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The Top NBA Players Of All Time

Updated March 2, 2021 2.0m votes 184.8k voters 1.7m views256 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
    73,703
    23,167

    Michael Jordan

    Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    PositionShooting guard

    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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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar2
    43,580
    24,484

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionCenter

    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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  • Magic Johnson3
    42,449
    23,879

    Magic Johnson

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    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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  • LeBron James4
    63,984
    33,169

    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPower forward

    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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  • Larry Bird5
    42,471
    21,926

    Larry Bird

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward

    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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  • Wilt Chamberlain6
    38,852
    22,222

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

    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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  • Kobe Bryant7
    53,737
    28,261

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionShooting guard

    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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  • Bill Russell8
    33,321
    19,370

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics

    PositionCenter

    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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  • Shaquille O'Neal9
    36,096
    20,545

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

    PositionCenter

    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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  • Tim Duncan10
    31,116
    17,529

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionPower forward

    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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  • Stephen Curry11
    21,049
    10,697

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    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)
    NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2015)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)

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  • Kevin Durant12
    20,880
    10,780

    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionSmall forward

    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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  • Hakeem Olajuwon13
    28,607
    16,805

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionCenter

    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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  • Kevin Garnett14
    14,772
    8,337

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

    PositionPower forward

    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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  • Scottie Pippen15
    17,012
    9,795

    Scottie Pippen

    Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionSmall forward

    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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  • Karl Malone16
    17,933
    10,789

    Karl Malone

    Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward

    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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  • John Stockton17
    16,225
    9,490

    John Stockton

    Utah Jazz

    PositionPoint guard

    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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  • Allen Iverson18
    20,848
    12,817

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard

    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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  • Jerry West19
    16,484
    10,260

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint Guard

    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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  • Charles Barkley20
    16,288
    10,265

    Charles Barkley

    Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets

    PositionPower forward

    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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  • Dwayne Wade21
    16,958
    9,836

    Dwayne Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard

    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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  • David Robinson22
    13,308
    8,803

    David Robinson

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionCenter

    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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  • Dirk Nowitzki23
    19,601
    12,084

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionPower forward

    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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  • Steve Nash24
    12,674
    8,536

    Steve Nash

    Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    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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  • Kawhi Leonard25
    8,451
    4,921

    Kawhi Leonard

    Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

    PositionSmall forward

    2× NBA champion (2014, 2019)
    2× NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019)
    5× NBA All-Star (2016, 2017, 2019–2021)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2020)
    2× All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)
    2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
    3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015–2017)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
    NBA steals leader (2015)

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