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July 22, 2011


50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time: The Top 10

by Marcus

By: Marcus Ferro

Click on the name of the player to see a career highlight reel. 

10. Oscar Robertson, PG/SG, Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks
Years Active: 1960-1974
Stats: 25.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 9.5apg, 1.1spg
Best Individual Season: 1962, 30.8ppg, 12.5rpg, 11.4apg
Accolades and Achievements: NBA Champion (1971), MVP (1964), 11x All-NBA (1961-1971),  12x All-Star (1961-1972), 3x All-Star Game MVP (1961, 1964, 1969), Rookie of the Year (1961) Scoring Champion (1968), 7x Assists Leader (1961-1962, 1964-1969-1970) 1966, 3rd All-Time In Free-Throws, 10th All-Time in Scoring, 5th All-Time In Assists, 1st All-Time In Triple-Doubles, Olympic Gold Medalist (1960)

Nobody was as good at doing everything as Robertson was. He could score efficiently inside and outside, he could distribute the ball, and he could rebound with the best of them. Robertson is the only player to average a triple-double for a season and came close on four other occasions. Robertson recorded 181 triple-doubles throughout his career, which is the all-time leader by a margin of 43.  It’s hard to believe that he has just one championship, which is what probably keeps him from contending for the title of G.O.A.T.

9. Bill Russell, C, Boston Celtics
Years Active: 1956-1969
Stats: 15.1ppg, 22.5rpg, 4.3apg
Best Individual Season: 1962, 18.9ppg, 23.6rpg, 4.5apg
Accolades and Achievements: 11x NBA Champion (1957, 1959-1966, 1968-1969), 5x MVP (1958, 1961-1963, 1965), 11x All-NBA (1958-1968), All-Defensive Team (1969) 12x All-Star (1958-1969)¸ All-Star Game MVP (1963) Olympic Gold Medalist (1956), 5x Rebounding Champion (1957-1959, 1963-1964), 2nd All-Time in Rebounds

He wasn’t a very proficient scorer, but Russell is often considered the greatest defender to ever play the game. His athleticism and intelligence gave him the ability to contest any shot and pull down boards with the biggest and best of that era, including a player a few notches higher on the list. Defense isn’t the only reason he is in the top 10. Russell is in the top 10 because he is a winner, and he won more than any other player. To this day Russell remains the only player to have more rings than fingers to put them on.

8. Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
Years Active: 1997-Present
Stats: 20.6ppg, 11.4rpg,3.1apg, 2.5bpg, .508fg%
Best Individual Season: 2002, 25.5ppg, 12.7rpg, 2.4bpg, .508fg%
Accolades and Achievements: 4x NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007), 3x Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005) MVP (2002-2003), 13x All-NBA (1998-2010), 13x All-Defensive Team (1998-2010), 13x All-Star (1998, 2000-2011), All-Star Game MVP (2000), Rookie of The Year (1998), Olympic Bronze Medalist (2004), 9th All-Time In Blocks,

Like Russell, Duncan was a winner. I would venture as far as to say Duncan is the Bill Russell of this generation. Duncan is one of the most consistent and fundamentally sound players of all-time. He made the All-NBA, and All-Defensive Team his first 13 season and he has been selected to play in every all-star game since his rookie season. The Spurs won at least 50 games every season since drafting Duncan back in 1997. Duncan dominated both ends of the floor without flash or finesse, just basic fundamentals.

7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Years Active: 1969-1989
Stats: 24.6ppg, 11.2rpg, 2.6bpg 3.6apg, .559fg%
Best Individual Season: 1976, 27.7ppg, 16.9rpg, 5apg, 1.5spg, 4.1bpg
Accolades and Achievements: 6x NBA Champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) 2x Finals MVP (1971, 1985) 6x MVP (1971-1972, 1974, 1976-1977, 1980), 15x All-NBA (1970-1974, 1976-1981, 1983-1986) 11x All-Defensive Team (1970-1971, 1974-1981, 1983, 1985), 19x All-Star, 1970-1977, 1979-1989) Rookie of the Year (1970), 3rd All-Time In Rebounds, 3rd All-Time In Blocks, 1st All-Time In Points

Kareem was the master of the most unblockable shot in basketball, the Sky-Hook. That deadly post maneuver brought him great fortune as Kareem remains the all-time leading scorer by a considerable margin. His offensive prowess is just one dimension to his game, Kareem was also an outstanding defender, leading the league in shot blocks multiple times and finishing third all-time in the category.  On top of that, Jabbar has one of the most impressive trophy cases in all of basketball highlighted by a record six MVP awards.

6. Wilt Chamberlain, C, Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
Years Active: 1959-1973
Stats: 30.1ppg, 22.9rpg, 4.4apg, .540fg%
Best Individual Season: 1962, 50.4ppg, 25.7rpg, 2.4apg, .506fg%
Accolades and Achievements: 2x NBA Champion (1967, 1972), Finals MVP (1972), 4x MVP (1960, 1966-1968), 10x All-NBA (1960-1968, 1972), 2x All-Defensive Team (1972-1973), 13x All-Star (1960-1969, 1971-1973), All-Star Game MVP (1960) Rookie of the Year (1960), 7x Scoring Champion (1960-1966) 11x Rebounding Champion (1960-1963, 1966-1969, 1971-1971-1973), 1st All-Time In Rebounds, 4th All-Time In Points

Wilt Chamberlain was a giant in the early NBA. Never has there been a player as statistically dominant. Some players single game career high is 50 points, Wilt averaged 50 in a season. During that very season Wilt set another unbreakable record, 100 points in a game. It’s tough to put a player like Chamberlain at 6 and I agree it was one of my more controversial rankings, but I had to take into account the era he played in. Many of the Centers he faced would be power forwards today and I couldn’t honestly say he was better than the five players I ranked ahead of him. Still, the dominance of Chamberlain changed the game forever.

5. Shaquille O’Neal, C, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics
Years Active: 1992-2011
Stats:  23.7ppg, 10.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3bpg, .582fg%
Best Individual Season: 2000, 29.7ppg, 13.6rpg, 3.8apg, 3bpg,.574 fg%
Accolades and Achievements: 4x NBA Champion (2000-2002, 2006) 3x Finals MVP (2000-2002), MVP (2000), 14x All-NBA (1994-2006, 2009), 3x All-Defensive Team (2000-2001, 2003), 15x All-Star (1993-1998, 2000-2007, 2009), 3x All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009), Rookie of the Year (1993), 2x Scoring Champion (1995, 2000), Olympic Gold Medalist (1996), 7th All-Time In Blocks, 5th All-Time In Points

Yes, Shaq is the greatest center of all-time. Aside from a personality as large as his 7’1 330+ frame, Shaq’s athleticism and skill made him the game’s most physically dominant player. Shaq played and dominated at center during an era when the position had it’s greatest abundance of talent. The best example of Shaq’s dominance was during the 2001 playoffs when Shaq went through a gauntlet of big men that consisted of, Arvydas Sabonis, Rasheed Wallace, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Tim Duncan,  David Robinson, and Dekembe Motombo. Between these players there are over 30, All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defensive Team selections, three MVPs, three Finals MVPs, five Defensive Player of the Year awards, six championships and at least three Hall of Famers. That’s a lineup that would bring the best of big-men to their knees, but not Shaq. He averaged 30-15 on his way to his second of three straight championships and Finals MVPs. He was truly the M.D.E. (Most Dominant Ever) and in his prime he would destroy any center past and present.

4. Larry Bird, SF, Boston Celtics
Years Active: 1979-1992
Stats: 24.3ppg, 10rpg, 6.3apg, 1.7spg, %, .886ft%
Best Individual Season: 1987, 28.7ppg, 10.5rpg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2bpg, 522fg, .882ft%
Accolades and Achievements: 3x NBA Champion (1981, 1984, 1986), 2x Finals MVP (1984, 1986), 3x MVP (1984-1986), 10x All-NBA (1980-1988, 1990), 3x All-Defensive Team (1982-1984), 12x All-Star (1980-1988, 1990-1992), All-Star Game MVP (1992), Rookie of the Year (1980), 3x Three-Point Shootout Champion (1986-1988), Olympic Gold Medalist (1992)

Bird showed us that you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to be a tremendous basketball player. Bird didn’t beat you with blazing speed or a sky-high vertical; he beat you with a high basketball IQ and a complete skill set. Bird is one of the best all-around players to play the game; he is the only 20-10-5 player ever. His lethal jumper made him one of the game’s most elite scorers, his toughness and boxing-out technique allowed him to be a double-double threat and he was one of the best passing forwards there ever was, always getting his teammates involved. Aside from his basketball prowess, Bird was a legendary trash talker, and he always backed it up. He would tell players exactly where he would get the ball and score, and then do it. His most notable trash talking was before the inaugural Three-Point Shootout of 1986. Bird said to the other contestants “I want all of you to know I am winning this thing. I’m just looking around to see who’s gonna finish up second.” He would go on to win the contest.

