Basketball might be the most popular game known in the field of sports with bounty of players being part of it, but are all of them capable enough to spellbound their viewers and fan? With this notion in mind, we have count down the top 10 best basketball players of all time. The leading players who have made the game a hit sport have been mentioned by us. They are definitely the ones who have justified their existence in NBA. Scroll down and peep through the names of famous basketball players.
Top Ten Basketball Players of All Time
Look out for your favoured basketball player in the list of top ten basketball players of all time.
1. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan was the most effectively marked player of his time with ten All-NBA First Team designations, five MVP awards, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three steals titles, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, ten scoring titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. With so many accolades and title, he rightfully deserves the leading position among the top 10 best basketball players of all time. The former American Basketball player was actively involved in the game from 1984 till 2003, when he retired.
2. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is not only one among the famous basketball players in the world but is also the most popular one throughout the States of America. Born on 23rd August, 1978; he had as well enjoyed a successful high school basketball career while being a student at Lower Merion High School. Bryant might be just 34 years old but has already earned the title of “the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points”. Moreover he has a record of being the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.
3. Kevin Durant
An absolute superstar, Kevin Durant holds the third position among the top 10 best basketball players of all time. The Oklahoma City Thunder player is responsible for snatching the NBA scoring champion title thrice along with many other awards. Basketball critics, writers and experts consider Durant to be best player that NBA has got today. A well accepted player, Kevin was the most viewed and favoured player during 2012.
4. Dwyane Wade
Nicknamed as Flash or D-Wade, Dwyane Wade at present represents the Miami Heat of the NBA. During 2006, the American basketball player was named as the “Sportsman of the Year” by Sports Illustrated owing to his popularity and status in the league. Credits also goes to D-Wade for leading his team to their first NBA championship in the history of franchise. During the season of 2008 – 2009, he earned his first NBA scoring title for guiding the league in scoring and in the third one in 2013 after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in the finals of 2013 NBA.
5. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony entered NBA in 2003 and ever since then has been one of the most famous basketball players known to the league. At present he plays for the New York Knicks of the NBA. He won a bronze and two gold medals during the Olympics of 2004, 2008 and 2012 respectively. With a score of 37 points against Nigeria, Anthony also broke the previous record of the United States men’s Olympic team’s score. He was even selected to the All-Rookie team once and to the All-NBA team and to the All-Star team six times, six times.
6. Chris Paul
Born and brought up in North Carolina, Chris Paul has been an NBA Rookie of the Year (2006), an All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP), a six-time All-Star and a multiple-time All-NBA and All-Defensive team honoree. He was also honoured with two gold Olympic medals in 2008 and 2012. Chris is a gifted player whose zest for the game was recognized and trained during the early years of his life. He is notorious among the league and his fan for his shooting and passing techniques.
7. Shaquille O’neal
Well known for overpowering rivals for rebounds and points all through 19 years of career, Shaquille O’neal joins the record of top 10 best basketball players at seventh position. The retired player is currently the analyst of the TV program – Inside the NBA. He was the Rookie of the Year in the 1992 – 1993 season and had won championships in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004 respectively. Beside these he was also the winner of the 1999–2000 MVP award, 15 All-Star game selections, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, three Finals MVP awards, 14 All-NBA team selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, two scoring titles and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections.
8. Larry Bird
A former basketball expert, Larry Bird was the league’s most valuable player, thrice, during his time. His professional years were dedicated to Boston and had won NBA championships thrice and NBA Finals MVP awards twice. In addition to this he was as well 12-time NBA All-Star. In the history of NBA, he is the sole person to be termed as “Executive of the Year” and “coach of the Year” after he had served as the head coach for Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. At present he is the team president of the Indiana Pacers.
9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
With six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), 15-time All-NBA selection, 19-time NBA All-Star, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the most celebrated athlete known to the National Basketball Association. By the time he had retired, he was the NBA’s all-time leader in games played, field goals made, points scored, field goal attempts, minutes played, blocked shots, personal fouls and defensive rebounds. Due to his record-breaking basketball events during his early years, he was even tagged as the “greatest player in college basketball history”.
10. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson joined NBA in 1979 following championship victories in college and high school. During his 17 years of career he had played 32 games for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2002 he was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame besides being rated as the highest NBA point guard of all time. Honouring his skills and talents, NBA notes that there may never be another Johnson in the history of basketball. No doubt he is one of the most famous basketball players of all time.