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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
56,190 14,730
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
29,993 16,743
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

3
16,381 21,938
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

4
30,976 18,410
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

5
16,289 14,247
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

6
27,200 17,397
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
44,491 20,566
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

8
24,521 14,143
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

9
21,238 10,682
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

10
31,065 15,089
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

11
26,166 12,574
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
37,272 21,997
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

13
23,538 10,879
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,532 8,060
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
7,920 7,051
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

16
12,598 8,386
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

17
10,915 8,719
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

18
8,842 7,656
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

19
8,330 6,610
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

20
7,967 6,368
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

21
4,922 5,831
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

22
13,222 8,381
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

23
15,690 8,241
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

24
4,808 5,390
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

25
12,766 7,337
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

26
12,451 8,797
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

27
13,575 7,037
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,605 6,006
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,368 6,031
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,874 8,045
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
13,767 7,741
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
12,375 7,621
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
10,170 6,588
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
11,362 5,763
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,990 3,215
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
8,155 5,226
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
2,393 2,763
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,148 5,270
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,776 4,682
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,802 3,647
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
7,682 4,686
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
5,373 4,339
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,531 3,603
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

44
5,210 3,878
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,524 4,174
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
6,152 3,610
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

47
2,079 2,528
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

48
1,533 2,052
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
4,487 2,487
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

50
7,053 4,493
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets