50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time

By Jason Fletcher

It’s always fun to debate who the greatest player in any given sport would be. It’s obviously an arbitrary title because everyone played at different times, with different rules and against different levels of competition. There were so many players who I had to leave off of this list who may be in the top 30 or 40 on someone else’s. Once you get past the top 20 or so, there’s really no separation between the rest. Without further adieu, here is my list of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time.

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50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time
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50. C George Mikan

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George Mikan was one of the most dominant centers in the history of basketball. He played professionally for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and the Minneapolis Lakers of the Basketball Association of America before the BAA and NBL merged in 1949 to form the NBA. Mikan was a five-time NBA champion, and finished his NBA career averaging 23.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

50. C George Mikan

George Mikan was one of the most dominant centers in the history of basketball. He played professionally for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and the Minneapolis Lakers of the Basketball Association of America before the BAA and NBL merged in 1949 to form the NBA. Mikan was a five-time NBA champion, and finished his NBA career averaging 23.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

49. PF/C Bob Pettit

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Bob Pettit played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks. He was the first winner of the NBA MVP award, and he and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to ever win four NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards. Pettit was an 11-time NBA All-Star, and he had career averages of 26.4 points and 16.2 rebounds per game.

49. PF/C Bob Pettit

Bob Pettit played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks. He was the first winner of the NBA MVP award, and he and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to ever win four NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards. Pettit was an 11-time NBA All-Star, and he had career averages of 26.4 points and 16.2 rebounds per game.

48. PG Gary Payton

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Gary Payton doesn't get the type of recognition he deserves because he played on a Seattle Supersonics team that never won an NBA title. Payton was a nine-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-defensive First Team member and he finally won an NBA title in 2006 with the Miami Heat. He averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game for his career.

48. PG Gary Payton

Gary Payton doesn't get the type of recognition he deserves because he played on a Seattle Supersonics team that never won an NBA title. Payton was a nine-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-defensive First Team member and he finally won an NBA title in 2006 with the Miami Heat. He averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game for his career.

47. SF Rick Barry

SF Rick Barry
Rick Barry won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1966 with the San Francisco Warriors, and then in 1967, he led the NBA in scoring. In 1968, he left the NBA to join the ABA who offered him more money. Barry would return to the NBA in 1972, and he would retire in 1980. Barry was an eight-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team member and he won an NBA title in 1975 with the Golden State Warriors, while also bringing home the NBA Finals MVP Award. Barry averaged. 23.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game during his NBA career.

47. SF Rick Barry

Rick Barry won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1966 with the San Francisco Warriors, and then in 1967, he led the NBA in scoring. In 1968, he left the NBA to join the ABA who offered him more money. Barry would return to the NBA in 1972, and he would retire in 1980. Barry was an eight-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team member and he won an NBA title in 1975 with the Golden State Warriors, while also bringing home the NBA Finals MVP Award. Barry averaged. 23.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game during his NBA career.

46. C Bill Walton

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Bill Walton had the talent to be one of the top 10 players in NBA history; unfortunately, he couldn't stay healthy. Walton won two NBA titles, one NBA MVP Award and he was a two-time NBA All-Star. He finished with career averages of 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

46. C Bill Walton

Bill Walton had the talent to be one of the top 10 players in NBA history; unfortunately, he couldn't stay healthy. Walton won two NBA titles, one NBA MVP Award and he was a two-time NBA All-Star. He finished with career averages of 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

45. C Willis Reed

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Willis Reed is one of the greatest New York Knicks players of all time. He was a member of two NBA title teams, won the NBA Finals MVP award in both years and was a seven-time All-Star. Reed's No. 19 has been retired by the Knicks, and he finished his NBA career with averages of 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds during his 10-year playing career.

45. C Willis Reed

Willis Reed is one of the greatest New York Knicks players of all time. He was a member of two NBA title teams, won the NBA Finals MVP award in both years and was a seven-time All-Star. Reed's No. 19 has been retired by the Knicks, and he finished his NBA career with averages of 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds during his 10-year playing career.

