Basketball Best Players of Alltime

Basketball is a thrilling team sport where two teams of five players face off in an attempt to score points by shooting the ball through their opponents’ hoop. The game takes place on a rectangular court, with each team trying to outscore the other using various strategies and techniques such as passing, dribbling, rebounding, and defense. Basketball has become one of America’s most beloved sports over its long history; it attracts millions of fans who come to watch games at all levels from high school up to professional leagues like the NBA. With fast-paced action and exciting plays made by talented athletes, basketball truly provides entertainment for viewers around the world.

1. LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James Career

  • 4× NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)
  • 4× NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)
  • 4× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • 18× NBA All-Star (2005–2022)
  • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008, 2018)
  • 13× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2018, 2020)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007, 2021)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (2019, 2022)
  • 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
  • NBA scoring champion (2008)
  • NBA assists leader (2020)
  • NBA 75th Anniversary Team
  • 4× AP Athlete of the Year (2013, 2016, 2018, 2020)
  • 3× Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (2012, 2016, 2020)
  • Time Athlete of the Year (2020)
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2012)
  • 2× National high school player of the year (2002, 2003)
  • McDonald's All-American Game MVP (2003)
  • 2× First-team Parade All-American (2002, 2003)
  • 3× Ohio Mr. Basketball (2001–2003)

LeBron James is a two-time NBA champion and three-time MVP. He has led the Cavaliers to back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he joined the Lakers for an unprecedented move westward in the NBA's history.

His jersey number (6) was retired by both Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat organizations after his third consecutive MVP award in 2014–2015 season. LeBron James also holds several other records such as most points scored in a playoff game with 73 against Boston Celtics, highest scoring average ever with 38 point per game over whole career, youngest player to score 30 000 points or more and fastest player to reach 20 000 assists milestone among others LeBron James is a four-time NBA Champion, three-time MVP and eighteen-time All Star.

He has been named to the NBA’s all-defensive teams five times and was an AP Athlete of the Year nominee in 2013, 2016 and 2018. LeBron also won gold medals with Team USA at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, 2012 Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics respectively. In 2020 he became only the fourth player in history to win scoring titles in each of his first six seasons as a professional (28 points per game).

2. Michael Jordan

Chicago Bulls

Michael Jordan Career

  • High school: Emsley A. Laney, (Wilmington, North Carolina)
  • College: North Carolina (1981–1984)
  • NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
  • Selected by the Chicago Bulls
  • Playing career: 1984–1993, 1995–1998, 2001–2003
  • Position: Shooting guard
  • Number: 23, 12,[b] 45
  • 1984–1993,, 1995–1998: Chicago Bulls
  • 2001–2003: Washington Wizards
  • 6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998), 6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998), 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998), 14× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003), 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998), 10× All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998), All-NBA Second Team (1985), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988), 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988–1993, 1996–1998), NBA Rookie of the Year (1985), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985), 10× NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998), 3× NBA steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993), 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1987, 1988), No. 23 retired by Chicago Bulls, No. 23 retired by Miami Heat, 3× AP Athlete of the Year (1991–1993), Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (1991), 2× IBM Award (1985, 1989), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), NCAA champion (1982), National college player of the year (1984), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1983, 1984), ACC Player of the Year (1984), 2× First-team All-ACC (1983, 1984), ACC Rookie of the Year (1982), No. 23 retired by North Carolina Tar Heels, 2× USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1983, 1984), McDonald's All-American (1981), First-team Parade All-American (1981), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)
  • Points: 32,292 (30.1 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 6,672 (6.2 rpg)
  • Assists: 5,633 (5.3 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • FIBA Hall of Fame as player
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1984 Los Angeles: Men's basketball, : 1992 Barcelona: Men's basketball, Tournament of the Americas, : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball, Pan American Games, : 1983 Caracas: Men's basketball
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1984 Los Angeles: Men's basketball
  • : 1992 Barcelona: Men's basketball
  • Tournament of the Americas
  • : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball
  • Pan American Games
  • : 1983 Caracas: Men's basketball

Michael Jordan is an American basketball player who played for the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 2003. He was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA three times and is one of only two players, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to be named MVP consecutively.

His career scoring average of 32 points per game ranks third all time behind Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant, while his total number of titles – six – places him fifth on the all-time list. In 2007, he became a part of professional sports' first class inducted into the International Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts alongside such legends as Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird.

On February 17th 2018 at age 59 years old Michael Jordan announced his return to playing basketball after a 13 year retirement which will include play in The NBA's new league called "The Jump" produced by Netflix Inc..

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Los Angeles Lakers

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Career

  • High school: Power Memorial, (New York City, New York)
  • College: UCLA (1966–1969)
  • NBA draft 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Playing career: 1969–1989
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 33
  • Coaching career: 1998–2011
  • 6× NBA champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), 2× NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985), 6× NBA Most Valuable Player (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980), 19× NBA All-Star (1970–1977, 1979–1989), 10× All-NBA First Team (1971–1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986), 5× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985), 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974, 1975, 1979–1981), 6× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970, 1971, 1976–1978, 1984), NBA Rookie of the Year (1970), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1970), 2× NBA scoring champion (1971, 1972), NBA rebounding champion (1976), 4× NBA blocks leader (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980), NBA anniversary teams (35th, 50th, 75th), No. 33 retired by Milwaukee Bucks, No. 33 retired by Los Angeles Lakers, 3× NCAA champion (1967–1969), 3× NCAA final Four Most Outstanding Player (1967–1969), 3× National college player of the year (1967–1969), 3× Consensus first-team All-American (1967–1969), No. 33 retired by UCLA Bruins, 2× Mr. Basketball USA (1964, 1965), 3× First-team Parade All-American (1963–1965), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016), , As head coach:, , USBL champion (2002), , As assistant coach:, , 2× NBA champion (2009, 2010)
  • Points: 38,387 (24.6 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 17,440 (11.2 rpg)
  • Assists: 5,660 (3.6 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a dominant center in the NBA for more than two decades and is considered one of the greatest players in league history. He led Milwaukee to five championships between 1969 and 1982, earning him the nickname "The Black Mamba".

After retiring as a player, he went on to coach the Los Angeles Lakers for six seasons before moving onto other coaching roles. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary degree from UCLA after being recognized as one of its most distinguished alumni. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was one of the most dominant players in NBA history, winning six championships with the Milwaukee Bucks and two more with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He was an All-Star for 19 consecutive seasons, and won five MVP Awards. Kareem is also a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and twice led the league in scoring average. In 2002, he became head coach of the Oklahoma Storm, but resigned after just one season due to health concerns related to his Parkinson's disease diagnosis

4. Shaquille O'Neal

Los Angeles Lakers

Shaquille O Career

  • 4× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2006)
  • 3× NBA Finals MVP (2000–2002)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2000)
  • 15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009)
  • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
  • 8× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000–2006)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1995, 1999)
  • 4× All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996, 1997, 2009)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)
  • 2× IBM Award (2000, 2001)
  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • No. 34 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • No. 32 retired by Miami Heat
  • Associated Press Player of the Year (1991)
  • UPI Player of the Year (1991)
  • Adolph Rupp Trophy (1991)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1991, 1992)
  • 2× SEC Player of the Year (1991, 1992)
  • NCAA blocks leader (1992)
  • NCAA rebounding leader (1991)
  • No. 33 retired by LSU Tigers
  • FIBA World Championship MVP (1994)
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1994)
  • McDonald's All-American Game Co-MVP (1989)
  • First-team Parade All-American (1989)
  • Texas Mr. Basketball (1989)

O'Neal was a dominant center in the NBA for many years. He is one of only three players to score more than 30,000 points and grab more than 1,500 rebounds in their career.

O'Neal has been involved in several controversies over the course of his playing career, including a nightclub brawl and an incident where he threw a basketball at then-teammate Kobe Bryant's head.

O'Neal retired from professional basketball in 2011 after injuries had begun to limit his playtime on the court. Since retiring from playing professionally, O'Neal has focused on becoming a television personality and entrepreneur, most notably owning two restaurants with former Magic teammate Dwight Howard.

In 2017, Shaquille O'Neal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Shaquille O'Neal is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history. He was a four-time champion and three-time MVP, and is also one of only five players to win both awards in the same season. O'Neal's career was cut short by injuries, but he still holds many records, including most rebounds (22,387) and blocks (11,924).

After retirement from playing basketball, Shaq became a commentator for ESPN. In 2018 he served as an ambassador for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which honored him with its Ambassador of Peace award that year

5. Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant Career

  • High school: , National Christian Academy, (Fort Washington, Maryland), Oak Hill Academy, (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia), Montrose Christian School, (Rockville, Maryland)
  • College: Texas (2006–2007)
  • NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
  • Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
  • Playing career: 2007–present
  • 2007–2016: Seattle SuperSonics /, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2016–2019: Golden State Warriors
  • 2019–present: Brooklyn Nets
  • 2× NBA champion (2017, 2018), 2× NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018), NBA Most Valuable Player (2014), 12× NBA All-Star (2010–2019, 2021, 2022), 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2012, 2019), 6× All-NBA First Team (2010–2014, 2018), 4× All-NBA Second Team (2016, 2017, 2019, 2022), NBA Rookie of the Year (2008), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008), 4× NBA scoring champion (2010–2012, 2014), 50–40–90 club (2013), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Consensus national college player of the year (2007), Consensus first-team All-American (2007), Big 12 Player of the Year (2007), No. 35 retired by Texas Longhorns, FIBA World Championship MVP (2010), 3× USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2010, 2016, 2021), McDonald's All-American Game MVP (2006), First-team Parade All-American (2006), Second-team Parade All-American (2005)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympics, : 2012 London: Team, : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team, : 2020 Tokyo: Team, World Championship/World Cup, : 2010 Turkey: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympics
  • : 2012 London: Team
  • : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • World Championship/World Cup
  • : 2010 Turkey: Team

Kevin Durant is a six-time NBA All-Star and two-time scoring champion. He has led the Golden State Warriors to four championships since joining in 2016 and was named MVP of the 2017 Finals.

In 2018, he became only the third player ever to score 50 points or more in three different Finals games (2017, 2018, 2019). In October 2019, Kevin Durant announced his decision to leave the Golden State Warriors after just one season and join the Brooklyn Nets as their newest star player.

A two-time NBA champion and MVP, Durant is one of the most decorated players in league history. After leading Oklahoma City to their first ever title in 2012, he led the Thunder to another championship in 2017. Durant has also won a host of other accolades during his time with the Sonics (2006–2007), Thunder (2012) and Warriors (2016).

His incredible scoring ability has seen him score over 30 points on numerous occasions throughout his career - making him an absolute nightmare for defenders. He remains one of basketball's biggest stars, with lucrative sponsorship deals ensuring that he will continue to be successful for many years to come

6. Magic Johnson

Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson Career

  • High school: Everett (Lansing, Michigan)
  • College: Michigan State (1977–1979)
  • NBA draft 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Playing career: 1979–1991, 1996, 1999–2000
  • Position: Point guard
  • Number: 32
  • 5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), 3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987), 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990), 12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992), 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992), 9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991), All-NBA Second Team (1982), NBA All-Rookie Team (1980), 4× NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987), 2× NBA steals leader (1981, 1982), IBM Award (1984), NBA Lifetime Achievement Award (2019), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), No. 32 retired by Los Angeles Lakers, NCAA champion (1979), NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1979), Consensus first-team All-American (1979), Second-team All-American – NABC (1978), Third-team All-American – AP, UPI (1978), 2× First-team All-Big Ten (1978, 1979)[2], No. 33 retired by Michigan State Spartans, First-team Parade All-American (1977), McDonald's All-American (1977), Mr. Basketball of Michigan (1977)
  • Points: 17,707 (19.5 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 6,559 (7.2 rpg)
  • Assists: 10,141 (11.2 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1992 Barcelona: Men's basketball, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1992 Barcelona: Men's basketball
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball

Magic Johnson was one of the most successful basketball players in history. He was drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers and played for them from 1979 to 1991.

Magic then spent two seasons with the Magic M7 Borås before returning to the NBA with the Lakers again. In 1996, he became head coach of the LA Clippers and led them to their only playoff appearance during his tenure as coach.

After leaving coaching, Magic returned to play for one final season with the Lakers in 2018-19 before retiring at age 70 years old later that year. Magic Johnson was an iconic figure in the world of basketball and is considered one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

He won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as three MVP awards and twelve All-Star appearances. After retiring from playing basketball, Magic took on a number of roles within the league - most notably being head coach for both the Lakers and then later, the LA Clippers.

He also served as president of Basketball Operations for both teams. In 2019, Magic was named NBA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and his No 32 jersey was retired by his former team, the LA Lakers.

7. Bill Russell

Boston Celtics

Bill Russell Career

  • High school: McClymonds (Oakland, California)
  • College: San Francisco (1953–1956)
  • NBA draft 1956 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
  • Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
  • Playing career: 1956–1969
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 6
  • Coaching career: 1966–1988
  • As player:, 11× NBA champion (1957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969), 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1958, 1961–1963, 1965), 12× NBA All-Star (1958–1969), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1963), 3× All-NBA First Team (1959, 1963, 1965), 8× All-NBA Second Team (1958, 1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968), NBA All-Defensive First Team (1969), 4× NBA rebounding champion (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965), NBA Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), NBA anniversary team (25th, 35th, 50th, 75th), No. 6 retired by Boston Celtics, No. 6 retired by all NBA teams, 2× NCAA champion (1955, 1956), NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1955), UPI College Player of the Year (1956), 2× Helms Player of the Year (1955, 1956), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1955, 1956), WCC Player of the Year (1956), 3× First-team All-WCC (1954–1956), No. 6 retired by San Francisco Dons, Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011), , As coach:, , 2× NBA champion (1968, 1969)
  • Points: 14,522 (15.1 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 21,620 (22.5 rpg)
  • Assists: 4,100 (4.3 apg)
  • NBA: 341–290 (.540)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
  • FIBA Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1956 Melbourne: Team competition
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1956 Melbourne: Team competition

Bill Russell was one of the greatest players in NBA history, winning 12 championships with the Boston Celtics. He was also a successful coach, leading the Boston Celtics to more titles than any other team he coached.

In 1966, he became head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and led them to two consecutive Finals appearances before retiring in 1988. Bill Russell has been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Football League Hall of Fame.

Bill Russell is considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He won 11 championships with the Boston Celtics and was also a five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star. Bill Russell became an icon for civil rights when he led the Boston Celtics to victory in their historic 1966–67 season, which included a victory over segregationist Philadelphia 76ers.

After retiring as a player, Bill Russell served as head coach of both the Celtics and Seattle SuperSonics before eventually returning to coaching his alma mater, UCLA Bruins, where he remains currently coaching team today.

8. Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry Career

  • High school: Charlotte Christian, (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • College: Davidson (2006–2009)
  • NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
  • Selected by the Golden State Warriors
  • Playing career: 2009–present
  • 2009–present: Golden State Warriors
  • 4× NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022), NBA Finals MVP (2022), 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016), 8× NBA All-Star (2014–2019, 2021, 2022), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2022), 4× All-NBA First Team (2015, 2016, 2019, 2021), 3× All-NBA Second Team (2014, 2017, 2022), All-NBA Third Team (2018), NBA Western Conference Finals MVP (2022), 2× NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2015, 2021), 2× NBA scoring champion (2016, 2021), NBA steals leader (2016), 50–40–90 club (2016), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (2022), Consensus first-team All-American (2009), Consensus second-team All-American (2008), NCAA season scoring leader (2009), 2× SoCon Player of the Year (2008, 2009), 3× First-team All-SoCon (2007–2009), No. 30 retired by Davidson Wildcats
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, FIBA World Cup, : 2010 Turkey: National team, : 2014 Spain: National team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • FIBA World Cup
  • : 2010 Turkey: National team
  • : 2014 Spain: National team

Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors. He was born in 1988 and played college ball at Davidson before being drafted by the Warriors in 2009.

Curry has been one of the best point guards in NBA history and is currently third all-time in scoring behind James Harden and Michael Jordan among active players. In addition to his incredible on court play, Curry is known for his philanthropy and activism off of it, especially with regards to children's health issues.

Stephen Curry will be playing into his late 30s which means there is still plenty of time left for him to cement himself as one of the greatest ever. Stephen Curry is a two-time NBA MVP and four-time champion. He was also named Most Valuable Player of the 2018 NBA Finals, which saw his Golden State Warriors win their fourth title in five years.

In 2011, Curry became just the sixth player in history to average at least 25 points per game for an entire season, doing so while shooting 47 percent from three-point range. His versatile play has seen him rack up accolades across all categories – he's won several awards including All-NBA First Team honours and been crowned scoring king and steals leader multiple times over.

9. Wilt Chamberlain

Golden State Warriors

Wilt Chamberlain Career

  • High school: Overbrook (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • College: Kansas (1956–1958)
  • NBA draft 1959 / Pick: Territorial
  • Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
  • Playing career: 1958–1973
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 13
  • Coaching career: 1973–1974
  • 2× NBA champion (1967, 1972), NBA Finals MVP (1972), 4× NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966–1968), 13× NBA All-Star (1960–1969, 1971–1973), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960), 7× All-NBA First Team (1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968), 3× All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1965, 1972), 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972, 1973), NBA Rookie of the Year (1960), 7× NBA scoring champion (1960–1966), 11× NBA rebounding champion (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973), NBA assist leader (1968), Most Points in One Game (100), Most Rebounds in One Game (55), NBA anniversary team (35th, 50th, 75th), No. 13 retired by Harlem Globetrotters, No. 13 retired by Golden State Warriors, No. 13 retired by Philadelphia 76ers, No. 13 retired by Los Angeles Lakers, NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1957), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1957, 1958), First-team All-Big 7 (1957), No. 13 jersey retired by Kansas Jayhawks, Mr. Basketball USA (1955)
  • Points: 31,419 (30.1 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 23,924 (22.9 rpg)
  • Assists: 4,643 (4.4 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006

Wilt Chamberlain is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players in history, and he is also known for his dominant play in the center position.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959 and went on to become one of their all-time greats, winning multiple MVP awards and scoring more than 30,000 points during his career.

After retiring from playing professional basketball, Chamberlain embarked on a successful coaching career which saw him lead teams to playoff appearances and win championships. Wilt Chamberlain died at the age of 63 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Wilt Chamberlain is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history. He won multiple championships and MVP awards during his career, and was also an all-star for 13 consecutive seasons. Chamberlain's size and strength were legendary, as he routinely dominated opponents on both the court and in dunk contests.

Chamberlain's impact on basketball cannot be overstated - he helped pave the way for future stars such as Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

10. Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant Career

  • High school: Lower Merion, (Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
  • NBA draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
  • Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
  • Playing career: 1996–2016
  • Position: Shooting guard
  • Number: 8, 24
  • 1996–2016: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010), 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010), NBA Most Valuable Player (2008), 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016), 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001), 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005), 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011), 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012), 2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007), NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Nos. 8 & 24 retired by Los Angeles Lakers, Gatorade National Player of the Year (1996), Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996), McDonald's All-American (1996), First-team Parade All-American (1996), Fourth-team Parade All-American (1995)
  • Points: 33,643 (25.0 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 7,047 (5.2 rpg)
  • Assists: 6,306 (4.7 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2008 Beijing: Team, : 2012 London: Team, FIBA Americas Championship, : 2007 Las Vegas: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2008 Beijing: Team
  • : 2012 London: Team
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 2007 Las Vegas: Team

Kobe Bryant was a basketball superstar who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016. He is considered one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history and holds numerous records, including most points scored in an NBA career (38,387), most seasons scoring at least 20 points (18), and most consecutive games with 30 or more points (13).

In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious inaugural Muhammad Ali Award as athlete of the year. On January 26th 2020, Kobe Bryant died aged 41 after a short battle with cancer. His death left behind a legacy as one of the all-time greats in professional sports Kobe Bryant is a 5-time NBA champion and 2-time MVP. He was also an All-Star for 18 seasons, 4 of which were as MVP.

His scoring title in 2006 and 2007 are the only two titles he has won as a player. Kobe is one of just four players to win three dunk championships (1997, 1998, 2010).

11. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo Career

  • NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
  • Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Playing career: 2011–present
  • 2011–2013: Filathlitikos
  • 2013–present: Milwaukee Bucks
  • NBA champion (2021), NBA Finals MVP (2021), 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2019, 2020), 6× NBA All-Star (2017–2022), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2021), 4× All-NBA First Team (2019–2022), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2017, 2018), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2020), 4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2019–2022), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2017), NBA Most Improved Player (2017), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2014), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, FIBA EuroBasket Top Scorer (2022), Euroscar Player of the Year (2018)

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a dominant player in the NBA. He was drafted 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013 and has since become one of their key players.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was born on December 6, 1994 in Athens, Greece. His father played basketball professionally and his brother alsoplays basketball professionally.

Antetokounmpo started playing professional basketball for Filathlitikos aged just 16 years old and quickly established himself as one of Europe's best young prospects.

In 2011, he was signed by the then-struggling Milwaukee Bucks and made an instant impact on the team - averaging 17 points per game over his first two seasons with them.

In 2016, he led Greece to its first ever appearance at an Olympic Games medal podium when they finished fourth overall at Rio de Janeiro – earning him selection to Team EuroBasket 2017 where he helped lead them to silver medals once again.

With averages of 27 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game across all competitions this season (2018/19), Giannis Antetokounmpo is arguably one of the most consistent players in both European AND North American leagues – making him an extremely difficult opponent for any opposing player.

12. Larry Bird

Boston Celtics

Larry Bird Career

  • High school: Springs Valley, (French Lick, Indiana)
  • College: Indiana State (1976–1979)
  • NBA draft 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
  • Selected by the Boston Celtics
  • Playing career: 1979–1992
  • Position: Small forward / Power forward
  • Number: 33
  • Coaching career: 1997–2000
  • As player:, 3× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986), 2× NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986), 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1984–1986), 12× NBA All-Star (1980–1988, 1990–1992), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982), 9× All-NBA First Team (1980–1988), All-NBA Second Team (1990), 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1982–1984), NBA Rookie of the Year (1980), NBA All-Rookie Team (1980), 3× NBA Three-Point Contest champion (1986–1988), 2× 50–40–90 club (1987, 1988), AP Athlete of the Year (1986), NBA Lifetime Achievement Award (2019), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), No. 33 retired by Boston Celtics, National college player of the year (1979), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1978, 1979), Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1977), 2× MVC Player of the Year (1978, 1979), No. 33 retired by Indiana State Sycamores, No. 33 retired by Springs Valley High Blackhawks, , As coach:, , NBA Coach of the Year (1998), NBA All-Star Game head coach (1998), , As executive:, , NBA Executive of the Year (2012)
  • Points: 21,791 (24.3 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 8,974 (10.0 rpg)
  • Assists: 5,695 (6.3 apg)
  • NBA: 147–67 (.687)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, World University Games, : 1977 Sofia: Men's Basketball, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball, Olympic Games, : 1992 Barcelona: Men's Basketball
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • World University Games
  • : 1977 Sofia: Men's Basketball
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1992 Barcelona: Men's Basketball

Larry Bird is one of the most decorated players in NBA history. He was a six-time All Star, three-time MVP, and two-time champion. Bird led the Celtics to eight championships during his playing career and is still considered one of the greatest players in league history.

After retiring from playing basketball, Bird went on to coach with Boston for two seasons before moving onto Indiana Pacers where he coached until 1997. In 2000, Bird became head coach at UCLA where he stayed for four years before returning to coaching with Boston again in 2006–07 season Larry Bird was one of the most beloved and successful players in NBA history.

He led the Boston Celtics to three championship titles, won multiple MVP awards, and was a 10-time All-Star. Bird's skills as an all-around player were unrivaled, as he could shoot threes well, play defense well, handle the ball well and score inside or outside. His style of play earned him nicknames such as "The Legend" and "The Hick from French Lick." After retiring from playing in 1992, Bird served two stints as head coach with Indiana Pacers before being named president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018.

13. Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan Career

  • High school: St. Dunstan's Episcopal, (Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • College: Wake Forest (1993–1997)
  • NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
  • Playing career: 1997–2016
  • Position: Power forward / Center
  • Number: 21
  • Coaching career: 2019–2020
  • 5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014), 3× NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005), 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2002, 2003), 15× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013, 2015), NBA All-Star Game co-MVP (2000), 10× All-NBA First Team (1998–2005, 2007, 2013), 3× All-NBA Second Team (2006, 2008, 2009), 2× All-NBA Third Team (2010, 2015), 8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008), 7× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015), NBA Rookie of the Year (1998), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998), NBA Teammate of the Year (2015), No. 21 retired by San Antonio Spurs, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2003), Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2003), IBM Award (2002), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Consensus national college player of the year (1997), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1996, 1997), Chip Hilton Player of the Year (1997), NCAA rebounding leader (1997), 3× NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1995–1997), 2× ACC Player of the Year (1996, 1997), 3× First-team All-ACC (1995–1997), No. 21 retired by Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • Points: 26,496 (19.0 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 15,091 (10.8 rpg)
  • Assists: 4,225 (3.0 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2017
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2004 Athens: Team, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1999 San Juan: Team, : 2003 San Juan: Team, Goodwill Games, : 1994 St. Petersburg: Team, Summer Universiade, : 1995 Fukuoka: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2004 Athens: Team
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1999 San Juan: Team
  • : 2003 San Juan: Team
  • Goodwill Games
  • : 1994 St. Petersburg: Team
  • Summer Universiade
  • : 1995 Fukuoka: Team

Tim Duncan is a two-time NBA champion and 14-time All Star. He also won an Olympic gold medal in 2000 with the U.S. Men's National Team, and a silver medal in 1996 with Spain's national team.

As of 2019, he ranks second all time in scoring (27,387 points) and blocks (11,643). Duncan has served as head coach for the Spurs' Development League affiliate since 2018–19 season. He was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8th, 2020 after completing his 21st year playing professional basketball Tim Duncan is one of the most decorated players in NBA history and was a five-time champion with San Antonio Spurs.

He won three MVPs, 15 All-Star appearances, 10 All-NBA First Team nods and eight Defensive Player of the Year awards during his illustrious career. Tim Duncan's impact on the game cannot be overstated, as he is widely regarded as one of the greatest big men to play in NBA history.

14. James Harden

Philadelphia 76ers

James Harden Career

  • High school: Artesia (Lakewood, California)
  • College: Arizona State (2007–2009)
  • NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
  • Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Playing career: 2009–present
  • 2009–2012: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2012–2021: Houston Rockets
  • 2021–2022: Brooklyn Nets
  • 2022–present: Philadelphia 76ers
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2018), 10× NBA All-Star (2013–2022), 6× All-NBA First Team (2014, 2015, 2017–2020), All-NBA Third Team (2013), NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2012), 3× NBA scoring champion (2018–2020), NBA assists leader (2017), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2010), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Consensus first-team All-American (2009), Pac-10 Player of the Year (2009), 2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2008, 2009), No. 13 jersey retired by Arizona State Sun Devils, Second-team Parade All-American (2007), McDonald's All-American (2007)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2012 London: Team, World Cup, : 2014 Spain: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2012 London: Team
  • World Cup
  • : 2014 Spain: Team

James Harden is a 3-time NBA All Star and was the 2017–2018 MVP. He has led the Houston Rockets to 2 consecutive championships, and he is looking for his third title in 2020.

Harden played college basketball at Arizona State before being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. In 2012, he signed with the Houston Rockets and led them to their first championship that same year.

As of 2019, James Harden averages 27 points per game which makes him one of the most lethal scorers in all of basketball James Harden is a two-time NBA scoring champion and six-time All-NBA selection. He led the Houston Rockets to their first championship in 2017 and was named MVP of the title game.

In 2018, he helped lead the Brooklyn Nets to their first ever playoff appearance. James Harden's skills have earned him numerous awards, including Most Valuable Player and Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

15. Luka Dončić

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Dončić Career

  • NBA draft 2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
  • Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
  • Playing career: 2015–present
  • 2015–2018: Real Madrid
  • 2018–present: Dallas Mavericks
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2020–2022), 3× All-NBA First Team (2020–2022), NBA Rookie of the Year (2019), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2019), EuroLeague champion (2018), EuroLeague MVP (2018), EuroLeague Final Four MVP (2018), All-EuroLeague First Team (2018), 2× EuroLeague Rising Star (2017, 2018), EuroLeague 2010–20 All-Decade Team (2020), Euroscar Player of the Year (2019), 3× Liga ACB champion (2015, 2016, 2018), Liga ACB MVP (2018), All-Liga ACB First Team (2018), 2× ACB Best Young Player (2017, 2018), 3× ACB All-Young Players Team (2016–2018), 2× Spanish King's Cup winner (2016, 2017), 2× Trofeo Costa de Sol champion (2016, 2017), FIBA Intercontinental Cup champion (2015), EB Next Generation Tournament champion (2015), EB Next Generation Tournament MVP (2015), Slovenian Sportsman of the Year (2018)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing  Slovenia, EuroBasket, : 2017 Turkey:
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing  Slovenia
  • EuroBasket
  • : 2017 Turkey:

Luka Dončić is a Slovenian point guard who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2018. He has played for Real Madrid since 2015, and most recently played with the Dallas Mavericks since 2018.

Dončić has been praised for his shooting ability, athleticism, and passing skills. In 2019 he led Spain to a silver medal at the European Championships and was named MVP of the tournament. He is one of only five players in history to score over 2,000 points in both Euroleague (regular season) and Liga ACB (Spanish league) play simultaneously.

In 2020 he signed an extension with Dallas that will keep him there through 2023-24 seasons Luka Dončić was born in February of 1998, making him just 19 years old when he won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Luka is a 7-footer who plays both forward positions and has been compared to former Yugoslavia great Dražen Petrović. He played for his hometown team Zagreb before being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 2016 and subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic.

In 2018, Luka led Croatia to their first ever European Championship title, becoming only the fourth player (after Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki) to win an FIBA World Cup medal as well as an EuroLeague championship medal. After two seasons with Orlando, Luka moved on again this summer signing with Barcelona where he will join up with fellow Croatian Dario Saric

16. Anthony Davis

Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis Career

  • High school: Perspectives Charter, (Chicago, Illinois)
  • College: Kentucky (2011–2012)
  • NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
  • Playing career: 2012–present
  • 2012–2019: New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans
  • 2019–present: Los Angeles Lakers
  • NBA champion (2020), 8× NBA All-Star (2014–2021), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2017), 4× All-NBA First Team (2015, 2017, 2018, 2020), 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2018, 2020), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2015, 2017), 3× NBA blocks leader (2014, 2015, 2018), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, NCAA champion (2012), NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012), National college player of the year (2012), Consensus first-team All-American (2012), NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2012), USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2012), SEC Player of the Year (2012), NCAA blocks leader (2012), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2012), SEC Rookie of the Year (2012), First-team Parade All-American (2011), McDonald's All-American (2011)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2012 London: Team, World Cup, : 2014 Spain: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2012 London: Team
  • World Cup
  • : 2014 Spain: Team

Anthony Davis is a top-tier power forward and center in the NBA. He was drafted first overall by the New Orleans Hornets in 2012, but he moved to the Pelicans later that year.

Davis has been one of the most dominant players in the league throughout his career, averaging 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game over his six seasons with the Pelicans.

Despite being 31 years old, Davis still has plenty of gas left in the tank and should continue playing at an elite level for many more seasons to come. Anthony Davis is a professional basketball player who has played for the Los Angeles Lakers since 2019.

Anthony Davis has won multiple awards and accolades during his career, including being an NBA champion and four-time All-NBA selection. He was also named MVP of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, making him one of only a few players in history to win an ASG MVP award (along with Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant).

In 2018 he became the first player in league history to earn First Team All-NBA honors at both ends of the floor - as a defender and shooter - cementing his status as one of the game's all-time greats. As well as winning numerous individual awards throughout his career (including National College Player of Year twice), Anthony Davis was part of two NCAA Championship teams with Kentucky University before joining the LA Lakers in 2019/20 season

17. Kawhi Leonard

Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard Career

  • High school: , Canyon Springs, (Moreno Valley, California), Martin Luther King, (Riverside, California)
  • College: San Diego State (2009–2011)
  • NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
  • Selected by the Indiana Pacers
  • Playing career: 2011–present
  • 2011–2018: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2018–2019: Toronto Raptors
  • 2019–present: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2× NBA champion (2014, 2019), 2× NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019), 5× NBA All-Star (2016, 2017, 2019–2021), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2020), 3× All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017, 2021), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2019, 2020), 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016), 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015–2017), 4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014, 2019–2021), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012), NBA steals leader (2015), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, AP Athlete of the Year (2019), Consensus second-team All-American (2011), 2× First-team All-MWC (2010, 2011), No. 15 retired by San Diego State Aztecs, California Mr. Basketball (2009)

Kawhi Leonard was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 29th 1991. He played college basketball at San Diego State and was drafted 1st overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2011 NBA draft.

Kawhi has been a 2-time All Star (2013, 2017) and is currently playing for the LA Clippers in the NBA. He is known for his elite shooting ability, which has helped him accumulate over 25000 points in his career thus far.

Kawhi is married to LaLa Vasquez and they have one child together - a daughter named Sienna Rose. Leonard has been one of the most dominant players in the NBA for several years now and is likely to continue his success with the Clippers.

He was a two-time champion with the Spurs, and he's also won MVP awards in both the Finals and All-Star games. Leonard is known as an incredible defender, posting up opponents or guarding multiple positions on defense. His offensive game is equally as impressive, scoring at will from anywhere on court while creating opportunities for teammates using his passing skillset.

Kawhi Leonard is a true superstar who belongs among basketball's greatest ever players

18. Jimmy Butler

Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler Career

  • 6× NBA All-Star (2015–2018, 2020, 2022)
  • 4× All-NBA Third Team (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
  • 5× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014–2016, 2018, 2021)
  • NBA Most Improved Player (2015)
  • NBA steals leader (2021)

Butler was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 NBA draft. He has spent his entire playing career with the Bulls, where he is a two-time All-Star and an MVP candidate.

Butler is known for his perimeter shooting and ball handling skills, which have made him one of the most versatile players in the league. He announced his retirement from professional basketball on May 15th, 2019 after missing most of the 2018–19 season due to injury.

Jimmy Butler is an All-Star and 5-time NBA Defensive Second Team member. As a Chicago Bull, he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 50%. He has also been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team five times in six seasons with the Bulls. After being traded to Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017, Butler led his team to their first playoffs berth since 2004 where they were eliminated by Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games (1st round).

In 2018 Jimmy signed with Philadelphia 76ers averaging 22 points and 8 assists off the bench en route to winning Rookie of The Year honors from both The Sporting News and Basketball Insiders Awards as well as Third Team All-NBA honors from the Associated Press panel (behind Kyrie Irving & DeMar DeRozan). On July 6th, 2019 Jimmy was traded along with Tobias Harris and two future 1sts for Kemba Walker who had just completed his fourth season with Charlotte Hornets averaging 27 PPG 7 RPG 4 APG when he was acquired by Miami Heat making him their all time leading scorer at 29,596 career points not including playoff performances which would bring that total up over 30K.

19. Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard Career

  • High school: , Arroyo, (San Lorenzo, California), St. Joseph Notre Dame, (Alameda, California), Oakland, (Oakland, California)
  • College: Weber State (2008–2012)
  • NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
  • Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Playing career: 2012–present
  • 2012–present: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 6× NBA All-Star (2014, 2015, 2018–2021), All-NBA First Team (2018), 4× All-NBA Second Team (2016, 2019–2021), All-NBA Third Team (2014), NBA Rookie of the Year (2013), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013), NBA Teammate of the Year (2021), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (2012), 2× Big Sky Player of the Year (2010, 2012), Big Sky Freshman of the Year (2009), 3× First-team All-Big Sky (2009, 2010, 2012), No. 1 retired by Weber State Wildcats
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team

Damian Lillard is a Point Guard for the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA. He was born on July 15, 1990 in Oakland, California and raised there until he graduated from high school.

After graduating from high school, Lillard attended St Joseph Notre Dame but decided to leave after one year to play professionally with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL before joining the Portland Trail Blazers as a free agent in 2012.

Damian has had successful seasons with the Blazers since joining them and has been awarded 3 MVP Awards (2014-2016), 2 Defensive Player of The Year Awards (2015-2017) and 1 Sixth Man of The Year Award (2018). He currently plays for Portland through 2021 season where he will be 33 years old at that time Damian Lillard is a professional basketball player who has played for the Portland Trail Blazers since 2012.

He was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA draft and has since become one of their most consistent players, winning four All-NBA Second Team awards and two All-Star games. Damian Lillard is also an all-around good player, having been named to both the AP and NABC First teams as well as being Third team All American twice during his college career at Weber State University. In 2018 he became just the fifth player in history to average over 25 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds per game in a season and was rewarded with his first ever All-NBA First Team nomination.

Ahead of his fourth year in the league (2020), many believe that Damian Lillard could potentially be considered one of the best players ever to play in it

20. Chris Paul

Phoenix Suns

Chris Paul Career

  • High school: West Forsyth, (Clemmons, North Carolina)
  • College: Wake Forest (2003–2005)
  • NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
  • Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
  • Playing career: 2005–present
  • 2005–2011: New Orleans Hornets[b]
  • 2011–2017: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2017–2019: Houston Rockets
  • 2019–2020: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2020–present: Phoenix Suns
  • 12× NBA All-Star (2008–2016, 2020–2022), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2013), 4× All-NBA First Team (2008, 2012–2014), 5× All-NBA Second Team (2009, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021), 2× All-NBA Third Team (2011, 2022), 7× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009, 2012–2017), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2011), NBA Rookie of the Year (2006), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006), 5× NBA assists leader (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2022), 6× NBA steals leader (2008, 2009, 2011–2014), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Consensus first-team All-American (2005), First-team All-ACC (2005), Third-team All-ACC (2004), ACC Rookie of the Year (2004), No. 3 retired by Wake Forest Demon Deacons, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2004), First-team Parade All-American (2003), McDonald's All-American (2003), North Carolina Mr. Basketball (2003)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2008 Beijing: Team competition, : 2012 London: Team competition, FIBA World Championship, : 2006 Japan: Team competition
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2008 Beijing: Team competition
  • : 2012 London: Team competition
  • FIBA World Championship
  • : 2006 Japan: Team competition

Chris Paul is a point guard in the NBA and has been playing since 2005. He played for the New Orleans Hornets from 2005 to 2011, before moving to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012.

In 2017, he was named MVP of the league after leading his team to their first championship in 41 years. Chris Paul is married with two children and currently lives in LA. Chris Paul is an all-time great point guard in the NBA and one of the best players to ever play the game.

He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including 12 All-Star appearances and 4 MVPs. Paul is also a five-time All-NBA First Team selection and was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

21. Trae Young

Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young Career

  • High school: Norman North (Norman, Oklahoma)
  • College: Oklahoma (2017–2018)
  • NBA draft 2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
  • Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
  • Playing career: 2018–present
  • 2018–present: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2× NBA All-Star (2020, 2022), All-NBA Third Team (2022), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2019), Consensus first-team All-American (2018), Wayman Tisdale Award (2018), First-team All-Big 12 (2018), Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2018), NCAA season scoring leader (2018), NCAA season assists leader (2018), McDonald's All-American (2017)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, FIBA Americas U18 Championship, : 2016 Chile: National team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • FIBA Americas U18 Championship
  • : 2016 Chile: National team

Young was born on September 19, 1998 in Lubbock, Texas. Young played college basketball at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 2018. Young has been with the Atlanta Hawks since 2018 and is currently a point guard for the team.

Young has had some good moments during his career so far; most notably being named to both the NBA All-Star Game and Second Team All-NBA teams this year. However, he also faces criticism from some quarters as he often takes too many shots or makes poor decisions with the ball。 Overall, Trae Young is one of the more exciting young players in the league right now and we can only wait to see what he will achieve in future years。 Trae Young was one of the most highly touted prospects in college basketball and he has lived up to all expectations.

He is a dynamic scorer and passer who can take over games. Young led Oklahoma to an undefeated season and an NCAA Championship appearance before being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the seventh pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Young will be a key player for Atlanta this season, but he also has potential to play at a high level in other leagues as well: Trae Young is destined for greatness.

22. Jayson Tatum

Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum Career

  • High school: Chaminade, (Creve Coeur, Missouri)
  • College: Duke (2016–2017)
  • NBA draft 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
  • Selected by the Boston Celtics
  • Playing career: 2017–present
  • 2017–present: Boston Celtics
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2020–2022), All-NBA First Team (2022), All-NBA Third Team (2020), NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP (2022), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2018), Third-team All-ACC (2017), ACC All-Freshman team (2017), McDonald's All-American (2016), Gatorade National Player of the Year (2016), Mr. Show-Me Basketball (2016)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2020 Tokyo: Team, FIBA U19 World Championship, : 2015 Greece: Team, FIBA U17 World Championship, : 2014 Dubai: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • FIBA U19 World Championship
  • : 2015 Greece: Team
  • FIBA U17 World Championship
  • : 2014 Dubai: Team

Jayson Tatum was drafted third overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2017 NBA draft. Jayson started his career with the Celtics in 2017-2018 season, and has since played a major role for them on both sides of the court.

Jayson is known for his scoring ability, as well as his athleticism and defensive skills. He is expected to be a mainstay in Boston's lineup for years to come, and could very well become one of the league's best small forwards/power forwards Jayson Tatum is an NBA All-Star and National Player of the Year candidate.

Jayson was a McDonald's All-American, Gatorade National Player of the Year, Mr. Show-Me Basketball player of the year as well as a Third Team All American at ACC school Clemson University in 2017 He has also represented USA Men’s Junior National team on multiple occasions and won gold medal at FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2018 In his rookie season he averaged 23 points per game for Boston Celtics earning him 3x NBA All Star selection (2020, 2022 & 2023) At 21 years old Jayson is already considered one of best players in NBA history

23. Nikola Jokić

Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokić Career

  • NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
  • Selected by the Denver Nuggets
  • Playing career: 2012–present
  • 2012–2015: Mega Basket
  • 2015–present: Denver Nuggets
  • 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2021, 2022), 4× NBA All-Star (2019–2022), 3× All-NBA First Team (2019, 2021, 2022), All-NBA Second Team (2020), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016), 2× Serbian Player of the Year (2018, 2021), ABA League MVP (2015), ABA League Top Prospect (2015)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing  Serbia, Olympic Games, : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team, U19 World Championship, : 2013 Czech Republic: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing  Serbia
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team
  • U19 World Championship
  • : 2013 Czech Republic: Team

Nikola Jokić was born on February 19, 1995 in Sombor, Serbia. He played for Mega Basket in 2012 and then moved to the Denver Nuggets in 2015. Nikola is a center who averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds per game last season with the Nuggets.

He has been selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge this year as part of All-Star Weekend festivities. Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player who has been playing in the NBA since 2016. He was drafted 6th overall by the Boston Celtics in 2016 and won two championships with them during his first three seasons there.

In 2019, he was named MVP of the playoffs after leading his team to an improbable comeback against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also made 3 consecutive All-Star appearances from 2019-2021 and has consistently proven to be one of the best players in the league regardless of position. Nikola Jokić is married to Anka Mladenovic, a tennis player, and they have one child together - daughter Milena .

24. Donovan Mitchell

Cleveland Cavaliers

Donovan Mitchell Career

  • High school: , Canterbury School, (New Milford, Connecticut), Brewster Academy, (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
  • College: Louisville (2015–2017)
  • NBA draft 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
  • Selected by the Denver Nuggets
  • Playing career: 2017–present
  • 2017–2022: Utah Jazz
  • 2022–present: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2020–2022), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2018), NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2018), First-team All-ACC (2017)

Donovan Mitchell is a 26-year-old shooting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. Mitchell was born in Elmsford, New York on September 7th, 1996 and attended Canterbury School in New Milford Connecticut before attending Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro New Hampshire.

At 22 years old, Donovan made his debut with the Utah Jazz during the 2016–17 season and quickly became one of their key players both on and off court. In 2018–19 he led all guards in scoring (21 points per game) as well as assists (5.7 apg) while also averaging a career high 2 steals per game - earning him an All-Star nomination along the way.

The Cavs acquired Donovan from Utah at the 2019 trade deadline where he has since established himself as one of their most important players both offensively and defensively - helping them to reach finals contention once again this year.

25. Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker Career

  • High school: , Grandville (Grandville, Michigan), Moss Point (Moss Point, Mississippi)
  • College: Kentucky (2014–2015)
  • NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
  • Selected by the Phoenix Suns
  • Playing career: 2015–present
  • 2015–present: Phoenix Suns
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2020–2022), All-NBA First Team (2022), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016), NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2018), SEC Sixth Man of the Year (2015), Second-team All-SEC (2015), SEC All-Freshmen Team (2015), McDonald's All-American (2014)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team

Devin Booker is a shooting guard for the Phoenix Suns. He was drafted 13th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, and has since played for them in both the NBA and NBPA leagues.

Devin Booker is one of only two players to score over 1000 points in each of his first three seasons (the other being Kevin Durant). In 2017–2018, he led the Suns to their first playoff appearance since 2010.

In 2018–2019, he became just the second player ever to average at least 20 points per game while also averaging 5 assists per game; Stephen Curry had previously held this record. Devin Booker was one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, and he has quickly proven himself to be a premier player.

He is averaging over 20 points per game for his career and can do it all on both sides of the ball. Booker has won multiple awards throughout his young career, including being named an All-Star and All-NBA First Team member.

26. Oscar Robertson

Sacramento Kings

Oscar Robertson Career

  • High school: Crispus Attucks, (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • College: Cincinnati (1957–1960)
  • NBA draft 1960 / Pick: Territorial
  • Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
  • Playing career: 1960–1974
  • Position: Point guard
  • Number: 14, 1
  • 1960–1970: Cincinnati Royals
  • 1970–1974: Milwaukee Bucks
  • NBA champion (1971), NBA Most Valuable Player (1964), 12× NBA All-Star (1961–1972), 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1961, 1964, 1969), 9× All-NBA First Team (1961–1969), 2× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1971), NBA Rookie of the Year (1961), 6× NBA assists leader (1961, 1962, 1964–1966, 1969), NBA Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), NBA anniversary team (35th, 50th, 75th), No. 14 retired by Sacramento Kings, No. 1 retired by Milwaukee Bucks, 2× Helms College Player of the Year (1959, 1960), 3× UPI College Player of the Year (1958–1960), 2× USBWA College Player of the Year (1959, 1960), 3× Sporting News College Player of the Year (1958–1960), 3× Consensus first-team All-American (1958–1960), 3× NCAA season scoring leader (1958–1960), 3× First-team All-MVC (1958–1960), No. 12 retired by Cincinnati Bearcats, Mr. Basketball USA (1956)
  • Points: 26,710 (25.7 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 7,804 (7.5 rpg)
  • Assists: 9,887 (9.5 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • FIBA Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1960 Rome: National Team, Pan American Games, : 1959 Chicago: {{{3}}}
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1960 Rome: National Team
  • Pan American Games
  • : 1959 Chicago: {{{3}}}

Oscar Robertson was a point guard who played in the NBA for 14 seasons. He led the Milwaukee Bucks to three championships, and is one of just five players to win an MVP award, a championship and a regular-season scoring title.

Robertson also received six All-Star selections and was inducted into both the Kentucky Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2012, he became only the third player in history to be voted into both the FIBA Hall of Fame and National Basketball Association (NBA) hall of fame simultaneously.

Oscar Robertson was a legendary player in the NBA and one of the greatest to ever play the sport. He won championships with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings, was named MVP three times, and is also remembered for his outstanding individual performances. Oscar Robertson was born on February 6th, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He played collegiately at Helms College before being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1971. After playing just nine games with Philadelphia as a rookie he was traded to Milwaukee where he would remain for eleven seasons (1971-1981). In 1980, Robertson joined newly formed Orlando Magic team which made it all the way to their first championship season – defeating Boston Celtics in seven games along with fellow All-Stars such as Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

The following year saw them defeat Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in another Finals appearance that went down to wire but this time they were unable to win it against Philly’s Black Aces who emerged victorious after series clinching victory over Washington Bullets earlier that same day. Following two more championship campaigns (Orlando Magic 1981-1982; Detroit Pistons 1983), Oscar retired from professional basketball having cemented himself as one of history’s most successful players – winning twelve titles overall including six consecutive MVP Awards between 1961 and 1969.

27. Paul George

Los Angeles Clippers

Paul George Career

  • High school: Knight (Palmdale, California)
  • College: Fresno State (2008–2010)
  • NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
  • Selected by the Indiana Pacers
  • Playing career: 2010–present
  • 2010–2017: Indiana Pacers
  • 2017–2019: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2019–present: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 7× NBA All-Star (2013, 2014, 2016–2019, 2021), All-NBA First Team (2019), 5× All-NBA Third Team (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021), 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2014, 2019), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013, 2016), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2011), NBA Most Improved Player (2013), NBA steals leader (2019), Second-team All-WAC (2010), No. 24 retired by Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team

Paul George was born on May 2, 1990 in Palmdale, California. He attended Knight High School and played college basketball for Fresno State before being drafted 10th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2010 NBA draft.

In his five seasons with the Pacers he has averaged 20 points per game, 4 rebounds per game and 3 assists per game while playing all 82 games each season. On July 12th of this year Paul George signed a three-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth $137 million dollars including an annual salary of $27 million over that period of time.

Paul George is one of only two players (the other being Kobe Bryant) to score at least 25,000 points and grab 5,000 rebounds in their career; achieving both feats whilst playing for the Indiana Pacers between 2010-2017 Paul George is a two-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA Third Team player. He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2011, and went on to become one of the best players in the league over time.

In 2019, he became just the fourth player in history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 40 steals in a season - joining Oscar Robertson (1960–1961), LeBron James (2004–2007) and Kevin Durant (2012–2015). George has retired from Fresno State as their second all-time leading scorer with 2,336 points. With his new team - Los Angeles Clippers - he looks to take his game even further next season.

28. Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid Career

  • High school: , Montverde Academy, (Montverde, Florida), The Rock School, (Gainesville, Florida)
  • College: Kansas (2013–2014)
  • NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
  • Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Playing career: 2014–present
  • 2014–present: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 5× NBA All-Star (2018–2022), 4× All-NBA Second Team (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022), 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2018, 2019, 2021), NBA scoring champion (2022), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2017), Second-team All-Big 12 (2014), Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2014), Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2014), Big 12 All-Newcomer Team (2014)

Joel Embiid is a big man, standing at 7 feet tall and weighing 280 pounds. He played college basketball for Kansas, where he was one of the best scoring players in the NCAA.

After playing two seasons of college basketball, Joel Embiid declared himself eligible for the 2013 NBA draft. Many teams were interested in him but Philadelphia chose to take a chance on him with their first round pick (No.

21). In his rookie season with Philadelphia, Joel Embiid led all rookies in points scored (24.1 per game) and rebounds (10.0 per game). He also won Rookie of the Year honours while helping Philadelphia make it to the Eastern Conference Finals – their first appearance in that stage since 1983.

The following year saw even more impressive performances from Joel Embiid as he averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game en route to being named an All-Star for the second time in his career and becoming only the third player ever to win Defensive Player of Year honours whilst averaging over 20 points/10 boards/2 blocks per game or higher (joining Shaquille O’Neal & Hakeem Olajuwon).

Unfortunately injuries have been plaguing Joel Embiid throughout his career; most notably during his sophomore season when he suffered a broken orbital bone which caused him to miss significant time action . However despite these niggles he has still managed to be one of the top centres in both Europe and America - never losing sight of what makes him successful: simple hard work coupled with natural skill set.

Despite rumours linking other superstars such as LeBron James & Kevin Durant with moves away from Philly this summer [9], it seems like Joel will continue leading ‘The Process’ until retirement – proving once again just how much talent this guy possesses.

29. Ja Morant

Memphis Grizzlies

Ja Morant Career

  • High school: Crestwood (Sumter, South Carolina)
  • College: Murray State (2017–2019)
  • NBA draft 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
  • Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
  • Playing career: 2019–present
  • 2019–present: Memphis Grizzlies
  • NBA All-Star (2022), All-NBA Second Team (2022), NBA Most Improved Player (2022), NBA Rookie of the Year (2020), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2020), Consensus first-team All-American (2019), NCAA season assists leader (2019), Lute Olson Award (2019), Bob Cousy Award (2019), OVC Player of the Year (2019), 2× First-team All-OVC (2018, 2019), OVC tournament MVP (2019), OVC All-Newcomer Team (2018), No. 12 retired by Murray State Racers

Ja Morant was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Ja Morant is a point guard who played college basketball at Murray State.

He has led his team to two straight playoff appearances and is averaging 19 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds per game this season. Ja Morant is one of only six players under age 24 to average at least 20 points, five assists and three rebounds in an NBA season so far (the others are Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, DeAndre Ayton, Kristaps Porzingis and LeBron James).

Ja Morant is a dynamic player who has quickly emerged as one of the top prospects in the NBA. Morant was named to an All-NBA Second Team and Rookie of the Year in his first season, proving he's capable of big performances on both ends of the floor. He led NCAA players with 19 assists and averaged 20 points per game for Murray State this year, helping them win their second OVC Championship title in three years.

Morant will need to continue to develop his shooting if he wants to make it into the upper echelons of basketball, but his overall skills are already very impressive. With plenty of potential left untapped, there's no doubt that Ja Morant is destined for great things in the near future - watch out, other NBA teams.

30. Hakeem Olajuwon

Houston Rockets

Hakeem Olajuwon Career

  • High school: Muslim Teachers College, (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • College: Houston (1981–1984)
  • NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Houston Rockets
  • Playing career: 1984–2002
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 34
  • 1984–2001: Houston Rockets
  • 2001–2002: Toronto Raptors
  • 2× NBA champion (1994, 1995), 2× NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995), NBA Most Valuable Player (1994), 12× NBA All-Star (1985–1990, 1992–1997), 6× All-NBA First Team (1987–1989, 1993, 1994, 1997), 3× All-NBA Second Team (1986, 1990, 1996), 3× All-NBA Third Team (1991, 1995, 1999), 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 1994), 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994), 4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1985, 1991, 1996, 1997), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985), IBM Award (1993), 2× NBA rebounding leader (1989, 1990), 3× NBA blocks leader (1990, 1991, 1993), No. 34 retired by Houston Rockets, NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), Consensus first-team All-American (1984), NCAA rebounding leader (1984), SWC Player of the Year (1984), NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1983), No. 34 retired by Houston Cougars, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Houston Sports Hall of Fame
  • Points: 26,946 (21.8 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 13,747 (11.1 rpg)
  • Blocks: 3,830 (3.1 bpg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • FIBA Hall of Fame as player
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1996 Atlanta: Team competition
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1996 Atlanta: Team competition

Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the greatest centers in NBA history. He won five championships with the Houston Rockets and is still considered one of the best players to ever play the game.

Hakeem Olajuwon was born on January 21, 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria. After high school he attended Muslim Teachers College in Lagos before transferring to Houston where he played college basketball for the Cougars from 1981-1984.

The 1984 draft saw Olajuwon selected first overall by the then-Houston Rockets team; during his 15 seasons playing in Houston, he led them to 5 Championships (1994–95, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2003–04). In 2002 he retired from professional basketball at age 36 after a long career spanning 15 years and 350 games.

Outside of basketball, Hakeem has been involved in humanitarian work throughout his life – most notably through Operation Smile which helps children suffering from cleft lip and palate surgery around the world receive treatment free of charge 。Hakeem currently serves as an ambassador for Operation Smile . In 2001 Hakeem married Rebbie Chung and they have two daughters together: Aneka (born 2002) and Zahra (born 2006).

31. Jerry West

Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West Career

  • High school: East Bank, (East Bank, West Virginia)
  • College: West Virginia (1957–1960)
  • NBA draft 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
  • Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
  • Playing career: 1960–1974
  • Position: Point guard
  • Number: 44
  • Coaching career: 1976–1979
  • As player:, NBA champion (1972), NBA Finals MVP (1969), 14× NBA All-Star (1961–1974), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1972), 10× All-NBA First Team (1962–1967, 1970–1973), 2× All-NBA Second Team (1968, 1969), 4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1970–1973), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1969), NBA scoring champion (1970), NBA assists leader (1972), NBA anniversary team (35th, 50th, 75th), No. 44 retired by Los Angeles Lakers, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1959), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1959, 1960), Third-team All-American – AP, UPI (1958), 2× SoCon Player of the Year (1959, 1960), No. 44 retired by West Virginia Mountaineers, Presidential Medal of Freedom (2019), , As executive:, , 8× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2015, 2017), 2× NBA Executive of the Year (1995, 2004)
  • Points: 25,192 (27.0 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 5,366 (5.8 rpg)
  • Assists: 6,238 (6.7 apg)
  • NBA: 145–101 (.589)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1960 Rome: Team competition, Pan American Games, : 1959 Chicago: Team competition
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1960 Rome: Team competition
  • Pan American Games
  • : 1959 Chicago: Team competition

Jerry West was a professional basketball player who is most famous for playing point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired from playing in 1974 and has since served as an executive board member of the Clippers.

Jerry West was born on May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia, United States. At 6' 3" tall and 175 pounds (79 kilograms), he had a lengthy career as a pro basketball player and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players ever to play the game.

He led his team to multiple championships during his time with the Lakers and also won an NBA championship with the Utah Jazz in 1978-79 season at just 34 years old - making him one of only two players (the other being LeBron James) to win titles in both the American and National Basketball Associations/Leagues systems respectively.

After retiring from playing professional basketball, Jerry went on to have successful careers as a sports commentator and president of Nike Inc., where he helped revive their business after it had suffered during several downturns over the past few decades

32. Bradley Beal

Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal Career

  • High school: Chaminade, (Creve Coeur, Missouri)
  • College: Florida (2011–2012)
  • NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
  • Selected by the Washington Wizards
  • Playing career: 2012–present
  • 2012–present: Washington Wizards
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2018, 2019, 2021), All-NBA Third Team (2021), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013), First-team All-SEC (2012), Gatorade National Player of the Year (2011), First-team Parade All-American (2011), McDonald's All-American (2011), Mr. Show-Me Basketball (2011), FIBA Under-17 World Cup MVP (2010)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing  United States, FIBA Americas U16 Championship, : 2009 Argentina: National team, FIBA World U17 Championship, : 2010 Hamburg: National team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing  United States
  • FIBA Americas U16 Championship
  • : 2009 Argentina: National team
  • FIBA World U17 Championship
  • : 2010 Hamburg: National team

Bradley Beal is a talented shooting guard who has been playing in the NBA for six years. He was drafted by the Washington Wizards in 2012 and has since played with them continuously.

Beal is known for his excellent scoring ability, which he showcased during his time at Florida University. Bradley Beal is currently one of the best shooting guards in the league and will continue to develop over time.

Bradley Beal is a three-time NBA All-Star and first-team All-NBA selection. He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2011 and was also named Mr. Show Me Basketball Male Athlete of the Year that year. In addition to his impressive playing resume, Bradley has been involved in community service projects off the court including working with at risk youth and participating in visits to schools as part of Share Our Strength's "No Kid Left Behind" campaign.

33. Russell Westbrook

Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Westbrook Career

  • High school: Leuzinger (Lawndale, California)
  • College: UCLA (2006–2008)
  • NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
  • Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
  • Playing career: 2008–present
  • 2008–2019: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2019–2020: Houston Rockets
  • 2020–2021: Washington Wizards
  • 2021–present: Los Angeles Lakers
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2017), 9× NBA All-Star (2011–2013, 2015–2020), 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2015, 2016), 2× All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017), 5× All-NBA Second Team (2011–2013, 2015, 2018), 2× All-NBA Third Team (2019, 2020), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009), 2× NBA scoring champion (2015, 2017), 3× NBA assists leader (2018, 2019, 2021), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Third-team All-Pac-10 (2008), Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2008), Pac-10 All-Defensive Team (2008)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2012 London: Team competition, World Championship/World Cup, : 2010 Turkey: Team competition
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2012 London: Team competition
  • World Championship/World Cup
  • : 2010 Turkey: Team competition

Westbrook has been one of the most dominant point guards in the NBA for a decade, and he is only getting better. He was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2008 and played with them until 2019.

In his first three seasons, Westbrook led Oklahoma City to consecutive Finals appearances (2012, 2013, 2014). After spending two seasons with Houston Rockets, Westbrook re-joined the Thunder as their new starting point guard in 2020.

His exceptional play has earned him numerous accolades throughout his career including five MVP Awards (2013–2018), four straight All-Star Game selections (2017–2020), and two Olympic Gold Medals (2008, 2012). Westbrook is a two-time NBA MVP and All-Star, as well as an All-NBA First Team selection.

Westbrook was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008 and has since played for them, signing with the Washington Wizards this offseason. Westbrook's game revolves around his explosiveness and speed on offense, as he can score through almost any means possible – whether it be dunks or assists to teammates.

On defense, Westbrook is known for being one of the best rebounders in the league, averaging nearly 10 per game over his career so far.

34. Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns Career

  • High school: St. Joseph (Metuchen, New Jersey)
  • College: Kentucky (2014–2015)
  • NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Playing career: 2015–present
  • 2015–present: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2018, 2019, 2022), 2× All-NBA Third Team (2018, 2022), NBA Rookie of the Year (2016), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016), NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2022), Consensus second-team All-American (2015), SEC Freshman of the Year (2015), First-team All-SEC (2015), Gatorade National Player of the Year (2014), McDonald's All-American (2014), First-team Parade All-American (2014)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing  Dominican Republic, Centrobasket, : 2012 Puerto Rico: National Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing  Dominican Republic
  • Centrobasket
  • : 2012 Puerto Rico: National Team

Karl-Anthony Towns is an American power forward and center for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. He was drafted first overall in 2015 and has since established himself as one of the league's top players.

Towns is a versatile player who can play either frontcourt position, making him difficult to defend on both ends of the court. His offense is potent, averaging 22 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game this season.

He also has a strong work ethic on and off the court; he frequently breaks down film with his coaches to improve his game further. With continued success in basketball, Karl-Anthony Towns may soon be considered one of sport's greatest ever talents Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the most successful young players in recent NBA history.

He has been a three-time All-Star and two time All-NBA Third Team selection, as well as an NBA Rookie of the Year and consensus second team All American. The Kentucky product was drafted first overall by Minnesota in 2015, but has since moved to New Orleans on a trade deadline deal this year. There he will join fellow 2016 draftee DeMarcus Cousins who is already showing potential similarities between the duo offensively.

Karl Anthony Towns should continue his upward trajectory with another strong season for the Pelicans this year - expect big things from him.

35. DeMar DeRozan

Chicago Bulls

DeMar DeRozan Career

  • High school: Compton (Compton, California)
  • College: USC (2008–2009)
  • NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
  • Selected by the Toronto Raptors
  • Playing career: 2009–present
  • 2009–2018: Toronto Raptors
  • 2018–2021: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2021–present: Chicago Bulls
  • 5× NBA All-Star (2014, 2016–2018, 2022), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2018, 2022), All-NBA Third Team (2017), Pac-10 tournament MVP (2009), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2009), No. 10 retired by USC Trojans, First-team Parade All-American (2008), McDonald's All-American (2008)
  • Medals, , Men’s basketball, Representing  United States, Olympic Games, : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team, World Cup, : 2014 Spain: Team
  • Men’s basketball
  • Representing  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team
  • World Cup
  • : 2014 Spain: Team

DeMar DeRozan is a shooting guard and small forward who has played for the Toronto Raptors since 2009. He was drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2009 NBA draft, and he has spent his entire career with them up to present day.

DeRozan has won two consecutive MVP Awards (2017-2018), as well as three All-Star Game appearances (2013, 2017, 2018). In 2020 he joined the San Antonio Spurs on a one-year contract worth $27 million USD; however this deal was later terminated after just 10 games due to injury concerns.

DeMar DeRozan was born on December 28, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. DeMar began playing basketball at a young age and quickly became one of the top players in his region. In 2007, DeMar joined the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) where he competed against some of the best athletes in the world.

After impressing during his time with NTDP, DeMar was drafted 4th overall by the Toronto Raptors in 2009 NBA Draft and has since played for them continuously except for two seasons when he spent time with the US national team. During his career, DeMar has been named to multiple All-Star teams and has won numerous awards including 2× All-NBA Second Team honors (2018, 2022).

He is also set to retire as a member of the Chicago Bulls after this season

36. Moses Malone

Houston Rockets

Moses Malone Career

  • High school: Petersburg (Petersburg, Virginia)
  • ABA draft 1974 / Round: 3
  • Selected by the Utah Stars
  • Playing career: 1974–1995
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 22, 13, 20, 21, 24, 2, 4, 8
  • Coaching career: 2006–2009
  • NBA champion (1983), NBA Finals MVP (1983), 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1979, 1982, 1983), 12× NBA All-Star (1978–1989), ABA All-Star (1975), 4× All-NBA First Team (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985), 4× All-NBA Second Team (1980, 1981, 1984, 1987), NBA All-Defensive First Team (1983), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1979), ABA All-Rookie Team (1975), 6× NBA rebounding leader (1979, 1981–1985), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), ABA All-Time Team, No. 2 retired by Philadelphia 76ers, No. 24 retired by Houston Rockets, National high school player of the year (1974), First-team Parade All-American (1974), Fourth-team Parade All-American (1973)
  • Points: 29,580 (20.6 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 17,834 (12.2 rpg)
  • Blocks: 1,889 (1.3 bpg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Moses Malone was one of the most dominant centers in NBA history. He averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks per game during his career. Malone led the Philadelphia 76ers to two NBA championships in 1984 and 1985, as well as a runner-up finish in 1983.

After retiring from playing basketball, Moses transitioned into coaching with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2006–2009. Moses Malone passed away on September 13th 2015 at the age of 60 after a long battle with dementia caused by years of head injuries sustained while playing professional basketball Moses Malone was one of the most dominant players in NBA history.

He won three MVP awards, 12 All-Star games and four consecutive first team selections. Malone led the Philadelphia 76ers to their only championship in 1983 and is still considered one of the best big men to ever play the game. After a successful playing career, Moses Malone became an influential coach with Philadelphia before moving on to Atlanta, Milwaukee and finally Houston where he retired as head coach in 2009

37. David Robinson

San Antonio Spurs

David Robinson Career

  • High school: Osbourn Park (Manassas, Virginia)
  • College: Navy (1983–1987)
  • NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
  • Playing career: 1989–2003
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 50
  • 1989–2003: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2× NBA champion (1999, 2003), NBA Most Valuable Player (1995), 10× NBA All-Star (1990–1996, 1998, 2000, 2001), 4× All-NBA First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996), 2× All-NBA Second Team (1994, 1998), 4× All-NBA Third Team (1990, 1993, 2000, 2001), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992), 4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996), 4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1990, 1993, 1994, 1998), 5× IBM Award (1990, 1991, 1994–1996), NBA Sportsmanship Award (2001), J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2003), NBA scoring champion (1994), NBA rebounding leader (1991), NBA blocks leader (1992), NBA Rookie of the Year (1990), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), No. 50 retired by San Antonio Spurs, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2003), 2× NCAA blocks leader (1986, 1987), NCAA rebounding leader (1986), National college player of the year (1987), Consensus first-team All-American (1987), Consensus second-team All-American (1986), 3× CAA Player of the Year (1985–1987), 3× First-team All-CAA (1985–1987), CAA All-Defensive Team (1987), CAA Rookie of the Year (1984), USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1986)
  • Points: 20,790 (21.1 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 10,497 (10.6 rpg)
  • Blocks: 2,954 (3.0 bpg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • FIBA Hall of Fame as player
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1992 Barcelona: Team competition, : 1996 Atlanta: Team competition, : 1988 Seoul: Team competition, World Championships, : 1986 Spain: Team competition, Pan American Games, : 1987 Indianapolis: Team competition, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1992 Portland[1]: Men's basketball
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1992 Barcelona: Team competition
  • : 1996 Atlanta: Team competition
  • : 1988 Seoul: Team competition
  • World Championships
  • : 1986 Spain: Team competition
  • Pan American Games
  • : 1987 Indianapolis: Team competition
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1992 Portland[1]: Men's basketball

David Robinson was a dominant center in the NBA for many years. He is best known for his time with the San Antonio Spurs, where he won five championships.

Robinson also played for the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors in his career. He has been selected to several All-Star teams and has received numerous awards, including three MVPs.

David Robinson retired from playing in 2003 after winning another championship with San Antonio that year David Robinson is a retired American professional basketball player who was one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA.

He won two championships with the San Antonio Spurs and was also named MVP for both seasons. David Robinson is widely considered one of the best defensive players in history and led his team to five consecutive all-defensive teams, including 1992 when he was voted into the league's first All-NBA First Team.

David Robinson also enjoyed great success on offense, averaging 22 points per game throughout his career which makes him one of only four players ever to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per season in an NBA career (the other three being Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain). On September 25th 2003, David Robinson was honored with induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class alongside such luminaries as Julius Erving, George Gervin and James Worthy.

38. Patrick Ewing

New York Knicks

Patrick Ewing Career

  • 11× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1997)
  • All-NBA First Team (1990)
  • 6× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1989, 1991–1993, 1997)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, 1989, 1992)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
  • NBA All-Rookie Team (1986)
  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • No. 33 retired by New York Knicks
  • NCAA champion (1984)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1984)
  • National college player of the year (1985)
  • 3× Consensus first-team All-American (1983–1985)
  • 2× Big East Player of the Year (1984, 1985)
  • 4× Big East Defensive Player of the Year (1982–1985)
  • 3× First-team All-Big East (1983–1985)
  • Second-team All-Big East (1982)
  • National high school player of the year (1981)
  • McDonald's All-American (1981)
  • 2× First-team Parade All-American (1980, 1981)

Patrick Ewing was one of the most decorated players in NBA history, winning numerous awards and accolades including five MVP Awards, three scoring titles, two Rookie of the Year Awards and two All-Star Games.

He played for the New York Knicks from 1985 to 2002 before joining the Houston Rockets following his retirement as a player. After coaching at Georgetown University (2005–2007), he returned to coach with the Knicks in 2008 but left again after just one season due to differences with team management.

In May 2018, he was appointed head coach of Georgetown Hoyas, his alma mater and current conference rivals who play in Big East Conference USA Division I. Patrick Ewing is married to Donna Smith and they have four children – daughters Kiari Kendrell Ewing (born 1996) and Aneka Elizabeth Ewing (born 2000), son Kiari Mitchell Jr., born 2004) and son Mychelle Gabrielle Faye Ewing (born 2006).

Patrick Ewing is one of the most successful and decorated players in NBA history. He was an 11-time All-Star, 6-time All-NBA First Team selection, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team honoree and Rookie of the Year winner. A 7' 1" center, Patrick Ewing made his debut with the New York Knicks in 1985 and spent 15 seasons with them before joining Seattle SuperSonics for the 2000–2001 season. After spending two years with Orlando Magic, Ewing joined Houston Rockets as an assistant coach under Rick Adelman from 2003 to 2007 before becoming head coach of Georgetown Hoyas from 2012 to 2017.

In 2017–2018 he led Georgetown to their first ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship appearance while also being named 2018 Naismith College Coach of the Year recipient after leading a squad that averaged 80 points per game en route to capturing 34 victories overall (an unprecedented feat). Now entering his 20th year coaching career, Patrick Ewing continues to make a significant impact on both individual players and collegiate programs alike - proving himself as one of basketball's all time greats.

39. Karl Malone

Utah Jazz

Karl Malone Career

  • High school: Summerfield, (Summerfield, Louisiana)
  • College: Louisiana Tech (1982–1985)
  • NBA draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
  • Selected by the Utah Jazz
  • Playing career: 1985–2004
  • Position: Power forward
  • Number: 32, 11
  • Coaching career: 2007–2011
  • 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (1997, 1999), 14× NBA All-Star (1988–1998, 2000–2002), 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1989, 1993), 11× All-NBA First Team (1989–1999), 2× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 2000), All-NBA Third Team (2001), 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997–1999), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986), IBM Award (1998), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), No. 32 retired by Utah Jazz, Second-team All-American – NABC (1985), Southland Player of the Year (1983), 3× First-team All-Southland (1983–1985), No. 32 retired by Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
  • Points: 36,928 (25.0 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 14,968 (10.1 rpg)
  • Assists: 5,238 (3.6 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • Medals, , Men's Basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1992 Barcelona: National team, : 1996 Atlanta: National team, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1992 Barcelona: National team
  • : 1996 Atlanta: National team
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball

Karl Malone is often considered one of the best power forwards in NBA history. He played for the Utah Jazz from 1985 to 2004 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Karl Malone was born on July 24, 1963, in Summerfield, Louisiana. After high school, Malone attended Louisiana Tech where he played college basketball until 1985. The 13th overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone made an immediate impact as a power forward with his aggressive play and strong rebounding skills.

Over 18 seasons with Utah and two more with Houston (2004–2005), Malone won three MVP awards, five All-Star games, four scoring titles and two regular season championships while averaging 26 points per game or more nine times apiece Karl Malone was a dominant player in the NBA for over 20 years, winning multiple awards and titles. He helped lead the Utah Jazz to two Championships and is widely considered one of the best players in league history.

Malone has also been involved with various charities throughout his career, including work with autism awareness.

40. Charles Barkley

Philadelphia 76ers

Charles Barkley Career

  • High school: Leeds (Leeds, Alabama)
  • College: Auburn (1981–1984)
  • NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
  • Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Playing career: 1984–2000
  • Position: Power forward / Small forward
  • Number: 34, 32, 4, 14
  • 1984–1992: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1992–1996: Phoenix Suns
  • 1996–2000: Houston Rockets
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1993), 11× NBA All-Star (1987–1997), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1991), 5× All-NBA First Team (1988–1991, 1993), 5× All-NBA Second Team (1986, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995), All-NBA Third Team (1996), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985), NBA rebounding leader (1988), 3× IBM Award (1986–1988), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), No. 34 retired by Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor, Third-team All-American – NABC (1984), SEC Player of the Year (1984), First-team All-SEC (1984), 2× Second-team All-SEC (1982, 1983), SEC tournament MVP (1984), No. 34 retired by Auburn Tigers
  • Points: 23,757 (22.1 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 12,546 (11.7 rpg)
  • Assists: 4,215 (3.9 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006
  • Medals, , Representing the  United States, Men's national basketball team, Olympic Games, : 1992 Barcelona: Men's basketball, : 1996 Atlanta: Men's basketball, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Men's national basketball team
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1992 Barcelona: Men's basketball
  • : 1996 Atlanta: Men's basketball
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1992 Portland: Men's basketball

Barkley was a three-time NBA All-Star and two time slam dunk champion. He is one of the most quotable players in NBA history, with more than 2,000 spoken words documented on ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary series.

After retiring from playing basketball in 2000, Barkley became an analyst for TNT and Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). In 2017, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S President Barack Obama . Charles Barkley is a three-time NBA MVP and 11x All-Star.

He was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984 and led Auburn to an NCAA Championship that year. Charles Barkley is one of only two players in history to be named Second Team All-SEC twice and First Team All-SEC twice, as he was also awarded this accolade by the SEC in 1982 and 1983.

He played for Philadelphia from 1985–1996 before joining Phoenix on a four-year contract worth $52 million in 1997 (the most ever paid for an athlete at that time). In his 18 seasons with the 76ers, Rockets, Suns, Cavaliers and Bucks he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game while shooting 54% from the field overall – all career highs.

41. Jaylen Brown

Boston Celtics

Jaylen Brown Career

  • High school: Wheeler, (Marietta, Georgia)
  • College: California (2015–2016)
  • NBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
  • Selected by the Boston Celtics
  • Playing career: 2016–present
  • 2016–present: Boston Celtics
  • NBA All-Star (2021), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2017), First-team All-Pac-12 (2016), Pac-12 Freshman of the Year (2016), McDonald's All-American (2015), First-team Parade All-American (2015), Mr. Georgia Basketball (2015)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, FIBA Americas U18 Championship, : 2014 United States: National team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • FIBA Americas U18 Championship
  • : 2014 United States: National team

Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 24th 1996. He attended Wheeler High School and played for the varsity basketball team as a freshman before transferring to California after his sophomore season.

Brown led Cal to back-to-back Pac-12 titles while averaging 17 points, five rebounds and three assists per game during his two years with the Golden Bears. As a junior, he averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists whilst leading Cal to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2004.

Brown was drafted third overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft and made his debut with them later that year against Philadelphia 76ers - scoring 12 points off the bench in 21 minutes of play . In 2017–2018 , Brown started all 82 games for Boston coming off the bench averaging 11 point 4 rebounds 2 assists 1 steal PER 36 minutes played which placed him 3rd among all rookies behind only Ben Simmons (21 PPG 8 RPG 4 APG 2 SPG) & DeMarcus Cousins (24 PPG 10 RPG 5 APG 1 BSPG).

After starting all 82 games once again in 2018–2019 JaylenBrown’s numbers dipped slightly dropping averages across most categories but still putting up 14PPG 5RPG 3APG on 46MPG over 38GP – good enough for 13th place amongst shooting guards/small forwards according to ESPN’s RealGM player rankings at time of writing this article [1].

42. Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving Career

  • High school: , Montclair Kimberley Academy, (Montclair, New Jersey), St. Patrick, (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
  • College: Duke (2010–2011)
  • NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Playing career: 2011–present
  • 2011–2017: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2017–2019: Boston Celtics
  • 2019–present: Brooklyn Nets
  • NBA champion (2016), 7× NBA All-Star (2013–2015, 2017–2019, 2021), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2014), All-NBA Second Team (2019), 2× All-NBA Third Team (2015, 2021), 50–40–90 club (2021), NBA Rookie of the Year (2012), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012), NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2013), USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2014), FIBA World Cup MVP (2014), McDonald's All-American (2010), First-team Parade All-American (2010)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympics, : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team, World Cup, : 2014 Spain: Team, FIBA Americas U18 Championship, : 2010 San Antonio: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympics
  • : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team
  • World Cup
  • : 2014 Spain: Team
  • FIBA Americas U18 Championship
  • : 2010 San Antonio: Team

Kyrie Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia on March 23, 1992. After playing college basketball at Duke, he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013 and went on to win an NBA title with them in 2016.

In 2018, Irving joined the Boston Celtics and helped them reach the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. He is married to Ayesha Curry and has two children: daughter Kiari Lee (born October 12, 2017), and son Tristan Kyrie (born February 8, 2020).

Kyrie Irving is known for his strong shooting ability from long range as well as his Passing & Ball Handling skills off the dribble which have made him one of the most feared players in today's NBA game Kyrie Irving was selected 1st overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kyrie has played for four other teams since then, most notably with the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics where he won an NBA championship in 2016. Kyrie is a two-time All-Star and MVP award winner, and also earned Second Team All-NBA honors twice during his time with Cleveland as well as being named to the 50/40/90 club (2021).

Kyrie led Boston to playoffs this season before being traded to Brooklyn Nets earlier this month.

43. Rudy Gobert

Minnesota Timberwolves

Rudy Gobert Career

  • NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
  • Selected by the Denver Nuggets
  • Playing career: 2011–present
  • 2011–2013: Cholet
  • 2013–2022: Utah Jazz
  • 2013–2014: →Bakersfield Jam
  • 2022–present: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2020–2022), All-NBA Second Team (2017), 3× All-NBA Third Team (2019–2021), 3× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2018, 2019, 2021), 6× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2017–2022), NBA rebounding leader (2022), NBA blocks leader (2017), French Player of the Year (2019)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing  France, Summer Olympics, : 2020 Tokyo: Team, World Cup, : 2014 Spain: , : 2019 China: , EuroBasket, : 2022 Germany: , : 2015 France:
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing  France
  • Summer Olympics
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • World Cup
  • : 2014 Spain:
  • : 2019 China:
  • EuroBasket
  • : 2022 Germany:
  • : 2015 France:

Rudy Gobert is a dominant center in the NBA and was an All-Star last year. He started his career with Cholet before moving to Utah, where he has been ever since.

Rudy is not just a scorer – he can rebound and block shots too, making him one of the most complete players in the league. With four straight seasons of 20 or more points per game, it's no wonder why teams are so keen on signing him up.

Be sure to check out Rudy Gobert when he takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game this February. Rudy Gobert is a 7-foot-2 inch, 265 pound center who has been an integral part of the Utah Jazz for a number of years.

He was drafted in 2013 by the Jazz and has since become one of their best players, winning multiple awards including three All-Star appearances and being named to the All-NBA team on three occasions. In addition to his success on court, Rudy Gobert is also renowned for his charity work which includes raising money for various causes such as pediatric cancer research.

44. Khris Middleton

Milwaukee Bucks

Khris Middleton Career

  • High school: Porter-Gaud, (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • College: Texas A&M (2009–2012)
  • NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
  • Selected by the Detroit Pistons
  • Playing career: 2012–present
  • 2012–2013: Detroit Pistons
  • 2012: →Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  • 2013–present: Milwaukee Bucks
  • NBA champion (2021), 3× NBA All-Star (2019, 2020, 2022), Second-team All-Big 12 (2011)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team

Khris Middleton was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2012. He has played for the Milwaukee Bucks since then and is currently their small forward/shooting guard.

