Best Basketball Players

10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time

Basketball is one of the most revered games worldwide. A few of the world’s best sports personalities have enjoyed and many are playing this game. Played in a team, the game can be won by the best player single-handedly. The game has earned enormous fan following across the world

This article has a list of some of the best basketball players of all time; already retired from playing or currently playing in different leagues. There have been par excellent shooting guards having excellent accuracy, point guard and power forwards that could score and block any ball. Let us have a look at these players brief details who have fascinated sports-lovers from all genre:- 

Allen Iverson

Born – June 7, 1975 (age 44)
Hampton, Virginia
Nationality – American
Listed height – 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight – 165 lb (75 kg)

An all-time favorite of Basketball fans, Allen is also known as “The Answer”, “AI”, “Bubba Chuck” in the ring. He has been the new face of the Philadelphia 76ers. At 6’0″ height, he has carried his team to the 2001 NBA Finals. His NBA debut was on 1st November 1996 and there he played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association as shooting guard and point guard positions. He was an 11-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005. He was also been the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Awards and Honors

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 2016 – Individual
NBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
4× NBA scoring champion
11× NBA All-Star
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP
7× All-NBA
3× NBA steals leader
NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
No. 3 retired by the Philadelphia 76ers

Stephen Curry

Best Basketball Players

Born – March 14, 1988 (age 31)
Akron, Ohio
Nationality – American
Listed height – 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight – 185 lb (84 kg)

He is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Bestowed as the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice, he is a six-time NBA All-Star and has won three NBA championships with his team. He is also referred to as the greatest shooter in NBA history by many. He introduced the three-point shot as part of a winning strategy for basketball teams to follow. He has earned nicknames like  “Baby-Faced Assassin”, “Chef Curry”, and “Splash Brothers” alongside Klay Thompson in the ground. 

Patrick Ewing

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Born – August 5, 1962 (age 57)
Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality – Jamaican / American
Listed height – 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight – 240 lb (109 kg)

7’0″ height Patrick is a Jamaican-American basketball player who has retired now. The player has been inducted into the Hall of Fame basketball in 2008 as an individual and inducted as a member of the Dream Team in 2010. 

Currently, he is the head coach of the Georgetown University men’s basketball team. He has played as the center of the NBA’s New York Knicks and has been associated with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. 

Karl Malone

10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time

Born – July 24, 1963 (age 56)
Summerfield, Louisiana
Nationality – American
Listed height – 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight – 250 lb (113 kg)

With 6’9″ height, power forward position player, Karl is an American professional basketball player who has now retired. He has been nicknamed “The Mailman”. He has been with NBA ‘s Utah Jazz for 18 sessions. He had played one season with the Los Angeles Lakers too. 

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 14-time NBA All-Star, and an 11-time member of the All-NBA first team, he has accumulated 36,928 career points score that put him at the rank second at all-time in NBA history just after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Additionally, he holds the record for most free throws attempted and mad. He has been the greatest power forwards in NBA history all his career. 

David Robinson

Best Basketball Players

Born – August 6, 1965 (age 54)
Key West, Florida
Nationality – American
Listed height – 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight – 235 lb (107 kg)

Currently retired, played the center position, 7’1″ tall, Robinson is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association all through his career. He has served as an officer in the United States Navy. Thereafter, he has been nicknamed “The Admiral”. His accolades consist of 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP title, a two-time NBA Championship, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee both for his career in 2009 as an individual and 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team. Also, he has been a two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee (2008 individually, 2009 as a member of the 1992 Olympic team).

Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan at Boston Garden

Born – February 17, 1963 (age 56)
New York City, New York
Nationality – American
Listed height – 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight – 216 lb (98 kg)

Renowned as MJ, he is an American professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 15 seasons in the NBA and won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. He is the man behind responsible for popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. His winning statistics includes accolades six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten scoring titles (both all-time records), five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, three steals titles, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Besides these awards, he holds the NBA records for highest career regular-season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). 

Wilt Chamberlain

10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time

Born – August 21, 1936
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died – October 12, 1999 (aged 63)
Bel Air, California
Nationality – American
Listed height – 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight – 275 lb (125 kg)

He was an American basketball player playing at the center position. He is one of the greatest players in the history of basketball players. With NBA, he played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He has played for the University of Kansas and the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA.  

The player has won seven scoring, eleven rebounding, nine field goal percentage titles. He holds the record of scoring 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. 

LeBron James

10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time

Born – December 30, 1984 (age 35)
Akron, Ohio
Nationality – American
Listed height – 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight – 250 lb (113 kg)

LeBron Raymone James is an American basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has become a four-time NBA MVP owing to his size, athleticism, and court vision. He led the Miami Heat to titles in 2012 and 2013. Thereafter he returned to Cleveland and helped it earn its championship in 2016. He was named PARADE magazine’s High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year after he finished his schooling. His winning awards include three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. He has appeared in fifteen NBA All-Star Games and has been named NBA All-Star MVP three times. Additionally, he won the 2008 NBA scoring title being all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and is fourth in all-time career points scored. 

Magic Johnson 

10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time

Born – August 14, 1959 (age 60)
Lansing, Michigan
Nationality – American
Listed height – 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight – 215 lb (98 kg)

He is an American retired professional basketball player who has been the President of the basketball team of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. His career achievements consist of three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Born – April 16, 1947 (age 72)
New York City, New York
Nationality – American
Listed height – 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight – 225 lb (102 kg)

As an American professional basketball player, he has played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing at the center position, he has been a record holder of six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He has been a member of six NBA championship teams as a player. He thereafter assisted the team as an assistant coach and was voted twice for NBA Finals MVP. In 1996, he became one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. 

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