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Top Ten Best Basketball Players

LeBron ​James​
LeBron ​James​

LeBron James was, of course, selected first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, but expectations were high for the 18 year old. James impressed by winning the Rookie of the Year over Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

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Michael ​Jordan​
Michael ​Jordan​

Magic Johnson said, "There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us." Larry Bird, following a playoff game where Jordan dropped 63 points on the Boston Celtics in just his second season, appraisal of the young player was: "God disguised as Michael Jordan.".

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Stephen ​Curry​
Stephen ​Curry​

Besides Lebron, Stephen curry is the best NBA player right now. He has the best shot of all time. He can drive to the hoop better then almost anyone. He has great handles and for a guy his size he is very tough and gutsy. The that stands out is his passing skills.

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Kobe Bryant​
Kobe Bryant​

Now that Kobe Bryant has played his final NBA game, the time to consider the Lakers star's legacy is here. Bryant, a five-time champion, has a convincing case as one of the game's best scorers and toughest competitors.

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Kareem ​Abdul-Jabbar​
Kareem ​Abdul-Jabbar​

Kareem was not just the greatest NBA player all time, but he was the best college basketball player of all time. He went to a school where he was the only good player on his team and led them to 4 championships. His statistics were stacked! This guy was impossible to cover.

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Shaquille ​O'Neal​
Shaquille ​O'Neal​

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Kevin Durant​
Kevin Durant​

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is your NBA Finals MVP for the second time. For many, Durant is the second-best player in the NBA, right behind Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

Wilt ​Chamberlain​
Wilt ​Chamberlain​

Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest player in NBA history, bar none—no offense meant to Michael Jordan. many reasons wilt is never given his due There is a constant stream of idiocy concerning Wilt Chamberlain and the era in which he played found on message boards and blogs throughout the internet, in articles and columns both online and in print, and through the television sports news media.

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Magic ​Johnson​
Magic ​Johnson​

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. Comments Top Popular Newest

Bill Russell​
Bill Russell​

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Larry Bird​
Larry Bird​

Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics.

Dwyane ​Wade​
Dwyane ​Wade​

Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Comments Top Popular Newest I have compared Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James & Larry Bird with D-Wade, and Dwayne is better than all of them.

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Tim Duncan​
Tim Duncan​

Famed basketball player Tim Duncan was born on St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, in 1976. Despite waiting until his freshman year of high school to play basketball, Duncan was recruited by Wake Forest, where he became one of the Demon Deacons' best players.

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Hakeem ​Olajuwon​
Hakeem ​Olajuwon​

Hakeem Olajuwon - Career stats, game logs, biographical info, awards, and achievements for the NBA and NCAA.

Russell ​Westbrook​
Russell ​Westbrook​

Russell Westbrook - Career stats, game logs, biographical info, awards, and achievements for the NBA and NCAA.

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James ​Harden​
James ​Harden​

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Harden played college basketball for Arizona State, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009.

Oscar ​Robertson​
Oscar ​Robertson​

Oscar Robertson. Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American former National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.

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Chris Paul​
Chris Paul​

Chris Paul - Career stats, game logs, biographical info, awards, and achievements for the NBA and NCAA.

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Julius Erving​
Julius Erving​

Named after Hall of Famer and 16-year professional basketball player Julius Erving, the annual honor in its fourth year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 21 candidates.

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Charles ​Barkley​
Charles ​Barkley​

Charles Barkley: ‘Black people have voted for Democrats their whole life, they’re still poor’ Barkley took the opportunity to run down his Top 10 list. “My top five are MJ, Oscar, Russell, Kareem and Wilt,” Barkley said.

Kyrie Irving​
Kyrie Irving​

Kyrie Andrew Irving (/ ˈ k aɪ r iː /; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

Dirk Nowitzki​
Dirk Nowitzki​

Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Jerry West​
Jerry West​

Jerry West is a former basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers who went on to become the team’s head coach and general manager. Synopsis Born on May 28, 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia, Jerry West played basketball on a collegiate level and led the 1960 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.

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Carmelo ​Anthony​
Carmelo ​Anthony​

Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Anthony attended Towson Catholic High School and Oak Hill Academy before playing college basketball at Syracuse.

Kevin Garnett​
Kevin Garnett​

Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played the power forward and center positions.

Allen Iverson​
Allen Iverson​

Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. Comments Top Popular Newest He carried his sixers 10 years without any help.

Scottie ​Pippen​
Scottie ​Pippen​

Sidekick. It's a word that has been associated with Scottie Maurice Pippen over the last 20-plus years. And to be quite frank, it's both unfair and deceitful at the same time.

Kawhi ​Leonard​
Kawhi ​Leonard​

This is the case for Kawhi as the best player in basketball: He is no worse than the second-best defender in the world and among the very best offensive players in the world. If you call Kawhi the best two-way player in the world, you are calling him the best player in the world.

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David ​Robinson​
David ​Robinson​

David Robinson is widely considered to be the best basketball player in Naval Academy history. He chose the jersey number 50 after his idol Ralph Sampson. By the time he took the court in his first basketball game for the Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team, he had grown to 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), and over the course of his college basketball career he grew to 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m).

Dwight ​Howard​
Dwight ​Howard​

Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Howard, who plays center, spent his high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

Anthony ​Davis​
Anthony ​Davis​

Anthony Davis is, right now, and with all respect to LeBron James and Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, the best basketball player alive. It feels good to write that. Davis is, at age 21, putting up a season that is tough to contextualize.

Karl Malone​
Karl Malone​

I cannot deny that john stockton and karl malone is one of the best duo in NBA, but do you know another great duo in NBA ? Like these legendary players: Bill Russell and Bob Cousey : If Michael Jordan has six rings, then Bill Russell has 11 rings.

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Blake Griffin​
Blake Griffin​

Blake Griffin with his parents Well, the right answer is that he is neither; he represents a mixture of both races. The American NBA basketball player was born to an African-American father (Tommy Griffin) and a Caucasian mother (Gail Griffin). Blake, Tommy and Gail are all seen in the picture above.

John Stockton​
John Stockton​

In 1,504 NBA games (the all-time record for a player who played for only one team and games with a single team), of which Stockton started 1,300 (third all-time since starts became an official statistic beginning with the 1981–82 season), Stockton averaged a double-double in points and assists along with 2.2 steals and 31:45 of floor time per game, and he holds other scoring accuracy records as noted above.

Steve Nash​
Steve Nash​

Stephen John "Steve" Nash, OC OBC (born 7 February 1974), is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a seven-time All-NBA selection.

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Draymond ​Green​
Draymond ​Green​

Draymond Green has played an important role in the Warriors' dominance, and he's been lauded for it. This season he's taken a bit of a step back. Doe that mean he's no longer a top-10 player?

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Bob Cousy​
Bob Cousy​

NBA Stats: 18.4 PPG, 7.5 APG, 5.2 RPG Bob Cousy grew up in New York during a time so ancient that his family was able to rent an apartment for 50 bucks a month. Growing up back then gave him a chance to be an innovator, something that wasn’t exactly welcomed in an era of static (see: boring) basketball, and he found himself in trouble with his college coach for dribbling and passing behind his back.

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Patrick Ewing​
Patrick Ewing​

Patrick Ewing is a retired Hall of Fame basketball player best known for winning Olympic gold medals in basketball in 1984 and 1992.

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Paul Pierce​
Paul Pierce​

35 Paul Pierce Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Paul Pierce should be higher than a lot of people here because of his absolutely dominant mid-range shooting and what he can do in clutch time.

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Isiah Thomas​
Isiah Thomas​

Basketball player Isiah Lord Thomas III was born on April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois, and was regarded as one of the greatest point guards of all time. He attended Indiana University and won a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team.

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Jason Kidd​
Jason Kidd​

1 Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player. Best player the world has seen and will see. Just looking at him inspires you to become a basketball player. No matter what anyone says, Jordan is the best basket-baller. Amazing how quickly people forget how good he was.

Elgin Baylor​
Elgin Baylor​

Elgin Baylor was one of the best basketball players to ever play the game. A perennial All-Star and All-NBA First Team selection, Baylor played his entire career for the Lakers, first in Minneapolis and then in Los Angeles. He was a top scorer, rebounder, and passer. Elgin Baylor was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

Derrick Rose​
Derrick Rose​

Derrick rose is the best player in NBA HISTORY, because Derrick Rose can do everything and impossible things in the world of Basketball The picture says it all. He had three amazing years in the nba, and then suffered like 200 injuries in the next five.

Pau Gasol​
Pau Gasol​

Pau Gasol bio, stats, ... Became the 6th player in NBA history to post at least 21 points, ... the top professional basketball league in Spain ...

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Vince Carter​
Vince Carter​

Vince Carter - Career stats, game logs, biographical info, awards, and achievements for the NBA and NCAA.

John Wall​
John Wall​

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Wall was chosen with the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft by the Wizards after playing one year at the University of Kentucky.

Reggie Miller​
Reggie Miller​

Reggie Miller - Career stats, game logs, biographical info, awards, and achievements for the NBA and NCAA.

DeMarcus ​Cousins​
DeMarcus ​Cousins​

This is What Makes DeMarcus Cousins the 18th Best Player in the NBA Aug 16, 2017 // by Sam Quinn Throughout the offseason, we’ll be counting down the Top 50 players in the NBA from 50 to 1.

Pete Maravich​
Pete Maravich​

Ultimately the insane work rate paid off, as Maravich ended up the greatest collegiate player in history with an average of 44.2 PPG over his entire career at LSU. In the NBA, he had five All-Star appearances and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time.

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John Havlicek​
John Havlicek​

Havlicek was ranked #17 on SLAM magazine's Top 50 NBA Players of all time in 2009 and once again at the same position in the magazine's Top 500 NBA Players of all time in 2011. He was also named the 14th best player of all-time in Bill Simmons's Book of Basketball.

Clyde Drexler​
Clyde Drexler​

Clyde Drexler played the game of basketball with grace and power. ... Clyde was a well-rounded player, ... The Best Basketball Players to Ever Play the Game Are Here.

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