The Best NBA Players of All-Time

The Best NBA Players of All-Time

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 GUARDS

Michael JordanMICHAEL JORDAN
For our money, he was the best player to ever play the game. It’s inconceivable that he was only the third pick in the 1984 draft.

 

 

Oscar RobertsonOSCAR ROBERTSON
“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.

 

 

Earvin Magic JohnsonMAGIC JOHNSON
Magic was so much better than his stats would indicate. He totally redefined the point guard slot from a small to a big man position.

 

 

Jerry WestJERRY WEST
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.

 

 

 THE FORWARDS

Dr. JJULIUS ERVING
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.

 


Tim DuncanTIM DUNCAN

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.

 


LeBron JamesLEBRON JAMES
LeBron cemented a spot on this list for himself after finally winning a championship last season. He’s by far the best player in the game today. There’s nothing he can’t do on the court.

 

 

Larry LegendLARRY BIRD
We just can’t imagine how good “Larry Legend” would have been if he would have been able to run and/or jump. He might have broken every record in the book.

 

 

 

THE CENTERS

Bill RussellBILL RUSSELL
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.

 

 

Wilt The StiltWILT CHAMBERLAIN
He scored 100 points in a game and his dominance can only be compared to how superior Babe Ruth was in baseball. For some reason, Russell always got the best of him in the finals.

 

 

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
He invented the unstoppable skyhook. Why more players haven’t mimicked the shot is beyond us. He led both Milwaukee Bucks and the Lakers to championships.

 

 

Hakeem the DreamHAKEEM OLAJUWON
The only thing that kept Patrick Ewing’s Knicks from winning a championship in 1994 was ”Hakeem the Dream.” He’s the best pure center in the game the last 20 years.

 

 

Shaq

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL
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.

 

 

 

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