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Top 5 greatest NBA players of all time!

Updated on June 9, 2015

5 NBA players who made Honorable Mention

* 5 Tim Duncan- Though Tim Duncan was hardly stopped back in his prime he became worse overtime as injury's started adding up.

* 4 Larry Bird- Though notable as a dominate forward in his time, I just do not feel he deserves a top 5 spot.

*3 Lebron James- The king himself will be among the top 3 NBA players of all time with-in the next decade or so.

*2 Allen Iverson- You can't leave out the rookie who sparked amazing skills as a Philadelphia 76er.

*1 Shaquille O'Neal- This dominate big man was worshiped by fans as he was the most unstoppable force in his era. Being able to make 15 All-Star in your career is just pretty amazing in my eyes.

Kareem Abdul Jabar perfecting his signature hook shot

#5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-1989)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar like many other players...unstoppable. He played in the NBA for two full decades. (20 Years) He won 6 NBA titles,to go along with 6 MVP awards and he still holds the all time points record which he set in 1989 (38,387 points). He dominated the 70's, easily the best player in the 70's. he unleashed the most unpredictable shot the NBA has ever seen, the sky hook to.Which he scored many of his points with throughout his career.


Kobe Bryant celebrating

#4 Kobe Bryant (1996-present)

Kobe is definitely in this top 5. His confidence shows how truly clutch a player he is. One of his most memorable moments was when he produced a 81 point game. Still at second most points scored in a game. Bryant has won multiple championships (5) and earned one MVP Award. And once this phenomenal player got started it was hard to slow him down. Hitting acrobatic shots nearly every game. There is no telling what the future has in store for his fans. Number 4 is a reasonable place to put the man who came close to breaking Wilt Chamberlains record.


Wilt Chamberlain dunking the ball

#3 Wilt Chamberlain (1959-1973)

Talk about another dominating player back in his day. At #3 Among “Greatest NBA Players”, The 7 foot 1 inch Wilt, ‘The Big Dipper’ Chamberlain statistically was the most dominate player who has ever played the game. I say this due to his seven scoring titles, 11 rebounding titles, four MVP titles, and a 100-point game. He was one of the best players around, unstoppable, and arguably the best big man of all time. As a big man scoring 100-points is what I would call the ultimate goal. Wilt has set multiple records which may never be broke. He was rarely stopped and was always a fright train coming to the hoop, and if you tried to get a rebound... HA, forget about it.


Michael Jordan Slamming the ball!

#2 Michael Jordan (1984-2003)

Legendary Michael J. Jordan is and will always be top 3 greatest NBA players of all time. What he did for the game was simply amazing and many would argue he deserves #1 spot but I just don't see it. He destroyed defenses with swift acrobatic shots and swift dunks, fueled by roars of the crowd. He won six championships against multiple Hall-of-Fame players. Also Won five MVPs and 10 scoring titles, Jordan did in fact change the game of basketball. He was the player most coaches only dream about. To be a great leader, the ultimate scorer, and the ultimate defender is truly incredible. All basketball players coming up wore signature jordans and jerseys in the 90's. He's a big reason why the Chicago Bulls became the iconic and well known team they are today.



1. Bill Russell (1956-69)

Bill Russel was easily the top player of all time. The he did play with other great players he managed to stand out. And in a time of when it was difficult to be an African American in most cities in America. Bill managed to overcome the negative comments and became a great defender, great rebounder, And the greatest player of all time. He Won 11 championships in 13 seasons, Something no other player has done and with that alone is incredible. He also won 11 NBA titles, 5 MVP awards, Olympic Gold and I believe an NCAA title. He was dominating the competition back in his day. And this is why Bill Russell tops of at #1.

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      Tyler Robertson 2 years ago from Delaware

      You are absolutely right there were just so many players I had to choose from lol

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      Kieron Walker 2 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      No knocks against Allen Iverson, but I think Magic and possibly even Dr. J might be ahead of him in the Honorable Mention list. Nice hub though. Always fun seeing other people's opinions on this debate.

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      Tyler Robertson 2 years ago from Delaware

      Thank you for the comment and remember this was just in my opinion of the top 5 NBA players of all time.

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      Very Interesting list Tyler Robertson. Although I am from Chicago and my opinion may be a little biased towards Jordan, I definitely do not think Chamberlain is top 5. He was grossly over rated and dominated when there were no other big men to challenge him. When he did go up against other dominate big men (Bill Russell, Lew Alcindor etc) we got smashed and only won two championships. Russell won 9, Alcindor 6, Jordan 6, and Shaq 5. A true sign of dominance. Thumbs up on your hub though and the rest of the list.

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