44. SG Earl Monroe

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Earl "The Pearl" Monroe was one of the greatest pure scorers in NBA history. His No. 15 is retired by the New York Knicks and his No. 10 is retired by the Washington Wizards. Monroe was the 1968 NBA Rookie of the Year, a four-time NBA All-Star and he won an NBA title in 1973 while with the Knicks. For his career, Monroe averaged 18.8 points, three rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

44. SG Earl Monroe

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe was one of the greatest pure scorers in NBA history. His No. 15 is retired by the New York Knicks and his No. 10 is retired by the Washington Wizards. Monroe was the 1968 NBA Rookie of the Year, a four-time NBA All-Star and he won an NBA title in 1973 while with the Knicks. For his career, Monroe averaged 18.8 points, three rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

43. C Alonzo Mourning

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During his prime, Alonzo Mourning was one of the most dominant players in the history of the league. Unfortunately, Mourning was diagnosed with a kidney condition in 2000, which would eventually require a kidney transplant in 2003. Combined, Mourning would only miss five months in 2000 and four months in 2004, and he would go on to play until 2008. For his career, Mourning averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

43. C Alonzo Mourning

During his prime, Alonzo Mourning was one of the most dominant players in the history of the league. Unfortunately, Mourning was diagnosed with a kidney condition in 2000, which would eventually require a kidney transplant in 2003. Combined, Mourning would only miss five months in 2000 and four months in 2004, and he would go on to play until 2008. For his career, Mourning averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

42. PG Walt Frazier

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Walt Frazier was the leader of the Knicks' two lone NBA championship teams in 1970 and 1973. Frazier was a seven-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA First-Team and seven-time All-Defensive First Team. He's a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and his No. 10 is retired by the Knicks. For his career, Frazier averaged 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.

42. PG Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier was the leader of the Knicks' two lone NBA championship teams in 1970 and 1973. Frazier was a seven-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA First-Team and seven-time All-Defensive First Team. He's a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and his No. 10 is retired by the Knicks. For his career, Frazier averaged 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.

41. C Robert Parish

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Robert Parish is best known for his career longevity. He began his playing career in 1976 with the Golden State Warriors and he retired in 1997 as a member of the Chicago Bulls. During those 21 years, Parish won four NBA titles, was a nine-time NBA All-Star and was one of the greatest defensive centers in NBA history. He averaged 14.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during his career.

41. C Robert Parish

Robert Parish is best known for his career longevity. He began his playing career in 1976 with the Golden State Warriors and he retired in 1997 as a member of the Chicago Bulls. During those 21 years, Parish won four NBA titles, was a nine-time NBA All-Star and was one of the greatest defensive centers in NBA history. He averaged 14.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during his career.

40. SG Ray Allen

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Ray Allen is the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history. He is the all-time leader in three-point field goals made during the regular season, and also the postseason. Allen is a two-time NBA champion, 10-time NBA All-Star and at 40 years old, he's still an active player who's deciding whether he wants to play in 2015-16. For his career, Allen is a 40 percent three-point shooter, 89 percent free-throw shooter and has averaged 18.9 points per game.

40. SG Ray Allen

Ray Allen is the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history. He is the all-time leader in three-point field goals made during the regular season, and also the postseason. Allen is a two-time NBA champion, 10-time NBA All-Star and at 40 years old, he's still an active player who's deciding whether he wants to play in 2015-16. For his career, Allen is a 40 percent three-point shooter, 89 percent free-throw shooter and has averaged 18.9 points per game.

39. PG Jason Kidd

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Current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd had a tremendous career as a player. For a guy who struggled with his jump-shot throughout his career, Kidd found other ways to dominate the game. He was a 10-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First-Team and four-time All-Defensive First Team during his 19 seasons. Kidd finished his career averaging 12.6 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. He also won his lone NBA title in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

39. PG Jason Kidd

Current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd had a tremendous career as a player. For a guy who struggled with his jump-shot throughout his career, Kidd found other ways to dominate the game. He was a 10-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First-Team and four-time All-Defensive First Team during his 19 seasons. Kidd finished his career averaging 12.6 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. He also won his lone NBA title in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

38. SG George Gervin

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George Gervin played the first four seasons of his career in the ABA before the ABA and NBA merger in 1976. In those four seasons, Gervin was a three-time ABA All-Star, two-time All-ABA Second-Team, and ABA All-Rookie First Team for the 1972-73 season. During his NBA career, Gervin was a nine-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team and a four-time NBA scoring champion. Combining his ABA and NBA playing careers, Gervin averaged 25.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

38. SG George Gervin

George Gervin played the first four seasons of his career in the ABA before the ABA and NBA merger in 1976. In those four seasons, Gervin was a three-time ABA All-Star, two-time All-ABA Second-Team, and ABA All-Rookie First Team for the 1972-73 season. During his NBA career, Gervin was a nine-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team and a four-time NBA scoring champion. Combining his ABA and NBA playing careers, Gervin averaged 25.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

37. PG Bob Cousy

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Bob Cousy had a ridiculous NBA career. During his time with the Boston Celtics, Cousy won six NBA titles, one NBA MVP award and he was a 13-time All-Star. He also was a 10-time All-NBA First Team player and led the NBA in assists during eight different seasons. For his career, Cousy averaged 18.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.2 rebound per game.

