,369 8,256
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

21
7,799 6,195
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

22
12,951 8,273
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

23
15,341 8,108
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

24
12,249 8,676
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

25
12,538 7,238
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

26
4,742 5,205
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

27
13,284 6,934
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,435 5,910
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,157 5,943
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,662 7,942
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
13,445 7,586
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
12,123 7,516
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
9,991 6,481
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
10,977 5,646
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,931 3,083
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
8,035 5,154
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
2,343 2,660
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,037 5,202
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,675 4,614
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,699 3,597
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
7,555 4,640
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
5,290 4,266
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,389 3,536
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

44
5,131 3,819
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,450 4,116
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
6,014 3,524
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

47
2,042 2,452
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

48
1,496 1,968
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
6,952 4,409
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

50
6,447 4,200
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets