August 4, 2012

Greatest NBA Players of All-Time: Top 25

#23 Michael Jordan, SG, Chicago Bulls


Ranking the Greatest Players in NBA History is a tall order, and it is definitely not easy. Below I have composed a list of who I believe are the top 25 NBA players of All-Time. A variety of factors such as: scoring, shooting ability, defensive ability, championships, career stats, and the clutch factor are determining factors. You shouldn't be surprised by who takes the top spot, but there are some surprises on the list. Feel free to let me know who's too high, who's too low, who should be excluded from the list, as well as who was left off.



1. Michael Jordan (SG)
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 216 lbs.
Retirement Age: 40 | Experience: 15 Years


NBA Teams: Bulls, Wizards

Career Averages:
30.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 2.7 TOPG, (50% FG), (33% 3PT), (84% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
6 NBA Championships
6-Time NBA Finals MVP
5-Time NBA MVP
14-Time NBA All-Star
10-Time NBA Scoring Champion
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
10-Time All-NBA First Team
1-Time All-NBA Second Team
9-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
3-Time NBA All-Star MVP



Analysis: I told you this wouldn't be a surprise. "His Airness" Michael Jeffrey Jordan is the Greatest Player of All-Time. There isn't really much to explain here, but I'll do so anyway.

No one dominated on both ends of the floor like Jordan. On offense, he could do it all, finishing at the rim, scoring in the post, and in his prime, became a very reliable mid-range shooter. His 10 scoring titles give you an idea of his offensive greatness.

Defensively, he was fantastic, making the All-Defensive First Team 9 times, and he was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1988.

The numbers don't lie either, as Jordan averaged 30 Points per game for his career, and was very well rounded. He averaged 37 points per game in his third season, but arguably his best season came in 1988, Where he averaged 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Lastly, the man has 6 Championships, and was the MVP of all of them. He defined clutch, and he ascended to new heights when the post-season rolled around. No doubt about it, Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T.





2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) (C)
Height: 7-2 | Weight: 225 lbs.
Retirement Age: 42 | Experience: 20 Years


NBA Teams: Bucks, Lakers

Career Averages:
24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.6 BPG, 3.9 TOPG, (56% FG), (72% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
NBA All-Time Leading Scorer
6 NBA Championships
6-Time NBA MVP
19-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA Finals MVP
10-Time All-NBA First Team
5-Time All-NBA Second Team
5-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
6-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
2-Time NBA Scoring Champion
NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
NBA All-Rookie Team (1970)



Analysis: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should be no lower than 4 on anyone's list. He is arguably the greatest center in NBA History. In fact, he is the NBA's All-Time leading scorer. His accolades speak for themselves, but what is most impressive is that he was consistent for 20 years in the NBA.

His signature "sky hook" shot was un-defendable, and he was pretty much unstoppable early in his career. He didn't have any major weaknesses in his game. Although he wasn't quite as dominant in the 80s, he was still the best center in the game, and led LA to 5 championships.

To the people that suggest Magic made Kareem, that is absolutely false.





3. Earvin "Magic" Johnson (PG)
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Retirement Age: 36 | Experience: 13 Years


NBA Teams: Lakers

Career Averages:
19.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 11.2 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 3.9 TOPG, (52% FG), (30% 3PT), (85% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
5 NBA Championships
3-Time NBA MVP
12-Time NBA All-Star
3-Time NBA Finals MVP
9-Time All-NBA First Team
1-Time All-NBA Second Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980)
2-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP







Analysis: Magic Johnson could easily be number two, but he is definitely a top 3 player of all-time. He is the greatest point guard of all-time, and he dominated the game without having to score 25 a night.

When Magic was drafted by the Lakers in '79, they almost immediately began winning championships. A true point forward, Magic had an excellent all-around game, and he took over every post-season.

Some would be hard-pressed to say Magic Johnson is a top 3 player because he averaged a little less than 20 points per game, but that's just how great he was.





4. Wilt Chamberlain (C)
Height: 7-1 | Weight: 275 lbs.
Retirement Age: 36 | Experience: 14 Years


NBA Teams: Warriors, 76ers, Lakers

Career Averages:
30.1 PPG, 22.9 RPG, 4.4 APG, (54% FG), (51% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
2 NBA Championships
4-Time NBA MVP
1-Time NBA Finals MVP
7-Time All-NBA First Team
3-Time All-NBA Second Team
2-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
13-Time NBA All-Star
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
7-Time NBA Scoring Champion
11-Time NBA Rebounding Champion
NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)




Analysis: Based on statistics, Wilt Chamberlain is the G.O.A.T. He was the most dominant player of his era, or any era for that matter.

"The Big Dipper" averaged a remarkable 38 points and 27 rebounds as a rookie, winning both the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards. He is also the only player to average 50 and 40 points per game in a season, and let's not forget he scored 100 points in a game, and pulled down 55 rebounds against Bill Russell.

The knock on Wilt is that he dominated in a fast-paced basketball era with smaller players and less defense. Could Wilt Dominate in this era? With all of the new NBA rule changes, he could, even in a slower paced NBA.





5. Larry Bird (SF)
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Retirement Age: 35 | Experience: 13 Years


NBA Teams: Celtics

Career Averages:
24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG, (50% FG), (38% 3PT), (89% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
3 NBA Championships
3-Time NBA MVP
12-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA Finals MVP
9-Time All-NBA First Team
1-Time All-NBA Second Team
3-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA Rookie of the Year (1980)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980)
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP





Analysis: Larry Legend is a top 5 player of all-time. He played the point-forward role to perfection in Boston for many years. He is one of the best all-around players in NBA history.

One of only six players in league history to average 24 points and 10 rebounds per game, Bird also averaged six assists per game, and is one of the best passers I've ever seen. And let's not forget, he's one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, and he has three rings.





6. Bill Russell (C)
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 215 lbs.
Retirement Age: 35 | Experience: 13 Years


NBA Teams: Celtics

Career Averages:
15.1 PPG, 22.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, (44% FG), (56% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
11 NBA Championships
5-Time NBA MVP
5-Time NBA Rebounding Champion
12-Time NBA All-Star
3-Time All-NBA First Team
8-Time All-NBA Second Team
1-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP







Analysis: The greatest winner of all-time, no one will ever top Bill Russell's 11 championships in 13 seasons. He was the ultimate team player, and he dominated the game without scoring a ton of points.

Russell could easily be higher, mainly because of his hardware and accolades, but I think this is a good spot for him. Rebounding, defending, blocking shots, etc. He's probably the best defender in NBA history, and would certainly be a little higher if he has a better offensive game.





7. Oscar Robertson (PG)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Retirement Age: 36 | Experience: 14 Years


NBA Teams: Royals, Bucks

Career Averages:
25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG, (49% FG), (84% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1 NBA Championship
1-Time NBA MVP
12-Time NBA All-Star
3-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
NBA Rookie of the Year (1961)
9-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team








Analysis: "The Big O" or "Mr. Triple-Double" as I like to call him, is another All-Time great with an excellent all-around game. At just 6-5, Robertson played like he was 6-10, rebounding better than most bigs.

Robertson is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double in a season, and for his career, he averaged 26, 10 & 8. He won his only championship teamed up with Kareem in Milwaukee.

While some will knock him for his lack of playoff success, Oscar Robertson is a top 10 player of all-time, and should not be overlooked.





8. Kobe Bryant (SG), Los Angeles Lakers
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Current Age: 33 | Experience: 16 Years


NBA Teams: Lakers

Career Averages:
25.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 3.0 TOPG, (45% FG), (34% 3PT), (84% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
5 NBA Championships
2-Time NBA Finals MVP
1-Time NBA MVP
14-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA Scoring Champion
10-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team
2-Time All-NBA Third Team
9-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
3-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
4-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP


Analysis: Kobe Bryant has cemented his status as a top 10 player of all-time, and some would even say top 5. While I won't go that far, there is no doubt that Kobe defines greatness.

The closest thing to a modern day Jordan, Kobe is arguably the second best scorer of all-time. While his all-around game in terms of rebounding and assist numbers aren't great, they are above-average and compare favorably to Jordan's.

Defensively, Kobe is one of the greatest at his position, locking down the opposing team's best player(s) on many occasions, and he's made the All-Defensive First Team 9 times.

Most importantly, Kobe is clutch, constantly reliable in late game situations, he always delivers, and he's closest to Jordan in that regard as well. His 5 championships are nothing to sneeze at either.





9. Tim Duncan (PF), San Antonio Spurs
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 255 lbs.
Current Age: 36 | Experience: 15 Years


NBA Teams: Spurs

Career Averages:
20.3 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.2 BPG, 2.6 TOPG, (51% FG), (69% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
4 NBA Championships
3-Time NBA Finals MVP
2-Time NBA MVP
13-Time NBA All-Star
9-Time All-NBA First Team
3-Time All-NBA Second Team
1-Time All-NBA Third Team
8-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
5-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998)
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP



Analysis: While far from flashy, Tim Duncan is one of the greatest to ever do it, and he is by far the best power forward of all-time. His all-around game is impressive, and he is a huge reason that David Robinson has 2 rings.

Consistency is what makes Duncan so great, and he has put up impressive numbers for 15 years now. Statistical dominance wasn't really what Duncan was about, but yet he still dominated both ends of the floor.

He has led his Spurs teams to four NBA Championships, and yet people still overlook him as a top 10 player of All-Time. You can make a case that he should be ranked ahead of Mr. Kobe Bryant, but #9 is a fitting spot for him.





T-10. Hakeem Olajuwon (C)
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 255 lbs.
Retirement Age: 38 | Experience: 18 Years


NBA Teams: Rockets, Raptors

Career Averages:
21.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.1 BPG, 3.0 TOPG, (51% FG), (71% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
2 NBA Championships
1-Time NBA MVP
2-Time NBA Finals MVP
12-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
6-Time All-NBA First Team
3-Time All-NBA Second Team
3-Time All-NBA Third Team
5-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
4-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie Team (1985)




Analysis: Hakeem "The Dream" is one of the most dominant centers of all-time. He was the best big man of his era, and one of the most talented ever.

Defensively, he was amazing, he was an excellent rebounder, shot-blocker, and defender in general. He also had a complete offensive game, as he was so versatile in being able to score in different ways.

His numbers are certainly impressive, but what may be most impressive is that he managed to win 2 NBA titles without a great supporting cast. He ranks just ahead of Shaq on this list.





T-10. Shaquille O'Neal (C)
Height: 7-1 | Weight: 325 lbs.
Retirement Age: 39 | Experience: 19 Years


NBA Teams: Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Cavaliers, Celtics

Career Averages:
23.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.3 BPG, 2.7 TOPG, (58% FG), (53% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
4 NBA Championships
3-Time NBA Finals MVP
1-Time NBA MVP
NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
15-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA Scoring Champion
8-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team
4-Time All-NBA Third Team
3-Time All-Defensive NBA Second Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
3-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP



Analysis: Shaq could easily be ranked as high as 6 or 7, and should definitely be considered in the top 10. He is arguably the most dominant big man ever, with his imposing size and physical presence in the paint.

In his prime, no one was a dominant as Shaq, and once he signed with the Lakers, led them to three consecutive championships. While dominant in the regular season, the post-season is where Shaq elevated his game, and simply could not be stopped.

He did have two weaknesses however, free throws, and himself. He didn't prove to be reliable at all at the foul line, and never really tried to get better. Plus, he could've been even more dominant had he tried to condition himself better and work harder.

Even thought he could've been even better, Shaq is still one of the top 10-12 players of all-time, and one of the most dominant big men to ever play in the NBA.





12. LeBron James (SF), Miami Heat
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Current Age: 27 | Experience: 9 Years


NBA Teams: Cavaliers, Heat

Career Averages:
27.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.3 TOPG, (48% FG), (33% 3PT), (75% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1 NBA Championship
1-Time NBA Finals MVP
3-Time NBA MVP
8-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
1-Time NBA Scoring Champion
6-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team
4-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)




Analysis: LeBron James will go down as a top 10 player for sure, and has a chance to go down as the second greatest player of all-time. Now that he has a ring, he is now in the top ten conversation right now, but I'll wait until next year to move him into the top 10.

At this point "King" James is probably the greatest athlete to ever play the game. He has an impressive all-around game comparable to the likes of Magic, Bird, and Oscar Robertson. He is the modern day point forward.

His physique, basketball talent, and play making ability make him unique, and once he wins a few more tiles, we'll be talking about LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan.





13. Jerry West (SG)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 175 lbs.
Retirement Age: 36 | Experience: 14 Years


NBA Teams: Lakers

Career Averages:
27.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 6.7 APG, (47% FG), (81% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1 NBA Championship
1-Time NBA Finals MVP
14-Time NBA All-Star
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
1-Time NBA Scoring Champion
10-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team
4-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
1-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team






Analysis: Jerry West did lose in the NBA Finals eight times, but he is still a champion. In fact, he is the NBA logo.

West is the third best shooting guard in NBA history, and one of the best scorers of all-time. Averaging 27 points per game for his career, West also averaged 7 assists and 6 rebounds for his career, as he was a very good all-around player.

He also had plenty of clutch moments in his career, and was a solid defender. Unfortunately, I did have to penalize him a bit for some of those finals loses, but he could easily be ranked in the top 10.





