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The Top NBA Players Of All Time

Updated November 26, 2020 2.2m votes 184.7k voters 1.7m views786 items

List RulesVote up and add 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 Jordan1
    73,624
    23,113

    Michael Jordan

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American...  more

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar2
    43,541
    24,415

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionCenter

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #1343 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#1 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time

  • Magic Johnson3
    42,428
    23,798

    Magic Johnson

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Power forward

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional...  more

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    #29 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#94 of 155 The Best Talk Show Hosts Of Daytime, Late Night, and All Time

  • LeBron James4
    63,910
    33,112

    LeBron James

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball...  more

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  • Larry Bird5
    42,392
    21,910

    Larry Bird

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player,...  more

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  • Wilt Chamberlin6
    38,812
    22,176

    Wilt Chamberlin

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

    Wilton Norman Chamberlain (; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball...  more

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  • Kobe Bryant7
    53,657
    28,188

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

    Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball...  more

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  • Bill Russell8
    33,282
    19,336

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics

    PositionCenter

    William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #3 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#311 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • Shaquille O'Neal9
    36,063
    20,499

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic

    PositionCenter

    Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired...  more

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    #1012 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#216 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

  • Tim Duncan10
    31,077
    17,495

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and...  more

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    #101 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#3 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Hakeem Olajuwon11
    28,570
    16,793

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionCenter

    Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still...  more

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    #3 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#1 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

  • Stephen Curry12
    21,022
    10,677

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional...  more

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    #181 of 194 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#2 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

  • Kevin Durant13
    20,855
    10,761

    Kevin Durant

    Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionSmall forward

    Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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  • Scottie Pippen14
    16,994
    9,771

    Scottie Pippen

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionSmall forward

    Scotty Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965), commonly spelled Scottie Pippen, is an...  more

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    #2 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#93 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Karl Malone15
    17,915
    10,778

    Karl Malone

    Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward

    Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #37 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#3 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

  • Kevin Garnett16
    14,758
    8,316

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

    PositionPower forward

    Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player...  more

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    #166 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#41 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Allen Iverson17
    20,832
    12,801

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former...  more

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    #11 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#40 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Charles Barkley18
    16,270
    10,250

    Charles Barkley

    Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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  • Jerry West19
    16,467
    10,249

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers
    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player....  more

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    #5 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#12 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • John Stockton20
    16,209
    9,474

    John Stockton

    Utah Jazz

    PositionPoint guard

    John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #3 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards#13 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • David Robinson21
    13,290
    8,771

    David Robinson

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionCenter

    David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #2 of 30 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s#25 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Dwayne Wade22
    16,944
    9,796

    Dwayne Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional...  more

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  • Dirk Nowitzki23
    19,585
    12,047

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionPower forward

    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is...  more

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    #5 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#66 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

  • Steve Nash24
    12,667
    8,520

    Steve Nash

    Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player...  more

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    #4 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#5 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Patrick Ewing25
    9,801
    6,616

    Patrick Ewing

    Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionCenter

    Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame...  more

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