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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
55,086 14,308
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
16,118 20,803
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

3
29,232 16,372
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

4
24,054 13,794
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

5
30,315 17,974
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

6
26,608 17,005
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
16,030 13,654
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

8
43,108 20,118
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

9
30,363 14,892
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

10
20,816 10,406
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

11
36,380 21,745
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

12
25,480 12,387
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
23,057 10,711
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,400 7,761
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
10,731 8,470
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

16
8,694 7,441
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

17
7,790 6,819
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

18
8,193 6,368
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

19
7,785 6,177
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

20
12,342 8,242
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

21
4,833 5,582
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

22
12,926 8,260
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

23
15,313 8,093
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

24
12,226 8,664
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

25
12,513 7,229
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

26
4,733 5,185
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

27
13,258 6,922
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

28
10,416 5,900
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
11,138 5,934
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,645 7,930
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
13,408 7,572
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
12,104 7,503
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
9,976 6,467
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
10,943 5,631
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,926 3,064
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
8,019 5,142
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
2,338 2,646
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
8,026 5,188
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,664 4,602
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,688 3,585
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
7,544 4,622
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
5,275 4,255
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

43
2,040 2,437
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

44
6,006 3,503
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

45
5,440 4,100
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

46
5,374 3,520
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

47
5,121 3,809
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

48
1,491 1,957
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
6,944 4,395
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
6,436 4,192
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets