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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. 

1
52,584 13,391
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
40,131 19,052
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

3
27,523 15,611
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

4
28,812 17,107
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

5
25,321 16,075
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Wilt Chamberlin Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

6
28,796 14,398
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

7
34,513 20,942
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

8
24,023 11,903
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

9
22,951 13,053
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Bill Russell Boston Celtics

10
15,578 18,372
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

11
15,428 12,546
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

12
19,674 10,044
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

13
21,903 10,340
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

14
7,091 7,111
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

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12,287 7,923
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

16
11,766 7,893
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

17
8,340 6,967
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

18
11,715 8,308
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

19
10,291 7,904
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

20
14,525 7,703
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

21
11,962 6,960
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
John Stockton Utah Jazz

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22
7,494 6,304
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

23
7,859 5,885
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

24
7,434 5,806
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Pete Maravich Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

25
12,588 6,673
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

26
4,636 5,108
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
George Gervin Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

27
9,990 5,709
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
David Robinson San Antonio Spurs

28
4,542 4,824
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Walt Frazier Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

29
10,623 5,721
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,099 7,682
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

31
12,584 7,189
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin Durant Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors

32
11,498 7,230
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Dwayne Wade Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
9,502 6,215
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

34
9,990 5,328
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

35
7,701 4,977
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Patrick Ewing Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

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36
1,807 2,765
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Tiny Archibald Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

37
2,203 2,436
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
7,754 4,989
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers

39
6,380 4,445
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,440 3,453
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

41
7,254 4,451
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
bulls added Ray Allen Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

42
5,645 3,214
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

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43
1,953 2,249
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

44
5,071 4,114
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

45
4,911 3,662
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

46
5,063 3,340
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Vince Carter Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

47
5,264 3,956
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

48
1,406 1,778
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

49
6,174 4,050
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets

50
6,588 4,233
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets