Top 10 NBA Players Of All Time

Basketball is one of the most popular game in the world. Here’s a list of 10 NBA players of all time, including all stats: championships, playing time, teams, appearances, awards, accolades, and what they have done for NBA and basketball games:

10. Kobe Bryant

Career Year: 1996-2016

Career Stats:

Points: 25.0 PPG  
Rebounds: 5.2 RPG  
Assists: 4.7 APG 

An American professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant, was a shooting guard and spent his whole 20-year career-life as the Los Angeles greatest Laker in the NBA. He achieved 17 times the title of player of the month and 32 times the week’s player. He won Olympic gold medals two times. He was the most valuable NBA player and also got two NBA finals and four NBA all-star MVP.

Awards and AccoladesTotalYear
NBA All Star171998, 2000-2016
NBA Champion52000–2002, 2009, 2010
NBA Player of the Week322000-2013
Olympic Gold Medal22008, 2012
All-Defensive Team122000-2004, 2006-2012
NBA Finals Most Valuable Player22009, 2010
NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player42002, 2007, 2009, 2011
NBA Most Valuable Player12008
All-Rookie Team11997

9. Tim Duncan

Career Year: 1997-2016

Career Stats:

Points: 19.0 
Rebounds: 10.8 
Assists: 3.0 

A former professional basketball player and coach is considered one of the best NBA players and the most incredible power forward of all time. 

As a swimmer, he began his career until 9th grade. After that, he played basketball as a college player and won many awards. In 1997, the San Antonio Spurs selected Tim Duncan as the first draft pick. Tim Duncan and Robinson were recognized as Twin Towers in the 1997–1998 season. Both received this status for their incredible defense close to the basket. He also led the spurs team from 2003. He is the best defender as well league’s top scorer, rebounder, and shot-blocker.

Tim Duncan NBA
Awards and AccoladesTotalYear
NBA Player of the Month31999-2002
NBA Player of the Week231998-2015
IBM Award12002
All-Defensive Team151998-2010, 2013, 2015
NBA Most Valuable Player22002, 2003
NBA Finals Most Valuable Player31999, 2003, 2005
All-NBA151998-2010, 2013, 2015
NBA Rookie of the Month61997-1998
NBA Rookie of the Year11998
NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player12000
All-Rookie Team11998
Olympic Bronze Medal12004

8. Larry Bird

Career Year: 1979-1992

Career Stats:

Points: 24.3 PPG
Rebounds: 10.0 RPG
Assists: 56.3 APG

Larry Bird is one of the best players in NBA history. His followers gave him nicknames “The Hick from French Lick” and “Larry Legend.” With the sixth overall pick, he was drafted into the NBA by the Boston Celtics; he started from small forwards and power forwards for 13 seasons. In 2016, Fox Sports ranked Larry the most outstanding NBA small forward and best Boston Celtics player of all time. In NBA history, Bird is the only player named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year. He also received  NBA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 along with Magic Johnson.

Awards and AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion 31981, 1984, 1986
All-NBA 101980-1988, 1990
NBA Finals MVP21984, 1986
NBA Most Valuable Player31984-1986
NBA All-Star121980-1988, 1990-1992
NBA All-Star Game MVP 11982
 NBA All-Defensive Second Team31982–1984
Three-point Shoot Out Champion31986-1988
NBA Rookie of the Year11980
NBA All-Rookie First Team 11980
MVC Player of the Year21978–1979
Consensus first-team All-American21978–1979
NBA All-Star Game head coach11998
NBA Coach of the Year 11998
NBA Executive of the Year12012

7. Shaquille O’Neal

Career Years: 1992-2011

Career Stats:

Points: 23.7 PPG
Rebounds: 10.9 RPG
Assists: 2.5 APG

A former American basketball player who also analyzed sports on ‘Inside the NBA’ TV show on TNT and played in his 19-year career for six teams. In the 1992 draft, Orlando Magic drafted him with the first pick. After that, he also led the team for the NBA finals. Then he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. 

In the midst of tensions between O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, O’Neal played for the Miami Heat. He was traded to other teams such as Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics in his career history. 

Apart from basketball, he is a music producer, DJ Diesel, Rapper, and appears in many movies or shows. 

Awards And AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion42000-2002, 2006
NBA scoring champion 21995, 2000
NBA All-Rookie11993
NBA Rookie of the Year 11993
NBA All-Defensive Second Team 32000, 2001, 2003
All-NBA141994-2006, 2009
NBA All-Star151993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009
NBA All-Star Game MVP 32000, 2004, 2009
NBA Most Valuable Player12000
NBA Finals MVP32000-2002
Texas Mr. Basketball11989

6. Wilt Chamberlain

Career Years: 1959-1973

Career Stats:

Points: 30.1 PPG
Rebounds: 22.9 RPG
Assists: 4.4 APG

One of the best players in history played for the San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. Before the NBA, he played for the University of Kansas and the Harlem Globetrotters. He was recognized with various nicknames throughout his career including, the big dipper, Goliath and Wilt the Stilt. He also played volleyball after basketball. He tried his luck in different professions, including business, book writing, and actor. He also served as a coach.

Awards And AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion 21967, 1972
NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)11960
NBA All-Defensive21972, 1973
All-NBA101960-1968, 1972, 1973
NBA Finals MVP 11972
NBA Most Valuable Player41960, 1966-1968
NBA All-Star 131960-1969, 1971-1973
NBA All-Star Game MVP 11960
NBA scoring champion71960-1966
NBA rebounding champion 111960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973
NBA assists leader 11968

5. Magic Johnson

Career Years: 1979-1991, 1996

Career Stats:

Points: 19.5 PPG
Rebounds: 7.2 RPG
Assists: 11.2 APG

The former president of Los Angeles Lakers basketball operations and former basketball player of NBA rated as the greatest point guard of all time. Lakers selected him in the 1979 NBA draft, and he served for 13 years for the Lakers. In 1991, he retired suddenly due to HIV. He played again in the All-star Game 1992, but his colleagues protested, and he quit one more time for four years. Before his final retirement, he returned in 1996 and played 32 games for the Lakers. 

Awards And AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion51980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award11992
NBA Finals MVP31980, 1982, 1987
NBA Most Valuable Player31987, 1989, 1990
NBA All-Star121980, 1982-1992
NBA All-Star Game MVP21990, 1992
All-NBA First Team101982-1991
NBA All-Rookie Team11980
4× NBA assists leader41983-1987
2× NBA steals leader 21981, 1982

4. Bill Russell

Career Years: 1956-1969

Career Stats:

Points: 15.1 PPG
Rebounds: 22.5 RPG
Assists: 4.3 APG

Bill Russell was the centerpiece who played for NBA Boston Celtics. He also led the San Francisco Dons for two years. Besides, he headed the gold-medal-winning U.S. national basketball team at the Olympics. During his career, the Celtics’ primary reason to keep him was the man-to-man defense and shot-blocking. Only two players had caught almost 50 rebounds in a single game, one player of which Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

Awards And AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion111957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969
WCC Player of the Year11956
Consensus All-American 21955, 1956
Helms Player of the Year21955, 1956
UPI College Player of the Year11956
NBA 50th Anniversary Team41996
NBA rebounding champion41958, 1959, 1964, 1965
NBA All-Defensive 11969
All-NBA First Team111958-1968
NBA Most Valuable Player 51958, 1961–1963, 1965
NBA All-Star121958–1969
NBA All-Star Game MVP11963

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Career Years: 1969-1989

Career Stats:

Points: 24.6 PPG
Rebounds: 11.2 RPG
Assists: 3.6 APG

He played center mostly for 20 seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA’s s Angeles Lakers. He was also ranked as the best player as well the greatest center of all time. He used his trademark skyhook shot to become one of the top scorers of the league. He has also made a career as an actor, a basketball coach, a best-selling author, and a martial artist. He also rewarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.  

Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Awards And AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion61971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988
NBA Most Valuable Player61971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980
NBA Finals MVP21971, 1985
NBA All-Star191970–1977, 1979–1989
Mr. Basketball USA 21964, 1965
NBA champion22009, 2010
USBL champion 12002
All-NBA151970-1974, 1976-1981, 1983-1986
NBA All-Defensive111970, 1971, 1974–1981, 1984
NBA Rookie of the Year11970
NBA All-Rookie11970
NBA scoring champion21971, 1972
NBA blocks leader41975, 1976, 1979, 1980
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team11996

2. LeBron James

Career Years: 2003-present

Career Stats:

Points: 25.2 PPG
Rebounds: 7.9 RPG
Assists: 7.4 APG

A basketball player for NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers also ranked as at the greatest player of all time; he is repeatedly compared with Michael Jordan. Initially, he played for the school; then, he was chosen by Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft. He has got more money and success from various professions. LeBron James has starred in the movie Trainwreck, multiple books, documentaries, TV commercials, and NBA’s hosted Saturday Night Live or ESPY Awards.

Lebron James
Awards And AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion42012, 2013, 2016, 2020
NBA Finals MVP 42012, 2013, 2016, 2020
Ohio Mr. Basketball (2001–2003)32001-2003
Gatorade Player of the Year22002, 2003
Mr. Basketball USA22002, 2003
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year12012
AP Athlete of the Year 42013, 2016, 2018, 2020
NBA Most Valuable Player42009, 2010, 2012, 20134
NBA All-Star162005–2020
NBA All-Star Game MVP32006, 2008, 2018
NBA All-Defensive62009-2014
NBA Rookie of the Year12004
NBA All-Rookie First Team12004
NBA scoring champion12008
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award12017
NBA assists leader 12020
Time Athlete of the Year 12020

1. Michael Jordan

Career Years: 1984-93, 1995-98, 2002-04

Career Stats:

Points: 30.1 PPG
Rebounds: 6.1 RPG
Assists: 5.3 APG

Michael Jordan is mainly recognized by his name initials MJ. The Charlotte Hornets principal owner and chairman played fifteen years of the NBA. His proficiency to leap by operating slam dunk from the free-throw line in slam dunk events gave him Air Jordan and His Airness names. He is also acknowledged for his own product and appeared in the movie ‘Spice Jam’ and the miniseries ‘The Last Dance.’ He became the fourth African American richest person and the first billionaire NBA player.

Awards And AccoladesTotalYear
NBA champion61991–1993, 1996–1998
NBA Finals MVP61991–1993, 1996–1998
NBA Most Valuable Player 51988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998
NBA All-Star141985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003
NBA All-Star Game MVP31988, 1996, 1998
All-NBA111985, 1987–1993, 1996–1998
NBA Defensive Player of the Year11988
NBA All-Defensive91988–1993, 1996–1998
NBA Rookie of the Year 11985
NBA All-Rookie11985
NBA Scoring Champion 101987–1993, 1996-1998
NBA steals leader31988, 1990, 1993
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion 21987, 1988
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team 11996
Consensus national college player of the year 11984
Consensus All-American 21983, 1984
ACC Rookie of the Year11982
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year 21983, 1984
McDonald’s All-American 11981

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