14. Karl Malone (PF)
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 265 lbs.
Retirement Age: 40 | Experience: 19 Years


NBA Teams: Jazz, Lakers

Career Averages:
25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 3.1 TOPG, (52% FG), (74% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
2-Time NBA MVP
14-Time NBA All-Star
11-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team
1-Time All-NBA Third Team
3-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
1-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie Team (1986)
2-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP






Analysis: "The Mailman" is the Greatest NBA Player to have never won a championship. One of the best power forwards of all-time, Malone was very productive during his 19 year NBA career.

Unfortunately, his teams fell short twice to the Michael Jordan led Bulls, but Malone was still a consistent performer for the Jazz. He's a 2-time NBA MVP, and the second all time leading scorer. Karl Malone would be a unanimous top 10 player with a championship or two.





15. Moses Malone (C)
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 260 lbs.
Retirement Age: 40 | Experience: 19 Years


NBA Teams: Rockets, 76ers, Bullets, Hawks, Bucks, Spurs

Career Averages:
20.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 2.9 TOPG, (49% FG), (77% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1-Time NBA Champion
1-Time NBA Finals MVP
3-Time NBA MVP
12-Time NBA All-Star
4-Time All-NBA First Team
4-Time All-NBA Second Team
1-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
1-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team







Analysis: Moses Malone jumped straight into the NBA from high school and made an impact immediately. A 3-Time MVP and 12-Time All-Star, Malone is highly regarded as an all-time great.

An excellent rebounder and a very good scorer, Malone was one of the best players at his position for the better part of 19 years.





16. Elgin Baylor (SF)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 225 lbs.
Retirement Age: 36 | Experience: 13 Years


NBA Teams: Lakers

Career Averages:
27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, (43% FG), (78% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
11-Time NBA All-Star
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
NBA Rookie of the Year (1959)
10-Time All-NBA First Team











Analysis: Elgin Baylor is one of the greatest Lakers of All-Time, but usually gets overlooked. It is very unfortunate that he retired just nine games into the 1971 season in which the Lakers won the championship.

Those facts aside, Baylor is arguably a top 10 player on his skills alone. He was an athletic forward with an excellent all-around game. Standing at only 6-5, he actually 20 rebounds per game during the 1960 season, averaging 14 per game for his career.

He doesn't get the credit he deserves as an all-time great, mainly because of his lack of hardware, but Baylor certainly should be in the top 20 on everyone's list.





17. David Robinson (C)
Height: 7-1 | Weight: 235 lbs.
Retirement Age: 37 | Experience: 14 Years


NBA Teams: Spurs

Career Averages:
21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, 3.0 BPG, 2.4 TOPG, (52% FG), (74% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
2-Time NBA Champion
1-Time NBA MVP
1-Time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
10-Time NBA All-Star
4-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team
4-Time All-NBA Third Team
4-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
4-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA Rookie of the Year (1990)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)




Analysis: David Robinson is one of the better centers in league history, posting impressive career averages of 21 and 11, while scoring efficiently. He's also a former league MVP.

One knock on Robinson is that he didn't win a championship until Tim Duncan arrived, but who cares? That doesn't take away from the fact that Robinson was a top 20 player, and a two time NBA champion.





18. Julius Erving (SF)
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 200 lbs.
Retirement Age: 37 | Experience: 11 Years


NBA Teams: 76ers

Career Averages:
22.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG, (51% FG), (26% FG), (78% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1-Time NBA Champion
1-Time NBA MVP
11-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
5-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team









Analysis: "Dr. J." was the man. Period. He didn't have a ton of personal accolades, but he was a heck of a basketball player.

He's well known for his leaping ability and his athleticism, but he was an excellent all-around player. Julius Erving put up some impressive numbers, especially if you count his ABA stats.





19. Charles Barkley (PF)
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 252 lbs.
Retirement Age: 37 | Experience: 16 Years


NBA Teams: 76ers, Suns, Rockets

Career Averages:
22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 3.1 TOPG, (54% FG), (74% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1-Time NBA MVP
11-Time NBA All-Star
5-Time All-NBA First Team
5-Time All-NBA Second Team
1-Time All-NBA Third Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP








Analysis: "Sir Charles" Barkley is another great player without a ring. He was an undersized power forward, who was great in the low post and was a pretty versatile scorer, as wwll as an impressive rebounder for a player of his height.

Forget all about the off the court stuff and the fact that he never won a ring, and you possibly have a top 15, maybe even a top 10 player.





20. Dirk Nowitzki (PF), Dallas Mavericks
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 245 lbs.
Current Age: 34 | Experience: 14 Years


NBA Teams: Mavericks

Career Averages:
22.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 1.9 TOPG, (48% FG), (38% 3PT), (88% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1 NBA Championship
1-Time NBA Finals MVP
1-Time NBA MVP
11-Time NBA All-Star
4-Time All-NBA First Team
5-Time All-NBA Second Team
3-Time All-NBA Third Team








Analysis: Dirk Nowitzki a top 20 player of all-time? I don't see why not. After showing up LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in last year's NBA finals, he elevated himself above plenty of players.

