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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
56,077 14,691
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
16,359 21,811
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

3
30,909 18,368
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

4
29,916 16,701
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

5
44,361 20,519
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
27,143 17,352
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
16,266 14,183
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

8
24,474 14,115
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

9
21,201 10,650
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

10
30,993 15,076
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

11
26,102 12,551
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
37,181 21,972
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

13
23,496 10,863
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,521 8,035
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
8,322 6,583
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

16
12,574 8,376
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

17
7,908 7,026
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

18
8,829 7,635
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

19
10,901 8,695
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

20
4,915 5,809
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

21
13,192 8,371
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

22
7,952 6,350
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

23
15,660 8,223
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

24
12,742 7,326
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

25
4,801 5,370
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

26
12,428 8,782
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

27
13,541 7,030
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,586 5,996
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,348 6,018
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,851 8,036
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
13,734 7,725
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
12,347 7,613
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
10,154 6,575
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
11,321 5,747
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,986 3,201
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
8,144 5,220
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
2,388 2,755
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,135 5,267
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,767 4,675
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,792 3,642
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
7,671 4,681
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
5,366 4,333
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,516 3,597
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

44
5,203 3,873
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,517 4,171
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
6,139 3,602
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

47
2,076 2,522
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

48
1,530 2,044
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
7,043 4,484
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
6,549 4,240
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets