The Best and Greatest NBA Player of All Time

1. Michael Jordan

Professional career playoff statistics : 33.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.7 APG          Honors: 6 NBA titles, 6 Finals MVPs, 5 reg. season MVPs

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (was born on February 17, 1963), likewise known MJ, was a former American basketball and most popular player of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in history. He played fifteen seasons in the NBA, winning 6 titles while playing with the Chicago Bulls. His life story on the authority NBA site states: "By recognition, Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever." He was one of the most successfully promoted competitors of his age and was viewed as instrumental in advocating the NBA around the globe during the 1980s and 1990s.

As a rookie, he was an individual from the Tar Heels' national title group in 1982. Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick, and immediately rose as a shining star and engaged the whole team with his very productive scoring. His jumping ability, showed by performing awesome slam dunks from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests, earned him the appellations Air Jordan and His Airness.

He likewise increased a notoriety for being a standout amongst other guard players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA title with the Bulls, and followed that accomplishment with titles in 1992 and 1993, making sure about a "three-peat". In spite of the fact that Jordan suddenly resigned from ball before the 1993–94 NBA season and began another vocation in Minor League Baseball, he came back to the Bulls in March 1995 and drove them to three extra titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998, just as a then-record 72 regular season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. He resigned for a second time in January 1999 however returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a player for the Washington Wizards.

Jordan's individual honors and achievements comprises of 6 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, 10 scoring titles (both unbreakable records), 5 MVP Awards, 10 All-NBA First Team assignments, nine All-Defensive First Team awards, 14 NBA All-Star Game seasons, 3 All-Star Game MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for most outstanding career during regular season scoring regular (30.12 focuses per game) and most highest career season finisher scoring regular (33.45 focuses per game). In 1999, he was named the best North American player of the twentieth century by ESPN, and was underdog to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press' rundown of competitors of the century. Jordan is a double cross inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, having been respected in 2009 for his individual profession and again in 2010 as a key performer of the gathering acceptance of the 1992 United States men's Olympic ball group ("The Dream Team"). He turned into a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

2. Bill Russell

Professional career playoff statistics : 16.2 PPG, 24.9 RPG, 4.7 APG

Honors: 11 NBA titles, 5 reg. season MVPs

William Felton Russell (was born on February 12, 1934) is a former Boston Celtics American basketball player who played center for the team of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from year 1956 to year 1969. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a twelve-time All-Star, he was the focal point of the Celtics line that won eleven NBA titles during his 13-year long profession. Russell and Henri Richard of the National Hockey League are tied for the record of the most titles won by a competitor in a North American games group. Russell drove the University of San Francisco to two back to back NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956, and he captained the gold-award winning U.S. national b-ball group at the 1956 Summer Olympics.

Bill Russell is viewed by numerous individuals as one of the best basketball players ever. He is 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall, with a 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) wingspan. His shot-blocking and man-to-man barrier were significant explanations behind the Celtics' control of the NBA during his profession. Russell was similarly outstanding for his rebounding capabilities. He drove the NBA in rebound scores multiple times, had twelve sequential periods of at least 1,000 rebounds, and stays second overall in both all rebounds back and bounce back per game. He is one of only two NBA players (the other being obvious opponent Wilt Chamberlain) to have gotten in excess of 50 rebound in a game. Russell was never the point of convergence of the Celtics' offense, however he scored 14,522 career points and gave successful passing records.

Russell played in the wake of dark pioneers Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, and Sweetwater Clifton, and he was the principal black player to accomplish hotshot status in the NBA. He additionally served a three-season (1966–69) stretch as player-coach for the Celtics, turning into the head black coach in North American pro athletics and the first to win a title. In 2011, Barack Obama granted Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his achievements on the court and in the Civil Rights Movement.

Russell is one of seven players in the history to win a NCAA Championship, a NBA Championship, and an Olympic gold medal. He was accepted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was chosen into the NBA 25th Anniversary Team in 1971 and the NBA 35th Anniversary Team in 1980, and named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, one of just four players to get each of the three distinctions. In 2007, he was inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame. In Russell's memory the NBA renamed the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy in 2009: it is currently the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.

3. Magic Johnson

Professional career playoff statistics : 19.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 12.3 APG

Honors: 5 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, 3 reg. season MVPs

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (was born August 14, 1959) is a former American professional NBA basketball player and previous leader of Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. For 13 consecutive seasons, he played for Lakers basketball team as a point guard. Subsequent to winning titles in high school and college, Johnson was chosen first in the overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a title and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his early years season, and won four additional titles with the Lakers during the 1980s.

Johnson resigned suddenly in 1991 subsequent to reporting that he had contracted HIV, however came back to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After fights from his close players, he resigned again for a long time, yet returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before resigning for the third and last time.

Johnson's professional accomplishments incorporate three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team assignments. He drove the team in regular season assists four times, and is the NBA's record-breaking pioneer in regular assists per game, at 11.2. Johnson was an individual from the 1992 United States men's Olympic b-ball team ("The Dream Team"), which won the Olympic gold awards in 1992. Subsequent to leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson shaped the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that went far and wide playing exhibition games. Johnson was regarded as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

Johnson turned into a double cross inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being respected in 2002 for his individual profession, and again in 2010 as an individual from the "Dream Team". He was considered the best NBA point watchman ever by ESPN in 2007. His fellowship and contention with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he looked in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA title arrangement, are very much stated.

4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Professional career playoff statistics : 24.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.4 BPG

Honors: 6 NBA titles, 2 Finals MVPs, 6 reg. season MVPs

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. in April 16, 1947) is a former american  professional NBA player who played at least 20 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers teams. During his profession as a power-center, Kareem was a record 6 time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19 time NBA All-Star player, a 15-time All-NBA Star selection, and a 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. A member from six NBA championship teams as a player and two more as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals as Most Valuable Player. In 1996, he was regarded as one of the 50 Greatest Players in the history of NBA. NBA coach Pat Riley and players Isiah Thomas and Julius Erving have considered him the best basketball player ever.

In the wake of winning 71 consecutive basketball games on his secondary school group in New York City, Alcindor was enrolled by Jerry Norman, the associate mentor of UCLA, where he played for coach John Wooden on three back to back national title groups and was a record three-time MVP of the NCAA Tournament. Drafted with the first overall pick by the one-season-old Bucks establishment in the 1969 NBA draft, Alcindor burned through six seasons in Milwaukee. In the wake of driving the Bucks to its first NBA title at age 24 out of 1971, he took the Muslim name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Utilizing his brand name "skyhook" shot, he set up himself as one of the group's top scorers. In 1975, he was exchanged to the Lakers, with whom he played the last 14 periods of his vocation and won five extra NBA titles. Abdul-Jabbar's commitments were a key segment in the "Showtime" time of Lakers basketball games. Over his 20-year NBA profession, his team prevailing with regards to making the end of the season games multiple times and moved beyond the first cycle multiple times; his groups arrived at the NBA Finals on 10 events.

When he retired at age 42 during the year of 1989, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's record-breaking pioneer in points scored (38,387), games played (1,560), minutes played (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goal attempts (28,307), blocked shots (3,189), defensive rebounds (9,394), vocation wins (1,074), and personal fouls (4,657). He remains the unequaled pioneer in shots scored, field objectives made, and vocation wins. He is positioned third unsurpassed in the two rebounds and blocked shots. In 2007, ESPN casted a ballot for him as the best center player all time, in 2008, they named him the "best ever basketball player in the college history", and in 2016, he was named as 2nd to Michael Jordan as the best player in NBA history ever. Abdul-Jabbar has additionally been an entertainer, a basketball coach , and a smash hit author. In 2012, he was chosen by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U.S. worldwide cultural ambassador. 

5. Larry Bird

Professional career playoff statistics : 23.8 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 6.5 APG

Honors: 3 NBA titles, 2 Finals MVPs, 3 reg. season MVPs

Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a former American basketball player, previous coach, and previous leader who most as of late served in as President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "The Hick from French Lick", Bird is globally regarded as one of the best basketball players in the NBA ever.

Drafted into the NBA by the Boston Celtics with the 6th by and large pick in the 1978 NBA draft, Bird began at small forward and power forward for the Celtics for 13 seasons. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and got the NBA Most Valuable Player Award three back to back occasions (1984–1986). He played his whole professional profession for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. Bird was likewise an individual from the gold-award winning 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team known as "The Dream Team". He was casted a ballot to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, was accepted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, and was drafted into the Hall of Fame again in 2010 as a member from "The Dream Team".

In the wake of retiring as a player, Bird filled in as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from year 1997 to 2000. He was named NBA Coach of the Year for the 1997-1998 season and later drove the Pacers to a win in the 2000 NBA Finals. In 2003, Bird was named President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers, holding the situation until resigning in 2012. Because of his exemplary performance during the year, he was named NBA Executive Player of the Year for 2012. Bird came back to the Pacers as President of Basketball Operations in 2013 and stayed in that job until 2017.

6. LeBron James

Professional career playoff statistics : 28.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 6.7 APG

Honors: 2 NBA titles, 2 Finals MVPs, 4 reg. season MVPs

LeBron Raymone James Sr. ( he was born 30th of December, year 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the LA Lakers team of the National Basketball Association (NBA) league. He is regularly thought as one of the best basketball player ever, which has brought about continuous com[arison to Michael Jordan. Lebron's group's played in eight consecutive NBA Finals during the 2011–2018 seasons across the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers teams. His achievements includes three NBA titles, four MVP's, three Finals MVP's, and two Olympic gold awards. James holds the unsurpassed record for end of the season highest game points, is third in all-time points, and eighth in all-time assists. James was chosen to the All-NBA First Team twelve times (unequaled record), made the All-Defensive First Team five times, played in sixteen All-Star Games as All-Star MVP three times.

James played basketball for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his old neighborhood of Akron, Ohio during high school, where he was vigorously promoted by the national media as a future NBA great performer. A prep-to-pro, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team in year 2003 as the first overall draft pick in the year. He was named the 2003–2004 NBA Rookie of the Year player, he before long settled himself as one of the team's important players, winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award during 2009 and 2010. In the wake of losing a title to Cleveland team, James left in 2010 to sign as a free agent with the Miami Heat basketball team. This move was reported in an ESPN special entitled The Decision, and is one of the most controversial free agent move in American basketball history.

James won his initial two NBA titles while playing for the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013; in both of these years, he also earned league MVP and Finals MVP. After his fourth season with the Miami Heat in year 2014, James quit his agreement to re-sign with the Cavaliers. In 2016, he drove the Cavaliers to triumph over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals coming back down 3–1, conveying the establishment's first title and ending Cleveland's 52-year elite athletics title drought season. In 2018, James quit his agreement with the Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers returned from reliable losing seasons to turn out to be first in the Western Conference upon the 2019-20 season being suspended.

7. Wilt Chamberlain

Professional career playoff statistics : 22.5 PPG, 24.5 RPG, 4.2 APG

Honors: 2 NBA titles, 1 Finals MVP, 4 reg. season MVPs

Wilton Norman Chamberlain ( born August 21, 1936 ) was an American basketball player who played as a center and is viewed as probably one of the best player in the history of NBA. He played for the teams, Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) during his NBA tenure. While still studying, he played for the University of Kansas and additionally for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. Chamberlain stood high at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall, and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) as a rookie player before building up to 275 and in the end to more than 300 pounds (140 kg) while playing with the Lakers.

Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability classes. He is the one and only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or regular games at more than 40 and 50 points in one season. He won 7 scoring, 11 rebounding games, 9 field objective percentage titles and led the team in assists one time. Chamberlain is the only basketball player in NBA history to average at least a 30 points and 20 rebounds per average game in a single season, which he achieved multiple times. He is additionally the first basketball player to average at an average of 30 shots and 20 rebounds per game over the whole course of his NBA professional basketball. In spite of the fact that he endured a long series of misfortunes in the end of the season games, Chamberlain had a fruitful profession, winning two NBA titles, with few Most Valuable Player awards in few seasons, the Rookie of the Year award, one NBA Finals MVP award, and was chosen to 13 All-Star Games and ten All-NBA First and Second groups. He was endorsed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, chosen into the NBA's 35th Anniversary Team of 1980, and in 1996 he was picked as one of the many 50 Greatest Players so far in the National Basketball Association (NBA) History.

8. Tim Duncan

Professional career playoff statistics : 21.9 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.4 BPG

Honors: 4 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, 2 reg. season MVPs

Timothy Theodore Duncan (was born on the 25th of April, year 1976) is a former american NBA basketball player and a professional basketball coach who is an associate coach for his team in the National Basketball Association which is the San Antonio Spurs. . He went through his whole 19-year playing basketball with the Spurs.

Duncan began as a hopeful swimmer and didn't start playing ball until 9th grade when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the main accessible Olympic-sized pool in his country of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. In secondary school, he played ball for St. Dunstan's Episcopal. In senior school, Tim Duncan played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons team, and in his senior year, he was able to earned the John Wooden Award as well as Naismith College Player of the Year and USBWA College Player of the Year during those years.

In the wake of moving on from school, Duncan went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year after being chosen by San Antonio Spurs with the first by and large pick in the 1997 NBA annual draft. Generally viewed as the greatest power forward of all time while likewise playing at power center for most of his profession he is remembered as one of the best basketball player in the NBA history, he is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time NBA All-Star, and the main player to be chosen to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 continuous seasons.

9. Shaquille O'Neal

Professional career playoff statistics : 24.3 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 2.1 BPG

Honors: 4 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, 1 reg. season MVP

Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal was born March 6, 1972 is a retired former american basketball player who is a sports analyst now on the TV program Inside the NBA on TNT. He is viewed as probably the best player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. At the towering height of 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall and 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever in the NBA. O'Neal played for six groups over his 19-year profession as a basketball player.

Following his time at Louisiana State University, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first in general pick in the 1992 NBA draft. He immediately got one of the best centers in the class, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and driving his group to the 1995 NBA Finals. Following four years playing with Orlando Magic, O'Neal marked as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. They won three successive championships in years 2000, 2001, and 2002. Amid tension between O'Neal and fellow star player, Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was exchanged to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA title followed in 2006. Halfway through the 2007–2008 season he was exchanged to the Phoenix Suns. After more than one season with the Suns, O'Neal was exchanged to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team in the 2009–10 season. O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before resigning and started working as a businessman.

10. Hakeem Olajuwon

Professional career playoff statistics : 25.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.3 BPG

Honors: 2 NBA titles, 2 Finals MVPs, 1 reg. season MVP

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, born January 21, 1963, formerly called (and still articulated as) Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From the year 1984 to 2002, he played as the high, powerful center position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for both the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors. He drove the Rockets to consecutive NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was drafted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was accepted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Recorded at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Olajuwon is viewed as probably the best player ever to play the game. He was nicknamed "The Dream" during his basketball profession after he dunked so easily that his school mentor said it "resembled a dream".

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