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50 Greatest Players in NBA History

As selected in 1996 by a blue-ribbon panel of media; former players and coaches; current and former general managers; and team executives.

50 Players

Per Game Shooting Advanced
Player From To G MP PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% WS WS/48
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 1989 1560 36.8 24.6 11.2 3.6 0.9 2.6 .559 .056 .721 273.4 .228
Tiny Archibald 1971 1984 876 35.6 18.8 2.3 7.4 1.1 0.1 .467 .224 .810 83.4 .128
Paul Arizin 1951 1962 713 38.4 22.8 8.6 2.3 .421 .810 108.8 .183
Charles Barkley 1985 2000 1073 36.7 22.1 11.7 3.9 1.5 0.8 .541 .266 .735 177.2 .216
Rick Barry 1966 1980 794 36.3 23.2 6.5 5.1 2.0 0.5 .449 .330 .900 93.4 .156
Elgin Baylor 1959 1972 846 40.0 27.4 13.5 4.3 .431 .780 104.2 .148
Dave Bing 1967 1978 901 36.4 20.3 3.8 6.0 1.3 0.2 .441 .775 68.8 .101
Larry Bird 1980 1992 897 38.4 24.3 10.0 6.3 1.7 0.8 .496 .376 .886 145.8 .203
Wilt Chamberlain 1960 1973 1045 45.8 30.1 22.9 4.4 .540 .511 247.3 .248
Bob Cousy 1951 1970 924 35.3 18.4 5.2 7.5 .375 .803 91.1 .139
Dave Cowens 1971 1983 766 38.6 17.6 13.6 3.8 1.1 0.9 .460 .071 .783 86.3 .140
Billy Cunningham 1966 1976 654 34.3 20.8 10.1 4.0 1.2 0.5 .446 .720 63.2 .135
Dave DeBusschere 1963 1974 875 35.7 16.1 11.0 2.9 0.9 0.5 .432 .699 60.8 .093
Clyde Drexler 1984 1998 1086 34.6 20.4 6.1 5.6 2.0 0.7 .472 .318 .788 135.6 .173
Julius Erving 1977 1987 836 34.3 22.0 6.7 3.9 1.8 1.5 .507 .261 .777 106.2 .178
Patrick Ewing 1986 2002 1183 34.3 21.0 9.8 1.9 1.0 2.4 .504 .152 .740 126.4 .150
Walt Frazier 1968 1980 825 37.5 18.9 5.9 6.1 1.9 0.2 .490 .000 .786 113.5 .176
George Gervin 1977 1986 791 33.5 26.2 4.6 2.8 1.2 0.8 .511 .297 .844 88.1 .159
Hal Greer 1959 1973 1122 35.5 19.2 5.0 4.0 .452 .801 102.7 .124
John Havlicek 1963 1978 1270 36.6 20.8 6.3 4.8 1.2 0.3 .439 .815 131.7 .136
Elvin Hayes 1969 1984 1303 38.4 21.0 12.5 1.8 1.0 2.0 .452 .147 .670 120.8 .116
Magic Johnson 1980 1996 906 36.7 19.5 7.2 11.2 1.9 0.4 .520 .303 .848 155.8 .225
Sam Jones 1958 1969 871 27.9 17.7 4.9 2.5 .456 .803 92.3 .182
Michael Jordan 1985 2003 1072 38.3 30.1 6.2 5.3 2.3 0.8 .497 .327 .835 214.0 .250
Jerry Lucas 1964 1974 829 38.8 17.0 15.6 3.3 0.4 0.3 .499 .783 98.4 .147
Karl Malone 1986 2004 1476 37.2 25.0 10.1 3.6 1.4 0.8 .516 .274 .742 234.6 .205
Moses Malone 1977 1995 1329 33.9 20.6 12.2 1.4 0.8 1.3 .491 .100 .769 167.1 .178
Pete Maravich 1971 1980 658 37.0 24.2 4.2 5.4 1.4 0.3 .441 .667 .820 46.7 .092
Kevin McHale 1981 1993 971 31.0 17.9 7.3 1.7 0.4 1.7 .554 .261 .798 113.0 .180
George Mikan 1949 1956 439 34.4 23.1 13.4 2.8 .404 .782 108.7 .249
Earl Monroe 1968 1980 926 32.0 18.8 3.0 3.9 1.0 0.3 .464 .807 77.4 .125
Shaquille O'Neal 1993 2011 1207 34.7 23.7 10.9 2.5 0.6 2.3 .582 .045 .527 181.7 .208
Hakeem Olajuwon 1985 2002 1238 35.7 21.8 11.1 2.5 1.7 3.1 .512 .202 .712 162.8 .177
Robert Parish 1977 1997 1611 28.4 14.5 9.1 1.4 0.8 1.5 .537 .000 .721 147.0 .154
Bob Pettit 1955 1965 792 38.8 26.4 16.2 3.0 .436 .761 136.0 .213
Scottie Pippen 1988 2004 1178 34.9 16.1 6.4 5.2 2.0 0.8 .473 .326 .704 125.1 .146
Willis Reed 1965 1974 650 35.5 18.7 12.9 1.8 0.6 1.1 .476 .747 74.9 .156
Oscar Robertson 1961 1974 1040 42.2 25.7 7.5 9.5 1.1 0.1 .485 .838 189.2 .207
David Robinson 1990 2003 987 34.7 21.1 10.6 2.5 1.4 3.0 .518 .250 .736 178.7 .250
Bill Russell 1957 1969 963 42.3 15.1 22.5 4.3 .440 .561 163.5 .193
Dolph Schayes 1950 1964 996 34.4 18.5 12.1 3.1 .380 .849 142.4 .192
Bill Sharman 1951 1961 711 32.0 17.8 3.9 3.0 .426 .883 82.8 .178
John Stockton 1985 2003 1504 31.8 13.1 2.7 10.5 2.2 0.2 .515 .384 .826 207.7 .209
Isiah Thomas 1982 1994 979 36.3 19.2 3.6 9.3 1.9 0.3 .452 .290 .759 80.7 .109
Nate Thurmond 1964 1977 964 37.2 15.0 15.0 2.7 0.5 2.1 .421 .667 78.0 .104
Wes Unseld 1969 1981 984 36.4 10.8 14.0 3.9 1.1 0.6 .509 .500 .633 110.1 .147
Bill Walton 1975 1987 468 28.3 13.3 10.5 3.4 0.8 2.2 .521 .000 .660 39.3 .142
Jerry West 1961 1974 932 39.2 27.0 5.8 6.7 2.6 0.7 .474 .814 162.6 .213
Lenny Wilkens 1961 1975 1077 35.3 16.5 4.7 6.7 1.3 0.2 .432 .774 95.5 .120
James Worthy 1983 1994 926 32.4 17.6 5.1 3.0 1.1 0.7 .521 .241 .769 81.2 .130