37. PG Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy had a ridiculous NBA career. During his time with the Boston Celtics, Cousy won six NBA titles, one NBA MVP award and he was a 13-time All-Star. He also was a 10-time All-NBA First Team player and led the NBA in assists during eight different seasons. For his career, Cousy averaged 18.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.2 rebound per game.

36. PF Dennis Rodman

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Dennis Rodman was an essential piece of five NBA Champions, two with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls. Most people would question how a player who averaged 7.1 points per game for his career could be this high on this list, but for me, Rodman was as important to the Pistons as Isiah Thomas and just as important to the Bulls as Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen. His rebounding and defensive prowess were key to all five championships.

36. PF Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman was an essential piece of five NBA Champions, two with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls. Most people would question how a player who averaged 7.1 points per game for his career could be this high on this list, but for me, Rodman was as important to the Pistons as Isiah Thomas and just as important to the Bulls as Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen. His rebounding and defensive prowess were key to all five championships.

35. SG Dwyane Wade

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It's a shame that Dwyane Wade has had to battle knee injuries throughout his career. Wade has only played in 75 games or more during the regular season in five of 12 NBA seasons. If he was able to stay healthy throughout his career, Wade could very easily be as good as LeBron James. Wade is a three-time NBA champion, 11-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team player. To this point in his career, he's averaged 24.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

35. SG Dwyane Wade

It's a shame that Dwyane Wade has had to battle knee injuries throughout his career. Wade has only played in 75 games or more during the regular season in five of 12 NBA seasons. If he was able to stay healthy throughout his career, Wade could very easily be as good as LeBron James. Wade is a three-time NBA champion, 11-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team player. To this point in his career, he's averaged 24.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

34. PG Steve Nash

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Another player who had to battle a back injury for the latter half of his career, Steve Nash was as dominant a point guard as there's ever been when healthy. Nash was a two-time NBA MVP, eight-time NBA All-Star and led the league in assists in five different seasons. For his career, Nash averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

34. PG Steve Nash

Another player who had to battle a back injury for the latter half of his career, Steve Nash was as dominant a point guard as there's ever been when healthy. Nash was a two-time NBA MVP, eight-time NBA All-Star and led the league in assists in five different seasons. For his career, Nash averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

33. SF John Havlicek

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If this were a list for the most successful NBA players, John Havlicek would be in the top 10. "Hondo" won eight NBA titles during his career with the Boston Celtics, including four in a row from 1963-66. Havlicek was also a 13-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA First Team member and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. For his career, he averaged 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

33. SF John Havlicek

If this were a list for the most successful NBA players, John Havlicek would be in the top 10. "Hondo" won eight NBA titles during his career with the Boston Celtics, including four in a row from 1963-66. Havlicek was also a 13-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA First Team member and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. For his career, he averaged 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

32. SG Pete Maravich

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Although Pete Maravich didn't have the benefit of playing for the great Celtics teams like Havlicek did, Maravich was a more dominant player throughout his career. He was a five-time NBA All-Star, two-time All-NBA First Team member and he won the NBA scoring title in 1977. For his career, Maravich averaged 24.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. His No. 7 has been retired by the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.

32. SG Pete Maravich

Although Pete Maravich didn't have the benefit of playing for the great Celtics teams like Havlicek did, Maravich was a more dominant player throughout his career. He was a five-time NBA All-Star, two-time All-NBA First Team member and he won the NBA scoring title in 1977. For his career, Maravich averaged 24.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. His No. 7 has been retired by the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.

31. PF/C Kevin McHale

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Current Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale had a much better playing career than he has had coaching to this point. McHale was a member of three Boston Celtics championship teams, was a seven-time NBA All-Star and he was a three-time NBA All-Defensive First team member. McHale's No. 32 hangs in the rafters at TD Garden and he is a member the Basketball Hall of Fame. He finished his career averaging 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

31. PF/C Kevin McHale

Current Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale had a much better playing career than he has had coaching to this point. McHale was a member of three Boston Celtics championship teams, was a seven-time NBA All-Star and he was a three-time NBA All-Defensive First team member. McHale's No. 32 hangs in the rafters at TD Garden and he is a member the Basketball Hall of Fame. He finished his career averaging 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

30. PF Kevin Garnett

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If Kevin Garnett would've retired after the 2012-13 NBA season, he would've been higher on this list. Over the last three seasons, Garnett hasn't averaged over 7.6 points per game in a season, which has brought his career average down to 18.2. Garnett is a 15-time NBA All-Star, nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member and he won an NBA title with the Celtics in 2008. If he would've spent his early years with a team other than the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's hard to imagine how many titles he would've won.

