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The Top NBA Players Of All Time

Updated March 30, 2021 2.0m votes 187.6k voters 1.7m views269 items

List RulesVote up the best pro basketball players to ever compete in the NBA.

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. Then head over and vote on the best NBA players of the 2010s.

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    Michael Jordan

    Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
    6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
    5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
    14× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003)
    3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
    10× NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
    3× NBA steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993)
    2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1987, 1988)

     

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    42,267
    21,723

    Larry Bird

    Boston Celtics

    3× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
    3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1984–1986)
    12× NBA All-Star (1980–1988, 1990–1992)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982)
    9× All-NBA First Team (1980–1988)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1980)
    NBA All-Rookie Team (1980)
    3× NBA Three-Point Contest champion (1986–1988)
    2× 50–40–90 club (1987, 1988)

     

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  • 3
    62,526
    33,386

    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers

    4× NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)
    4× NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)
    4× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
    17× NBA All-Star (2005–2021)
    3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008, 2018)
    13× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2018, 2020)
    5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
    NBA scoring champion (2008)
    NBA assists leader (2020)

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    42,688
    24,564

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    6× NBA champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985)
    6× NBA Most Valuable Player (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)
    19× NBA All-Star (1970–1977, 1979–1989)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1971–1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986)
    5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974, 1975, 1979–1981)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1970)
    2× NBA scoring champion (1971, 1972)
    NBA rebounding champion (1976)
    4× NBA blocks leader (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980)

     

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  • 5
    41,526
    24,019

    Magic Johnson

    Los Angeles Lakers

    5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
    3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)
    3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)
    12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992)
    9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991)
    NBA All-Rookie Team (1980)
    4× NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)
    2× NBA steals leader (1981, 1982)

     

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    38,067
    22,022

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

    2× NBA champion (1967, 1972)
    NBA Finals MVP (1972)
    4× NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966–1968)
    13× NBA All-Star (1960–1969, 1971–1973)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960)
    7× All-NBA First Team (1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968)
    2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972, 1973)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)
    7× NBA scoring champion (1960–1966)
    11× NBA rebounding champion (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973)
    NBA assists leader (1968)

     

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    52,486
    28,215

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
    18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
    4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
    11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
    9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
    2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007)
    NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)

     

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    35,329
    20,410

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

    4× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2006)
    3× NBA Finals MVP (2000–2002)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2000)
    15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009)
    3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
    8× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000–2006)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
    2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)

     

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    28,148
    16,265

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

    2× NBA champion (1994, 1995)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (1994)
    12× NBA All-Star (1985–1990, 1992–1997)
    6× All-NBA First Team (1987–1989, 1993, 1994, 1997)
    2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
    5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
    2× NBA rebounding leader (1989, 1990)
    3× NBA blocks leader (1990, 1991, 1993)

     

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  • 10
    32,718
    18,918

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics

    11× NBA champion (1957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969)
    5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1958, 1961–1963, 1965)
    12× NBA All-Star (1958–1969)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1963)
    3× All-NBA First Team (1959, 1963, 1965)
    NBA All-Defensive First Team (1969)
    4× NBA rebounding champion (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965)

     

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    30,531
    17,433

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio Spurs

    5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
    3× NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2002, 2003)
    15× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013, 2015)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1998–2005, 2007, 2013)
    8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998)
    NBA Teammate of the Year (2015)

     

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  • 12
    20,712
    10,734

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    3× NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018)
    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016)
    7× NBA All-Star (2014–2019, 2021)
    3× All-NBA First Team (2015, 2016, 2019)
    NBA scoring champion (2016)
    NBA steals leader (2016)
    50–40–90 club (2016)
    2x NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2015, 2021)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)

     

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    20,488
    10,881

    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets, Seattle Supersonics

    2× NBA champion (2017, 2018)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2014)
    11× NBA All-Star (2010–2019, 2021)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2012, 2019)
    6× All-NBA First Team (2010–2014, 2018)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
    4× NBA scoring champion (2010–2012, 2014)
    50–40–90 club (2013)

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    17,563
    10,819

    Karl Malone

    Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (1997, 1999)
    14× NBA All-Star (1988–1998, 2000–2002)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1989, 1993)
    11× All-NBA First Team (1989–1999)
    3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997–1999)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986)

     

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  • 15
    16,677
    10,006

    Scottie Pippen

    Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers

    6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
    7× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992–1997)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1994)
    3× All-NBA First Team (1994–1996)
    8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1992–1999)
    NBA steals leader (1995)

     

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  • 16
    14,478
    8,520

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

    NBA champion (2008)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2004)
    15× NBA All-Star (1997, 1998, 2000–2011, 2013)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2003)
    4× All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
    9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000–2005, 2008, 2009, 2011)
    4× NBA rebounding champion (2004–2007)

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  • 17
    15,909
    9,564

    John Stockton

    Utah Jazz

    10× NBA All-Star (1989–1997, 2000)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1993)
    2× All-NBA First Team (1994, 1995)
    9× NBA assists leader (1988–1996)
    2× NBA steals leader (1989, 1992)

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  • 18
    20,405
    12,852

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    NBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
    11× NBA All-Star (2000–2010)
    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)
    3× All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997)
    NBA Rookie Game MVP (1997)
    4× NBA scoring champion (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005)
    3× NBA steals leader (2001–2003)

     

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  • 19
    16,143
    10,241

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    NBA champion (1972)
    NBA Finals MVP (1969)
    14× NBA All-Star (1961–1974)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1972)
    10× All-NBA First Team (1962–1967, 1970–1973)
    4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1970–1973)
    NBA scoring champion (1970)
    NBA assists leader (1972)

     

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    15,972
    10,557

    Charles Barkley

    Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets

    NBA Most Valuable Player (1993)
    11× NBA All-Star (1987–1997)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (1991)
    5× All-NBA First Team (1988–1991, 1993)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
    NBA rebounding leader (1987)

     

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  • 21
    13,066
    9,176

    David Robinson

    San Antonio Spurs

    2× NBA champion (1999, 2003)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (1995)
    10× NBA All-Star (1990–1996, 1998, 2000, 2001)
    4× All-NBA First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992)
    4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
    NBA scoring champion (1994)
    NBA rebounding leader (1991)
    NBA blocks leader (1992)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1990)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)

     

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    19,098
    12,497

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks

    NBA champion (2011)
    NBA Finals MVP (2011)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2007)
    14× NBA All-Star (2002–2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)
    4× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007, 2009)
    50–40–90 club (2007)
    NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2006)

     

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  • 23
    16,547
    10,357

    Dwyane Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    3× NBA champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
    NBA Finals MVP (2006)
    13× NBA All-Star (2005–2016, 2019)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2010)
    2× All-NBA First Team (2009, 2010)
    NBA scoring champion (2009)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

     

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    12,402
    9,070

    Steve Nash

    Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006)
    8× NBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012)
    3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007)
    5× NBA assists leader (2005–2007, 2010, 2011)
    4× 50–40–90 club (2006, 2008–2010)

     

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    Patrick Ewing

    New York Knicks, Orlando Magic

    11× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1997)
    All-NBA First Team (1990)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
    NBA All-Rookie Team (1986)

     

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