NBA has always introduced exceptional basketball players to the world. But there are very few who leaves their mark behind; THE ICONS. Here is a list of some of the best Basketball players of all time.
Considering dominance, versatility, longevity, accolades and some other factors, here are the top 10 best basketball players of all time.
10. Hakeem Olajuwon
The man with the “Dream Shake move”, Hakeem Olajuwon, is the most skilled man ever in NBA. His game was so renowned that Kobe Bryant, Le Bron James and Dwight Howard have improved their games under his guidance. He is the only player in NBA history to win the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season (1994). His Rockets won back-to-back championships against the New York Knicks, and Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando Magic.
9. Shaquille O’Neal
Currently a sports analyst on Inside the NBA on TNT Shaquille O Neal is considered as one of the greatest players of all time. Shaq would often use his extraordinary bulk (7’1” and 315 pounds) to bully his way to the basket. Once there, he would finish with an emphatic dunk, a foolproof strategy that helped O’Neal lead the NBA in field-goal percentage 10 times in his career.
O’Neal’s individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000).
8. Tim Duncan
Known for consistency throughout his years in NBA, Tim Duncan is the driving force behind some of the greatest defenses in history. He led the San Antonio Spurs to several NBA Championships.
Duncan is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time NBA All-Star, andthe only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 consecutive seasons. Off the court, Duncan is known for his quiet and unassuming nature and his active philanthropy.
7. Larry Bird
Larry Bird is considered as one of the most dominant player of all time. Every time he played, he demonstrated fierce competitiveness and remarkable skills. Bird led the Boston Celtics to three NBA Championships, compiling three regular season MVPs and 2 Finals MVPs along the way. Unfortunately, he had a short career due to injury otherwise he could’ve achieved a lot more.
6. Bill Russel
The greatest defender of all time Bill Russel invented some astonishing defensive sequences. He convinced everyone about how great defense can bring about a drastic change in the game. His 11 NBA titles from 13 seasons speaks volumes about his skills. He was a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a twelve-time All-Star; he was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty. A true legend and one of the best basketball players of all time.