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The Hoop Doctors

Top 50 NBA Players Of All-Time

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  • Around the water cooler, every hoops fan has their own argument and opinions as to who are the all time greatest NBA players to grace the hardwood.

    Unequivocally, the list usually winds up with either Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finishing in the top spot depending on which generation you grew up in.

    Even as we are now well  into the 2000′s, the names Lebron James, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan now enter the conversation as some of the greatest NBA players we have ever seen.

    While it’s been done before, here at The Hoop Doctors we decided to come up with a more up-to-date ranking of the Top 50 NBA Players of All Time….


  • Career Averages: 18.8 ppg, 3.9 ast, 3 reb

    4 time NBA All Star, NBA Champion(1973), NBA Rookie of the Year(1968), 1 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    The Philadelphia native, known for his flamboyant ball-handling and above the rim play, earned the nicknames “Earl the Pearl” and “Jesus”, parlaying winning NCAA Player of the Year honors into a prolific 13 year NBA career with Baltimore, and helping the Knicks win an NBA crown in 1973.  The high scoring guard scored 40 points in an NBA game 9 times, including a 56 point game against the Knicks as a rookie.


  • Career Averages: 7.3 ppg, 13.1 reb, 1.8 ast

    2 Time All Star, 5 Time NBA Champion, 2 Time NBA Defensive POY, 7 Time All Defensive 1st Team, 7 Time NBA Rebounding Champion, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known for his fierce rebounding and hard-nosed defensive style as an undersized power forward, Rodman should go down as one of the league’s all-time best rebounders, in spite of his outlandish behavior and hair colors.  He was a key cog in 5 NBA Championship teams, including 2 with Detroit and 3 consecutive crowns with Chicago.


  • Career Averages:24.2 ppg, 5.4 ast, 4.2 reb

    5 Time NBA All Star, 2 Time All NBA 1st Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Grestest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known for arguably being the most creative offensive player the game has ever seen, “Pistol Pete” was taken from the NBA hardwood far to early from both injuries and then a unexpected heart attack at age 40.  He’s one of the youngest players to ever be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


  • Career Averages: 16.3 ppg, 6.7 ast, 1.8 stl

    9 Time NBA All Star, NBA Defensive Player of the Year(1996), NBA Champion(2006), 2 Time All NBA 1st Team, 9 Time All Defensive 1st Team, 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Considered by most pundits as one of the most complete perimeter players to play in the modern age, Payton earned his nickname “The Glove” for his dominating defensive play and remains the only point guard to ever win NBA Defensive POY honors.  He ranks 8th all time in assists, 4th in steals, and Top 30 in points scored.


  • Career Averages: 20.4 ppg, 6.1 reb, 5.6 ast

    10 Time NBA All Star, 1 Time All NBA 1st Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, NBA Champion(1995), Olympic Gold Medalist(1992), Member of Naismith Hall Of Fame

    Universally regarded as the 2nd best guard during the 80′s and 90′s behind only Michael Jordan, “The Glide” helped lead Portland and Houston to the Playoffs in all 15 of his NBA seasons, winning an NBA Title in 1995 with the Rockets.  Clyde finished Top 5 in MVP voting 3 times, won a Gold Medal with the 1992 Dream Team, and is one of only 3 players(Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek) to finish their careers with 20,000 pts, 6,000 reb, and 6,000 assists.


  • Career Averages: 17.6 ppg, 13.6 reb, 3.8 ast

    7 Time NBA All Star, NBA MVP(1973), All Star Game MVP(1973), NBA Rookie of the Year(1971), 1 Time NBA All Defensive 1st Team, 2 Time NBA Champion(1974 and 1976), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known for his all-out, helter skelter style of play on both ends of the court, the undersized center was a key cog in 2 Celtics  Championships during the late 70′s.  Cowens ranks 9th all time in rebounds per game average, and is one of only 4 players(Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, and Lebron James) to lead his team in 5 statistical categories in one season.


  • Career Averages: 22.1 ppg, 9.4 reb, 1.5 blk

    5 Time NBA All Star, 3 Time Scoring Champion, 2 Time NBA Champion(1982 and 1985), NBA MVP(1975), NBA Rookie of the Year(1973), All NBA 1st Team(1975), Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Having arguably one of the greatest beginnings to an NBA career during the mid 70′s, making 5 straight NBA All Star appearances, winning 3 straight scoring titles, NBA ROY and NBA MVP honors, McAdoo suffered through several injury plagued seasons before winning 2 NBA crowns late in his career with the Lakers as a 6th man.  His magical ’73-’74 season remains the last time a player averaged both 30 ppg and 15 reb for an entire season and still ranks 30th all time in scoring average.


  • Career Averages: 18.9 ppg, 6.1 ast, 4.2 reb

    7 Time NBA All Star, All Star MVP(1975), 2 Time NBA Champion(1970 and 1973), 4 Time All NBA 1st Team, 7 Time NBA All Defensive 1st Team, Member of 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    On and off the court, Frazier played with a swagger and style rarely seen before him, being one of the first players to make stealing the ball an art form.  He had one of the best individual performances ever in a Finals Game 7, notching 36 points and 19 assists, helping the NY Knicks to the 1970 NBA crown.  But it wasn’t until he was paired with fellow Hall of Famer Earl Monroe to form one of the most potent backcourts in league history, as the Knicks won their 2nd title in 4 seasons in 1973.


  • Career Averages: 17 ppg, 15.6 reb, 3.3 ast

    7 Time NBA All Star, All Star Game MVP(1965), 3 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA Rookie of the Year(1964), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    After a legendary HS and NCAA career, Lucas entered the NBA with a bang, winning ROY honors in 1964, and is regarded as one of the best ever rebounders in the Association.  He’s one of only 4 players(Chamberlain, Russell, Thurmond) to grab 40 boards in a single game.  He rivaled only Chamberlain in averaging 20-20 for a season 2 times and was the first player to win a title at every level of basketball(HS, NCAA, Olympics, NBA).


  • Career Averages: 15 ppg, 15 reb, 2.7 ast

    7 Time NBA All Star, 2 Time NBA All Defensive 1st Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known as “Nate The Great”, the physically imposing Thurmond holds the NBA record for rebounds in a quarter with 18, and averaged more than 20 rebounds for a season twice, a feat matched by only Wilt, Russell, and Lucas.  He also became the first player to officially record a quadruple-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 blocks in a game in 1974.


  • Career Averages: 18.5 ppg, 21.1 reb, 3.1 ast

    12 Time NBA All Star, 6 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA Champion(1955), Member of NBA’s 25th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    One of the best, and the last, to perfect the two handed set shot, Schayes was an elite scorer and rebounder in the early days of the NBA.  Schayes led the league in rebounding in 1951 and was one of it’s best FT shooters, leading the Association in FT% 3 times during his career.  At the time he retired in 1964, he held NBA all time records for points scored, games played, and free throws made, while currently ranking 26th all time in rebounds.


  • Career Averages: 18.8 ppg, 7.4 ast, 2.3 reb

    6 Time NBA All Star, 3 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA Scoring Champion(1973), NBA Assist Leader(1973), NBA Champion(1981), NBA All Star Game MVP(1981), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Standing only 6’1, Nate “Tiny” Archibald played much bigger than his diminutive size, becoming the first player to lead the NBA in both scoring and assists in the same season.  After an injury saw him traded to Boston at the end of his career, Archibald teamed with a young Larry Bird to win an NBA Title in 1981.  He also was an outstanding FT shooter, leading the Association in FT made 3 times, along with ranking 20th all time in assists.


  • Career Averages: 14.4 ppg, 8.5 ast, 3 reb

    8 Time NBA All Star, 2 Time NBA MVP(2005 and 2006), 3 Time All NBA 1st Team, 5 Time NBA Assist Leader, 2 Time NBA All Star Skills Champion

    After learning behind star point guards Kevin Johnson and Jason Kidd in Phoenix early, Nash found his groove in Dallas to become an elite NBA player, then winning consecutive MVP’s with Phoenix in ’05 and ’06, along with leading the Association in assists 5 times during the 2000′s.  He currently has the 2nd best FT% in NBA history, and ranks 4th in assists, and 10th in 3 point FG made.


  • Career Averages: 12.7 ppg, 8.8 ast, 6.3 reb, 1.9 stl

    10 Time NBA All Star, 5 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time All Defensive 1st Team, 5 Time NBA Assist Leader, NBA Co-Rookie of the Year(1995), NBA Champion(2011), 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist

    One thing that epitomizes Jason Kidd is winning.  From his first stint in Dallas, to Phoenix, New Jersey, Dallas again, and now New York, Jason has helped rejuvenate a franchise, leading them to the postseason in 16 of his 19 seasons, finally winning a title in 2011 with the Mavericks.  He ranks 2nd all time in assists and steals, as well as 3rd in regular season triple-doubles with 107.  Kidd is the only NBA player to amass 15,000 pts, 10,000 ast, and 7,000 rebounds.


  • Career Averages: 24.8 ppg, 7.6 reb, 2.5 ast

    9 Time NBA All Star, All NBA 1st Team(1986), NBA Scoring Champion(1986), 2 Time Slam Dunk Champion, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    If it weren’t for the advent of Michael Jordan, we all may be talking about Dominique as potentially one of the best all time players as the “Human Highlight Film” was undoubtedly a premier scorer and crowd pleaser for his above the rim play.  Dominique averaged 20+ppg in 11 of his 15 seasons and ranks 13th all time in career scoring.  Wilkins in one of only 6 players to average 25+ppg for 10 consecutive seasons(Jordan, West, Malone, O’Neal, Iverson).


  • Career Averages: 10.8 ppg, 14 reb, 3.9 ast

    5 Time NBA All Star, All NBA 1st Team(1969), NBA Rookie of the Year(1969), NBA MVP(1969), NBA Champion(1978), NBA Finals MVP(1978), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Wes averaged an unbelievable 18.2 rebounds in his rookie season and became just the 2nd player ever, after Wilt Chamberlain, to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.  He played in 984 games and is one of the few players to average a double-double for their career.  Despite being only 6’7 tall, he’s regarded as one of the best low post defenders ever, leading the league in rebounding in 1975 and FG% in 1976.  Wes led the Washington Bullets to 4 NBA Finals, winning the title in 1978.


  • Career Averages: 19.1 ppg, 10.5 reb, 4 ast, 1.5 blk

    15 Time NBA All Star, 4 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA MVP(2004), NBA Champion(2008), NBA All Star MVP(2003), 9 Time All Defensive 1st Team, NBA Defensive Player of the Year(2008), 4 Time NBA Rebounding Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist

    In the modern age, only Karl Malone and Tim Duncan can match up with “The Big Ticket”, who will go down as one of the best power forwards of all time.  His 15 All Star selections are 2nd all time, and is the only player in history to amass 25,000 pts, 10,000 reb, 5,000 ast, 1,500 stl, and 1,500 blk.  He has finished Top 5 in MVP voting 5 times and currently ranks 15th all time in points scored, 10th in rebounds, 7th in Minutes Played, and 2nd in Defensive Rebounds.


  • Career Averages: 23.1 ppg, 13.4 reb, 2.8 ast

    4 Time NBA All Star, 6 Time All NBA 1st Team, 5 Time NBA Champion(1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, and 1955), 3 Time NBA Scoring Champion, Member of NBA 25th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Wearing his trademark thick, round glasses, Mikan was arguably the NBA’s first superstar, and elite level big man.  He revolutionized the center position with prolific rebounding and shot-blocking numbers, as well as his trademark hook shot that spawned the now famous “Mikan Drill.”  He was so dominant over other smaller big men that he forced the NBA into several rule changes like introducing the shot clock and widening the foul lane.  Upon his retirement in 1954, “Mr Basketball” was the NBA’s all time scoring leader.


  • Career Average: 18.7 ppg, 12.9 reb, 1.1 blk

    7 Time NBA All Star, All NBA 1st Team(1970), 2 Time NBA Champion(1970 and 1973), 2 Time NBA Finals MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year(1965), NBA All Star Game MVP(1970), NBA MVP(1970), NBA All Defensive 1st Team(1970), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    One of the best Playoff performers in league history, “The Captain” played his entire career with the NY Knicks, leading them to 2 NBA Championships in ’70 and ’73.  In 1970, Reed had arguably one of the greatest individual seasons becoming the first player to win All Star Game MVP, Regular Season MVP, and Finals MVP, as well as All Defensiv and offensive 1st Team honors.  It was also in the ’70 Finals when Reed, now rather famously, played in Game 7 despite a serious leg injury, sparking his squad to n NBA Title.


  • Career Averages: 26.7 ppg, 6.2 ast, 3.7 reb, 2.2 stl

    11 Time NBA All Star, 3 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time NBA Scoring Champion, NBA MVP(2001), NBA Rookie of the Year(1997), 2 Time All Star Game MVP, 3 Time NBA Steals Leader, Olympic Bronze Medalist

    Universally regarded as pound-for-pound the toughest player in league history, the rather diminutive statured “A.I.” dominated against much bigger players throughout his career, winning every individual award from league MVP, 11 All Star selections, including 2 All Star MVP’s, and 4 Scoring crowns but failed to win an NBA Title.  “The Answer” will go down as one of the game’s all time best scorers, averaging 20+ppg in 12 consecutive seasons from ’97-’08 as well as an impressive 29.7 ppg average in the postseason.  His all time ranks are impressive, including ranking 19th in points, 12th in steals, 11th in FT made, and 6th in career ppg average.


  • Career Averages: 26.2 ppg, 4.6 reb, 2.8 ast, 1.2 stl

    9 Time NBA All Star, 5 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time NBA Scoring Champion, NBA All Star Game MVP(1980), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Having one of the coolest nicknames in team sports, “The Iceman” was simply that, calmly and coolly dominating the NBA on the offensive end with his stylish fingeroll, winning 4 scoring crowns(3 consecutive), and averaging 25+ppg for 7 straight seasons.  He tallied 40 or more points in an amazing 68 regular season games and ranks 9th all time in ppg average.


  • Career Averages: 21 ppg, 9.8 reb, 2.4 blk

    11 Time NBA All Star, All NBA 1st Team(1990), NBA Rookie of the Year(1986), Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest NBA Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    As the only player to play more than 1,000 games with the Knicks, Patrick embodied the gritty nature of NYC.  he helped lead New York to the playoffs 13 straight seasons, making it to the Finals in ’94, ultimately losing to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets.  During arguably the heyday of NBA big men against the likes of Olajuwon, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, and Dikembe Mutombo, Ewing at times dominated, regularly ranking in the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding, FG%, and blocks during his career.  he is one of only 10 players in NBA history to amass 22,000 pts and 10,000 rebs.


  • Career Averages: 19.2 ppg, 9.3 ast, 3.6 reb, 1.9 stl

    12 Time NBA All Star, 3 Time All NBA 1st Team, 2 Time NBA Champion(1989 and 1990), NBA Finals MVP(1990), 2 Time NBA All Star Game MVP(1984 and 1986), Member of of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    The original “Zeke” was a nightmare for opposing guards during the late 80′s and 90′s as Thomas regularly torched defenders as one of the game’s all time great point guards.  Thomas’ coming of age moment in the NBA was probably his NBA Finals record 25 points scored in a quarter in 1988, albeit in a series loss to the LA Lakers, before leading the Pistons to back-to-back NBA crowns in ’89 and ’90.  Thomas still ranks 7th all time in assists and 14th in steals.


  • Career Averages: 17.9 ppg, 7.3 reb, 1.7 blk

    7 Time NBA All Star, All NBA 1st Team(1987), 3 Time NBA All Defensive 1st Team, 3 Time NBA Champion(1981, 1984, 1987), 2 Time NBA 6th Man of the Year(1984 and 1985), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    As one third of the Boston Celtics vaunted trio of All Stars during the 90′s, McHale would cause fits for opposing forwards, showing off a dizzying array of low post moves he dubbed “The Torture Chamber.”  In ’86-’87, he became the first player to shoot more than 60% from the field and 80% from the line in the same season.  McHale ranks 12th all time in FG% and 25th in blocks.


  • Career Averages: 21.1 ppg, 10.6 reb, 3 blk

    10 Time NBA All Star, 4 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time All NBA Defensive 1st Team, 2 Time NBA Champion(1999 and 2003), NBA MVP(1995), NBA Defensive Player of the Year(1992), NBA Scoring Champion(1994), NBA Rookie of the Year(1990), 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known as “The Admiral” for his Naval training before the NBA, Robinson, along with Ewing and Olajuwon dominated the center position throughout the 90′s and early 2000′s.  He averaged 20-10 in 9 of his 14 seasons and is one of only 5 players to score 70 points in a game(Chamberlain, Bryant, Baylor, Thompson).  Robinson also is one of only 4 players to tally a quadruple-double in a game and finished Top 5 in MVP voting 5 times.  He ranks 35th all time in scoring, 29th in rebounds, and 5th in career blocks.


  • Career Averages: 18.4 ppg, 7.5 ast, 5.2 reb

    13 Time NBA All Star, 10 Time All NBA 1st Team, 6 Time NBA Champion(1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963), 2 Time NBA All Star Game MVP(1954, 1957), NBA MVP(1957), Member of NBA’s 25th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    In the early days of the NBA, the “Houdini of the Hardwood” was the original star point guard, displaying a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills not seen before, helping him to lead the Association in assists 8 consecutive seasons.  During the 1953 season “Cooz” had arguably one of the greatest scoring games in history, scoring 50 points, making a still standing NBA record 30 of 32 free throw attempts.  Cousy was way ahead of his time with flamboyant behind-the-back passes in a fast break style that would inspire future greats like Pete Maravich and Magic Johnson.  Although he retired as a rather young 35, Cousy remains 15th all time in assists.


  • Career Averages: 16.4 ppg, 6.4 reb, 5.2 ast, 2 stl

    7 Time NBA All Star, 3 Time All NBA 1st Team, 8 Time NBA All Defensive 1st Team, 6 Time NBA Champion(1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998), NBa All Star Game MVP(1994), 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Regarded as arguably the greatest small forward of all time, Pippen was a key cog in the Chicago Bulls dynasty teams during the 90′s that won 6 NBA crowns during the decade.  Some also agree that “Pip” is one of the greatest defenders of all time, making 10 NBA All Defensive Teams during his career, leading the league in steals once, and ranking 6th all time in career steals.  Along with Michael Jordan, Pippen became the first playerto win an NBA Championship and Olympic Gold Medal in the same year(1992).  The ultimate competitor and winner, Pippen helped his teams advance to the postseason 16 straight seasons, ranking as the Playoffs’ all time steals leader, and was a member of the vaunted ’95-’96 Bulls that set the still standing record of 72-10 for best regular season mark ever.


  • Career Averages: 13.1 ppg, 10.5 ast, 2.2 stl

    10 Time NBA All Star, 2 Time All NBA 1st Team, 9 Time NBA Assist Leader, NBA All Star Game MVP(1993), 2 Times NBA Steals Leader, 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    He’s the NBA’s all time assist leader by a large margin, as well as all time steal leader as well, averaging a double-double for his career.  He has 5 of the Top 6 single season assist marks and holds the NBA record for the most seasons, games, and consecutive games played with one team, and is 3rd all time in games played(Abdul-Jabbar, Parish).  Some mistake his toughness of dirty play, as he was once voted as the league’s all time 2nd most dirtiest player behind Dennis Rodman.


  • Career Averages: 21 ppg, 12,5 reb, 2 blk

    12 Time NBA All Star, 3 Time NBA All 1st Team, NBA Champion(1978), NBA Scoring Champion(1969), 2 Time NBA Rebounding Leader(1970, 1974), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known as one of the greatest scorers and rebounders of all time, “The Big E” averaged a ridiculous 28.4 ppg and 17.1 rebounds as a rookie, remaining the last rookie to lead the league in scoring.  In only his second season, he became the first player other than Chamberlain or Russell to lead the league in rebounding since 1957.  He also set an NBA Finals record for offensive rebounds in a game with 11, in 1979.  Hayes ranks 4th all time in rebounds, 8th in points, 20th in blocks, and 3rd in minutes played.


  • Career Averages: 23.2 ppg, 6.5 reb, 4.3 ast, 2 stl

    8 Time NBA All Star, 5 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA Rookie of the Year(1966), NBA Champion(1975), NBA Finals MVP(1975), NBA Scoring Champion(1967), 6 Time NBA FT% Leader, NBA Steals Leader(1975), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    One of the best pure small forwards of all time, “The Miami Greyhound” registered one of the best single season scoring averages of all time, putting up 35.6 ppg to win the scoring crown in 1967.  He’s also one of the greatest postseason performers notching a 55 point game in the ’67 Finals, and averaged a remarkable 40.8 ppg for the series, once an all time record.  He’s known for his signature underhanded free throw technique that helped him lead the league 6 times.  His 38 points scored in the ’67 All Star Game rank only behind Chamberlain’s 42 pts in ’62 and has the 3rd all time best FT% in NBA history.


  • Career Averages: 22.1 ppg, 11.7 reb, 3.9 ast, 1.5 stl

    11 Time NBA All Star, 5 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA MVP(1993), NBA All Star MVP(1991), NBA Rebounding Champion(1987), 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    The “Round Mound of Rebound” proved that size doesn’t matter when it comes to being an all time great player as the undersized power forward averaged 10+ rebounds per game in 15 of 16 seasons, becoming the shortest player ever to lead the league in boards in 1987.  Barkley was one of the league’s most dominant players during the 90′s, earning MVP honors in 1993, and leading his teams to the postseason 9 times during the decade.  Upon his retirement in 2000, Barkley was only the 4th player ever to amass 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists.  One of the most controversial and outspoken players during his career, Barkley ranks 21st in points, 18th in rebounding, and 20th in all time FG%.


  • Career Averages: 26.4 ppg, 16.2 reb, 3 ast

    11 Time NBA All Star, 10 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time All Star Game MVP, 2 Time NBA MVP(1956, 1959), NBA Champion(1958), NBA Rookie of the Year(1955), 2 Time NBA Scoring Champion(1957, 1959), Member of NBA’s 25th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    As one of the greatest scorers and rebounders in league history, Pettit played his entire career with the St Louis Hawks, winning an NBA Title in 1958.  He was particularly elite in All Star competition, winning 4 MVP Awards, and still holds the 2 highest individual rebound games in All Star history.  In 1961, he became just the 5th player in history to average 20+ rebounds per game.  Upon his retirement in 1965, he was the first player to eclipse 20,000 pts scored and ranked 2nd all time in rebounds.  He finished Top 5 in MVP voting 8 times.


  • Career Averages: 20.8 ppg, 6.3 re, 4.8 ast

    13 Time NBA All Star, 4 Time All NBA 1st team, 8 Time NBA Champion(1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976), 5 Time All NBA Defensive Team, Member of NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    The consummate winner, only Bill Russell and Sam Jones won more NBA titles than “Hondo”.  Havlicek revolutionized the 6th Man role, and has been immortalized for his clutch steal in the closing seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference championship.  He became the first player to score 1,000 points in 16 straight seasons, and is the Celtics all time leader in points and games played.  Havlicek ranks 10th all time in minutes played and FG made, as well as 12th in points scored.


  • Career Averages: 22 ppg, 6.7 reb, 3.9 ast, 1.8 stl

    11 Time NBA All Star, 5 Time All NBA 1st Team, 2 Time NBA All Star Game MVP(1977, 1983), NBA Champion(1983), NBA MVP(1981), Member of NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Commonly known as “Dr J”, Erving became the league’s first ambassador, taking the NBA to new heights literally as he is universally regarded as the game’s first high flying, above the rim player.  After winning multiple championships, MVP Awards, and scoring titles in the ABA, Erving helped turn the 76ers into one of the dominant teams of the 80′s, playing on one of the greatest teams of all time, the 1983 NBA Champion Sixers.  He has finished off some of the most amazing plays in NBA history like his “Rock the Cradle” dunk against the Lakers in 1983 and his now famous “Free Throw Line Dunk” he used to win the Dunk Contest, taking it to new heights.  If you combine his ABA stats, Erving ranks 6th all time in scoring behind only Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain, Jordan, Malone, and Bryant).


  • Career Averages: 27.6 ppg, 7.3 reb, 6 reb, 1.7 stl

    9 Time NBA All Star, 6 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time All NBA Defensive 1st team, NBA Champion(2012), 3 Time NBA MVP(2009, 2010, 2012), NBA Finals MVP(2012), 2 Time NBA All Star MVP(2006, 2008), NBA Rookie of the Year(2004), NBA Scoring Champion(2008), 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist

    Known currently as the game’s best all around player, “King James” has played only 9 NBA seasons but already ranks as one of the best players of all time.  At 6’8 and 260lbs, the Association has never seen a player of his size with his combination of skill from the wing position.  As a rookie, he became the first player since Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan to average 20 pts, 5 reb, and 5 ast in their rookie season.  In his 2nd season, he became the youngest player to notch a triple-double, then the following year became the youngest to ever average 30ppg.  Last season he became the youngest to reach 20,000 pts scored and in addition to his 3 MVP Awards already won, he’s finished in the Top 5 six times in his 9 year career.  With a few more titles, look for Lebron to move up the list.


  • Career Averages: 25 ppg, 10.1 reb, 3.6 ast, 1.4 stl

    14 Time NBA All Star, 11 Time All NBA 1st Team, 3 Time NBA All Defensive 1st team, 2 Time NBA MVP(1997, 1999), 2 Time NBA All Star Game MVP(1989, 1993), 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Some put “The Mailman” in the conversation as the greatest power forward of all time for good reason.  He currently ranks 2nd all time in points scored behind only Abdul-Jabbar and 1st in both FT taken and made all time.  He ranks 4th in games played, 1st in defensive rebounds, and recorded a record 11 straight seasons scoring 2,000 points or more.  Even late in his career, Malone became the oldest player to ever record a triple-double at age 40.  Unfortunately for Malone he also appears on most best players to never win a title lists along with Barkley and Ewing.


  • Career Averages: 21.8 ppg, 11.1 reb, 3.1 blk

    12 Time NBA All Star, 6 Time All NBA 1st Team, 5 Time All Defensive 1st Team, 2 Time NBA Champion(1994,1995), 2 Time NBA Finals MVP(1994, 1995), NBA MVP(1994), 3 Times NBA Blocks Leader(1990, 1991, 1993), 2 Time NBA Rebounding Leader(1989, 1990), NBA Defensive POY(1994), Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known for his trademark “Dream Shake” and a plethora of innovative offensive post moves, the Nigerian native will go down as one of the most complete and talented centers in league history.  In 1994, he became the only player to win NBA MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and NBA Finals MVP in the same season.  He won back-to-back NBA Titles in ’94 and ’95, outplaying his rival contemporaries at center Patrick Ewing and Shaq O’Neal.  He remains the only player in history to record 200 blocks and 200 steals in the same season and is one of 4 players to compile a quadruple-double in a game.  He finished Top 5 in MVP voting 6 times and ranks 1st all time in blocks, 8th in steals, 9th in points scored, and 12th in total rebounds.


  • Career Averages: 20.6 ppg, 12.2 reb, 1.3 blk

    12 Time NBA All Star, 4 Time All NBA 1st team, NBA All Defensive 1st Team(1983), NBA Champion(1983), NBA Finals MVP(1983), 6 Time NBA Rebounding Champion, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Known as the “Chairman of the Boards” for his ferocious, unwavering rebounding style, Malone was arguably the league’s greatest rebounder in the modern era, leading the league 6 times.  He was one of the earliest and most successful prep-to-pro players, setting numerous offensive rebounding records, like grabbing 15 offensive boards during a playoff game in his rookie season.  But it was in Philadelphia in 1983, where he became part of history, as arguably one of the greatest teams in league history, helping Dr J and the Sixers go a then NBA record 12-1 in the postseason to win the ’83 NBA Championship.  He’s the only player in NBA history to average 20-10 on 4 different teams, became the first player to win 5 consecutive rebounding titles, and is 10th all time in games played, 2nd in FT made, 1st in offensive rebounds, 5th in total rebounds, and 7th in points scored.


  • Career Averages: 20.2 ppg, 11.2 reb, 3.1 ast, 2.2 blk

    14 Time NBA All Star, 9 Time All NBA 1st Team, 8 Time NBA All Defensive 1st Team, 4 Time NBA Champion(1999, 2003, 2005, 2007), 3 Time NBA Finals MVP(1999, 2003, 2005), 2 Time NBA MVP(2003, 2004), NBA Rookie of the Year(1998), NBA All Star Game MVP(2000), Olympic Bronze Medalist

    Tabbed by most as the greatest power forward in history, “The Big Fundamental” is arguably the most technically sound big man of all time.  He’s undeniably one of the best all time interior defenders, earning all defensive honors every year of his career since his rookie season.  In the postseason, he also is one of the greatest playoff performers, winning 3 NBA Finals MVP to go with his 4 NBA Titles.  He has finished in the Top 5 in MVP voting 9 times and ranks 13th all time in total rebounds and 23rd in points scored.


  • Career Averages: 27 ppg, 6.7 ast, 5.8 reb, 2.6 stl

    14 Time NBA All Star, 10 Time All NBA 1st team, 4 Time All NBA Defensive 1st Team, NBA Champion(1972), NBA Finals MVP(1969), NBA All Star MVP(1972), NBA Scoring Champion(1970), Member of NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Know simply as “The Logo”, West ranks out as one of the Top 3 shooting guards all time behind only Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.  He holds the highest ppg average in a single playoff series, averaging 46.3 ppg and is the only player ever from the losing team to be named  NBA Finals MVP.  West also earned the nickname “Mr Clutch” for his penchant for hitting late game shots like his 60 foot buzzer beater in a Finals game.  But it wasn’t until he was paired with former league MVP Wilt Chamberlain that West won his lone NBA Title in 1972.  He ranks 2nd all time to only Jordan in playoff ppg, finished Top 5 in MVP voting 8 times, is 6th in FT made, 16th in points scored, and 5th in career ppg.


  • Career Averages: 22.8 ppg, 9.4 reb, 6 ast, 1.6 stl

    12 Time NBA All Star, 9 Time All NBA 1st Team, 3 Time NBA Champion(1981, 1984, 1986), 3 Time NBA MVP(1984, 1985, 1986), NBA Rookie of the Year(1980), NBA All Star Game MVP(1982), 3 Time All Star 3PT Shootout Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Player Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Referred to as “Larry Legend” or “The Hick From French Lick”, Bird helped bring the NBA to new heights along with Magic Johnson during the 1980′s.  Regarded as one of the league’s most clutch shooters and prolific scorers, Bird scored an amazing 60 points in a game in only his 2nd season, and won 3 consecutive MVP Awards in the mid 80′s.  Bird currently ranks in the Top 10 All time in triple-doubles, 9th in FT%, and has recorded more than forty five 40 point scoring nights during his career, and has completed an estimated 15 game-winning shots.  Unfortunately chronic back injuries forced Bird to retire a bit prematurely after playing on the ’92 Dream Team in the Olympics.


