With the NBA playoffs approaching, there’s no better time to take a look at who were (are) the best players in NBA history. So here are our top 12—well, 13 (the baker’s dozen thing).
“The Big O” averaged a triple-double for the entire 1961-1962 season, averaging 30.8 points, 11.4 assists and 12.5 rebounds per game. That’s 12-and-a-half-rebounds as a guard. Just incredible.
There’s a reason West is the NBA logo. He was a 14-time All-Star; and made the All-NBA Team and All-Defensive Team five times. Among retired players, only Jordan, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain surpassed his 27.0 PPG average.
Dr. J not only helped the Philadelphia 76ers win a title in 1983, but he put the ABA on the map which led to the ABA-NBA merger. The things he could do on the court were just mind-boggling including “flying” in from the foul line and slam-dunking the ball.
The best power forward of our time. He’s a four-time NBA champion, two-time MVP and three-time Finals MVP. He’s also the only player in NBA history to be selected to both All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams in his first 13 seasons. And he’s a great guy to boot.
He’s the best defensive player in history. He not only could block shots but knew how to retain possession of the ball. In addition to his 5 MVP awards, his Celtics won 11 titles during his 13 year career. ‘Nuff said.
He stuck around 5 years too long and his game wasn’t pretty—he relied on pure strength but he was arguably the most dominant player in the NBA for a decade and has 4 rings to back that assertion up.