The 100 Greatest Basketball Players of All-Time

Methodology.

RankPlayerPositionYears
1LeBron JamesPick one2003-active
2Michael JordanSG1984-2003
3Kareem Abdul-JabbarC1969-1989
4Magic JohnsonPG1979-1996
5Shaquille O’NealC1992-2011
6Tim DuncanPF1997-2016
7Kobe BryantSG1996-2016
8Steph CurryPG2009-active
9Kevin DurantSF2007-active
10Larry BirdSF1979-1992
11Karl MalonePF1985-2004
12Hakeem OlajuwonC1984-2002
13Giannis AntetokounmpoPF2013-active
14James HardenSG2009-active
15David RobinsonC1989-2003
16Wilt ChamberlainC1959-1973
17Kawhi LeonardSF2011-active
18Kevin GarnettPF1995-2016
19Dirk NowitzkiPF1998-2019
20Chris PaulPG2005-active
21Moses MaloneC1974-1995
22Bill RussellC1956-1969
23Charles BarkleyPF1984-2000
24Jerry WestSG1960-1974
25Julius ErvingSF1971-1987
26Dwyane WadeSG2003-2019
27Rick BarrySF1965-1980
28Oscar RobertsonPG1960-1974
29John StocktonPG1984-2003
30Russell WestbrookPG2008-active
31Steve NashPG1996-2014
32Nikola JokicC2015-active
33Gary PaytonPG1990-2007
34Anthony DavisPF2012-active
35Adrian DantleySF1976-1991
36Clyde DrexlerSG1983-1998
37George GervinSG1972-1986
38Scottie PippenSF1987-2004
39Tony ParkerPG2001-2019
40Jason KiddPG1994-2013
41Walt FrazierPG1967-1980
42John HavlicekSF1962-1978
43Reggie MillerSG1987-2005
44Dwight HowardC2004-active
45Patrick EwingC1985-2002
46Paul PierceSF1998-2017
47Pau GasolC2001-2019
48Ray AllenSG1996-2014
49Allen IversonSG1996-2010
50Isiah ThomasPG1981-1994
51Rudy GobertC2013-active
52Damian LillardPG2012-active
53Paul GeorgeSF2010-active
54Dominique WilkinsSF1982-1999
55Manu GinobiliSG2002-2018
56Bob McAdooC1972-1986
57Willis ReedC1964-1974
58Dave CowensC1970-1983
59Chauncey BillupsPG1997-2014
60Kyrie IrvingPG2011-active
61Chris WebberPF1993-2008
62Dikembe MutomboC1991-2009
63Alonzo MourningC1992-2008
64Kevin McHalePF1980-1993
65James WorthySF1982-1994
66Jimmy ButlerSF2011-active
67Alex EnglishSF1976-1991
68Tracy McGradySG1997-2012
69Bernard KingSF1977-1993
70Carmelo AnthonySF2003-active
71Larry NancePF1981-1994
72Dennis RodmanPF1986-2000
73Elgin BaylorSF1958-1972
74Ben WallaceC1996-2012
75Elvin HayesPF1968-1984
76George MikanC1948-1956
77Bob PettitPF1954-1965
78Joe DumarsSG1985-1999
79Wes UnseldPF1968-1981
80Artis GilmoreC1971-1988
81Joel EmbiidC2016-active
82Karl-Anthony TownsC2015-active
83LaMarcus AldridgePF2006-2021
84Amar’e StoudemirePF2002-2016
85Chris BoshC2003-2016
86Bob CousyPG1950-1963
87Vince CarterSG1998-2020
88Chris MullinSF1985-2001
89Dennis JohnsonPG1976-1990
90Bradley BealSG2012-active
91Mitch RichmondSG1988-2002
92Tim HardawayPG1989-2003
93Tiny ArchibaldPG1970-1984
94Sidney MoncriefSG1979-1991
95Paul ArizinSF1950-1962
96Robert ParishC1976-1997
97Billy CunninghamSF1965-1976
98Dolph SchayesPF1949-1964
99Bob LanierPF1973-1984
100Kevin JohnsonPG1987-2000

4 thoughts on “The 100 Greatest Basketball Players of All-Time

    1. Hey Bernard, they are the primary basketball positions. Since the NBA is moving more towards position-less basketball, many of today’s players don’t really play a single position. However, the five traditional positions in basketball are PG (point guard), SG (shooting guard), SF (small forward), PF (power forward), and C (center).

    1. Hey Dan, I addressed Dantley’s brilliance in the methodology section linked at the top:

      “Switching to True Shooting Percentage, we see many of the same names with the notable addition of perhaps the most underrated player of all-time: Adrian Dantley. Dantley is rarely in the discussion of all-time greats. He was nowhere to be found on the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History released by the league in 1996, and he’s even more of an afterthought today. Despite the snubs, Dantley’s True Shooting Percentage tells a different story, revealing a brilliance that has been hiding in plain sight for four decades. Dantley is the only player in NBA history to post consecutive seasons of at least 30 points per game and a True Shooting Percentage of at least .620, and he did it four years in a row. Dantley is the only player in NBA history with a career average of at least 24 points per game and a True Shooting Percentage of at least .616. There have been three seasons in NBA history that have produced 30 points per game with a True Shooting Percentage greater than .651, Dantley has two of them (Steph Curry is the other). Dantley is clearly one of the most, if not the most, efficient high-volume scorers in NBA history, even if it takes relying on tools like eFG% and True Shooting Percentage to let us know.”

      Dantley is one of the most underrated players in NBA history and, arguably, the most efficient scorer of all-time. Since the 1962-1963 season, Dantley’s 3,109.6 TS Added (extra points added due to True Shooting % compared to the league average) are more than any other player. As amazing as LeBron and Steph are from an efficiency standpoint, they have nothing on AD. Dantley’s also one of the unluckiest players to ever suit-up as he was traded from Detroit just four months before they won the first of back-to-back championships. Even still, Dantley’s Pistons went toe-to-toe in the playoffs with two of the greatest dynasties of all-time: Bird’s Celtics in 86-87 and Magic’s Lakers in 87-88. The Pistons probably should’ve won both series based on win-probability but, nonetheless, Dantley was Detroit’s leading scorer in both 7-game-series, so his playoff cupboard is hardly bare. Dantley beats out Drexler pretty handily, IMO. If you want to heavily weigh Pippen’s playoff success, I could understand putting him ahead. Pippen was obviously a very strong all-around player, but Jordan and all. Dantley was an offensive juggernaut who gets the nod, IMO.

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