  • Career Averages: 23.7 ppg, 10.9 reb, 2.5 ast, 2.3 blk

    15 Time NBA All Star, 8 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time NBA Champion(2000, 2001, 2002,, 2006), 3 Time NBA Finals MVP(2000, 2001, 2002), NBA MVP(2000), NBA Rookie of the Year(1993), Olympic Gold Medalist

    Known for his immense size and power, Shaq dominated the center position, scoring and rebounding at a prolific rate, winning 4 NBA Titles.  He led the Association in FG percentage 10 times, mostly on dunks, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s mark of 9 and his career percentage of .582 ranks 2nd all time to only Artis Gilmore.  He averaged 20+ppg and 10+rebounds for 13 consecutive seasons and finished Top 5 in MVP voting 7 times.  Shaq ranks Top 5 all time in both FG made and FT attempted, while ranking 6th in points, 7th in blocks, and 14th in total rebounds.


  • Career Averages: 27.4 ppg, 13.5 reb, 4.3 ast

    11 Time NBA All Star, 10 Time All NBA 1st Team, NBA All Star Game MVP(1959), NBA Rookie of the Year(1959), Member of NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    As a rookie in 1959, he scored a rookie record 55 points in a game, earning ROY honors.  He later would score an impressive 71 points in a game that still stands as the 3rd highest scoring game of all time.  Baylor also holds the NBA Finals record for scoring 61 points in a Finals Game in 1962.  His signature running bank shot, which he was able to release quickly and effectively over taller players, led him to numerous NBA scoring records, several of which still stand.  he was also an underrated rebounder, averaging 19.8 boards per game in 1961, the 6th highest mark in league history.


  • Career Averages: 25.5 ppg, 5.3 reb, 4.7 ast, 1.5 stl

    15 Time NBA All Star, 10 Time All NBA 1st Team, 9 Time All NBA Defensive 1st Team, 5 Time NBA Champion(2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 2 time NBA Finals MVP(2009, 2010), 4 Time NBA All Star Game MVP(2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 2 Time NBA Scoring Champion(2006, 2007), NBA Slam Dunk Champion(1997), 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist

    Known as “The Black Mamba”, Bryant reigned as the NBA’s best player until the ascension of Lebron James.  Regarded as one of the Top 5 shooting guards of all time, Kobe has recorded the 2nd highest scoring game in league history, scoring 81 points in a game in 2006.  He also shares the NBA mark for most made 3′s in a game with 12.  Recently he became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 points scored.  Kobe ranks 3rd all time in Playoff scoring, as well as finishing Top 5 in MVP voting 10 times.  He also ranks 3rd all time in FT made, 5th in FT attempted, 7th in FG made, and 5th in career scoring behind only Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain, Malone, and Jordan.


  • Career Averages: 19.5 ppg, 11.2 ast, 7.2 reb, 1.9 stl

    12 Time NBA All Star, 9 Time All NBA 1st Team, 5 Time NBA Champion(1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), 3 Time NBA MVP(1987, 1989, 1990), 3 Time NBA Finals MVP, 2 Time NBA All Star Game MVP(1990, 1992), 4 Time NBA Assist Leader(1983,1984, 1986, 1987), 2 Time NBA Steals Leader(1982, 1983), Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Simply known as “Magic”, the 6’9 point guard introduced the “Showtime” era of run-and-gun basketball to LA, winning 5 NBA Titles and 3 league MVP’s during the 80′s and early 90′s.  He combined the size of a power forward, the one-on-one skills of a guard, and the ball handling talent of a floor general, making him one of the most dangerous triple-double threats of all time.  His 138 triple-double games are second only to Oscar Robertson’s 181.  His 11.2 assists per game for his career, is the per game average in NBA history.  He shares the single-game playoff record for assists (24),holds the Finals record for assists in a game (21),and has the most career playoff assists (2,346).  He holds the All-Star Game single-game record for assists (22), and the All-Star Game record for career assists (127).  Magic ranks 5th all time in NBA career dimes and finished Top 5 in MVP voting 9 times.


  • Career Averages: 25.7 ppg, 9.5 ast, 7.5 reb, 1.1 stl

    12 Time NBA All Star, 9 Time All NBA 1st Team, 3 Time NBA All Star Game MVP(1961, 1964, 1969), NBA Champion(1971), NBA MVP(1964), NBA Rookie of the Year(1961), NBA Scoring Champion(1968), 7 Time NBA Assist Leader(1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969), Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    In just his 2nd season, “The Big O” became the first and only player to average a triple-double for an entire season.  In fact, his composite numbers for the first 5 years of his career was a triple-double(30.3 ppg, 10.4 reb, 10.6 ast), cementing his legacy as one of the best players of all time.  But it wasn’t until he was paired with a young Lew Alcindor in 1971 in Milwaukee, that Robertson won his lone NBA crown.  His 30.5 ppg ias a rookie is the 3rd highest average in history, only Chamberlain and Jordan have more 30+ppg seasons, and he became the first player in league history to average 10 assists per game for a season.  Oscar is also the all time leader in triple-doubles with 181.