3. Magic Johnson, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
Years Active: 1979-1991, 1996
Stats: 19.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 11.2apg, 1.9spg,
Best Individual Season: 1989, 22.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 12.8apg, 1.8spg, .509 fg%, .911ft%
Accolades and Achievements: 5x NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-1988), 3x Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987), 3x MVP (1987, 1989-1990), 10x All-NBA (1982-1991), 12x NBA All-Star (1980, 1982-1992), 2x All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992), 4x Assist Leader (1983-1984, 1986-1987), Olympic Gold Medalist (1992), 4th All-Time In Assists, 2nd All-Time In Triple-Doubles

Magic almost makes me wish I was born ten years earlier so I could have marveled at his abilities year in and year out. I couldn’t write enough about Magic to do his legacy justice. He could not only play positions 1-5, he could dominate them.  His combination of size, court vision, ball handling and passing ability is almost ironic.. You don’t get to nine Finals and win five championship rings without a competitive spirit and Magic is also one of the most relentlessly competitive players there was. Magic was more than just a player. Like Shaq, Magic has remained of the most appreciated personalities in the game.

2. Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers
Years Active: 1996-Present
Stats: 25.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.7apg, 1.5spg
Best Individual Season: 2006, 35.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg
Accolades and Achievements: 5x NBA Champion (2000-2002, 2009-2010), Finals MVP (2009-2010), MVP (2008), 13x All-NBA (1999-2011), 11x All-Defensive Team (2000-2004, 2006-2011), 13x All-Star (1998, 2000-2011), 4x All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 2x Scoring Champion (2006-2007), Slam Dunk Champion (1997), 6th All-Time In Pointss, 6th All-Time In Free Throws, Olympic Gold Medalist (2008)

This will be my most controversial ranking, but I stand by it. Kobe has been the best player of the league’s most talented era to date and the Greatest Laker Ever. The idea that Kobe was a sidekick to Shaq during their three-peat is sheer folly. Kobe had equal or maybe even more cumulative responsibilities on those teams. From 2005-2007, Bryant lit the league on fire. During that stretch he did unprecedented things for this day and age such as outscoring the entire Dallas Mavericks throughout three quarters 61-62, dropping 50+ points five games in a row, and scoring 81 points, which the greatest scoring performance of all time. Yes,  the era Kobe played and the skill it took for a 6’6 player to score 81 points makes it much more impressive Chamberlain’s 100 point game. He is one of the greatest perimeter defenders of all-time as well, becoming a staple in the all-defensive first team for the last decade and once finishing in the top 5 for DPOY. He has a complete game, with no flaw. Let’s not forget that he is a proven winner with one of the fiercest killer instincts the game has ever seen. Kobe will probably never be as good as or better than MJ. However, when that is being held against him it means that Kobe is closer to His Airness than anyone else has been and he the only player worthy of comparison. So naturally, the second G.O.A.T can be none other than Kobe Bean Bryant.

1. Michael Jordan , SG, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards
Years Active: 1984-1993, 1995-1998, 2002-2003
Stats: 30.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 5.3apg, 2.3spg
Best Individual Season: 1989, 32.5ppg, 8rpg, 8apg, 2.9spg, .538fg%
Accolades and Achievements:  6x NBA Champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998) 6x Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998) 5x MVP (1988, 1991-1992, 1996-1998), Defensive Player of the Year (1988), 11x All-NBA (1985, 1987-1993, 1996-1998), 9x All-Defensive Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998),  14x All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002-2003), 3x All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998), Rookie of the Year (1985) 10x Scoring Champion (1987-1993, 1996-1998), 2x Slam Dunk Champion (1987-1988), 4th All-Time In Free Throws, 2nd All-Time In Steals, 3rd All-Time In Points, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist (1984, 1992)

Ranking the all-time greats is almost entirely subjective. I respect the fact that other sports writers and basketball historians alike may have different rankings and would disagree with mine. However, if you don’t agree that Michael Jordan is unquestionably the greatest to ever play the game, you are wrong.

