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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
57,474 15,084
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
30,813 17,138
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

3
31,700 18,901
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

4
27,879 17,801
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

5
45,839 21,082
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
25,088 14,457
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

7
16,617 23,111
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

8
16,560 14,861
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

9
31,833 15,263
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

10
21,735 10,920
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

11
38,203 22,278
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

12
26,838 12,794
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
24,086 11,029
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,643 8,392
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
9,015 7,899
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

16
12,857 8,519
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

17
11,107 9,005
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

18
8,056 7,320
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

19
8,490 6,851
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

20
13,516 8,467
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

21
5,019 6,087
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

22
8,160 6,573
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

23
16,045 8,386
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

24
4,883 5,594
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

25
13,018 7,437
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

26
13,937 7,133
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

27
12,692 8,921
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

28
10,829 6,106
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,602 6,126
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
13,121 8,151
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
14,125 7,893
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
12,650 7,745
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
11,776 5,922
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

34
10,372 6,692
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
2,044 3,378
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
8,298 5,314
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
2,443 2,883
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,289 5,355
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,891 4,770
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,929 3,713
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
7,820 4,750
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
5,460 4,419
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
5,678 3,698
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

44
5,301 3,966
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,612 4,249
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
2,118 2,626
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

47
6,307 3,710
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

48
1,572 2,149
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
4,614 2,553
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

50
6,682 4,309
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets