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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.

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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. 

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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.fd slay

  • Dražen Petrović1
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    Dražen Petrović

    Dec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    PositionShooting guard

    NationalityCroatia

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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    #1 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#3 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Bill Russell2
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    4

    PositionCenter

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWest Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #388 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#311 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • Allan Houston3
    5
    5

    PositionShooting guard

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

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    #3 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#19 of 25 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • Amar'e Stoudemire4

    PositionPower forward, Center

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLake Wales, Florida, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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    #41 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#31 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Andrea Bargnani5

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward, Center

    NationalityItaly

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Number7

    TeamsToronto Raptors

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    #50 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#27 of 41 The Biggest First Round NBA Draft Pick Busts

  • Andre Iguodala6

    PositionSmall forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Illinois

    Number9

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

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    #16 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#35 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • Andy Phillip7
    5
    5

    Andy Phillip

    Dec. at 79 (1922-2001)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGranite City, Illinois

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Philadelphia Warriors, Fort Wayne Pistons

  • Antoine Walker8

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

  • Arron Afflalo9
    5
    5

    PositionShooting guard

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number4

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

  • Artis Gilmore10
    5
    5

    PositionCenter

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChipley, Florida

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

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    #21 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#95 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • Baron Davis11
    5
    5

    PositionPoint guard

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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    #9 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#31 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Ben Wallace12
    5
    5

    PositionPower forward, Center

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWhite Hall, Alabama

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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    #19 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#29 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Bill Robinzine13
    5
    5

    Bill Robinzine

    Dec. at 29 (1953-1982)

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward, Power forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Kansas City Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #78 of 108 The Best NBA Players from Illinois#80 of 88 The Best Sacramento Kings of All Time

  • Bob Love14
    5
    5

    Bob Love

    Age: 77

    PositionSmall forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBastrop, Louisiana

    TeamsNew York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

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    #92 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#13 of 23 The Best Power Forwards of the '70s

  • A. C. Green15
    4
    4

    PositionPower forward, Center

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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    #18 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#15 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

  • Bailey Howell16
    4
    4

    PositionSmall forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMiddleton, Tennessee

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

  • Bernard King17
    4
    4

    PositionSmall forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

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    #57 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#11 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • Bill Bradley18
    4
    4

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCrystal City, Missouri, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Knicks

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    #52 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#7 of 27 The Best 60s NBA Shooting Guards

  • Bill Bridges19
    4
    4

    Bill Bridges

    Age: 80

    PositionPower forward, Center

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHobbs, New Mexico, United States of America

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks, Golden State Warriors

  • Bill Laimbeer20
    4
    4

    PositionCenter

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

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    #55 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money#22 of 53 The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas

  • Bill Walton21
    4
    4

    PositionCenter

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California, United States of America

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers

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    #57 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#15 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • Bingo Smith22
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    4

    Bingo Smith

    Age: 73

    PositionShooting guard

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    TeamsSan Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Diego Rockets

  • Blake Griffin23
    4
    4

    PositionPower forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Number32

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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    The Best Blake Griffin Dunks#229 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked

  • Bobby Jackson24
    4
    4

    PositionPoint guard

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSalisbury, North Carolina

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Bobby Wanzer25
    4
    4

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsRochester Royals