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  1. chris pope
    Jul 26 2011

    what the crap? wheres lebron? and wheres paul? and bosh and wade??? y do you have jordan at 1? chamberlain should be 1!!! and i know kobe is a boss, but hes not that much of a boss…… he should be like 7!!! and shaq is horrible!!! He is the most overrated player in the history of the game!!! anyway this isn’t even close 2 the right list and i think you should fix it!!! PLEASE???

    • bghftr
      May 6 2012

      you are obviously a miami heat fan. do you honestly think that chris bosh is a top 10 all time player. what has he accomplished. he has no nba championships and no mvp’s yet you think he belongs on this list. you got problems dude

      • rdraysey
        Jun 13 2012

        I think he’s juking about Bosh but i actually think Bosh is a top 50

    • John
      Nov 10 2012

      shaq is amazing

      • lamarana
        Jun 23 2013

        his one of the best

  2. Jul 27 2011

    You lost absolutely all credibility when you said that Chris Bosh is a top 10 all-time player. Go kill yourself.

  3. Jul 27 2011

    I honestly thought that kid was joking. If he is serious then holy shit.

  4. ray
    Jul 29 2011

    This list is actually very good, i usually put russel and wilt in the top 5. but with these new inclusions such as shaq and kobe i agree you have to leave them out. Great list. As much as a larry bird fan as i am i think he is just a little too high.

    • lamarana
      Jun 23 2013

      i know right peaple is hater thats why their put kobe 12 kobe should be 2

  5. Nick argyris
    Jul 29 2011

    Thank god!!!! I have finally found a post that is almost pick for pick. My list, mj, kobe, magic, bird, kareem, russel,wilt, shaq, tim duncan, oscar robertson. I get so pissed when people put kobe outside the top 5. Ive seen lists where kobe is 12! Wtf? I have finally found someone who sees the game close to where I do. And what the hell is chris pope thinking?

  6. vespucci
    Jul 30 2011

    The most i like about this list is that kobe is #2 in the list. Kobe is the closest thing to MJ that we have ever seen and has the best combination of killer instinct, killer will, and clutch gene that this league has ever seen may be including MJ. He is just so versatile offensively that he can just take on any one in 1 on 1 in any given situation. Many people get on about the fact that kobe has low statistics but really they don’t know what they are talking about. Basketball is a competitive sport and it is all about winning. All you Lebron fans who claim that he is the best player in the NBA just let him win 1 ring before uttering such a thing because kobe has 5 and he did without teammates such as bosh or wade.

    • May 19 2012

      No offense dude but pau gasol and chaq are awesome dont count anybody out rings arent gotten with one person it takes a whole team

  7. joncalldavid
    Aug 21 2011

    mj,russel,wilt,magic,bird,kobe,shaq,the big o, duncan, rick barry. easy list to do, dont even mention lebron until he wins a ring on his own. dirk is close but not yet

  8. jasper
    Aug 28 2011

    i think this is a nice list the player rank are almost accurate..and of course jordan is the no.1 player in basketball..i don’t know chris pope saying he is out of his mind….wilt is not the best player…yeah sure he has the highest PPG and RBG..but jordan has many advantages…

  9. AJ
    Sep 24 2011

    This is madness Kareem has to be above everyone except Jordan and perhaps Russell. Kareem was a 6x mvp and 6x champion, 15x 1st (10x) or 2nd (5) team all NBA while playing against more great hall of fame caliber centers than Russell or Wilt. Shaq that’s a joke. That is why Kareem tops the chart on basketball hall of fame monitor. Shaq is no better than the 4th or 5th best center, depending on whether you place him ahead or behind Olajuwon. Kobe is Kobe a top ten player with one MVP. What puts him above Tim Duncan? Let’s get real the people who dominated MVP voting – Kareem, Jordan, Russell, and Chamberlain, have to top the list or you’re just choosing personal preferences like preferring vanilla over chocolate ice cream. The NBA MVP is perhaps the most significant in team sports. Every eligible winner is in the Hall of Fame. This is not true for baseball or football. Thus MVP votes, all NBA teams have to count most.

    • Oct 27 2011

      By choosing the MVP as your strongest criteria of ranking, you’re just choosing personal preference as well. Everyone’s rankings is based on preference, if you look at the 9 comments proceeding yours, you’ll find their rankings all differ in some way. To rank someone based primarily on how many MVP’s they won is stupid by the way. By your logic, Steve Nash should be sixth or seventh all-time.