30. PF Kevin Garnett

If Kevin Garnett would've retired after the 2012-13 NBA season, he would've been higher on this list. Over the last three seasons, Garnett hasn't averaged over 7.6 points per game in a season, which has brought his career average down to 18.2. Garnett is a 15-time NBA All-Star, nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member and he won an NBA title with the Celtics in 2008. If he would've spent his early years with a team other than the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's hard to imagine how many titles he would've won.

29. SF James Worthy

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Although Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar get all the fanfare for the Los Angeles Lakers titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988, James Worthy was the unsung hero. Worthy was the key performer in the Lakers' 1985 playoff run, as he averaged 21.5 points per game and 62.2 percent shooting during the 1985 playoffs, including 23.7 points per game in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. In 1988, Worthy had 28 points and nine rebounds in Game 6 against the Pistons, and 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 7 to clinch the NBA Finals MVP award. Worthy was also a seven-time NBA All-Star and he averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career.

29. SF James Worthy

Although Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar get all the fanfare for the Los Angeles Lakers titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988, James Worthy was the unsung hero. Worthy was the key performer in the Lakers' 1985 playoff run, as he averaged 21.5 points per game and 62.2 percent shooting during the 1985 playoffs, including 23.7 points per game in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. In 1988, Worthy had 28 points and nine rebounds in Game 6 against the Pistons, and 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 7 to clinch the NBA Finals MVP award. Worthy was also a seven-time NBA All-Star and he averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career.

28. SF Elgin Baylor

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Elgin Baylor is one of the greatest NBA players to have never won an NBA title. While with the Lakers, Baylor lead the team to eight NBA Finals appearances, but could never quite seal the deal. He was forced to retire nine games into the 1971-72 NBA season, coincidentally, the Lakers won the NBA title that season. Although the Lakers gave him a ring, Baylor was not an active player, which means it doesn't count. For his career, Baylor averaged 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

28. SF Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor is one of the greatest NBA players to have never won an NBA title. While with the Lakers, Baylor lead the team to eight NBA Finals appearances, but could never quite seal the deal. He was forced to retire nine games into the 1971-72 NBA season, coincidentally, the Lakers won the NBA title that season. Although the Lakers gave him a ring, Baylor was not an active player, which means it doesn't count. For his career, Baylor averaged 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

27. C Patrick Ewing

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Although Patrick Ewing could never capture that elusive NBA title, he was the star of the Knicks the last time the team was truly relevant. Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star, 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year and a member of the 1990 All-NBA First team. During his career, Ewing averaged 21 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

27. C Patrick Ewing

Although Patrick Ewing could never capture that elusive NBA title, he was the star of the Knicks the last time the team was truly relevant. Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star, 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year and a member of the 1990 All-NBA First team. During his career, Ewing averaged 21 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

26. SG Reggie Miller

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Reggie Miller was the greatest shooter of all time until Ray Allen showed up on the scene. Miller knocked down 2,560 three-pointers during his career, which is second to only Allen. Although Miller never won an NBA title, he was a five-time NBA All-Star; he's the Indiana Pacers all-time scoring leader, and he played the villain role better than any player in NBA history.

26. SG Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller was the greatest shooter of all time until Ray Allen showed up on the scene. Miller knocked down 2,560 three-pointers during his career, which is second to only Allen. Although Miller never won an NBA title, he was a five-time NBA All-Star; he's the Indiana Pacers all-time scoring leader, and he played the villain role better than any player in NBA history.

25. SF Scottie Pippen

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Most people would likely have Scottie Pippen higher on this list. As great of a player as Pippen was, I think he gets a little too much credit for the Bulls' success in the 1990s. Pippen did have an integral part in the team's success, but it wasn't much more important than Rodman's. He also had the tremendous benefit of playing with Jordan, who took most of the attention from the defense. Pippen only averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists during his career, as his defense was light-years ahead of his offense.

25. SF Scottie Pippen

Most people would likely have Scottie Pippen higher on this list. As great of a player as Pippen was, I think he gets a little too much credit for the Bulls' success in the 1990s. Pippen did have an integral part in the team's success, but it wasn't much more important than Rodman's. He also had the tremendous benefit of playing with Jordan, who took most of the attention from the defense. Pippen only averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists during his career, as his defense was light-years ahead of his offense.