  • Career Averages: 24.6 ppg, 11.2 reb, 3.6 ast, 2.6 blk

    19 Time NBA All Star, 10 Time All NBA 1st Team, 5 Time All NBA Defensive 1st Team, 6 Time NBA Champion(1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), 6 Time NBA MVP(1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980), 2 Time NBA Scoring Champion(1971, 1972), NBA Rebounding Leader(1976), 4 Time NBA Blocks Leader(1975, 1976, 1979, 1980), NBA Rookie of the Year(1970), 2 Time NBA Finals MVP(1971, 1985), Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Born Lew Alcindor in New York City, the dominating 7 footer quickly changed his name in the NBA to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the way to winning six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards.  At the time of his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored, games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, and personal fouls.  To this day, he remains the NBA’s all time leading scorer(38, 387), and ranks 3rd all time in blocks, a remarkable feat considering the stat wasn’t officially kept until his 4th season.  Kareem also ranks 8th all time in FG%, most in part to his trademark skyhook.  He also holds NBA marks for most minutes played, most FG  made and attempted, most All Star Game Selections, and ranks 3rd all time in rebounds.  He has scored 50 points or more 10 times and finished in the Top 5 in MVP voting a record 15 times.


  • Career Averages: 15.1 ppg, 22.5 reb, 4.3 ast

    12 Time NBA All Star, 3 Time All NBA 1st team, All NBA Defensive 1st Team(1969), 11 Time NBA Champion(1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969), 5 Time NBA MVP(1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965), NBA All Star Game MVP(1963), 5 Time NBA Rebounding Champion, Member of NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    Unquestionably the greatest winner that the league has ever seen, a fact made more evident by his record 11 NBA Titles, including 9 consecutive crowns from ’59-’69.  Regarded as arguably the best low post defender of all time, his aggressive shot-blocking and man-to-man defense were the main reasons for Boston’s success during this time.  Rivaled only by Wilt Chamberlain, Russell led the NBA in rebounds four times, and remains second all-time in both total rebounds and rebounds per game, being one of only 2 players to grab 50 rebounds in a game(Chamberlain).  Russell became the first player in NBA history to average more than 20 rebounds per game for an entire season, a feat he accomplished 10 times in his 13 seasons.  He played in an amazing 10 Game 7′s and had an unblemished 10-0 record.  Russell finished in the Top 5 in MVP voting 11 times in 12 seasons.


  • Career Averages: 30.1 ppg, 22.9 reb, 4.4 ast

    13 Time NBA All Star, 7 Time All NBA 1st Team, 2 Time All NBA 1st Team, 4 Time NBA MVP(1960, 1966, 1967, 1968), 2 Time NBA Champion(1967, 1972), NBA Finals MVP(1972), NBA All Star Game MVP(1960), NBA Rookie of the Year(1960), 11 Time NBA Rebounding Champion, 7 Time NBA Scoring Champion, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    The “Big Dipper” was arguably the most dominating player in league history.  Possessing immense size and strength never before seen in the NBA, Chamberlain holds more than 71 NBA all time records.  He is the only player to score 100 points in one game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He also won seven scoring titles, led the league 9 times in FG%, and captured eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists.  Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat he accomplished nine times. He is also the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career.  He holds the single game rebound record with 55 boards, and scored 50 or more points an record 118 times.  Wilt’s defensive prowess almost goes unnoticed since blocks and steals had not been recorded yet, but a former Philadelphia statistician once stopped counting once his tally got to 25 in a big game.  Wilt is also the only player to ever record a double triple-double(22 pts, 25 reb, 21 ast).  He finished Top 5 in MVP voting 10 times and ranks 1st all time in total rebounds and 4th in scoring.


  • Career Averages: 30.1 ppg, 6.2 reb, 5.3 ast, 2.3 stl

    14 Time NBA All Star, 10 Time All NBA 1st Team, 9 Time All NBA Defensive 1st Team, 6 Time NBA Champion(1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998), 6 Time NBA MVP(1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998), 6 Time NBA Finals MVP, 3 Time All Star Game MVP(1988, 1996, 1998), NBA Defensive Player of the Year(1988), 10 Time NBA Scoring Champion, 3 Time NBA Steals Champion, 2 Time NBA Slam Dunk Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, Member of NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Team, Member of Naismith Hall of Fame

    One of the greatest all around players and undoubtedly the most skilled offensive players in league history, “Air Jordan” won 6 NBA Titles, tied for 5th most all time.  He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game), and the single game Playoff scoring record, dropping 63 points on the Celtics in his 2nd season.   Jordan helped bring the NBA into the modern age and bring on widespread popularity with his highlight reel dunking ability, winning the Slam Dunk crown twice.  His name is synonymous with several of the game’s most memorable plays and games like “The Shot”, “The Flu Game”, and the “Free Throw Line” dunk.  Jordan finished Top 5 in MVP voting 10 times and ranks 3rd all time in both points scored and steals.


 

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