  10. Steve
    Dec 3 2011

    10. Oscar Robertson
    9. Bill Russel
    8. Tim Duncan
    7. Wilt Chamberland
    6. Kareem Abdul- Jabar
    5. Shaquille O’Neal
    4. Larry Bird
    3. Michael Jordan
    2. Earvin “Magic” Johnson
    1. Kobe Bean Bryant

    • go rays
      Mar 2 2012

      duncan sucks shag sucks. lebron james is better then tim duncan!!!!!!!!!!

  11. cyrus
    Dec 6 2011

    Ranking Shaq over Kareem is absurd. Shaq probably shouldn’t even be top 10. Kobe should not break top 5.

    • cyrus
      Dec 6 2011

      1. Jordan
      2. Magic
      3. Kareem
      4. Bird
      5. Chamberlain
      6. Russell
      7. Oscar
      8. Kobe
      9. Jerry West
      10. Shaq

      • andrew
        Dec 23 2011

        Finally a list that I can actually agree on for once Kobe should not be in the top five Shaq should always be #10 and bird is not better than Kareem Jordan is always #1 and magic is always #2

      • MAD
        Feb 28 2012

        Are you stupid? Kobe is the closest thing to MJ, who is the greatest of all time. Putting Kobe out of the top 5 is just retarded. Kobe has proven everyone why he has been so great in the last 12 years. He is the BEST LAKER OF ALL TIME!

      • Jun 2 2012

        I think that cyrus has the best list

  12. mike
    Dec 13 2011

    I gotta say Shaq is my favorite player, and in his prime he is undoubtedly the greatest center ever. But it was a fairly small window. Overall I still think he is a top ten guy but I would probably say Wilt and maybe Kareem would rank higher. And maybe Hakeem.

    • Jun 2 2012

      Shaq is NOT the best center. It should be Kareem or chamberlain. Plus, Magic should be higher than Kobe.

  13. Kobe sucks
    Dec 18 2011

    Why is nobody mentioning hakeem olajuwon. Easily the most unpredictable and unstoppable set of post skills of all the time. Look up how be dominated the great David Robinson in the conference finals. One of the best performances in NBA history. Hakeem embarrased the best players to ever play and they will tell you just that. The fact that he is below Kobe made me shit the bed this
    morning. The only list he should be #2 is player that makes everyone around him worse. His constant drive to be Jordan is his greatest fault, a feat that can never be acclimpished. He would rather shoot over a double team then pass it for the high parentage look. Kobe is best driving to the basket and in the line but constantly thinks he is one of the best shooters ever. And if he doesn’t have all stars around him he will quit on the team and play for himself. So when he scores 50, he can say well I did my job. Easily the most overrated player in NBA history maybe second to the softer than baby thighs Chris bosh. Fool makes lambs dangerous. The fact that Kobe didn’t sign a prenump just shows you he doesn’t have the brain to understand high percentages cuz 50% is a lot son.

  14. andrew
    Dec 23 2011

    I like the list but Kobe and Shaw should it be in the top five, and even though I’m a kobe fan he is not better than magic

  15. Jan 22 2012

    I am a Lakers fan but I have to say that Kobe Bryant should not be in the top ten.

  16. Jan 22 2012

    I think you

  17. Jan 22 2012

    kobe does not suck

  18. Feb 7 2012

    Very interesting, but i would have a few ideas. Unfortunately, i am not the writer of the post, so i shut up. However i think i share anyway!

  19. The Truth
    Feb 11 2012

    Where is Akeem “The Dream”. Seriously numbers don’t lie. (Dream by far the best Big Man to ever play the game.)

  20. The Truth
    Feb 11 2012

    Akeem “The Dream” #8 All times in Steals (which is amazing, since he played Center), #9 Points, #11 Rebounds, #1 Blocks & also among the Top in FG%. No doubt, Should be ranked in the Top 10

  21. Thomas Harkey
    Mar 1 2012

    Omg this guy knows exactly what he’s talking about!! The most accurate list to date. Kobe is obviously the most skilled player of all time putting him behind only the most dominant player of all time. As for Russell and Wilt, they are right where they should be considering they were near seven footers in a league of 6 foot 5s. Also an accurate analysis of the 81 vs 100 pt games. A guard in 06 vs a center in Wilts time makes up for a 19 pt difference also considering that wilt was up against the backup center for the opposing team. As for Duncan, he is beautifully chosen in that spot for he’s the second most fundamental player of all time. Regarding the previous comment, lebrons career isn’t over and when lebron gets older, his athleticism will leave him meaning that he will have to rely on his skill and fundamentals which I am sad to say aren’t up to the standards of Kobe, shaq, Duncan, and bird. That is why these four players have been able to perform at such a high level for so many years. Good list.