24. G Allen Iverson

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Allen Iverson is one of the most underrated players in NBA history. Iverson took the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001, and although they couldn't win the title, it's amazing that Iverson was able to take that terrible roster anywhere. If he ever had the opportunity to play for a successful franchise, Iverson could be top 10 or 15 on this list. He was an 11-time All-Star, four-time NBA scoring champion and three-time NBA steals leader. For his career, Iverson averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

24. G Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson is one of the most underrated players in NBA history. Iverson took the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001, and although they couldn't win the title, it's amazing that Iverson was able to take that terrible roster anywhere. If he ever had the opportunity to play for a successful franchise, Iverson could be top 10 or 15 on this list. He was an 11-time All-Star, four-time NBA scoring champion and three-time NBA steals leader. For his career, Iverson averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

23. PF/C Moses Malone

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Moses Malone was one of the greatest centers in NBA history. He led the 76ers to an NBA title in 1983, also winning the NBA Finals MVP award. Malone was a 12-time NBA All-Star, won three NBA MVP awards and led the NBA in rebounding in six different seasons. For his career, Malone averaged 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.

23. PF/C Moses Malone

Moses Malone was one of the greatest centers in NBA history. He led the 76ers to an NBA title in 1983, also winning the NBA Finals MVP award. Malone was a 12-time NBA All-Star, won three NBA MVP awards and led the NBA in rebounding in six different seasons. For his career, Malone averaged 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.

22. SF Dominique Wilkins

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A lot of people remember Dominique Wilkins as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, but he was also one of the best pure scorers. Although he could soar through the air effortlessly, Wilkins also averaged 24.8 points per game throughout the duration of his career. He needs to be recognized as more than a great dunker. Wilkins was a nine-time All-Star, NBA scoring champion in 1986 and he is the Atlanta Hawks' all-time leading scorer.

22. SF Dominique Wilkins

A lot of people remember Dominique Wilkins as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, but he was also one of the best pure scorers. Although he could soar through the air effortlessly, Wilkins also averaged 24.8 points per game throughout the duration of his career. He needs to be recognized as more than a great dunker. Wilkins was a nine-time All-Star, NBA scoring champion in 1986 and he is the Atlanta Hawks' all-time leading scorer.

21. SG Clyde Drexler

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Clyde Drexler teamed with Hakeem Olajuwon to form one of the greatest college teams of all time at the University of Houston. Drexler was then drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1983 NBA Draft and played with them until 1995. For the 1995-96 NBA Season, Drexler left the Blazers and joined forces with Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets, which led to the Rockets winning the NBA title. Drexler was a 10-time NBA All-Star and he is the Blazers' all-time scoring leader. For his career, Drexler averaged 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

21. SG Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler teamed with Hakeem Olajuwon to form one of the greatest college teams of all time at the University of Houston. Drexler was then drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1983 NBA Draft and played with them until 1995. For the 1995-96 NBA Season, Drexler left the Blazers and joined forces with Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets, which led to the Rockets winning the NBA title. Drexler was a 10-time NBA All-Star and he is the Blazers' all-time scoring leader. For his career, Drexler averaged 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

20. PF Dirk Nowitzki

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When you think about the greatest players in NBA history, Dirk Nowitzki likely isn't going to be one of the first names to cross your mind, but he should. Nowitzki led the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA title in 2011, while also winning NBA Finals MVP honors. He won the NBA MVP Award in 2007, is the Mavericks' all-time scoring leader and is a 13-time NBA All-Star. For his career, Nowitzki averages 22.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

20. PF Dirk Nowitzki

When you think about the greatest players in NBA history, Dirk Nowitzki likely isn't going to be one of the first names to cross your mind, but he should. Nowitzki led the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA title in 2011, while also winning NBA Finals MVP honors. He won the NBA MVP Award in 2007, is the Mavericks' all-time scoring leader and is a 13-time NBA All-Star. For his career, Nowitzki averages 22.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

19. PF Charles Barkley

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It was amazing to watch Charles Barkley on the basketball court. He was dominant despite only being 6-foot-6. Barkley was an 11-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team member and he won the NBA MVP Award in 1993. Although he never won an NBA title, Barkley averaged 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game during his career.

19. PF Charles Barkley

It was amazing to watch Charles Barkley on the basketball court. He was dominant despite only being 6-foot-6. Barkley was an 11-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team member and he won the NBA MVP Award in 1993. Although he never won an NBA title, Barkley averaged 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game during his career.

18. C David Robinson

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David Robinson often gets overlooked because of the presence of Tim Duncan in San Antonio Spurs' history, but an argument could be made that Robinson was just as important to the franchise. Although "The Admiral" wasn't able to bring a title to San Antonio until Duncan arrived, he's a 10-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA First Team member and four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. Robinson also won NBA MVP in 1995, and finished his career averaging 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and three blocks per game.

