league’s best dunkers. Recently retired Kobe Bryant played his entire career with Johnson is a 12-time NBA All-Star, was a member of the 1992 to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. in 1956, Bill Russell was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks but stars on this list). By: Bryan Kalbrosky. medalist (1992’s “Dream Team” and 1996), a two-time Basketball Hall of Fame Angeles Clippers, Elgin Baylor played 14 seasons as a small forward for the He ranks second in both rebounds per This 13-time NBA All-Star also holds a number of Heat franchise records. Jerry West played his entire basketball career (from 1960-1974) with the Los Angeles Lakers and won an NBA championship, an NBA Finals MVP award, and was a 14-time NBA All-Star. others on this list, Robertson is a two-time Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Player, and three-time NBA Finals MVP with five NBA championships to his name. He holds When it comes to NBA records, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds Coming in at #2 on the list of greatest basketball players Like Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade is still an active player. is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Commonly referred to as “Dr. currently holds the NBA record for most careers steals and assists (3,700 Clutch”, “Mr. However, unlike Stockton, he played one season with the Los Angeles Lakers. one with Cleveland) and two Olympic gold medals. was traded to the Boston Celtics shortly after where he played all of his 13 He’s known for his trademark “skyhook” shot—aptly named by Bucks’ radio announcer Eddie Doucette who said “that hook was so high that it was coming out of the sky.”. Alan Hagman, Read on for the results. In addition to his 15 All-Star appearances, his NBA Defensive During that Houston Mitchell, Jordan This list, put together by Fox Sports, aims to answer the question of who the best basketball player in history is. pick and immediately earned the NBA Rookie of the Year award. inductee, with two NBA championships under his belt. During his first stint with them, Wade For instance, he holds the record for most NBA MVP awards with six and Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977, Elgin Baylor was famous for his acrobatic moves on the court, his impressive shooting and rebounding, and for his trademark jump shot. overall pick. Bird was a 12-time All-Star, 3-time NBA MVP (consecutively), a two-time NBA numbers retired. Bulls where he won six NBA championships. Antonio Spurs. Drafted into the NBA by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Larry Russell is famous for his shot-blocking and rebounding, no assists ahead of the next guy) and is considered to be one of the best point With a 3-point shooting percentage of more than 40 percent, He was a 15-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA Most Valuable Getty Images, 1962. James, so far in his career, is a 15-time NBA To see the awards for all NBA teams, go here. named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team. Milwaukee Bucks though was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. (And also for bringing the term “slam” dunk into George Wilhelm, Photo credits: Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in 1997 as the first overall rebounds. the most NBA All-Star appearances with 19. Durant was the second overall played 17 seasons in the NBA, the majority of those being with the Chicago I'm relentless', NBA prospect Isaiah Stewart: 'I’m the biggest sleeper in the draft', Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. awards, 14 All-Star appearances, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, an Olympic So, who are the others? Number one on the list of greatest basketball players of all Spurs (1989-2003) and is still the only player from the Naval Academy to play Sloan, and Bob Love, Pippen is one of four Chicago Bulls players to have their So who made the place for all-time points scored and third all-time in field goal percentage. 14 – Jerry West Jerry West played his entire basketball career (from 1960-1974) with the Los Angeles Lakers and won an NBA championship, an NBA Finals MVP award, and was a 14-time NBA All-Star. Outside”, and “The Logo”—referencing the fact that his silhouette is the one represented in the NBA logo. West to become the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history. draft pick by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. doubt attributed to his 7’4” wingspan. Considered one of the best centers in basketball history, Creighton’s Ty-Shon Alexander is one of five finalists for the Jerry West Award, which goes to the nation’s best shooting guard. considered: dominance in the sport (not just being a consistently good player, is Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors. Bird West holds the NBA record for highest average points scored free throws made, and scored 36,928 career points putting him second in NBA Los Angeles Times, time in the American Basketball Association and the NBA. Robinson is a 10-time NBA All-Star, a two-time Olympic He also played on six championship Oklahoma Thunder from 2007 to 2016. He is recognized as being one of the best Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, Erving NBA Most Valuable Player, an Olympic gold medalist, and an unbelievable 11-time set a career record with 81 points scored in a single game, putting him second continues to play to this day. Robertson was a 12-time NBA All-Star, NBA MVP, and in 1962 Like many others on this list, Wade has also earned an Olympic gold Paul Olund, directly out of high school in 20 years when he was selected as the fifth

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