In fact, many people were asking if either he, Charles Barkley, or Karl Malone were the greatest player without a ring. So I could make a case for him to be ranked higher.

Dirk has re-defined the power forward position, being one of the most versatile scoring big men ever, and an excellent three point shooter. He's definitely the greatest foreign player in NBA history, and once he retires, we can really see where he stacks up against some of the others.





21. Kevin Garnett (PF), Boston Celtics
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 253 lbs.
Current Age: 36 | Experience: 17 Years


NBA Teams: Timberwolves, Celtics

Career Averages:
19.3 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 2.3 TOPG, (50% FG), (79% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1 NBA Championship
1-Time NBA MVP
1-Time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
14-Time NBA All-Star
4-Time All-NBA First Team
3-Time All-NBA Second Team
2-Time All-NBA Third Team
9-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
3-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1996)
4-Time NBA Rebounding Champion
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP



Analysis: When Kevin Garnett retires, he could definitely be considered a top 25 player. He's one of the best power forwards ever, so it's only right that he's in the discussion.

Garnett is so versatile, great on both ends of the floor, and gives maximum effort. Defensively, he gets a ton of credit, and rightfully so. He didn't win a championship until he got to Boston, but I don't dock him for that at all.





22. Bob Pettit (PF)
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Retirement Age: 32 | Experience: 11 Years


NBA Teams: Hawks

Career Averages:
26.4 PPG, 16.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, (44% FG), (76% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
1 NBA Championship
2-Time NBA MVP
11-Time NBA All-Star
4-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
NBA Rookie of the Year (1955)
10-Time All-NBA First Team
1-Time All-NBA Second Team
2-Time NBA Scoring Champion







Analysis: Many people won't rank Bob Pettit this high, but I will. He was a very dominant player in his era, and became the NBA's first MVP.

26 points and 16 rebounds per game is nothing to overlook, not to mention he was very consistent throughout his career. Pettit is a great player who deserves a lot of credit.





23. John Stockton (PG)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 175 lbs.
Retirement Age: 41 | Experience: 19 Years


NBA Teams: Jazz

Career Averages:
13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 2.8 TOPG, (52% FG), (38% 3PT), (83% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
10-Time NBA All-Star
1-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
2-Time All NBA-First Team
6-Time All-NBA Second Team
3-Time All-NBA Third Team
5-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
9-Time League Leader in Assists








Analysis: In terms of his numbers, John Stockton is a little overrated, and yet he is underrated in general.

Arguably the best pure point guard in NBA history, Stockton leads all players in assists and steals all-time. He even led the league in assists nine straight times. He was also a very good shooter, and could be relied on for crucial buckets.

Now Stockton is another great player without a ring, but don't make too much of that. He would thrive in today's NBA, and I'd still take him over almost any point guard.





24. John Havlicek (SF)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 203 lbs.
Retirement Age: 38 | Experience: 16 Years


NBA Teams: Celtics

Career Averages:
20.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG, (44% FG), (82% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
8 NBA Championships
1-Time NBA Finals MVP
13-Time NBA All-Star
4-Time All-NBA First Team
7-Time All-NBA Second Team
5-Time NBA All-Defensive First Team
3-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1963)







Analysis: John Havlicek was known as a great all-around player who was a very key player in 8 Celtics championships. A 13-Time All-Star as well, Havlicek was a good scorer and rebounder, and is still one of the more underrated players of all-time.





25. Isiah Thomas (PG)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 180 lbs.
Retirement Age: 33 | Experience: 13 Years


NBA Teams: Pistons

Career Averages:
19.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 9.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 3.8 TOPG, (45% FG), (29% 3PT), (76% FT)

Career Accomplishments:
2 NBA Championships
1-Time NBA Finals MVP
12-Time NBA All-Star
2-Time NBA All-Star Game MVP
3-Time All-NBA First Team
2-Time All-NBA Second Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1982)








Analysis: You can definitely make a case for Isiah Thomas being the second best point guard of all-time, and he is definitely a top 25 player. Leading the "Bad Boy" Pistons to back-to-back titles in '89 and '90, Thomas was an excellent play maker, and he was very productive in general.

He came up big in big games, and was a very good and reliable scorer as well. There is definitely a case to be made for him being higher on this list.




Honorable Mention: Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Elvin Hayes, Clyde Drexler, George Mikan