  22. John Doe
    Apr 1 2012

    Hakeem was definitely better than shaq, i love shaq but still. Hakeem definitely underrated, he is better than shaq who is 5th on the list but yet not even in the top 10? C’mon people.

  23. Apr 2 2012

    #1 why is Tim Duncan in the top ten G.O.A.T its a joke Tim Duncan will probably never better than bill russell or Oscar robertson.
    #2 Shaq should never ever be in front of wilt chamberlain or Kareem Abdul jabbar.
    And last
    #3 I am a Lakers fan but I would never put Kobe in 2nd place until he beats Michael Jordan in career points.

    Besides those major mistakes I thought it was a okay list

  24. Joe
    Apr 20 2012

    1. Wilt Chamberlain
    2. Larry Bird
    3. Magic Johnson
    4. Michael Jordan
    5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    6. Bill Russell
    7. Oscar Robertson
    8. Julius Erving
    9. Hakeem Olajuwon
    10. Kobe Bryant

    Wilt Chamberlain’s stats were insane, but that’s not what won me over. The fact that Chamberlain didn’t play as the “bully,” and preferred to show people how much finesse he had. So, in other words, he could have trampled over everyone and scored all the time… something Shaq tried and couldn’t do.

    Bird and Magic are over MJ because they were just better team players. The argument for Magic is obvious, but watching Bird, it was amazing the way he was able to get the kind of stats he had while distributing the ball like Steve Nash; and yes, I think he is the most clutch player ever.

    I don’t think I need to make a case for MJ, everyone knows who he is and what he did.

    Robertson is so underrated, I don’t think anyone will ever average a triple-double in a season again.

    Dr J is also underappreciated. When watching him on film, he had the vertical of MJ, the talent of LeBron, and the shooting abilities of Allen Iverson (don’t laugh, scoring was the reason why he is even in the top 50).

    Hakeem the Dream was a better center than Shaq. O’Neil was allowed to give more contact offensively than any other center (maybe even player,) that’s why Olajuwon dominated the young Shaq… because Shaq was not yet allowed that much contact and because Hakeem was simply just better.

    Kobe is NOT the second best player of all time. He’s my favorite player of his era, but there is no great evidence that says he’s better than these guys above him. LB was more clutch, MJ had more rings, plenty of players had better stats and were better defensively. With all due repect to the Black Mamba, he is the tenth greatest player.

    I don’t mean to bash at Shaq so much, but it angers me to see above Wilt, Kareem, Russell, and Hakeem.

    • Apr 22 2012

      1. Michael Jordan
      2. Earvin ( Magic) Johnson
      3. Larry Bird
      4. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
      5. Wilt chamberlain
      6. Kobe Bryant
      7. Bill Russell
      8.Hakeem Olujuwon
      9. Julius Serving
      10. Oscar Robertson
      11. Shaquille O”Neal
      12. Jerry West
      13. Karl Malone
      14. Moses Malone
      15. John Stockton

  25. May 19 2012

    Get kobe out of the top ten its this retards
    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Magic Johnson
    3. Kareem Abdul Jabar
    4. Lary Bird
    5. Wilt Chamberlain
    6. Shaquille O’neal
    7. Bill Russel
    8. Karl Malone
    9. Tim Duncan
    10. Julius Erving

  26. earl
    Jun 30 2012

    Shaq before Wilt, Kareem and Russell? You are crazy. Shaq MIGHT be ninth or tenth in this group.

    • Melissa Boylan
      Sep 2 2012

      You right about that!

  27. Melissa Boylan
    Sep 2 2012

    Lebron James should be on that list!

  28. Andrew
    Sep 2 2012

    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Kobe Bryant
    3. Magic Johnson
    4. Larry Bird
    5. Kareem Abdul jabbar
    6. Wilt chamberlain
    7. Hakeem olajuwon
    8. Bill Russell
    9. Shaquille O’Neal
    10. Karl Malone

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