Greatest NBA players of all time

The NBA has seen thousands of great players come and go and only a few have managed to stand out and earn the title as one of the greatest.

Basketball has evolved throughout the decades and new players keep proving why they deserve to be called the best.

This list is dedicated to some legends in the game throughout the decades and some that are still active players to date: 

Kobe Bryant

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Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout his 20 year career and retired in 2016 as a shooting guard. In his years on the court Bryant proved himself to be one of the best of all time. He holds the record of the second-highest points scored in a single game (81) among all NBA players. Throughout his career he has collected awards such as NBA Most Valuable Player, Best NBA Player ESPY Award, the NBA All-Rookie Team and many more other awards. He has an impressive 17 All Star appearances and 5 championships.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Jabber is a legend and is still acknowledged today as one of the best to have been on a basketball court as the all-time leading scorer in the NBA with 28,387 career points. He played in an impressive 20 seasons and shot over 50% in all the seasons except one. He has six championships under his belt and six MVP’s to his name. The retired player got involved in film and television, writing, activism and he also became a cultural ambassador.

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Magic Johnson

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Also known as the greatest point guard of all-time, Johnson helped to pave the way for many basketball players after him. He is a 5-time champion and a 3-time Finals MVP. Johnson was a great athlete and leader in his career up until he retired, he also became the coach of the LA Lakers in 1994. After his basketball career Johnson got involved in politics and became an HIV activist.

LeBron James

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Some people would argue that James is the best NBA player. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ small forward started his professional career in 2003 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he later played for Miami Heat between 2010 and 2014, then he went back to Cleveland Cavaliers. Also known as “King James” or “The Chosen One”, James is known to embrace basketball and take it to new heights. In January 2018, James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 30 000 points. The only other players who have eclipsed 30,000 points are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki.

Michael Jordan

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Obviously Jordon makes the list as the best NBA player of all time. Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984 and he immediately took the league by storm which earned him the Roockie of the Year award. That was then he started becoming a household name and hold a place in the heart of basketball fans. Jordan is a 6-time MVP, a 14-time All Star and a 10-time scoring leader. He took a break from basketball and pursued his interest in baseball. He was soon back on the basketball court making history.

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Published: 05/31/2018