18. C David Robinson

David Robinson often gets overlooked because of the presence of Tim Duncan in San Antonio Spurs' history, but an argument could be made that Robinson was just as important to the franchise. Although "The Admiral" wasn't able to bring a title to San Antonio until Duncan arrived, he's a 10-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA First Team member and four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. Robinson also won NBA MVP in 1995, and finished his career averaging 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and three blocks per game.

17. PG Isiah Thomas

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Isiah Thomas is the greatest Detroit Pistons player of all time. He is the franchise's all-time leader in points, assists and steals. Thomas led the Pistons to two NBA titles, including winning the 1990 NBA Finals MVP award. He was a 12-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA First Team member. Thomas finished his career averaging 19.2 points, 9.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

17. PG Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas is the greatest Detroit Pistons player of all time. He is the franchise's all-time leader in points, assists and steals. Thomas led the Pistons to two NBA titles, including winning the 1990 NBA Finals MVP award. He was a 12-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA First Team member. Thomas finished his career averaging 19.2 points, 9.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

16. SF LeBron James

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It's amazing that a 30-year-old in the prime of his career is No. 16 on this list. LeBron James may have a lot of haters for the way things ended in Cleveland the first time, but there's no denying that he is one of the greatest players in NBA history. He's an 11-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First Team member and four-time NBA MVP Award recipient. LeBron is also a two-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and he's appeared in the NBA Finals six different times. For his career, LeBron's averaging 27.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. By the time he retires, expect LeBron to be near the top five.

16. SF LeBron James

It's amazing that a 30-year-old in the prime of his career is No. 16 on this list. LeBron James may have a lot of haters for the way things ended in Cleveland the first time, but there's no denying that he is one of the greatest players in NBA history. He's an 11-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First Team member and four-time NBA MVP Award recipient. LeBron is also a two-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and he's appeared in the NBA Finals six different times. For his career, LeBron's averaging 27.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. By the time he retires, expect LeBron to be near the top five.

15. SF Julius Erving

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Julius Erving is another player like Dominique Wilkins; he's remembered for his great ability to dunk, but not necessarily for how great of an all-around player he was. "Dr. J" was an 11-time NBA All-Star, five-time ABA All-Star, and three-time NBA/ABA champion. If Erving would've played his entire career in the NBA, he could've been much higher on this list. For his career, Erving averaged 22 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

15. SF Julius Erving

Julius Erving is another player like Dominique Wilkins; he's remembered for his great ability to dunk, but not necessarily for how great of an all-around player he was. "Dr. J" was an 11-time NBA All-Star, five-time ABA All-Star, and three-time NBA/ABA champion. If Erving would've played his entire career in the NBA, he could've been much higher on this list. For his career, Erving averaged 22 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

14. SG Jerry West

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Jerry West is one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in NBA history. He wasn't allowed to play team sports growing up because he was so small and fragile. West began shooting baskets at a neighbor's house, and eventually was named the West Virginia High School Player of the Year. After dominating at West Virginia, West went on to have one of the greatest careers in NBA history. "The Logo" was a 14-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. He finished his career averaging 27 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.

14. SG Jerry West

Jerry West is one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in NBA history. He wasn't allowed to play team sports growing up because he was so small and fragile. West began shooting baskets at a neighbor's house, and eventually was named the West Virginia High School Player of the Year. After dominating at West Virginia, West went on to have one of the greatest careers in NBA history. "The Logo" was a 14-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. He finished his career averaging 27 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.

13. PF/C Tim Duncan

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If you look at Tim Duncan's career averages of 19.5 points and 11 rebounds per game, you may not believe that he should be ranked this high. Although Duncan's personal stats aren't tremendously impressive, he's a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time NBA MVP. Duncan is also a 15-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. It's hard to ignore credentials like those.

13. PF/C Tim Duncan

If you look at Tim Duncan's career averages of 19.5 points and 11 rebounds per game, you may not believe that he should be ranked this high. Although Duncan's personal stats aren't tremendously impressive, he's a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time NBA MVP. Duncan is also a 15-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. It's hard to ignore credentials like those.