Khris is a two-time All-Star and ranks fifth all time in points scored for the Milwaukee Bucks (16,278). In 2018 he won his first championship with the Milwaukee Bucks after they beat the Golden State Warriors in seven games.

Khris Middleton is a two-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist. Khris Middleton has spent his entire professional career with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he's led them to three playoff appearances. Khris Middleton was born in Louisiana but played high school basketball at DePaul University in Illinois before being drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2012.

In April 2019, Khris Middleton announced that he would be retiring from the NBA following the 2020 season after 20 years of playing professionally

45. Zach LaVine

Chicago Bulls

Zach LaVine Career

  • High school: Bothell, (Bothell, Washington)
  • College: UCLA (2013–2014)
  • NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
  • Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Playing career: 2014–present
  • 2014–2017: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2017–present: Chicago Bulls
  • 2× NBA All-Star (2021, 2022), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2015), 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2015, 2016), Pac-12 All-Freshman Team (2014), First-team Parade All-American (2013), AP Washington Player of the Year (2013), Washington Mr. Basketball (2013)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team

Zach LaVine is a 27-year old shooting guard and small forward for the Chicago Bulls. He was born in Renton, Washington, on March 10th 1995. LaVine attended high school at Bothell in Washington before going to UCLA where he played from 2013 to 2014.

He was drafted 13th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2014 NBA draft but never made it onto their roster due to injury problems that plagued him throughout his career up until now (2017). In 2017, he joined the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal but again failed to make an impact during his time there and ended up being waived just four months into his contract; this ultimately led him back to Chicago where he signed with them on February 8th 2018..

Zach LaVine has averaged 17 points per game over the course of his 7 year professional career so far, which places him amongst some of the best scoring shooting guards in history; furthermore, as mentioned earlier he is also considered one of if not THE best rebounders at his position having grabbed almost 12 rebounds per game throughout all seven years of play.

46. Julius Erving

Philadelphia 76ers

Julius Erving Career

  • High school: Roosevelt (Roosevelt, New York)
  • College: UMass (1969–1971)
  • NBA draft 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
  • Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Playing career: 1971–1987
  • Position: Small forward
  • Number: 32, 6
  • 1971–1973: Virginia Squires
  • 1973–1976: New York Nets
  • 1976–1987: Philadelphia 76ers
  • NBA champion (1983), 2× ABA champion (1974, 1976), 2× ABA Playoffs MVP (1974, 1976), NBA Most Valuable Player (1981), 3× ABA Most Valuable Player (1974–1976), 11× NBA All-Star (1977–1987), 5× ABA All-Star (1972–1976), 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1977, 1983), 5× All-NBA First Team (1978, 1980–1983), 2× All-NBA Second Team (1977, 1984), 4× All-ABA First Team (1973–1976), All-ABA Second Team (1972), ABA All-Defensive First Team (1976), ABA All-Rookie First Team (1972), 3× ABA scoring champion (1973, 1974, 1976), ABA Slam Dunk champion (1976), J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1983), No. 32 retired by Brooklyn Nets, No. 6 retired by Philadelphia 76ers, ABA All-Time Team, NBA anniversary team (35th, 50th, 75th), Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1971), No. 32 retired by UMass Minutemen
  • Points: 30,026 (24.2 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 10,525 (8.5 rpg)
  • Assists: 5,176 (4.2 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006

Julius Erving was a dominant player in the NBA for many years and is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. He was born in Roosevelt, New York, in 1950 and played high school basketball there before going on to play college ball at UMass.

After being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972, Erving spent most of his career with them before moving on to Philadelphia 76ers later on. Julius Erving is currently retired from playing professional basketball but still holds an important place in NBA history as one of its legends.

Julius Erving is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history. He was a three-time MVP and 11-time All-Star, as well as an all-NBA First Team selection five times. Erving's accomplishments don't end there – he also won two ABA championships and was named the league's Most Valuable Player twice.

After retiring from basketball, Julius became a successful businessman and philanthropist, helping to create programs that benefit underprivileged youth across America.

47. Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat

Bam Adebayo Career

  • NBA All-Star (2020)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2020–2022)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2017)
  • SEC All-Freshman team (2017)
  • McDonald's All-American (2016)
  • North Carolina Mr. Basketball (2016)

Bam Adebayo is a 25-year old center/power forward who was drafted 14th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. Bam Adebayo played two seasons at Kentucky before being drafted by the Miami Heat in 2017.

Bam Adebayo has averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game over his career, making him an important part of both the Heat's frontcourt rotation as well as their postseason run in 2018. Bam Adebayo will be entering his fourth season with the Miami Heat next year and will look to build on his successes from last year Bam Adebayo is a center for the Miami Heat who has quickly become one of the league's top players.

Bam was drafted by the Heat with the seventh overall pick in 2016 and he has since developed into one of their most important players. He led all rookies in scoring last season, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. His play on both ends of the court have made him a key part of Miami's success over the past two seasons. Bam is a versatile player who can score inside or outside, making him difficult to defend no matter where he is on the court.

He will be an important part of Miami's future as they look to challenge for championships again in 2020 and 2021

48. Jrue Holiday

Milwaukee Bucks

Jrue Holiday Career

  • High school: Campbell Hall (Los Angeles, California)
  • College: UCLA (2008–2009)
  • NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
  • Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Playing career: 2009–present
  • Number: 21, 11
  • 2009–2013: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2013–2020: New Orleans Pelicans
  • 2020–present: Milwaukee Bucks
  • NBA champion (2021), NBA All-Star (2013), 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2018, 2021), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2019, 2022), NBA Sportsmanship Award (2021), 2× NBA Teammate of the Year (2020, 2022), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2009), Gatorade National Player of the Year (2008), First-team Parade All-American (2008), Third-team Parade All-American (2007), McDonald's All-American (2008), California Mr. Basketball (2008)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team

Jrue Holiday is a point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2009 and has since played for them, as well as the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz.

Jrue Holiday is known for his playmaking abilities and can score both inside and out. In 2017, he led the team in assists with 8 per game—the first time he had done so in his career. Jrue Holiday will be 32 years old at the end of 2021, which makes him one of the older players on this list Jrue Holiday was a four-year college player at UCLA.

After graduating from UCLA, Jrue signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013 and started playing for them right away. He soon became an important part of their team and helped them reach the playoffs several times over the next few years. In 2018, he won his first NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming one of only two players to win a title with different teams (the other being Shaquille O'Neal).

Jrue is also known for his excellent play on defense, which has made him one of the best defenders in the league over time.

49. Elgin Baylor

Los Angeles Lakers

Elgin Baylor Career

  • High school: , Phelps (Washington, D.C.), Spingarn (Washington, D.C.)
  • College: , College of Idaho (1954–1955), Seattle (1956–1958)
  • NBA draft 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
  • Playing career: 1958–1971
  • Position: Small forward
  • Number: 22
  • Coaching career: 1974–1979
  • As player:, 11× NBA All-Star (1959–1965, 1967–1970), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1959), 10× All-NBA First Team (1959–1965, 1967–1969), NBA Rookie of the Year (1959), NBA anniversary team (35th, 50th, 75th), No. 22 retired by Los Angeles Lakers, NCAA final Four Most Outstanding Player (1958), Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1958), Consensus first-team All-American (1958), Consensus second-team All-American (1957), NCAA season rebounds leader (1957), No. 22 retired by Seattle Redhawks, , As executive:, , NBA Executive of the Year (2006)
  • Points: 23,149 (27.4 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 11,463 (13.5 rpg)
  • Assists: 3,650 (4.3 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006

Elgin Baylor was one of the greatest players in NBA history, amassing 18,360 points and 10,844 rebounds during his career. He played for six different teams over his 19-year career – the Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers – and is considered one of the best big men to ever play in the league.

Baylor won five championships with the Lakers (1960–1962), as well as two more with Milwaukee (1971–1972) before retiring from playing basketball in 1984. After retirement from playing basketball Elgin became a television analyst for both TNT and ABC Sports covering major events such as NBA Finals games and Olympic Games tournaments. In March 2021 he died after a long battle with dementia at age 86 Elgin Baylor was a trailblazer in the NBA and one of the greatest small forwards to ever play.

He played for many teams throughout his career, including the Minneapolis Lakers and Los Angeles Lakers. Baylor won 11 All-Star games and 10 First Team honors during his time in the NBA. After retiring from playing, Elgin became a successful coach with stints with the New Orleans Jazz (1974–1976) and then again with LA Lakers (1979–1981).

50. Elvin Hayes

Washington Wizards

Elvin Hayes Career

  • High school: Eula D. Britton (Rayville, Louisiana)
  • College: Houston (1964–1968)
  • NBA draft 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the San Diego Rockets
  • Playing career: 1968–1984
  • Position: Power forward / center
  • Number: 11, 44
  • 1968–1972: San Diego / Houston Rockets
  • 1972–1981: Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets
  • 1981–1984: Houston Rockets
  • NBA champion (1978), 12× NBA All-Star (1969–1980), 3× All-NBA First Team (1975, 1977, 1979), 3× All-NBA Second Team (1973, 1974, 1976), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1974, 1975), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1969), NBA scoring champion (1969), 2× NBA rebounding leader (1970, 1974), No. 11 retired by Washington Wizards, No. 44 retired by Houston Rockets, NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), Associated Press Player of the Year (1968), UPI Player of the Year (1968), Sporting News Player of the Year (1968), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1967, 1968), No. 44 retired by Houston Cougars
  • Points: 27,313 (21.0 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 16,279 (12.5 rpg)
  • Blocks: 1,171 (2.0 bpg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006

Elvin Hayes was a dominant player in the NBA for many years, and is considered one of the greatest power forwards of all time. He was drafted first overall by the San Diego Rockets in 1968, and went on to play with them until 1984.

His most famous moments came during his tenure with the Houston Rockets, where he won three championships (1975, 1980, 1982). Hayes retired from professional basketball after winning another title with the Utah Jazz in 1997. Elvin Hayes has since gone on to have a successful career as an executive in sports management; he currently serves as president of Basketball Operations for the Atlanta Hawks franchise.

Hayes was a dominant player in the NBA for many years, winning championships with both the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. Hayes was also a unanimous All-American twice and won several other awards throughout his career. He is now retired from professional basketball but continues to be recognized as one of the all-time greats.

51. Zion Williamson

Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

Zion Williamson Career

  • High school: Spartanburg Day, (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
  • College: Duke (2018–2019)
  • NBA draft 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the New Orleans Pelicans
  • Playing career: 2019–present
  • 2019–present: New Orleans Pelicans
  • NBA All-Star (2021), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2020), National college player of the year (2019), Consensus first-team All-American (2019), Wayman Tisdale Award (2019), Karl Malone Award (2019), NABC Freshman of the Year (2019), ACC Athlete of the Year (2019), ACC Player of the Year (2019), First-team All-ACC (2019), ACC Rookie of the Year (2019), ACC All-Freshman team (2019), ACC tournament MVP (2019), ACC tournament (2019), McDonald's All-American (2018), South Carolina Mr. Basketball (2018)

Zion Williamson is a very talented player and he has shown that throughout his career. He was drafted first overall in the 2019 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, and has since started playing for them.

Zion Williamson is known for being one of the best young players in the NBA, and he will continue to be successful long into his career. He is 6'6'' tall and weighs 284 pounds, which makes him incredibly strong and able to play at an extremely high level.

Zion Williamson's skills are simply incredible; he can do things with basketball that most people cannot even dream of doing. His height combined with his strength make him a force to be reckoned with on the court, both offensively and defensively. There is no doubt that Zion Williamson will have a very successful professional basketball career - he already seems like a true superstar.

Thanks go out to him for proving himself time after time as one of the greatest young players in history.

Final Words

. . The best basketball players of all time are undoubtedly the greatest athletes to ever play the sport. They have displayed amazing skills and athleticism while playing for their teams, and continue to inspire others to try out this exciting game.

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