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June 18, 2009, 05:22 PM


Link to one of my websites with the list: /1_10_The-top-50-NBA-Players-of-all-time.html

Breakdown of players 1-25: 5-all-time-players.html
Breakdown of players 26-50: ime-players-26-50-.html

Over 30 years of research and knowledge goes into this. I worked on my list for over a year.

Actual list:
1 Michael Jordan
2 Kareem Abdul Jabbar
3 Wilt Chamberlain
4 Magic Johnson
5 Larry Bird
6 Bill Russell
7 Hakem Olajuwon
8 Oscar Robertson
9 Shaquille O'Neal
10 Tim Duncan
11 Karl Malone
12 Moses Malone
13 Jerry West
14 Bob Pettit
15 Charles Barkley
16 David Robinson
17 Kevin Garnett
18 Kobe Bryant
19 George Mikan
20 LeBron James
21 Dr J
22 Bob Cousy
23 Elgin Baylor
24 John Havlicek
25 John Stockton
26 Clyde Drexler
27 Rick Barry
28 Isiah Thomas
29 Dirk Nowitzki
30 Gary Payton
31 Dwyane Wade
32 Patrick Ewing
33 Bob McAdoo
34 Walt Frazier
35 Neil Johnston
36 George Gervin
37 Allen Iverson
38 Elvin Hayes
39 Scottie Pippen
40 Dominique Wilkins
41 Dolph Schayes
42 Jason Kidd
43 Jerry Lucas
44 Willis Reed
45 Tiny Archibald
46 Dave Cowens
47 Paul Arizin
48 Steve Nash
49 Paul Pierce
50 Walt Bellamy

Honorable mention (this is a list of great players, some are closer top 50 players than others...):
Mark Aguirre
Ray Allen
Nick Anderson
Carmelo Anthony
Paul Arizin
Ron Artest
Mike Bibby
Chauncey Billups
Dave Bing
Rolando Blackman
Chris Bosh
Bruce Bowen
Don Buse
Ernie Calverley
Vince Carter
Tom Chambers
Maurice Cheeks
Terry Cummings
Billy Cunningham
Howie Dallmar
Mel Daniels
Adrian Dantley
Bob Davies
Walter Davis
Darryl Dawkins
Dave DeBusschere
Ernie DiGregorio
Joe Dumars
Mark Eaton
Sean Elliott
Dale Ellis
Alex English
Joe Fulks
Pau Gasol
Artis Gilmore
Manu Ginobli
Gail Goodrich
Hal Greer
Cliff Hagan
Penny Hardaway
Tim Hardaway
Ron Harper
Connie Hawkins
Spencer Haywood
Tommy Heinsohn
Grant Hill
Dwight Howard
Juwan Howard
Lou Hudson
Dan Issel
Mark Jackson
Dennis Johnson
Gus Johnson
Joe Johnson
Kevin Johnson
Larry Johnson
Marques Johnson
Neil Johnston
Bobby Jones
Sam Jones
Shawn Kemp
Jerome Kersey
Bernard King
Bill Laimbeer
Bob Lanier
Fat Lever
Ed Macauley
Jeff Malone
Danny Manning
Pistol Pete Maravich
Stephon Marbury
Shawn Marion
Cedric Maxwell
Xavier McDaniel
George McGinnis
Dick McGuire
Tracy McGrady
Vern Mikkelsen
Andre Miller
Reggie Miller
Yao Ming
Sidney Moncrief
Earl Monroe
Johnny Moore
Alonzo Mourning
Chris Mullin
Dikembe Mutumbo
Larry Nance
Norm Nixon
Jermaine O'Neal
Robert Parish
Tony Parker
Chris Paul
Chuck Person
Drazen Petrovic
Andy Phillip
Jim Pollard
Kevin Porter
Terry Porter
Mark Price
Glen Rice
Mitch Richmond
Alvin Robertson
Michael Ray Robinson
Guy Rodgers
Dennis Rodman
Tree Rollins
Ralph Sampson
Dolph Schayes
Detlef Schrempf
Bill Sharman
Jack Sikma
Rik Smits
Amare Stoudemire
Rod Strickland
Reggie Theus
David Thompson
Nate Thurmond
Rudy Tomjanovich
Jack Twyman
Wes Unseld
Norm Van Lier
Chet Walker
Ben Wallace
Rasheed Wallace
Bill Walton
Slick Watts
Chris Webber
Paul Westphal
Lenny Wilkens
Deron Williams
Kevin Willis
JoJo White
James Worthy
George Yardley
Max Zaslofsky

I could add a few more current players to the honorable mention list, but I do plan on updating my top 50 each and every off-season.


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