Top 10 players in NBA history

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There are some players that have become part of the history of the NBA not only because of their talent but also because they have changed the game as we know it today. Here are our top 10 players in NBA history. Take a look through our list then let us know your opinion.

10. Stephen Curry

Being the youngest player on this list, Stephen Curry has shown over the years that he is one of the best players in modern Basketball. With 4 championships and an 8 time NBA all-star, he is definitely no slouch. Curry is still playing for Golden State Warriors where they just won the NBA championship this year (2022) and it seems that his career is getting better each year.

This is a photo of Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors shooting a basketball
Steph Curry playing for the Golden State Warriors

9. Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille is now a sports analyst and pundit that used to play for the Lakers together with Kobe Bryant.

He also has 4 championships under his belt and numerous individual trophies. Shaq was the kind of player that every coach wants to have on their team. Tall and bulky, Shaquille was a force of nature that just could not be stopped when he was in his prime.

This is a photo of Shaquille O'Neal playing for the LA Lakers.
Shaquille playing for the Lakers

8. Wilt Chamberlain

Despite only having won two championships in his career, one for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967 and the other one for the Lakers in 1972, Wilt Chamberlain is known for being the first and the only player to score more than 100 points in a single game. No one has ever managed to do that again in the sport.

This is a photo of Wilt Chamberlain wearing a Kansas Jayhawks jersey
Wilt Chamberlain

7. Kobe Bryant 

Kobe Bryant is a legend of the sport and he provided great moments for NBA fans around the globe until his last game in April 2006. He won 5 championships and was also the most decorated all-star. Kobe is still considered by many to be the greatest of all time.

This is a photo of Kobe Bryant in the purple LA Lakers jersey
Kobe playing for the Lakers

6. Magic Johnson

If there was a player that changed the game in the 80s it was Magic Johnson. Not only is he remembered for his beautiful style of play but he also won numerous trophies like 5 NBA championships. He was also the first to win the NBA Finals MVP three times. His intense rivalry with Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics gave the NBA some of the best moments in the game and increased the popularity of the sport around the world.

This is a photo of Magic Johnson kissing the  Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy
Magic Johnson kissing the NBA Championship trophy

5. Larry Bird

Larry Bird is the prime example that hard work beats raw talent. He won 3 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and was part of one of the best teams in NBA history. Larry is well known for having a very strong character and was a very technical player capable of scoring, passing, defending and being a very good team player in clutch moments. 

This is a photo of Larry Bird playing for the Boston Celtics
Larry Bird playing for the Boston Celtics

4. Bill Russell

Even if you are not a basketball fan you probably know the name, Bill Russel. Russell is the only player that won more champions than any other else, with 11 championships in 13 seasons. Russel is a legend of the sport and we think it is highly doubtful any player can achieve as much as he did during his career playing for the Boston Celtics. His honours include 11 NBA Championships, 5 MVP awards, 12 All-Star Awards and 2 All-NBA First Team selections. 

This is a photo of Bill Russell playing for the Boston Celtics.
Bill Russell playing for the Boston Celtics

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

Abdul-Jabbar is the leading NBA scorer of all time, with 6 championships and 6 MVP awards. He also won 2 NBA Finals MVPs and was an NBA All-Star 19 times. Abdul played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, making his mark in NBA history as the greatest center. His trademark shot, the skyhook, was the bane of all defenders.

This is a photo of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wearing an LA Lakers jersey
Abdul when he was young

2. LeBron James

King James has been the most consistent player that still plays with the same intensity and emotion as he was young. With 4 championships and other trophies like 2 golden medals what makes LeBron so special is the fact that he was able to win the NBA championship with the Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Miami Heat. He elevates every team he plays with.

This is a photo of LeBron James playing for the LA Lakers
LeBron James playing for the Lakers

1. Michael Jordan

Finally, in first place, we have a player that is no surprise to anyone. Michael Jordan is considered by many the greatest of all time because of his achievements inside and outside of the field of basketball. Winning 6 championships and numerous other trophies throughout his career, his legacy continues up to this day as he transcended the sport becoming a star around the world. 

This is a photo of Michael Jordan while playing for the Chicago Bulls
Michael Jordan playing for the Bulls

What do you think about our list of the Top 10 players in NBA history? If you liked this article you can also read our top 10 moments in NBA history

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