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.
Finally, after a long 2 or 3 weeks of 1st round playoff basketball, we have finally made it to the second round. My predictions on the first round were pretty good I think, I predicted that the Heat would beat the Bucks in 5, they won in 4. I predicted that OKC will beat the Rockets in 6, they
did just that. Then my prediction was that the Knicks win in 5, they won in 6. Next, I thought the Spurs would beat the Lakers in 5, they beat them in 4. Then, I figured that the Pacers would sweep the Hawks, but the Pacers won in 6 games. The other 3 vs. 6 seed was my first predicted upset, and I was right. I predicted that Golden State would beat Denver in 7 games, they won in 6. I then predicted that the Bulls would beat the Nets in 6 games, the Bulls won in 7 games. Lastly, I predicted that the Grizzlies would win in 7 games against the Clippers, they won in 6. I went 8 out of 8 on my prediction. 100% baby! Now, enough talking about my predictions from the 1st round. That’s old now! Let me make some new predictions for the 2nd round and see if I will do as well as the 1st round.
First, we will start out West with the 1 vs. 5 seed battle which is between the #1 Oklahoma City Thunder and the #5 Memphis Grizzlies. This matchup in my opinion is sending Oklahoma City home. I predict that the Memphis Grizzlies will move to the Conference Finals by beating Oklahoma City in 6 games. Some of you might be going, what is he talking about? This is what I
really think, without Westbrook the Thunder are done. With defensive specialists, Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince guarding Durant, I do not think that the Thunder can score without him making his shots. Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince’s defense are too much defense for Durant’s offense. The Thunder still have some other decent players who could occasionally get 10 points in a game,
but that will not be enough if Mike Conley is going and if Z-Bo and Marc Gasol are going. Once again, I believe that the #5 seeded Grizzlies will beat the Thunder in 6 games.
Next, we go to the East where the #1 seeded Heat will go up against the #5 seeded Bulls. I think that the Heat will win this series in 6 games. The reason why I think this is because LeBron, Wade and Bosh are just too much for the extremely sick Chicago Bulls. I think that the Bulls can pull out 2 games because the Bulls split the season series with them 2-2. Now with many people out on the Bulls, it will be hard for them to win a series against the talented Miami Heat on their home court, but they did win a game on Miami’s home floor so, I do not know. My prediction still remains the same. I predict that the Miami Heat will win the series against the sick Chicago Bulls in 6
Then, we go back to the West where the #2 seeded San Antonio Spurs will have a battle will Mark Jackson’s #6 seeded Golden State Warriors. Again, I will go with the Warriors to win in 6 games. Is he crazy?? No, I am not crazy, I really think that Stephen Curry is good enough this extremely tough feat, making the Conference Finals. I think he could do it, though. With help from, Andrew
Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry, Klay Thompson, and more, I think that this team is stacked with young talent. Just imagine how good these guys can become. In fact, look at them right now. I think that because their lineup is so young, they could run San Antonio right out of the building on fast break points. In this matchup, I am simply going with the younger ones over the older ones. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, you guys have had your moments. Now, it is the Warriors turn. Once again, I think that the Warriors will defeat the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games and go to the next round, the Conference Finals.
Lastly, I will talk about my #2 seeded New York Knicks going up against the #3 seeded Indiana Pacers. Before I talk about this series, I’ll talk about the Knicks vs. Celtics series. When we went up 3-0, I thought, “Yes we won the series!”, but no not yet. Somehow, the Celtics pulled out games 4 and 5, to make it 3-2, but thank the Lord that we won game 6 to finish out the series because I would not have wanted to go back home again to play in game 7. Anyway, back to the 2nd Round series. My prediction is that the Knicks will win this series in 7 games. The reason is simply because the Knicks beat the Pacers twice, which were both at home, and because the Pacers won both of their home games against the Knicks. This split the season series at 2. There
is not really that much more to say about this series. I think that both teams will win their home games. That is why home court advantage was so important to me. Again I say that I believe that the Knicks will win in 7 games because of their home court advantage.
My 2nd round predictions for the NBA Playoffs is that the Grizzlies will beat the Thunder in 6 games, the Heat will beat the Chicago Bulls in 6 games, the Warriors will beat the Spurs in 6 games, and finally I believe that the Knicks will beat the Pacers in 7 games. These are my
2nd round predictions but I want to know yours. Who do you think will win? Do you disagree with me on something? Please comment and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading!
With the NBA Playoffs starting, I was thinking about which team
would win each series in the playoffs. Of course, there are a lot of exciting
things going on right now in the playoffs, so it was hard for me to think of
which team would win series and in how many games would that team win it in. It
was very hard making these choices, and of course some were easier than others.
Plus, these are truly who I think will win, not necessarily who I want to win.
So, anyway, let me start off with the easiest ones that I could think of with
the 1 seeds vs. the 8 seeds.
