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The 10 Greatest NBA Players Of All-Time



Going back in time, I wanted to research and look for the The 10 Greatest NBA Players Of All-Time.


It was a long challenging research, but I’ve found 10 players that I believe are the best ever, and I’d like to share them with you now. These are The 10 Greatest NBA Players Of All-Time in a list that could go on and on forever. I know there will be some disagreements and I’m fully prepared to discuss!


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10. Shaquille O’Neal


He is the true Superman. Not Dwight Howard. It’s true, they both played Center for the Magic, but Shaq is not only a NBA Player, but a Movie Star! He helped the Lakers 3-peat with the help of Kobe.


  • 4 NBA Titles
  • 3 NBA Finals MVPs
  • 1 Regular Season MVP
  • 14-Time All-Star


Playoff Average Stats: 24.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks


He’s definitely cemented his name in the history books as one of the most prolific Centers in the game.


9. Hakeem Olajuwon



He may be the best Center that has ever played the game. His patented “Dream Shake” move lead his Houston team to back-to-back Championships. He goes down in history as one of the greatest defensive players of all time. He has a career total of 26,946 points, 13,748 rebounds, and 3,058 assists. This is why he hits the list at number 9.



  • 2 NBA Titles
  • 2 Finals MVPs
  • 1 Regular Season MVP


Playoff Average Stats: 25.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.3 blocks


8. Sam Jones


He may not be as known as the others on this list, but he should be. He played with only the Boston Celtics from 1957-69. His career numbers were 15,411 points, 4,305 rebounds and 2,209 assists. He helped lead the Celtics to 8 NBA Championships in a row and 9 Championships in the 1960s. A feat that has yet to be broken, and may never be touched.



  • 10 NBA Titles
  • 5 All-Star games



Playoff Stats: 154 playoff games, 2,909 playoff points, and 18.9 PPG.

7. Kobe Bryant


Kobe is known as the “Black Mamba.” He’s been with the Lakers his entire career and has dominated for 17 years. He lead all of NBA in scoring in back-to-back seasons (2005-6, 2006-7.) He’s helped lead the Lakers to 5 championships, a 3-peat (2000,2001,2002) and two-peat (2009,2010.)




  • 81 points game
  • 14-Time All-Star
  • 5 All-Stars MVP (1 shared with Shaq in 2009)
  • 5 Sixty-Point games
  • 24 Fifty-Point games
  • 107 Forty-point games.




Achievements: 25.6 PPG, 5.1 RPB, 4.7 APG

6. Larry Bird



He played for only 1 team, Boston Celtics, for 13 seasons. His career totals are 21,791 points, 8,974 rebounds, and 5,695 assists. He wasn’t the most athletic guy on the court, but he made up with it for his knowledge of the game. He knew what needed to be done, and wasn’t selfish out there.




  • 3 NBA Championships
  • 2 Finals MVP
  • 3 regular MVP
  • 12 All-Star games
Playoff Average Stats: 23.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.5 Assists

5. Magic Johnson



He is another player who only played for one team, The Lakers. His career totals are 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds, and 10,141 assists. He helped lead the Lakers to 5 NBA Championships and back-to-back wins in 1987-88. He is now part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers MLB franchise.





  • 5 championships
  • 3 Finals MVP
  • 3 MVP
  • 10 All-Star Selections



Playoff Average Stats: 19.5 points, 12.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds.


4. Wilt Chamberlain


He is, hands down, the best overall Center that has ever played the game. He’s mostly known for playing on the Lakers. His most noteworthy performance is a 100 point game against the New York Knicks. This is a feat that may never be broken. His career numbers are: 31,419 points, 23, 924 rebounds, and 4,643 assists.




  • 100 point game
  • 2 NBA Championships
  • 1 Finals MVP
  • 4 MVPs


Playoff Average Stats: 22.5 points, 24.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



He remained at the top of his game for 20 years. A feat that was unheard of at the time. He lead two different teams to NBA Championships. His career stats are: 38,387 points, 17,440 rebounds, 5,660 assists.




  • 6 Championships (1 with the Bucks, and 5 with the Lakers)
  • 6 MVPs
  • 2 Finals MVPs
  • 18 All-Star Game Selections



Average Playoff Stats: 24.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks

2. Bill Russell


He is the second best Center to ever play the game, just behind Chamberlain. He ranks second all time for me because he has 11 championships! H was more dominant on defense than on offense. His career stats are as follows: 14,522 points, 21,620 rebounds, and 4,100 assists.




  • 11 Championships (8 in a row)
  • 5 MVPs
  • 12 All-Star Selections


Playoff Average Stats: 16.2 points, 24.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists

1. Michael Jordan


The NBA’s greatest/well-known player of all-time. Predominantly with the Chicago Bulls. He tried acting (Space Jam) and a stint in minor league baseball before coming out of retirement with the Bulls to win 3 championships in a row. His career is just astonishing. He has 32,292 points, 6,672 rebounds, and 5,633 assists. He had 6 championships that were both 3-Peats. His supporting casts are one of the best ever. His “Jumpman” brand is one of the most recognized logos in the world, and he’s become a multimillionaire off of his image since retiring. He is still idolized by millions and they say that Lebron James is the next Jordan. Only time will tell on that.




  • 6 Championships
  • 6 Finals MVPs
  • 5 MVPs
  • 14 All-Star Selections


Playoff Average Stats: Astonishing 33.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists.







This is just a list of my The 10 Greatest NBA Players Of All-Time. I’m curious as to where you think I went right or wrong? Would you order the list differently? Would you add other teams over some of these? Discuss below!


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