This weekend I was bored and had nothing to do, so I decided to share my voice with the world when it comes to the best basketball players of all time. This list includes people from the 50s all the way to today’s players. These are my true opinions for this list. If you disagree with any of my
decisions, please tell me about it in the comments. Let’s get started!
#20: John Stockton Career Stats: 13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 10 All-Star
Stockton was an incredible point guard for sure. He holds the most assists ever record with 15,806 assists for his career. He also holds the most steals ever record with 3,265 steals for his career.
#19: Isiah Thomas Career Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 9.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 11 All-Star
Thomas was an overall incredible player with the Detroit Pistons. He won 2 championships, got 1 NBA Finals MVP, and got to the All-NBA First Team 3 times.
#18: Karl Malone Career Stats: 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 12 All-Star
Malone was one of the best scorers ever with 36,928 points which was the second most points scored in one person’s career. He also made the All-NBA First Team 11 times and won 2 MVP
#17: Jerry West Career Stats: 27.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 6.7 APG, 12 All-Star Appearances
West was a very great player on both sides of the floor, offense and defense. He was on the All-NBA First Team 10 times and he was on the All-Defensive First Team 4 times.
#16: George Mikan Career Stats: 23.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 4 All-Star Appearances (only 7
Mikan was a solid big man in the paint for the Minneapolis Lakers winning 4 championships with them. 6 out of 7 seasons, Mikan made the All-NBA First Team and is considered the face of the 40s and early 50s.
#15: Moses Malone Career Stats: 20.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 11 All-Star
Malone was an incredible center and won one championship with Julius Erving in 1983. He was a 3 time NBA MVP and he made the All-NBA First Team 4 times.
#14: Elgin Baylor Career Stats: 27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 11 All-Star Appearances
At small forward, Baylor played like a big man that can also shoot from anywhere. In the 1961-62 season, he averaged 38.3 PPG and 18.6 RPG. He also made the All-NBA First Team 10 times.
#13: Charles Barkley Career Stats: 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 9 All-Star
Charles Barkley is considered one of the top power forwards of all time and I agree. He won the NBA MVP in the 1992-93 season and he made the All-NBA First Team 5 times.
#12: Tim Duncan Career Stats: 20.2 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.2 BPG, 14 All-Star
Duncan is a very solid power forward who still plays today. He won 4 championships, made the All-Defensive First Team 8 times, and he made the All-NBA First Team 10 times.
#11: Shaquille O’Neal Career Stats: 23.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.3 BPG, 12 All-Star Appearances
Shaq was a very great body in the paint and he won 4 championships. He was the NBA Finals MVP 3 times, he won the NBA MVP in the 1999-00 season, and he made the All-NBA First Team 8 times.
#10: Hakeem Olajuwon Career Stats: 21.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.1 BPG, 12 All-Star Appearances
Olajuwon was one of the best post players to ever play. He won the NBA MVP in the 1993-94 season, he made the All-Defensive First Team 3 times, and he is also the all-time blocks leader with 3,830 blocks for his career.
#9: Julius Erving Career Stats (NBA): 22.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 11 All-Star Appearances Career Stats (ABA): 28.7 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 4.8 APG, 2.4 SPG, 2.0 BPG
Erving was a great player in the NBA and in the ABA, winning 2 championships in the ABA and winning 1 championship in the NBA. In the NBA, he won the NBA MVP award in the 1980-81
season and he made the All-NBA First Team 5 times.
#8: Larry Bird Career Stats: 24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 10 All-Star
Larry Legend was one of the best shooters of all-time, no doubt. He also won the NBA MVP 3 times in a row and he made the All-NBA First Team 9 times. He still holds the highest amount of
points in the three point contest with 24 points.
#7: Magic Johnson Career Stats: 19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 11 All-Star
Earvin “Magic” Johnson was one of the greatest players of all-time because he won 5 championships and got 3 Finals MVPs. He won 3 NBA MVPs and made the All-NBA First Team 9 times.
#6: Oscar Robertson Career Stats: 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG, 12 All-Star Appearances
The Big O once averaged a triple double in a single season with 30.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 11.4 APG. He also won the NBA MVP in the 1963-64 season and he made the All-NBA First Team 9
#5: Bill Russell Career Stats: 15.1 PPG, 22.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 12 All-Star Appearances
Bill Russell was one of the best rebounders of all-time. In one game, he grabbed 51 rebounds for the Celtics. He won the NBA MVP 5 times and he was mostly known for his defense.
#4: Kobe Bryant Career Stats: 25.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 15 All-Star
Kobe still plays today and is known for his 81 point game, his 5 championships, and his incredible clutch abilities. Kobe made the All-Defensive First Team 9 times, he made the All-NBA First Team 11 times, and he won the NBA MVP in the 2007-08 season.
#3: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Career Stats: 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.0 BPG, 18 All-Star Appearances
Kareem is mostly known for his sky hook but he also won 6 championships. He won the NBA MVP 6 times, he made the All-Defensive First Team 5 times, and he made the All-NBA First Team 10
times. He is also the leading career points with 38,387 points for his career.
#2: Michael Jordan Career Stats: 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 13 All-Star
Michael Jordan is considered one of the best players of all-time for various reasons. He won the NBA MVP 5 times, he won 6 championships and won NBA Finals MVP for each of them, he scored 63 points in a playoff game which is still a record today, he made the All-Defensive Team 9 times, he made the All-NBA First Team 10 times, and he is known for how incredibly clutch he
#1: Wilt Chamberlain Career Stats: 30.1 PPG, 22.9 RPG, 4.4 APG, 13 All-Star Appearances
Wilt Chamberlain is mostly known for being the only player in NBA history to score in triple digits. Yes, he scored 100 points in a single game. He only won the championship 2 times but he did not have any help on his team. He won the NBA MVP 4 times, he averaged 50.4 PPG in one season, he averaged 48.5 minutes per game one season, he made the All-NBA First Team 7 times, he made the All-Defensive Team 2 times, and he is the leading rebounder in a game with 55 rebounds and for a person’s career with 23,924 rebounds for his career. That is why I think he is the best of all time.
This was my list of the greatest players of all time! Did you agree with any of them? Did you disagree? Who do you think is the greatest of all time? Tell me about it in the comments
section. Thanks for reading! Please comment.
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.