In the East, the #1 seed is the Miami Heat and #8 seed is the
Milwaukee Bucks. My predictions are that Heat will win in 5 games. I really
truly think that the Bucks can pull off one game on their home floor, but the
Heat are too good and too talented for the Bucks, who had a losing record this
year, but I think the Bucks could pull off one of those two home games because
of their backcourt duo which is Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. So, my
prediction for that series is that the Heat will win in 5 games. In the West,
however, the #1 seed is the Oklahoma City Thunder and the #8 seed is the
Houston Rockets. My predictions are that the Thunder will win in 6 games. The
reason why I think Houston will pull out two games is because of two words, “The
Beard”. James Harden can definitely bring two games home to Houston, in my
opinion. The Rockets did pull out one game out of three against the Thunder by
two points. However, I think that the Thunder will win this series because of
the dominance of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka. Anyway, I
think the Thunder will win in 6 games. Next, we have the 2 seeds vs. the 7
In the West, the #2 seed is the San Antonio Spurs and the #7 seed
is the Los Angeles Lakers. My predictions for this series are that the Spurs
will win in 5 games. I think that the Lakers cannot pull out this series against
the Spurs without Kobe Bryant, plain and simple. I think that the Spurs have
more talent than the Lakers because of Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan. Even though
the Lakers have D-12, I just don’t think they can do it. In the East, the #2
seed is the New York Knicks and the #7 seed is the Boston Celtics. I think that
the Knicks will win this series in 5 games. I think this because Boston will
definitely win a game on their home court, in my opinion. I think the Knicks
will win this series for sure if Raymond Felton plays well and he has so far so
keep it up, RAY! After that, we have the 3 seeds vs. the 6 seeds.
In the West, I come to my first upset prediction. The #3 seed is
the Denver Nuggets and the #6 seed is the Warriors. My prediction is that Golden
State will win in 7 games. I think that the Warriors have enough talent to pull
this off. With the dominance of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson from beyond the
arc, I think that the Warriors will win. However, I think that the Nuggets will
make it close because of their backcourt in Andre Igoudala and Ty Lawson. In my
opinion, this will be a great and fun series to watch. Again, I think that
Golden State will win in 7 games. In the East, the #3 seed is the Indiana Pacers
and the #6 seed is the Atlanta Hawks. This was one of the easiest choices to
make. I think that the Pacers will sweep the Hawks simply because of the
dominance on both ends of the floor. With a lineup of George Hill, Paul George,
Lance Stephenson, David West, and Roy Hibbert, I think that the Pacers are going
to be very difficult to stop for the Hawks. I can see Josh Smith possibly
winning a game for them, but I think it will be a sweep by the Pacers. Lastly,
we have the #4 seeds vs. the #5 seeds.
These two series are always the toughest to make,
but I made predictions, so here we go. In the East, the #4 seed is the Brooklyn
Nets and the #5 seed is the Chicago Bulls. In my opinion, I think that the Bulls
will win this is 6 games. I think this because the Bulls won the season series
3-1 and I think that they have a much better defensive team and can stop the
scorers like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez. Another reason why I
think the Bulls will win this series is because of the 2 young all-stars named
Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. These two have so much talent, Deng can hit the open
shot, Noah is a beast around the basket and getting boards. This is why I think
the Bulls can win in 6. In the West, the #4 seed is the Los Angeles Clippers
and the #5 seed is the Memphis Grizzlies. My last prediction for the 1st round is the
Grizzlies win this series in 7 games. I think that Mike Conley is going to take
charge and have some phenomenal games and get the ball to Zach Randolph and Marc
Gasol for easy layups, dunks and jump shots. I also think that Zach Randolph is
going to have a 35+ point game throughout the series and it will be fun to see.
I cannot wait to see this series and I am sure it will be fun to watch. Again, I
think that the Grizzlies will win against the Clippers in 7
These are my predictions, but I want to know what yours are.
Please comment below on your predictions on the playoffs and who you think will
go to the next round. I think the Heat, Thunder, Spurs, Knicks, Pacers,
Warriors, Bulls, and Grizzlies will all play in the Conference Semifinals.
Thanks for reading my predictions. Please comment!
If you’re an NBA player nearing retirement age, no need to worry, the Knicks have a home for you. The Knicks now have the oldest squad in the league, with veteran players like Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby and our most recent recruit, Rasheed Wallace, listed on the roster.
The Knicks appear to be using a new strategy, if that is what you want to call it. It is about the same as calling the team’s upcoming season as “interesting”. My guess is the Knick management decided something like this: “Let’s try to gather as many players past their prime as we can, and we’ll tell everybody that we meant to do that. We won’t admit that we didn’t make any awesome trades this summer and that we planned to get rid of Lin anyway. We will say that we wanted these guys all along and we succeeded in getting them on our team. We’ll say we wanted to go with ‘experience’ and that youth is not all that great after all. I mean sure the other teams will have more energy, speed, endurance, and prime talent but we got experience.”
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.