12. PG John Stockton

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John Stockton was a wizard with the ball in his hands. He always knew where the open shooters were, and his command of the Utah Jazz's offense was incredible. Although he was never one to look for his shot, Stockton could dominate a game with his vision and passing. He's the NBA all-time leader in assists and steals. Stockton was also a 10-time NBA All-Star, nine-time NBA assists leader and two-time All-NBA First Team member. He finished his career averaging 13.1 points, 10.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

12. PG John Stockton

John Stockton was a wizard with the ball in his hands. He always knew where the open shooters were, and his command of the Utah Jazz's offense was incredible. Although he was never one to look for his shot, Stockton could dominate a game with his vision and passing. He's the NBA all-time leader in assists and steals. Stockton was also a 10-time NBA All-Star, nine-time NBA assists leader and two-time All-NBA First Team member. He finished his career averaging 13.1 points, 10.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

11. PF Karl Malone

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Stockton and Karl Malone are the best pick-and-roll tandem in NBA history. It was a beauty to watch the two of them operate together for the Jazz. If they would've had one more consistent scoring option, the Jazz would've likely won at least one NBA title. Malone was a 14-time NBA All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team member and two-time NBA MVP. He finished his career averaging 25 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

11. PF Karl Malone

Stockton and Karl Malone are the best pick-and-roll tandem in NBA history. It was a beauty to watch the two of them operate together for the Jazz. If they would've had one more consistent scoring option, the Jazz would've likely won at least one NBA title. Malone was a 14-time NBA All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team member and two-time NBA MVP. He finished his career averaging 25 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

10. C Hakeem Olajuwon

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Hakeem Olajuwon played collegiately at the University of Houston, and then was the Houston Rockets' No. 1 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He dominated the paint offensively and defensively, and developed his patented "Dream Shake" move that was nearly impossible to stop. Olajuwon was a 12-time NBA All-Star, six-time All-NBA First Team member and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. He won two NBA titles with Rockets, and was named NBA Finals MVP during both seasons. For his career, Olajuwon averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

10. C Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon played collegiately at the University of Houston, and then was the Houston Rockets' No. 1 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He dominated the paint offensively and defensively, and developed his patented "Dream Shake" move that was nearly impossible to stop. Olajuwon was a 12-time NBA All-Star, six-time All-NBA First Team member and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. He won two NBA titles with Rockets, and was named NBA Finals MVP during both seasons. For his career, Olajuwon averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

9. PG Oscar Robertson

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An argument could be made that Oscar Robertson was the greatest point guard in NBA history. Although he only won one NBA title, he finished his career averaging 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Playing for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks hindered him from making the top five on this list. Robertson was a 12-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First Team member and six-time NBA assists leader.

9. PG Oscar Robertson

An argument could be made that Oscar Robertson was the greatest point guard in NBA history. Although he only won one NBA title, he finished his career averaging 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Playing for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks hindered him from making the top five on this list. Robertson was a 12-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First Team member and six-time NBA assists leader.

8. C Shaquille O'Neal

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During his prime, Shaquille O'Neal was the most dominant player in NBA history. The only way to stop him was to foul him because he was unstoppable in the post. He was so physically strong that he could manhandle the best of defenders on the block. O'Neal won four NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVP Awards and one NBA MVP award. He was also a 15-time NBA All-Star, eight-time All-NBA First Team member and two-time NBA scoring champion. O'Neal finished his career averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

8. C Shaquille O'Neal

During his prime, Shaquille O'Neal was the most dominant player in NBA history. The only way to stop him was to foul him because he was unstoppable in the post. He was so physically strong that he could manhandle the best of defenders on the block. O'Neal won four NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVP Awards and one NBA MVP award. He was also a 15-time NBA All-Star, eight-time All-NBA First Team member and two-time NBA scoring champion. O'Neal finished his career averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

7. SG Kobe Bryant

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Although he's one of the most selfish players in the NBA, there's no arguing with Kobe Bryant's success. He's a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and one-time MVP award recipient. Bryant is also a 17-time NBA All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team member and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. For his career, Bryant is averaging 25.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

7. SG Kobe Bryant

Although he's one of the most selfish players in the NBA, there's no arguing with Kobe Bryant's success. He's a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and one-time MVP award recipient. Bryant is also a 17-time NBA All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team member and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. For his career, Bryant is averaging 25.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

6. C Bill Russell

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Bill Russell has the greatest resume of any NBA player when it comes to credentials. He's an 11-time NBA champion, five-time MVP and 12-time NBA All-Star. Based on his 11 championships as a player, Russell had the most successful career of any NBA player. For his career, Russell averaged 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. If he would've had more of an offensive prowess, he likely would've gone down as the greatest player in NBA history.

6. C Bill Russell

Bill Russell has the greatest resume of any NBA player when it comes to credentials. He's an 11-time NBA champion, five-time MVP and 12-time NBA All-Star. Based on his 11 championships as a player, Russell had the most successful career of any NBA player. For his career, Russell averaged 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. If he would've had more of an offensive prowess, he likely would've gone down as the greatest player in NBA history.

5. SF Larry Bird

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We all know what a star Larry Bird was throughout his career. He played small forward and power forward during his career, but at 6-foot-9, he could pass like a point guard. Bird finished his career averaging 24.3 points, 10 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. He was a member of three NBA championship teams while with the Celtics, winning NBA Finals MVP in two of those years. Bird was also a 12-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First Team member and three-time NBA MVP Award recipient.

5. SF Larry Bird

We all know what a star Larry Bird was throughout his career. He played small forward and power forward during his career, but at 6-foot-9, he could pass like a point guard. Bird finished his career averaging 24.3 points, 10 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. He was a member of three NBA championship teams while with the Celtics, winning NBA Finals MVP in two of those years. Bird was also a 12-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First Team member and three-time NBA MVP Award recipient.

4. C Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabaar had the single most unstoppable move in NBA history. His "skyhook" was impossible to block because he was so tall and his arms were so long that a defender couldn't get a hand on the ball. Kareem was a six-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and six-time NBA MVP. He also was a 19-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. For his career, Kareem averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

4. C Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar had the single most unstoppable move in NBA history. His "skyhook" was impossible to block because he was so tall and his arms were so long that a defender couldn't get a hand on the ball. Kareem was a six-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and six-time NBA MVP. He also was a 19-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. For his career, Kareem averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

3. PG Magic Johnson

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Magic Johnson could do anything on a basketball court. If it weren't for contracting the HIV virus, Johnson could've very easily been better than the next two guys on this list. He retired in 1991 after he found out he was HIV-positive, but returned for the 1992 NBA All-Star game. He then retired for a second time, but returned to play 32 games in 1996 before retiring for the third and final time. Johnson was only 32 in 1991, if he could've played five more seasons, there's no telling what his numbers would be. As it stands Johnson is a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time NBA MVP. He also was a 12-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First member and four-time NBA assists leader. He finished his career averaging 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game.

3. PG Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson could do anything on a basketball court. If it weren't for contracting the HIV virus, Johnson could've very easily been better than the next two guys on this list. He retired in 1991 after he found out he was HIV-positive, but returned for the 1992 NBA All-Star game. He then retired for a second time, but returned to play 32 games in 1996 before retiring for the third and final time. Johnson was only 32 in 1991, if he could've played five more seasons, there's no telling what his numbers would be. As it stands Johnson is a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time NBA MVP. He also was a 12-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First member and four-time NBA assists leader. He finished his career averaging 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game.

2. SG Michael Jordan

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A lot of people will be shocked that Michael Jordan doesn't top this list. Jordan is without a doubt the best shooting guard in NBA history, but there's one other player who I consider more dominant. Jordan had the best mid-range game in NBA history to go along with hang-time that will never be matched. His clutch-gene was better than any other NBA player in history, and if I had to choose one guy to make a game-winning shot, I wouldn't look any further than Jordan. He was a six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP and five-time NBA MVP. He was also a 14-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and 10-time NBA scoring champion. For his career, Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

2. SG Michael Jordan

A lot of people will be shocked that Michael Jordan doesn't top this list. Jordan is without a doubt the best shooting guard in NBA history, but there's one other player who I consider more dominant. Jordan had the best mid-range game in NBA history to go along with hang-time that will never be matched. His clutch-gene was better than any other NBA player in history, and if I had to choose one guy to make a game-winning shot, I wouldn't look any further than Jordan. He was a six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP and five-time NBA MVP. He was also a 14-time NBA All-Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team member and 10-time NBA scoring champion. For his career, Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

1. C Wilt Chamberlain

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Wilt Chamberlain dominated the NBA unlike any other player in history. I don't care that Jordan had more titles and accolades, Chamberlain is the greatest player to ever play the sport of basketball. Chamberlain had the identical 30.1 points per game scoring average as Jordan for his career, but he is also the best rebounder in NBA history. Chamberlain finished his career with 23,924 total rebounds, which averages out to 22.9 per game. He was a 13-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA First Team member and seven-time NBA scoring champion. Jordan was great, but I give the edge slightly to Chamberlain on pure dominance.

1. C Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain dominated the NBA unlike any other player in history. I don't care that Jordan had more titles and accolades, Chamberlain is the greatest player to ever play the sport of basketball. Chamberlain had the identical 30.1 points per game scoring average as Jordan for his career, but he is also the best rebounder in NBA history. Chamberlain finished his career with 23,924 total rebounds, which averages out to 22.9 per game. He was a 13-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA First Team member and seven-time NBA scoring champion. Jordan was great, but I give the edge slightly to Chamberlain on pure dominance.

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