A new study from a statistical aspect reveals surprising findings of the greatest players of all time. Their data claims to answer the most passionate NBA player controversy. However, their so-called finest player will undoubtedly leave a mark in basketball circles. Sadda News has compiled a list of fantastic players, but it’s a push to consider them among the greatest of all time. So, keep reading to find out who the “Best NBA Players” are.
1. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the best basketball player in the history of the game. When it comes to basketball, Jordan is the first name that leaps to mind. Jordan’s excellence raised the bar for future generations of NBA players. His quest to become the greatest began after he won his first NBA title. With two three-peats and six Finals MVPs, it’s clear why he’s the best NBA player. Michael Jordan, known as “Airness,” brought basketball back to life when its popularity was at an all-time low. Basketball’s popularity soared thanks to his Jordan brand. He’s the first player in NBA history to earn defensive player of the year. Jordan also has a record ten scoring titles to his name, as well as lifetime scoring averages of 30.1 and 33.4 PPG in the regular season and playoffs, respectively.
2. LeBron James
LeBron James is in his 19th season in the NBA and has never slowed down since his debut. Despite being ranked second on our list at the conclusion of his career, James has a chance to rise to the top. So one might write a 200-page book about his accomplishments and resume. After winning back-to-back MVP awards, LeBron joined the Miami Heat in 2010 to create the BIG 3 with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Later in his career, he won two NBA championships, two Finals MVP awards, and two league MVP awards. With 7632 points in the playoffs, LeBron stands third on the all-time point leaders list with 35,367 points. LeBron James will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the near future. Furthermore, by the time he retires, he will have broken numerous records and received numerous awards.
3. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the third-best NBA player of all time on our ranking. He is one of the few players whose career statistics and accomplishments clearly demonstrate why he is one of the best. For instance, with 38,837 points in 20 seasons, Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the all-time best scorer in NBA history. Abdul-Jabbar has won every individual award that a player in the NBA can receive. He has also won the most league MVP awards in league history, with six. In his inaugural season, Kareem was also named Rookie of the Year.
4. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson’s distinctive smile and enthusiasm for basketball are beloved by many NBA fans across the world. He is, without a doubt, the best point guard in NBA history, and his legacy proves it. There would have been no “Showtime” Lakers without Magic Johnson. His alley-oops, fast breaks, and no-look passing elevated Lakers basketball to new heights. Furthermore, his rivalry with Larry Bird propelled the NBA to where it is now. Magic Johnson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame twice, once for his individual career in 2002 and again in 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team.”
5. Kobe Bryant
Late Kobe Bryant is regarded as the best Lakers player of all time, having played with the Lakers for 20 years. In the sporting world, he is regarded as a role model. Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality” has aided him in achieving his goals throughout his career, and he has every right to participate in the GOAT discussion. From 2000 to 2002, Kobe led the Lakers to a three-peat with Shaq O’ Neal. He went on to win the scoring title in 2006 and 2007. Kobe is a fantastic scorer who is now ranked fourth all-time in NBA scoring.
6. Wilt Chamberlain
The late Wilt Chamberlian is next on the list. For instance, he averaged 50.4 points per game in the 1961-62 NBA season, something no other player has ever done. In the same season, on March 2, 1962, Chamberlian scored 100 points in a single game against the New York Knicks, the best total ever for any NBA player in a single game. In addition, he has won seven scoring titles, eleven rebounding titles, and one durability award during his career. Wilt Chamberlian was honored with induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. Wilt Chamberlian, a basketball star, died of congestive heart failure on October 12, 1999, at the age of 63.
7. Bill Russell
Bill Russell is one of the most successful NBA players ever. In addition, he won 11 NBA championships in 13 seasons, including two as both a player and a coach. He is the first player to reach 20 RPG in a season, which he accomplished ten times. Russell has won five MVP honors, 12 NBA All-Star appearances, and three All-NBA First Team selections in addition to his 11 NBA championships. Bill Russell was honored by being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the year 1975.
8. Larry Bird
Larry Bird is the next guy on our list of the ‘top NBA players,’ as he is widely regarded as the greatest Celtics player and small forward of all time. Due to his intelligence, competitiveness, and ability to execute anything on the court, he is one of the most admired players in the NBA. Bird is well-known for his outstanding passing and defending skills. Bird can also play as a small forward or a power forward. He was also one of the first players to capitalize on newly developed three-pointers.
9. Shaq O Neal
Shaq O’ Neal can only be described as dominant. With his raw strength, speed, explosiveness, and talents, he won the competition. Over the course of his two-decade career, Shaq was dominant on both ends of the court in terms of scoring, rebounding, blocking, a low post, and fast-break. Shaq became the third player in NBA history to win league MVP, finals MVP, and all-star MVP all in the same season in 2000. In 2007, he won his fourth NBA championship. He’s also a 15-time NBA All-Star and an 8-time All-NBA First-Team selection. Shaquille O’Neal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame the following year (2016).
10. Tim Duncan
The number ten spot on our list goes to Tim Duncan, arguably the greatest power forward of all time. During his career, he also played center. Duncan is also nicknamed “The Big Fundamental,” as he has ruled both ends of the court for the past 20 years with textbook basketball abilities such as a midrange bank jump shot and impeccable defensive posture. He’s also a multi-award winner. He only played for one team in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs.