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Which NBA player (or future NBA player) can you see getting the next quadruple double?

Here’s an interesting thing: If you make a search on Basketball Reference with the criteria > 10 PPG, > 6 RPG, > 6 APG, > 2 SPG you will see the most well rounded guards/forwards: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Jason Kidd, Scottie Pippen, Walt Frazier, Rick Barry, Fat Lever etc these are the players most likely to get a quadruple double with steals.

Getting 10 steals is remarkably difficult though; I think its interesting that Jordan, Magic, Kidd, Lebron etc never got a quadruple double before.

Using the criteria for blocks, you have to set it to > 10 PPG, > 6 RPG, > 4 APG, > 2 BPG and you can see some of the most well rounded big men: David Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Garnett, Bob Lanier all appear on the list pretty frequently. Wilt Chamberlain would have also been on there. Curiously, none of them except Robinson have produced a quadruple double, and Hakeem doesn’t appear on the list. Kareem had several seasons of statlines like 27/14/5/4 so I’m surprised he never had a quadruple double too.

Modern day, players are averaging triple doubles left and right so I will start with the most likely candidates: Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons would be my picks. Davis is currently the player most similar to Hakeem and Robinson too.

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Top 25 greatest NBA players by position + other NBA rankings

Now that the NBA season has ended (and what a season it was!) now comes to time to revisit the top 100 greatest players of all time, as well as the top NBA players by position. I’ve decided to discard my old post on this since that post was made back in 2013, and this one has been updated through the new NBA season, with top 25 per position making a total of 100 players here.

These are all gleaned by my composite score for each player, all ranked by tallying their stats and awards together. You can download it here

I’ve also agreed with Rick Barry’s assertion that we should judge NBA players by position, because how can you compare Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain and definitively say one is better than the other when they play totally different positions? You can’t. So let’s go by position. Here’s the new list:

Point Guard

1. Magic Johnson “The Magic Man”
19.5 PPG/7.2 RPG/11.2 APG, 5x Champion, 3x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA, 12x All-Star, 9x Finals Appearances (1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989, 1991)

2. Jerry West “Mr Clutch”
27.0 PPG/5.8 RPG/6.7 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 12x All-Defensive, 14x All Star, 9x Finals Appearances (1962-1963, 1965-1966, 1968-1970, 1972-1973)

3. Oscar Robertson “The Big O”
25.7 PPG/7.5 RPG/9.5 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 12x All-Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1971, 1974)

4. Bob Cousy “Houdini of the Hardwood”
18.4 PPG/5.2 RPG/7.5 APG, 6x Champion, 1x MVP, 12x All-NBA, 13x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (1957-1963)

5. Chris Paul “CP3”
18.7 PPG/4.4 RPG/9.5 APG, 7x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 9x All Star

6. John Stockton
13.1 PPG/2.7 RPG/10.5 APG, 11x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1997-1998)

7. Jason Kidd “J-Kidd”
12.6 PPG/6.3 RPG/8.7 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 10x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2002-2003, 2011)

8. Walt Frazier “Clyde”
18.9 PPG/5.9 RPG/6.1 APG, 2x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 7x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1970, 1972-1973)

9. Russell Westbrook “Beastbrook”
23.2 PPG/7.1 RPG/8.3 APG, 1x MVP, 8x All-NBA, 9x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2012)

10. Stephen Curry “Chef Curry”
23.5 PPG/4.5 RPG/6.6 APG, 3x Champion, 2x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2015-2019)

11. Gary Payton “The Glove”
16.3 PPG/3.9 RPG/6.7 APG, 1x Champion, 9x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 9x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1996, 2004, 2006)

12. Steve Nash
14.3 PPG/3.0 RPG/8.5 APG, 2x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 8x All Star

13. Isiah Thomas “Zeke”
19.2 PPG/3.6 RPG/9.3 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-NBA, 12x All-Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1988-1990)

14. Dennis Johnson “DJ”
14.9 PPG/3.9 RPG/5.0 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 5x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1978-1979, 1984-1987)

15. Tony Parker
15.5 PPG/2.7 RPG/5.6 APG, 4x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 4x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2014)

16. Chauncey Billups “Mr Big Shot”
15.2 PPG/2.9 RPG/5.4 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive, 5x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2004, 2005)

17. Tiny Archibald
18.8 PPG/2.3 RPG/7.4 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1981)

18. Damian Lillard “Dame”
23.1 PPG/4.1 RPG/6.2 APG, 3x All-NBA, 4x All Star

19. Maurice Cheeks
11.1 PPG/2.8 RPG/6.7 APG, 1x Champion, 4x All-Star, 5x All-Defensive, 3x Finals Appearances (1980, 1982-1983)

20. Rajon Rondo
10.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/8.5 APG, 4x All-Star, 1x Champion, 2x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010)

21. Kyrie Irving “Uncle Drew”
22.0 PPG/3.4 RPG/5.5 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All Star, 1x All-NBA, 3x Finals Appearance (2015-2017)

22. Jo Jo White
17.2 PPG/4.0 RPG/4.9 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1974, 1976)

23. Dave Bing
20.3 PPG/3.8 RPG/6.0 APG, 3x All-NBA, 7x All-Star

24. Kevin Johnson “KJ”
17.9 PPG/3.3 RPG/9.1 APG, 5x All-NBA, 3x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1993)

25. Lenny Wilkens
16.5 PPG/4.7 RPG/6.7 APG, 9x All Star

Shooting Guard

1. Michael Jordan “Air Jordan”
30.1 PPG/6.2 RPG/5.3 APG, 6x Champion, 5x MVP, 6x Finals MVP, 11x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 14x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1991-1993, 1996-1998)

2. Kobe Bryant “The Black Mamba”
25.5 PPG/5.3 RPG/4.8 APG, 5x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 12x All-Defensive, 18x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (2000-2002, 2004, 2008-2010)

3. Dwyane Wade “Flash”
22.0 PPG/4.7 RPG/5.4 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 12x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2006, 2011-2014)

4. Allen Iverson “The Answer”
26.7 PPG/3.7 RPG/6.2 APG, 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2001)

5. George Gervin “Iceman”
25.1 PPG/5.2 RPG/2.5 APG, 9x All-NBA, 12x All Star

6. James Harden “The Beard”
25.1 PPG/5.3 RPG/6.3 APG, 1x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2012)

7. Sam Jones
17.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/2.5 APG, 10x Champion, 3x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 11x Finals Appearances (1958-1966, 1968-1969)

8. Clyde Drexler “The Glide”
20.4 PPG/6.1 RPG/5.6 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1990, 1992, 1995)

9. Bill Sharman
17.8 PPG/3.9 RPG/3.0 APG, 4x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1957-1961)

10. Ray Allen
18.9 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.4 APG, 2x Champion, 2x All-NBA, 10x All-Star, 4x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010, 2013-2014)

11. Hal Greer
19.2 PPG/5.0 RPG/4.0 APG, 1x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1967)

12. Tracy McGrady “T-Mac”
19.6 PPG/5.6 RPG/4.4 APG, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star

13. Joe Dumars
16.1 PPG/2.2 RPG/4.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1988-1990)

14. Sidney Moncrief
15.6 PPG/4.7 RPG/3.6 APG, 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 5x All Star

15. Michael Cooper
8.9 PPG/3.2 RPG/4.2 APG, 8x All-Defensive, 5x Champion, 8x Finals Appearances (1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989)

16. Reggie Miller
18.2 PPG/3 RPG/3 APG, 5x All-Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2000)

17. Manu Ginobili
14.6 PPG/3.8 RPG/4 APG, 2x All-Star, 4x Champion, 5x Finals Appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2014)

18. Vince Carter “Vinsanity”
18.2 PPG/4.6 RPG/3.3 APG, 2x All-NBA, 8x All-Star

19. Mitch Richmond
21.0 PPG/3.9 RPG/3.5 APG, 1x Champion, 3x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2002)

20. David Thompson “Skywalker”
22.1 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.3 APG, 2x All-NBA, 5x All Star

21. Alvin Robertson
14.0 PPG/5.2 RPG/5.0 APG, 6x All-Defensive, 4x All-Star

22. Walter Davis
18.9 PPG/3.8 RPG/3.0 APG, 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA

23. Pete Maravich “Pistol”
24.2 PPG/4.2 RPG/5.4 APG, 4x All-ABA, 5x All Star

24. Gail Goodrich
18.6 PPG/3.2 RPG/4.7 APG, 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x Champion, 3x Finals Appearances (1968, 1972-1973)

25. Klay Thompson
19.5 PPG/3.5 RPG/2.3 APG, 3x Champion, 5x All-Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2015-2019)

Small Forwards

1. Lebron James “King James”
27.1 PPG/7.4 RPG/7.1 APG, 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, 16x All Star, 9x Finals Appearances (2007, 2011-2018)

2. Julius Erving “Dr J”
24.2 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.2 APG, 3x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 17x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1972, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982-1983)

3. Larry Bird “Larry Legend”
24.3 PPG/10.0 RPG/6.3 APG, 3x Champion, 3x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 12x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1981, 1984-1987)

4. John Havlicek “Hondo”
20.8 PPG/6.3 RPG/4.8 APG, 8x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 11x All-NBA, 14x All-Defensive, 13x All Star, 8x Finals Appearances (1963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976)

5. Kevin Durant “KD”
27.4 PPG/6.9 RPG/3.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 7x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (2012, 2017-2019)

6. Scottie Pippen “Pip”
16.1 PPG/6.4 RPG/5.2 APG, 6x Champion, 7x All-NBA, 10x All-Defensive, 7x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1991-1993, 1996-1998)

7. Rick Barry “The Miami Greyhound”
24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.9 APG, 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 6x All-NBA, 8x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1967, 1969, 1975)

8. Elgin Baylor “Mr Inside”
27.4 PPG/13.5 RPG/4.6 APG, 10x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 8x Finals Appearances (1959, 1962-1963, 1965-1966, 1968-1970)

9. Kawhi Leonard “The Klaw”
18.6 PPG/6.4 RPG/2.7 APG, 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 4x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2013, 2014, 2019)

10. Paul Arizin
22.8 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.3 APG, 1x Champion, 4x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1956)

11. Paul Pierce “The Truth”
19.7 PPG/5.6 RPG/3.5 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 1x All-NBA, 10x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010)

12. Connie Hawkins “The Hawk”
18.7 PPG/8.8 RPG/4.1 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1968)

13. Adrian Dantley
24.3 PPG/5.7 RPG/3.0 APG, 2x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1988)

14. Billy Cunningham “The Kangaroo Kid”
21.2 PPG/10.4 RPG/4.3 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1967)

15. Dominique Wilkins “The Human Highlight Reel”
24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/2.5 APG, 7x All-NBA, 9x All Star

16. Carmelo Anthony “Melo”
23.6 PPG/6.5 RPG/2.9 APG, 2x All-NBA, 10x All Star

17. Alex English
21.5 PPG/5.5 RPG/3.6 APG, 3x All-NBA, 8x All Star

18. James Worthy “Big Game James”
17.6 PPG/5.1 RPG/3.0 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (1983-1985, 1987-1989, 1991)

19. Roger Brown
17.4 PPG/6.2 RPG/3.8 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-ABA, 4x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1969-1970, 1972-1973, 1975)

20. Bernard King
22.5 PPG/5.8 RPG/3.3 APG, 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA

21. Bob Dandridge
18.5 PPG/6.8 RPG/3.4 APG, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 2x Champion, 4x Finals Appearances (1971, 1974, 1978, 1979)

22. Jamaal Wilkes
17.7 PPG/6.2 RPG/2.5 APG, 3x All-Star, 2x All-Defensive, 4x Champion, 6x Finals Appearances (1975, 1980, 1982-1985)

23. Andre Iguodala “Iggy”
12.1 PPG/5.1 RPG/4.3 APG, 1x All-Star, 2x All-Defensive, 3x Champion, 5x Finals Appearances (2015-2019)

24. Grant Hill
16.7 PPG/6.0 RPG/4.1 APG, 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA

25. Chet Walker
18.2 PPG/7.1 RPG/2.1 APG, 7x All-Star, 1x Champion

Power Forward

1. Tim Duncan “The Big Fundamental”
19.9 PPG/11.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 5x Champion, 2x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 15x All-Defensive, 15x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2014)

2. Karl Malone “The Mailman”
25.0 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.6 APG, 2x MVP, 14x All-NBA, 14x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1997-1998)

3. Kevin Garnett “KG”
18.6 PPG/10.3 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 9x All-NBA, 12x All-Defensive, 15x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2008, 2010)

4. Bob Pettit
26.4 PPG/16.2 RPG/3.0 APG, 1x Champion, 2x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (1957-1958, 1960-1961)

5. Dirk Nowitzki “The German Juggernaut”
20.7 PPG/7.5 RPG/2.4 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2006, 2011)

6. Charles Barkley “Sir Charles”
22.1 PPG/11.7 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 11x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1993)

7. Dolph Schayes
18.2 PPG/12.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 1x Champion, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1950, 1954, 1955)

8. Elvin Hayes “The Big E”
21.0 PPG/12.5 RPG/1.8 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1975, 1978-1979)

9. Dennis Rodman “The Worm”
7.3 PPG/13.1 RPG/1.8 APG, 5x Champion, 8x All-Defensive, 2x All-Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1988-1990, 1996-1998)

10. Dan Issel “The Horse”
22.6 PPG/9.1 RPG/2.4 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1971, 1973, 1975)

11. George McGinnis
20.2 PPG/11.0 RPG/3.7 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1972-1973, 1975)

12. Kevin McHale “The Black Hole”
17.9 PPG/7.3 RPG/1.7 APG, 3x Champion, 1x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, 7x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1981, 1984-1987)

13. Spencer Haywood
20.3 PPG/10.3 RPG/1.8 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1980)

14. Tom Heinsohn
18.6 PPG/8.8 RPG/2.0 APG, 8x Champion, 4x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 9x Finals Appearances (1957-1965)

15. Dave DeBusschere
16.1 PPG/11.0 RPG/2.9 APG, 2x Champion, 1x All-NBA, 10x All-Defensive, 8x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1970, 1972-1973)

16. Anthony Davis “The Brow”
24.0 PPG/10.4 RPG/2.2 APG, 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 7x All-Star

17. Pau Gasol
17.0 PPG/9.2 RPG/3.2 APG, 2x Champion, 2x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2008-2010)

18. Bobby Jones
12.1 PPG/6.1 RPG/2.7 APG, 1x Champion, 11x All-Defensive, 5x All-Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1980, 1982, 1983)

19. Giannis Antetokoumpo “The Greek Freak”
20.0 PPG/8.9 RPG/4.3 APG, 2x MVP, 4x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive

20. Jerry Lucas “The Computer”
17.0 PPG/15.6 RPG/3.3 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1972-1973)

21. Horace Grant
11.2 PPG/8.1 RPG/2.2 APG, 1x All-Star, 4x All-Defensive, 4x Champion, 6x Finals Appearances (1991-1993, 1995, 2001, 2004)

22. Chris Bosh
19.2 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.0 APG, 11x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 4x Finals Appearances (2011-2014)

23. Chris Webber “C-Webb”
20.7 PPG/9.8 RPG/4.2 APG, 4x All-NBA, 5x All Star

24. Amare Stoudemire
18.9 PPG/7.8 RPG/1.2 APG, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star

25. Bailey Howell
18.7 PPG/9.9 RPG/2.0 APG, 2x Champion, 1x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1968, 1969)

Center

1. Bill Russell
15.1 PPG/22.5 RPG/4.3 APG, 11x Champion, 5x MVP, 11x All-NBA, 13x All-Defensive, 12x All Star, 12x Finals Appearances (1957-1966, 1968-1969)

2. Wilt Chamberlain “The Big Dipper”
30.1 PPG/22.9 RPG/4.4 APG, 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-Defensive, 10x All-NBA, 13x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1964, 1967, 1969-1970, 1972-1973)

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “Cap”
24.6 PPG/11.2 RPG/3.6 APG, 6x Champion, 6x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 15x All-NBA, 11x All-Defensive, 19x All Star, 10x Finals Appearances (1971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989)

4. Shaquille O’Neal  “Diesel”
23.7 PPG/10.9 RPG/2.5 APG, 4x Champion, 1x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 14x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 15x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006)

5. Hakeem Olajuwon “The Dream”
21.8 PPG/11.1 RPG/2.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 12x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1986, 1994-1995)

6. Moses Malone “Chairman of the Boards”
20.6 PPG/12.2 RPG/1.4 APG, 1x Champion, 3x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive, 12x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1981, 1983)

7. Artis Gilmore “The A-Train”
18.8 PPG/12.3 RPG/2.3 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-ABA, 11x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1971, 1973, 1975)

8. David Robinson “The Admiral”
21.1 PPG/10.6 RPG/2.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 10x All-NBA, 8x All-Defensive, 10x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1999, 2003)

9. George Mikan “Mr Basketball”
22.6 PPG/13.4 RPG/2.8 APG, 7x Champion, 1x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 4x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (1950, 1952-1954)

10. Dwight Howard “Superman”
16.8 PPG/12.3 RPG/1.4 APG, 8x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 8x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2009)

11. Mel Daniels “Big Mel”
18.4 PPG/14.9 RPG/1.8 APG, 3x Champion, 2x MVP, 5x All-ABA, 7x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (1969-1970, 1972-1973, 1975)

12. Willis Reed “The Captain”
18.7 PPG/12.9 RPG/1.8 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 5x All-NBA, 4x All-Defensive, 7x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1970, 1972-1973)

13. Dave Cowens
17.6 PPG/13.6 RPG/3.8 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 8x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1974, 1976)

14. Patrick Ewing
21.0 PPG/9.8 RPG/2.0 APG, 7x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 11x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1994)

15. Bob McAdoo
22.1 PPG/9.4 RPG/2.3 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (1982-1985)

16. Robert Parish “The Chief”
14.5 PPG/9.1 RPG/1.4 APG, 4x Champion, 2x All-NBA, 9x All Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1981, 1984-1987, 1997)

17. Dikembe Mutombo
9.8 PPG/10.3 RPG/1 APG, 6x All-Defensive, 8x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x Finals Appearance (2001)

18. Wes Unseld
10.8 PPG/14.0 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 1x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (1971, 1975, 1978-1979)

19. Neil Johnston
19.4 PPG/11.3 RPG/2.5 APG, 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1956)

20. Ben Wallace “Big Ben”
5.7 PPG/9.3 RPG/1.6 APG, 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, 1x Champion, 2x Finals Appearances (2004-2005)

21. Walt Bellamy
20.1 PPG/13.7 RPG/2.4 APG, 4x All-Star

22. Zelmo Beaty
16 PPG/10.5 RPG/1.5 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-Star, 2x All-ABA, 1x Finals Appearance (1971)

23. Alonzo Mourning “Zo”
17.1 PPG/8.5 RPG/1.1 APG, 7x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive, 1x Champion, 1x Finals Appearance (2006)

24. Bob Lanier
20.1 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.1 APG, 8x All Star

25. Bill Walton “Big Red”
13.3 PPG/10.5 RPG/3.4 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive, 2x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1977, 1986)

Greatest white players in NBA history
1. Larry Bird
2. Jerry West
3. John Havlicek
4. Bob Pettit
5. Bob Cousy
6. John Stockton
7. Rick Barry
8. Dirk Nowitzki
9. Steve Nash
10. Bill Walton
11. George Mikan
12. Dolph Schayes
13. Paul Arizin
14. Dave Cowens
15. Dan Issel
16. Kevin McHale
17. Billy Cunningham
18. Jerry Lucas
19. Pete Maravich
20. Neil Johnston

All-NBA teams for 2K18 simulation
1st team – Lakers uniform range: 92-99

2K20:

Starting: Magic Johnston, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Backup: Jerry West, Tracy McGrady, Elgin Baylor, Anthony Davis, Shaq
Reserve: Pau Gasol, James Worthy, George Mikan

Starting: Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Backup: Walt Frazier, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Dan Issel, Shaq
Reserve: James Worthy, Tracy McGrady, George Mikan

2nd team – Celtics uniform range 88-98

2K20:

Starting: Bob Cousy, Ray Allen, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett, Bill Russell
Backup: Dennis Johnson, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Dave Cowens
Reserve: Tom Heinsohn, Paul Pierce, Robert Parish

Starting: Bob Cousy, James Harden, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett, Bill Russell
Backup: Dennis Johnson, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Dave Cowens
Reserve: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Tom Heinsohn

3rd team – 76ers uniform range 88-98

2K20:

Starting: Oscar Robertson, Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Moses Malone
Backup: Russell Westbrook, Clyde Drexler, Billy Cunningham, Jerry Lucas, Dwight Howard
Reserve: Bobby Jones, Horace Grant, Dikembe Mutombo

Starting: John Stockton, Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain
Backup: Oscar Robertson, Clyde Drexler , Billy Cunningham, Spencer Haywood, Moses Malone
Reserve: Russell Westbrook, Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo

4th team – Bulls uniform range 91-99

2K20:

Starting: Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dan Issel, Hakeem Olajuwon
Backup: Walt Frazier, Dwayne Wade, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood, Artis Gilmore
Reserve: Tiny Archibald, Dominique Wilkins, Wes Unseld

Starting: Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing
Backup: Tiny Archibald, David Thompson, George McGinnis, Chris Webber, Wes Unseld
Reserve: Vince Carter, Alex English, Artis Gilmore

5th team – Warriors uniform range 91-98

2K20:

Starting: Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain
Backup: John Stockton, Sidney Moncrief, Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, Patrick Ewing
Reserve: Chris Webber, Jack Sikma, Nate Thurmond

Starting: Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Hakeem Olajuwon
Backup: Chris Paul, Mitch Richmond, Rick Barry, Jerry Lucas, Nate Thurmond
Reserve: Tim Hardaway, Connie Hawkins, Bob Lanier

6th team – Spurs uniform 89-98

2K20:

Starting: Chris Paul, Michael Cooper, George Gervin, Tim Duncan, David Robinson
Backup: Steve Nash, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki, Willis Reed
Reserve: Tony Parker, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony

Starting: Steve Nash, George Gervin, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, David Robinson
Backup: Gary Payton, Sidney Moncrief, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Bill Walton
Reserve: Tony Parker, Blake Griffin, Alonzo Mourning

7th team – Pistons uniform

2K20:

Starting: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley, Dave Debusschere, Bob Lanier
Backup: Gary Payton, Mitch Richmond, Giannis, Dennis Rodman, Bill Walton
Reserve: Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Alex English

Starting: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Grant Hill, Dave Debusschere, Willis Reed
Backup: Dave Bing, Pete Maravich, Adrian Dantley, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard
Reserve: Bernard King, Chauncey Billups, Pau Gasol

Note: All players on these teams are top 125 players all time. Charles Barkley, Hal Greer, Dolph Schayes, Paul Arizin, Neil Johnston, Bill Sharman, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, Reggie Miller are all missing from the game due to licensing issue else they might have appeared on here.

All-NBA team for each decade
1950s:
PG: Bob Cousy/Slater Martin
SG: Bill Sharman/Richie Guerin
SF: Paul Arizin/George Yardley
PF: Bob Pettit /Dolph Schayes
C: George Mikan/Neil Johnston

1960s:
PG: Oscar Robertson/Dave Bing
SG: Jerry West/Hal Greer
SF: Elgin Baylor/Billy Cunningham
PF: Willis Reed/Jerry Lucas
C: Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell

1970s:
PG: Walt Frazier/Tiny Archibald
SG: John Havlicek/Pete Maravich
SF: Rick Barry/Bob McAdoo
PF: Elvin Hayes/Dave Cowens
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Bill Walton

1980s:
PG: Magic Johnson/Isiah Thomas
SG: George Gervin/Sidney Moncrief
SF: Larry Bird/Dominique Wilkins
PF: Julius Erving/Kevin McHale
C: Moses Malone/Patrick Ewing

1990s:
PG: John Stockton/Gary Payton
SG: Michael Jordan/Mitch Richmond
SF: Scottie Pippen/Clyde Drexler
PF: Karl Malone/Charles Barkley
C: Hakeem Olajuwon/David Robinson

2000s:
PG: Jason Kidd/Steve Nash
SG: Kobe Bryant/Allen Iverson
SF: Dwayne Wade/Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett/Dirk Nowitzki
C: Shaquille O’Neal/Tim Duncan

2010s:
PG: Chris Paul/Stephen Curry
SG: James Harden/Russell Westbrook
SF: Kevin Durant/Kawhi Leonard
PF: Lebron James/Giannis Antetokounmpo
C: Anthony Davis/Dwight Howard

2K teams
1960s team (Celtics uni): Oscar,Cousy, West, Greer/Sam Jones, Baylor, Cunningham, Pettit,Lucas, Wilt, Russell, Heinsohn, Reed
1970s team (Knicks uni): Frazier, Archibald, Maravich, Thompson, Barry, Hondo, Hayes, Issel, Cowens, Walton, Thurmond, Gervin
1980s team (Lakers uni): Magic, Isiah, Moncrief, Dumars, Bird, Dr J, McHale, Barkley, Moses, Kareem, Dennis Johnson, Wilkins
1990s team (Bulls uni): Stockton, Payton, Jordan, Drexler, Pippen, Hill, Malone, Rodman, Hakeem, Robinson, Ewing, Richmond
2000s team (Spurs uni): Kidd, Nash, Kobe, Iverson, Pierce, Melo, Duncan, Garnett, Shaq, Dwight, Tmac, Webber
2010s team (Warriors uni): Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Wade, Harden, Lebron, Durant, Dirk, Davis, Embiid, Cousins, Westbrook, Giannis

2K Divison teams
All time Atlantic Team:
Starting: Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley (76ers) / Kevin McHale (Celtics), Bill Russell (Celtics)
Backup: Jason Kidd (Nets), Allen Iverson (76ers), Julius Erving (76ers), Jerry Lucas (Royals, Knicks), Wilt Chamberlain (76ers)
Reserve: Walt Frazier (Knicks), Willis Reed (Knicks),  Sam Jones (Celtics)

All time Central Team:
Starting: Oscar Robertson (Bucks), Michael Jordan (Bulls), Scottie Pippen (Bulls), Dennis Rodman (Pistons), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Bucks)
Backup: Isiah Thomas (Pistons), Joe Dumars (Pistons), Bob Dandridge (Bucks), Dave Debusschere (Pistons), Artis Gilmore (Bulls)
Reserve: George McGinnis (Pacers), Bob Lanier (Pistons) / Mel Daniels (Pacers), Sidney Moncrief (Bucks)

All time Southeast Team:
Starting:  Penny Hardaway (Magic), Dwayne Wade (Heat), Lebron James (Heat), Bob Pettit (Hawks), Dwight Howard (Magic)
Backup: Tim Hardaway (Heat), Tracy McGrady (Magic), Dominique Wilkins (Hawks), Elvin Hayes (Bullets), Wes Unseld (Bullets)
Reserve: Earl Monroe (Wizards), Alonzo Mourning (Heat), Chris Bosh (Heat)

All time Northwest Team:
Starting: John Stockton (Jazz), Clyde Drexler (Blazers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Karl Malone (Jazz), Bill Walton (Blazers)
Backup: Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Ray Allen (Sonics), Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets), Kevin Garnett (Wolves), Jack Sikma (Sonics)
Reserve: Gary Payton (Sonics), Dan Issel (Nuggets), Spencer Haywood (Sonics)

All time Pacific Team:
Starting: Magic Johnson (Lakers), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Rick Barry (Warriors), Chris Webber (Kings), Shaq (Center)
Backup: Jerry West (Lakers), Michael Cooper (Lakers), Elgin Baylor (Lakers), Amar’e Stoudemire (Suns), Bob McAdoo (Clippers)
Reserve: Steph Curry (Warriors), Steve Nash (Suns), Connie Hawkins (Suns)

All time Southwest Team:
Starting: Chris Paul (Pelicans), James Harden (Rockets), George Gervin (Spurs), Tim Duncan (Spurs), Hakeem Olajuwon (Rockets)
Backup: Tony Parker (Spurs), Manu Ginobili (Spurs), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavs), Moses Malone (Rockets)
Reserve: David Robinson (Spurs), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Pau Gasol (Grizzlies)

Greatest players for each NBA team
Boston Celtics – Bill Russell – 11 rings, 12 Finals, 5 MVPs with the Celtics
Brooklyn Nets – Julius Erving – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 3 MVPs with the Nets
New York Knicks – Willis Reed – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 1 MVP, 2 Finals MVPs with the Knicks
Philadelphia 76ers – Wilt Chamberlain – 1 ring, 1 Finals, 3 MVPs with the 76ers
Toronto Raptors – Kawhi Leonard – 1 ring, 1 Finals, 1 Finals MVP with the Raptors
Dallas Mavericks – Dirk Nowitzki – 1 ring, 2 Finals, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP with the Mavs
Houston Rockets – Hakeem Olajuwon – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 1 MVP, 2 Finals MVPs with the Rockets
Memphis Grizzlies – Marc Gasol
New Orleans Pelicans – Anthony Davis
San Antonio Spurs – Tim Duncan – 5 rings, 6 Finals, 2 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs with the Spurs
Chicago Bulls – Michael Jordan – 6 rings, 6 Finals, 5 MVPs, 6 Finals MVPs with the Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers – Lebron James – 1 ring, 5 Finals, 2 MVPs, 1 Finals MVP with the Cavs
Detroit Pistons – Isiah Thomas – 2 rings, 3 Finals, 1 Finals MVP with the Pistons
Indiana Pacers – Mel Daniels – 3 rings, 4 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 1 ring, 2 Finals, 3 MVPs, 1 Finals MVP with the Bucks
Denver Nuggets – Alex English
Minnesota Timberwolves – Kevin Garnett – 1 MVP with the Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Durant – 1 Finals, 1 MVP with the OKC
Portland Trail Blazers – Bill Walton – 1 Finals, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP with the Trailblazers
Utah Jazz – Karl Malone – 2 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Jazz
Atlanta Hawks – Bob Pettit (St Louis Hawks) – 1 ring, 4 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Hawks
Charlotte Hornets – Kemba Walker
Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade – 3 rings, 5 Finals, 1 Finals MVP with the Heat
Orlando Magic – Dwight Howard – 1 Finals with the Magic
Washington Wizards – Wes Unseld (Baltimore Bullets) – 1 ring, 4 Finals, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP with the Bullets
Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry – 3 rings, 5 Finals, 2 MVPs with the Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers – Chris Paul
Los Angeles Lakers – Magic Johnson – 5 rings, 9 Finals, 3 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs with the Lakers
Phoenix Suns – Steve Nash – 2 MVPs with the Suns
Sacramento Kings – Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals)- 1 MVP with the Royals

Top 10 what if? careers in NBA history
1. Bill Walton (ankle injuries limited him, but when healthy was MVP, Finals MVP and champion)
2. Arvydas Sabonis (came into NBA post prime but was supposedly one of the most skilled big men ever like a 7’3 foot Hakeem)
3. Maurice Stokes (averaged 16 points and 17 rebounds a game before hitting his head on the floor and becoming a quadriplegic for the rest of his life 🙁 )
4. David Thompson (was pre-Michael Jordan basically before he got into coke problems in the late 70s; scored 73 points in a game before)
5. Grant Hill (was pre-Lebron James before ankle injuries)
6. Drazen Petrovic (a rising all star shooting guard before he died in a car accident only 28 years old)
7. Bernard King (averaged 33 points a game and was on his way becoming a top forward in the 80s before he tore his ACL and wasnt the same again)
8. Penny Hardaway (a Magic-like player who was one of the top point guards before injuries got to him)
9. Derrick Rose (former MVP who was going to be one of the top point guards of his generation but tore his ACL and wasnt the same again)
10.Tracy McGrady (could have been better than Kobe and Iverson if he didn’t have so many back injuries)
Honorable mentions: Yao Ming, Len Bias (never played in NBA but died of cocaine overdose before he could have), Pete Maravich (at his peak before suffering knee injuries), Ralph Sampson

Top 10 #1 draft picks all time

1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar (1969)
2. Lebron James (2003)
3. Magic Johnson (1979)
4. Tim Duncan (1997)
5. Shaquille O’Neal (1992)
6. Hakeem Olajuwon (1984)
7. David Robinson (1987)
8. Allen Iverson (1996)
9. Elgin Baylor (1958)
10. Dwight Howard (2004)

Top 20 greatest college players of all time

  1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar (26.4 PPG, 15.5 RPG)
  2. Bill Walton (20.3 PPG, 15.7 RPG)
  3. Bill Russell (20.7 PPG, 20.3 RPG)
  4. Pete Maravich (44.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.1 APG)
  5. Oscar Robertson (33.8 PPG, 15.2 RPG)
  6. David Thompson (26.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG)
  7. Jerry Lucas (24.3 PPG, 17.2 RPG)
  8. Tom Gola (20.9 PPG, 18.7 RPG)
  9. Elvin Hayes (31 PPG, 17.2 RPG)
  10. Larry Bird (30.3 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 4.6 APG)
  11. Christian Laettner (16.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.8 APG)
  12. Ralph Sampson (16.9 PPG, 11.4 RPG)
  13. Wilt Chamberlain (29.9 PPG, 18.3 RPG)
  14. Shaq (21.6 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 1.7 APG)
  15. Tim Duncan (16.5 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 2.3 APG)
  16. Magic Johnson (17.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 7.9 APG)
  17. Jerry West (24.8 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 2.8 APG)
  18. Artis Gilmore (24.3 PPG, 22.7 RPG)
  19. Tyler Hansborough (20.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.1 APG)
  20. Dan Issel (25.8 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 1.2 APG)

Top 20 greatest offensive players of all time

1. Michael Jordan (10x scoring titles, 12x seasons 25pts+)
2. Wilt Chamberlain (7x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+)
3. Kobe Bryant (2x scoring titles, 12x seasons 25pts+)
4. Jerry West (1x scoring title, 11x seasons 25pts+)
5. Allen Iverson (4x scoring titles, 11x seasons 25pts+)
6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+)
7. Karl Malone (12x seasons 25pts+)
8. Kevin Durant (4x scoring titles, 9x seasons 25pts+)
9. Dominique Wilkins (1x scoring title, 10x seasons 25pts+)
10. George Gervin (4x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+)
11. Lebron James (1x scoring title, 13x seasons 25pts+)
12. Shaquille O’Neal (2x scoring titles, 10x seasons 25pts+)
13. Elgin Baylor (8x seasons 25pts+)
14. Oscar Robertson (9x seasons 25pts+)
15. Rick Barry (2x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+)
16. Bob Pettit (2x scoring titles, 7x seasons 25pts+)
17. Bob McAdoo (3x scoring titles, 7x seasons 25pts+)
18. Adrian Dantley (2x scoring titles, 8x seasons 25pts+)
19 Carmelo Anthony (1x scoring title, 9x seasons 25pts+)
20. Alex English (1x scoring title, 8x seasons 25pts+)

Top 20 greatest defensive players of all time
1. Bill Russell (4x rebounding leader, 1x All-D 1st team)
2. Wilt Chamberlain (11x rebounding leader, 2x All-D 1st team)
3. Hakeem Olajuwon (2x rebounding leader, 3x blocks leader, 2x DPOY, 5x All-D 1st team)
4. Dikembe Mutombo (2x rebounding leader, 3x blocks leader, 4x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team)
5. Nate Thurmond (2x All-D 1st team)
6. Ben Wallace (2x rebounding leader, 1x blocks leader, 4x DPOY, 5x All-D 1st team)
7. David Robinson (1x rebounding leader, 1x blocks leader, 1x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team)
8. Kevin Garnett (4x rebounding leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team)
9. Dennis Rodman (7x rebounding leader, 2x DPOY, 7x All-D 1st team)
10. Scottie Pippen (1x steals leader, 8x All-D 1st team)
11. Michael Jordan (3x steals leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team)
12. Dwight Howard (5x rebounding leader, 2x blocks leader, 3x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team)
13. Gary Payton (1x steals leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team)
14. Sidney Moncrief (2x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team)
15. Tim Duncan (8x All-D 1st team)
16. Walt Frazier (7x All-D 1st team)
17. Kawhi Leonard (1x steals leader, 2x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team)
18. Bobby Jones (8x All-D 1st team)
19. Mark Eaton (4x blocks leader, 2x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team)
20. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1x rebounding leader, 4x blocks leader, 5x All-D 1st team)

Top 20 Greatest NBA teams of all time
1. 1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10, 15-3, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman)
2. 2017 Golden State Warriors (67-15, 16-1, HOFers: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green)
3. 1997 Chicago Bulls (69-13, 15-4, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman)
4. 1967 Philadelphia 76ers (68-13, 15-4, HOFers: Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Chet Walker)
5. 1972 LA Lakers (69-13, 12-3, HOFers: Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Elgin Baylor)
6. 1986 Boston Celtics (67-15, 15-3, HOFers: Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Bill Walton)
7. 1971 Milwaukee Bucks (66-16, 12-2, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson) 60
8. 1987 LA Lakers (65-17, 15-3, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy) 60
9. 1992 Chicago Bulls (67-15, 15-7, HOFers: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen)60
10. 1983 Philadelphia 76ers (65-17, 12-1, HOFers: Julius Erving, Moses Malone) 59
11. 2013 Miami Heat (66-16, 16-7, HOFers: Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen) 59
12. 2009 LA Lakers (65-15, 16-7, HOFers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol)59
13. 1989 Detroit Pistons (63-19, 15-2, HOFers: Adrian Dantley, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman)57
14. 2008 Boston Celtics (66-16, 16-10, HOFers: Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce) 56
15. 1985 LA Lakers (62-20, 15-4, HOFers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy) 53
16. 1999 San Antonio Spurs (37-13, 15-2, HOFers: Tim Duncan, David Robinson) 53
17. 1965 Boston Celtics (62-18, 8-4, HOFers: John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders, Bill Russell)
18. 2001 LA Lakers (56-26, 15-1, HOFers: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal)
19. 1970 New York Knicks (60-22, 12-7, HOFers: Bill Bradley, Dave Debusschere, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed)
20. 1961 Boston Celtics (57-22, 8-2, HOFers: Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey, Bill Russell, Satch Sanders, Bill Sharman)

Here’s my take on the 100 greatest players in NBA/ABA history as of 2020

  1. Michael Jordan “Air Jordan” – 6x Champion, 5x MVP – 30.1 PPG/6.2 RPG/5.3 APG
  2. Wilt Chamberlain “The Big Dipper” – 4x MVP, 11x Rebounding leader – 30.1 PPG/22.9 RPG/4.4 APG
  3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “Cap” – 6x Champion, 6x MVP – 24.6 PPG/11.2 RPG/3.6 APG
  4. Bill Russell “Russell” – 11x Champion, 5x MVP – 15.1 PPG/22.5 RPG/4.3 APG
  5. Lebron James “King James” – 4x MVP, 3x Finals MVP – 27.1 PPG/7.4 RPG/7.4 APG
  6. Magic Johnson – 5x Champion, 3x MVP – 19.5 PPG/7.2 RPG/11.2 APG
  7. Tim Duncan “The Big Fundamental” – 5x Champion, 2x MVP – 19.0 PPG/10.8 RPG/3.0 APG
  8. Larry Bird “Larry Legend” – 3x Champion, 3x MVP – 24.3 PPG/10.0 RPG/6.3 APG
  9. Kobe Bryant “The Black Mamba” – 5x Champion, 1x MVP – 25.0 PPG/5.2 RPG/4.7 APG
  10. Shaquille O’Neal “Diesel” – 4x Champion, 3x Finals MVP – 23.7 PPG/10.9 RPG/2.5 APG
  11. Hakeem Olajuwon “The Dream” – 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP – 21.8 PPG/11.1 RPG/2.5 APG
  12. Julius Erving “Dr. J” – 3x Champion, 4x MVP – 24.2 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.2 APG
  13. Jerry West “Mr. Clutch” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 27.0 PPG/5.8 RPG/6.7 APG
  14. Oscar Robertson “The Big O” – 1x Champion, 1x MVP – 25.7 PPG/7.5 RPG/9.5 APG
  15. Karl Malone “The Mailman” – 2x MVP, 13x All-NBA – 25.0 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.6 APG
  16. Moses Malone “Chairman of the Boards” – 1x Champion, 3x MVP – 20.6 PPG/12.2 RPG/1.4 APG
  17. John Havlicek “Hondo” – 8x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 20.8 PPG/6.3 RPG/4.8 APG
  18. Kevin Garnett “The Big Ticket” – 1x MVP, 12x All-Defensive -18.6 PPG/10.3 RPG/3.9 APG
  19. Bob Pettit – 1x Champion, 2x MVP – 26.4 PPG/16.2 RPG/3.0 APG
  20. Kevin Durant “Durantula” – 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP – 27.4 PPG/6.9 RPG/3.5 APG
  21. David Robinson “The Admiral” – 2x Champion, 1x MVP – 21.1 PPG/10.6 RPG/2.5 APG
  22. Dirk Nowitzki “The German Juggernaut” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 20.7 PPG/7.5 RPG/2.4 APG
  23. Charles Barkley “Round Mound of Rebound” – 1x MVP, 10x All-NBA – 22.1 PPG/11.7 RPG/3.9 APG
  24. Elgin Baylor “Mr. Inside” – 10x All-NBA, 11x All-Star – 27.4 PPG/13.5 RPG/4.6 APG
  25. Rick Barry “The Miami Greyhound” – 1x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA/ABA – 24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.9 APG
  26. Scottie Pippen “Pip” – 6x Champion, 10x All-Defensive – 16.1 PPG/6.4 RPG/5.2 APG
  27. Chris Paul “CP3” – 8x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive – 18.7 PPG/4.4 RPG/9.5 APG
  28. John Stockton – 8x All-NBA, 9x Assist leader – 13.1 PPG/2.7 RPG/10.5 APG
  29. Bob Cousy “Houdini of the Hardwood” – 6x Champion, 1x MVP – 18.4 PPG/5.2 RPG/7.5 APG
  30. Stephen Curry “Chef Curry” – 3x Champion, 2x MVP – 23.5 PPG/4.5 RPG/6.6 APG
  31. Jason Kidd “J-Kidd” – 6x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive – 12.6 PPG/6.3 RPG/8.7 APG
  32. Walt Frazier “Clyde” – 2x Champion, 9x All-Defensive – 18.9 PPG/5.9 RPG/6.1 APG
  33. Dwayne Wade “Flash” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 22.0 PPG/4.7 RPG/5.4 APG
  34. Isiah Thomas “Zeke” – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 19.2 PPG/3.6 RPG/9.3 APG
  35. George Mikan “Mr Basketball” – 5x Champion, 3x Scoring leader – 23.1 PPG/13.4 RPG/2.8 APG
  36. Elvin Hayes “The Big E” – 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA – 21.0 PPG/12.5 RPG/1.8 APG
  37. Artis Gilmore “A-Train” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 18.8 PPG/12.3 RPG/2.3 APG
  38. James Harden “The Beard” – 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA – 25.1 PPG/5.3 RPG/6.3 APG
  39. Allen Iverson “The Answer” – 1x MVP, 4x Scoring leader – 26.7 PPG/3.7 RPG/6.2 APG
  40. Gary Payton “The Glove” – 7x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive – 16.3 PPG/3.9 RPG/6.7 APG
  41. George Gervin “The Iceman” – 9x All-NBA/ABA, 4x Scoring leader – 25.1 PPG/5.2 RPG/2.5 APG
  42. Steve Nash – 2x MVP, 5x Assist leader – 14.3 PPG/3.0 RPG/8.5 APG
  43. Kawhi Leonard “The Claw” – 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP – 18.6 PPG/6.4 RPG/2.7 APG
  44. Russell Westbrook “Beastbrook” – 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA – 23.2 PPG/7.1 RPG/8.3 APG
  45. Patrick Ewing – 7x All-NBA, 11x All-Star – 21.0 PPG/9.8 RPG/2.0 APG
  46. Dwight Howard “Superman” – 6x All-NBA, 5x Rebounding leader – 16.8 PPG/12.3 RPG/1.4 APG
  47. Dolph Schayes – 1x Champion, 12x All-NBA – 18.2 PPG/12.1 RPG/3.1 APG
  48. Willis Reed “Captain” – 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP – 18.7 PPG/12.9 RPG/1.8 APG
  49. Mel Daniels “Big Mel” – 3x Champion, 2x MVP – 18.4 PPG/14.9 RPG/1.8 APG
  50. Dave Cowens – 2x Champion, 1x MVP – 17.6 PPG/13.6 RPG/3.8 APG
  51. Kevin McHale “The Black Hole” – 3x Champion, 6x All-Defensive – 17.9 PPG/7.3 RPG/1.7 APG
  52. Anthony Davis “The Brow” – 4x All-NBA, 4x All-Defensive – 24.0 PPG/10.4 RPG/2.2 APG
  53. Bob McAdoo – 1x MVP, 3x Scoring leader – 22.1 PPG/9.4 RPG/2.3 APG
  54. Dan Issel “The Horse” – 1x Champion, 5x All-ABA – 22.6 PPG/9.1 RPG/2.4 APG
  55. George McGinnis – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 20.2 PPG/11.0 RPG/3.7 APG
  56. Paul Arizin “Pitchin Paul” – 1x Champion, 2x Scoring leader – 22.8 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.3 APG
  57. Paul Pierce “The Truth” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 19.7 PPG/5.6 RPG/3.5 APG
  58. Clyde Drexler “The Glide” – 1x Champion, 3x All-NBA – 20.4 PPG/6.1 RPG/5.6 APG
  59. Giannis Antetokounmpo “The Greek Freak” – 2x MVP, 5x All-NBA – 20.0 PPG/8.9 RPG/4.3 APG
  60. Dennis Rodman “The Worm” – 8x All-Defensive, 7x Rebounding leader – 7.3 PPG/13.1 RPG/1.8 APG
  61. Spencer Haywood – 1x Champion, 1x MVP – 20.3 PPG/10.3 RPG/1.8 APG
  62. Sam Jones – 10x Champion, 3x All-NBA – 17.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/2.5 APG
  63. Dennis Johnson “DJ” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 14.9 PPG/3.9 RPG/5.0 APG
  64. Connie Hawkins “The Hawk” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 18.7 PPG/8.8 RPG/4.1 APG
  65. Billy Cunningham “Kangaroo Kid” – 1x Champion, 1x MVP – 21.2 PPG/10.4 RPG/4.3 APG
  66. Jerry Lucas “The Computer” – 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA – 17.0 PPG/15.6 RPG/3.3 APG
  67. Dave Debusschere – 2x Champion, 10x All-Defensive – 16.1 PPG/11.0 RPG/2.9 APG
  68. Dominique Wilkins “The Human Highlight Reel” – 5x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader – 24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/2.5 APG
  69. Tony Parker – 4x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 15.5 PPG/2.7 RPG/5.6 APG
  70. Wes Unseld “Big Wes” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 10.8 PPG/14.0 RPG/3.9 APG
  71. Pau Gasol – 2x Champion, 6x All-Star – 17.0 PPG/9.2 RPG/3.2 APG
  72. Bill Walton – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 13.3 PPG/10.5 RPG/3.4 APG
  73. Robert Parish “The Chief” – 4x Champion, 2x All-NBA – 14.5 PPG/9.1 RPG/1.4 APG
  74. Ray Allen – 2x Champion, 10x All-Star – 18.9 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.4 APG
  75. Hal Greer – 1x Champion, 7x All-NBA – 19.2 PPG/5.0 RPG/4.0 APG
  76. Tracy McGrady “T-mac” – 5x All-NBA, 2x Scoring leader – 19.6 PPG/5.6 RPG/4.4 APG
  77. Adrian Dantley – 2x All-NBA, 2x Scoring leader – 24.3 PPG/5.7 RPG/3.0 APG
  78. Carmelo Anthony “Melo” – 2x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader – 23.6 PPG/6.5 RPG/2.9 APG
  79. Alex English – 3x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader – 21.5 PPG/5.5 RPG/3.6 APG
  80. James Worthy “Big Game James” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 17.6 PPG/5.1 RPG/3.0 APG
  81. Roger Brown – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP -17.4 PPG/6.2 RPG/3.8 APG
  82. Tiny Archibald – 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA – 18.8 PPG/2.3 RPG/7.4 APG
  83. Chris Webber “C-Webb” – 4x All-NBA, 1x Rebounding leader – 20.7 PPG/9.8 RPG/4.2 APG
  84. Bobby Jones – 1x Champion, 11x All-Defensive – 12.1 PPG/6.1 RPG/2.7 APG
  85. Tom Heinsohn – 8x Champion, 4x All-NBA – 18.6 PPG/8.8 RPG/2.0 APG
  86. Bill Sharman – 4x Champion, 7x All-NBA – 17.8 PPG/3.9 RPG/3.0 APG
  87. Neil Johnston – 1x Champion, 3x Scoring leader – 19.4 PPG/11.3 RPG/2.5 APG
  88. Dikembe Mutombo – 6x All-Defensive, 2x Rebounding leader – 9.8 PPG/10.3 RPG/1 APG
  89. Sidney Moncrief – 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive – 15.6 PPG/4.7 RPG/3.6 APG
  90. Joe Dumars – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 16.1 PPG/2.2 RPG/4.5 APG
  91. Chauncey Billups “Mr Big Shot” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP -15.2 PPG/2.9 RPG/5.4 APG
  92. Nate Thurmond “Nate the Great” – 7x All-Star, 5x All-Defensive – 15.0 PPG / 15.0 RPG / 2.7 APG
  93. Alonzo Mourning “Zo” – 1x Champion, 7x All-Star – 17.1 PPG/8.5 RPG/1.1 APG
  94. Walt Bellamy – 4x All-Star – 20.1 PPG/13.7 RPG/2.4 APG
  95. Bob Lanier – 8x All-Star – 20.1 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.1 APG
  96. Zelmo Beaty – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 16 PPG/10.5 RPG/1.5 APG
  97. Chris Bosh – 2x Champion, 11x All-Star – 19.2 PPG / 8.5 RPG / 2 APG
  98. Amar’e Stoudemire – 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA – 18.9 PPG / 7.8 RPG / 1.2 APG
  99. Ben Wallace “Big Ben” – 1x Champion, 6x All-Defensive – 5.7 PPG/9.6 RPG/1.3 APG
  100. Reggie Miller – 5x All Star – 18.2 PPG/3.0 RPG/3.0 APG
  101. Bailey Howell – 6x All-Star, 2x Champion – 18.7 PPG / 9.9 RPG / 2 APG
  102. Bob Dandridge – 4x All-Star, 2x Champion – 18.5 PPG / 6.8 RPG / 3.4 APG
  103. Bernard King – 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA – 22.5 PPG / 5.8 RPG / 3.3 APG
  104. Damian Lillard “Dame” – 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA – 24.0 PPG / 4.2 RPG / 6.5 APG
  105. Mitch Richmond – 6x All-Star, 3x All-NBA – 21 PPG / 3.9 RPG / 3.5 APG
  106. David Thompson “Skywalker” – 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA/ABA – 22.1 PPG / 4.1 RPG / 3.3 APG
  107. Pete Maravich “Pistol” – 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA – 24.2 PPG / 4.2 RPG / 5.4 APG
  108. Blake Griffin – 6x All-Star, 3x All-NBA – 21.7 PPG / 8.8 PRG / 4.4 APG
  109. Grant Hill – 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA – 16.7 PPG / 6.0 RPG / 4.1 APG
  110. Vince Carter “Vinsanity” – 8x All-Star, 1x All-NBA – 16.7 PPG / 4.3 RPG / 3.1 APG
  111. Jack Sikma – 7x All-Star, 1x Champion – 15.6 PPG / 9.8 RPG / 3.2 APG
  112. Dave Bing – 7x All-Star, 1x Scoring leader – 20.3 PPG / 3.8 RPG / 6.0 APG
  113. Kevin Johnson “KJ” – 3x All-Star, 4x All-NBA -17.9 PPG / 3.3 RPG / 9.1 APG
  114. Kyrie Irving – 6x All-Star, 1x Champion – 22.4 PPG / 3.7 RPG / 5.7 APG
  115. Jo Jo White – 7x All-Star, 2x Champion – 17.2 PPG / 4.0 RPG / 4.9 APG
  116. Lenny Wilkens – 9x All-Star, 1x Assists leader – 16.5 PPG / 4.7 RPG / 6.7 APG
  117. Lamarcus Aldridge – 7x All-Star, 2x All-NBA – 19.6 PPG / 8.4 RPG / 2.0 APG
  118. Kevin Love – 5x All-Star, 1x Rebounding leader – 18.3 PPG / 11.3 RPG / 2.3 APG
  119. Marques Johnson –  5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA – 20.1 PPG / 7.0 RPG / 3.6 APG
  120. Shawn Kemp – 6x All-Star, 3x All-NBA – 14.6 PPG / 8.4 RPG / 1.6 APG
  121. Chet Walker – 7x All-Star, 1x Champion – 18.2 PPG / 7.0 RPG / 2.1 APG
  122. Cliff Hagan – 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA – 17.7 PPG / 6.6 RPG / 3.2 APG
  123. Walter Davis “Greyhound” – 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA – 18.9 PPG / 3.8 RPG / 3.0 APG
  124. Maurice Lucas “The Enforcer” – 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA – 14.6 PPG / 9.1 RPG / 2.4 APG
  125. Tim Hardaway – 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA – 17.7 PPG / 3.3 RPG / 8.2 APG
  126. Chris Mullin – 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA – 18.2 PPG / 4.1 RPG / 3.5 APG
  127. Klay Thompson – 5x All-Star, 3x Champion – 19.5 PPG / 3.5 RPG / 2.3 APG
  128. Gail Goodrich – 5x All-Star, 1x Champion – 18.6 PPG / 3.2 RPG / 4.7 APG
  129. Earl Monroe “The Pearl” – 4x All-Star, 1x Champion – 18.8 PPG / 3.0 RPG / 3.9 APG
  130. Derrick Rose “DRose” – 3x All-Star, 1x MVP – 18.8 PPG / 3.4 RPG / 5.6 APG
  131. Jimmy Jones – 6x All-Star, 3x All-ABA – 16.6 PPG / 4.3 RPG / 4.5 APG
  132. Louie Dampier – 7x All-Star, 4x All-ABA – 17.1 PPG / 2.8 RPG /  5.2 APG
  133. Bob Love – 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA – 17.6 PPG / 5.9 RPG / 1.4 APG
  134. Willie Wise – 3x All-Star, 2x All-ABA – 17.6 PPG / 8.3 RPG / 2.9 APG
  135. Alvin Robertson – 4x All-Star, 6x All-Defensive – 14.0 PPG / 5.2 RPG / 5.0 APG
  136. Paul George – 6x All-Star, 1x All-NBA – 19.8 PPG / 6.4 RPG / 3.3 APG
  137. Manu Ginobili – 2x All-Star, 4x Champion – 13.3 PPG / 3.5 RPG / 3.8 APG
  138. Jamaal Wilkes “Silk” – 3x All-Star, 4x Champion – 17.7 PPG / 6.2 RPG / 2.5 APG
  139. Rajon Rondo – 1x Champion, 4x Assist leader – 10.2 PPG / 4.7 RPG / 8.3 APG
  140. Tom Chambers – 4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA – 18.1 PPG / 6.1 RPG / 2.1 APG
  141. Ed Macauley – 7x All-Star, 4x All-NBA – 17.5 PPG / 7.5 RPG / 3.2 APG
  142. Vern Mikkelsen – 4x All-NBA, 4x Champion – 14.4 PPG / 9.4 RPG / 2.2 APG
  143. Bob Davies – 5x All-NBA, 1x Champion – 14.3 PPG / 2.9 RPG / 4.9 APG
  144. Bill Laimbeer – 4x All-Star, 2x Champion – 12.9 PPG / 9.7 RPG / 2.0 APG
  145. Shawn Marion “The Matrix” – 4x All-Star, 1x Champion – 15.2 PPG / 8.7 RPG / 1.9 APG
  146. Mark Aguirre – 3x All-Star, 2x Champion – 20.0 PPG / 5.0 RPG / 3.1 APG
  147. George Yardley – 6x All-Star, 1x Scoring leader – 19.2 PPG / 8.9 RPG / 1.7 APG
  148. Paul Westphal – 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA – 15.6 PPG / 1.9 RPG / 4.4 APG
  149. Charlie Scott – 4x All-Star, 1x Champion – 20.7 PPG / 4.0 RPG / 4.9 APG
  150. Yao Ming – 8x All-Star, 2x All-NBA – 19.0 PPG / 9.2 RPG / 1.6 APG
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Top 20 greatest offensive players + Top 20 greatest defensive players in NBA history

I wrote a post a while back about the greatest offensive scorers in NBA history using criteria as the # of seasons scoring over 25 points a game, number of scoring titles, best season scoring average, etc.

Now today, I want to go back and revise that and also give you the top defensive players in NBA history, using criteria as # of seasons with more than 3 blocks + steals a game (stocks), number of defensive player of the year awards, number of all defensive 1st team selections, etc. Of course I know this isn’t fair to old players who didn’t have blocks, steals or DPOY but I will rank them accordingly to what their contemporaries said about them.

NBA scoring leaders
NBA scoring leaders

Top 20 greatest offensive players of all time

Top 20 greatest scorers of all time

1. Michael Jordan
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 12/15
Number of scoring titles: 10
Best season scoring average: 37.1 (1987)

Doesn’t get better than Jordan. 10 scoring titles, most ever. 37 points a game at his peak. He has the single game playoff record of 63 points. A whopping 80% of his career he scored over 25ppg. His 33 points per game in the playoffs is the best playoff scoring average all time. The GOAT.

2. Wilt Chamberlain
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 9/13
Number of scoring titles: 7
Best season scoring average: 50.4 (1962)

The Big Dipper. 70% of his career he scored over 25 ppg, but 7 scoring titles is second most all time. And a peak of a whopping 50 ppg is the highest scoring average in NBA history. He also holds the single game scoring record at 100 points.

3. Kevin Durant
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 11/12
Number of scoring titles: 4
Best season scoring average: 32.0 (2014)

Durant has the third most scoring titles of all time, tied with some other guys I mentioned earlier, and 92% of his career he scored over 25 ppg, topping out at 32ppg back in 2014. He could be called the most complete scorer of his generation.

4. Kobe Bryant
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 12/20
Number of scoring titles: 2
Best season scoring average: 35.4 (2006)

The Black Mamba. 60% of his career scored more than 25 ppg. 2 scoring titles, and a beastly 35 points a game at his peak, he was one of the most dominant scorers of all time. Also holds the second greatest scoring game at 81 points.

5. Jerry West
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 11/14
Number of scoring titles: 1
Best season scoring average: 31.3 (1966)

The Logo. A whopping 78% of his career he scored over 25 points a game while also dishing out 7 assists a game. He was truly one of the most versatile players ever. A peak scoring average of 31 points a game, and holds the playoff scoring record for a series at 44 points a game.

6. Lebron James
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 16/17
Number of scoring titles: 1
Best season scoring average: 31.4 (2006)

People might not think of Lebron James as a scorer, but he’s scored over 25ppg over 94% of his career. There’s only one season where he averaged less than that. He does this while also being a great rebounder and assister as well. He won the scoring title once, and he topped out at 31ppg back in 2006.

7. Allen Iverson
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 11/17
Number of scoring titles: 4
Best season scoring average: 33.0 (2006)

The Answer might have been the best small shooting guard ever, scoring over 25ppg, 65% of his career. He has 4 scoring titles, tied with Gervin and Durant for third most all time, and topped out at 33 points a game in 2006. He has the second highest playoff scoring average all time at 30 points a game.

8. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 10/20
Number of scoring titles: 2
Best season scoring average: 34.8 (1972)

The NBA’s all time leading scorer has 2 scoring titles, scored over 25ppg over 50% of his career, had the most unstoppable move in basketball, and topped out at a pretty impressive 35 points a game back in 72.

9. Karl Malone
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 12/19
Number of scoring titles: 0
Best season scoring average: 31.0 (1990)

The Mailman doesn’t have any scoring titles thanks to MJ, but he is the second all time leading scorer in NBA history, and 63% of his career averaged over 25ppg. He topped out at 31 ppg back in 1990.

10. James Harden
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 8/11
Number of scoring titles: 3
Best season scoring average: 36.7 (2019)

James Harden while not a ‘pure’ scorer as Kevin Durant, is just as good offensively, since he utilizes the NBA rules to his advantages, getting free points essentially off of every play. While a lot of people dislike his style of play, you can’t deny that as a result, it’s made him into one of the hardest players to guard in NBA history. 73% of his career, he’s scored over 25 PPG.

11. George Gervin
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 8/15
Number of scoring titles: 4
Best season scoring average: 33.1 (1980)

Tied for third most scoring titles all time. 53% of his career scored over 25ppg, and his best ppg average coming at 33 points a game back in 1980.

12. Dominique Wilkins
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 11/16
Number of scoring titles: 1
Best season scoring average: 30.3 (1986)

In an era of lots of scoring SFs like Adrian Dantley, Alex English and Bernard King, Dominique Wilkins scored more than all of them. 69% of his career he scored over 25ppg, and his best season average is 30ppg back in 86.

13. Shaquille O’Neal
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 10/19
Number of scoring titles: 2
Best season scoring average: 29.7 (2000)

Shaq is the most dominant force since Wilt, and has muscled his way to the rim for arrays of dunks and layups, which leads him to be one of the greatest scorers ever, scoring more than 25 PPG 52% of his career.

14. Elgin Baylor
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 8/14
Number of scoring titles: 0
Best season scoring average: 38.3 (1962)

Elgin Baylor doesn’t have any scoring titles (thanks to Wilt), but he does have the third highest career scoring average of all time at 27.4 points a game. And his peak is just ridiculous. 57% of his career he scored over 25ppg, his best season being a whopping 38 points a game back in 62. He scored over 71 points in a game before, and his 61 points in a Finals is still a record that stands today.

15. Oscar Robertson
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 9/14
Number of scoring titles: 0
Best season scoring average: 31.4 (1964)

The Big O could do everything, including score. 64% of his career he averaged over 25ppg, with his best coming in 1964 at 31 points a game. He was basically Lebron back in the 60s, able to score, rebound and assist as well as anyone.

16. Rick Barry
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 8/14
Number of scoring titles: 1
Best season scoring average: 35.6 (1967)

Rick Barry was one of the most lethal scorers back in the day. 57% of his career he scored over 25ppg, and in just his second season in the league he topped out at 36 points a game. He has one of the highest playoff scoring averages at 27 points per game.

17. Bob Pettit
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 7/11
Number of scoring titles: 2
Best season scoring average: 31.1 (1962)

Big Bob Pettit was one of the most lethal scoring and rebounding big men back in the day, along with Wilt. 64% of his career her averaged over 25ppg, and he never averaged under 20 points a game in his whole career. He has 2 scoring titles, and his best scoring average at 31 points a game back in 62.

18. Bob McAdoo
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 7/13
Number of scoring titles: 3
Best season scoring average: 34.5 (1975)

Bob McAdoo was the precursor to today’s shooting big man, being a PF/C that can shoot from nearly anywhere in the floor. This versatility made him one of the most dangerous scorers in NBA history. 53% of his career he averaged over 25 PPG.

19. Adrian Dantley
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 8/14
Number of scoring titles: 2
Best season scoring average: 30.7 (1981)

Adrian Dantley was not only a great scorer, he was highly efficient too, and led the league in scoring during a decade dominated by scoring forwards. 57% of his career he scored over 25 PPG.

20. Alex English (tie)
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 8/14
Number of scoring titles: 1
Best season scoring average: 28.4 (1983)

Alex English might not have had the peak of someone like Rick Barry or Bob McAdoo, but he was consistent, outscoring all other players during the 1980s. 57% of his career he scored over 25 PPG.

20. Carmelo Anthony (tie)
Number of scoring seasons of 25 points or greater: 9/17
Number of scoring titles: 1
Best season scoring average: 28.9 (2007)

Carmelo is the modern day Alex English. 53% of his career he scored over 25 PPG. A reliable consistent scorer that doesn’t quite reach Durant’s peak or Lebron’s dominance but is nonetheless one of the greatest scorers of his generation.

Honorable mentions: Dwayne Wade, Tracy McGrady, Bernard King, Larry Bird, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Pete Maravich

Top 20 greatest defensive players of all time

1. Bill Russell
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: N/A
Number of DPOY titles: N/A
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 4
All defensive selections: 1

How could it not be? Russell is acknowledged by many as the greatest defensive presence ever, even if blocks and steals weren’t tracked back in the day. But you can see from available archive footage how great a defensive player he was. He blocks the ball to start fast breaks, and many times in the footage he would block over 10 shots a game. That’s just incredible. No one made a more defensive impact than Russell did.

2. Wilt Chamberlain
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: N/A
Number of DPOY titles: N/A
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 11
All defensive selections: 2

The NBA’s all time rebounding leader, and also the second greatest offensive player is also the second greatest defensive player, proving how great Wilt was on both ends of the floor. Like Russell, blocks and steals weren’t tracked back in his time, but from archival footage that exists, you can see how many games he blocked over 10 shots, and even one game he blocked over 20 shots! Possibly the greatest all around player not named Michael Jordan.

3. Hakeem Olajuwon
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 15
Number of DPOY titles: 2
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 5
All defensive selections: 9

The Dream was a defensive beast. He’s the NBA’s all time leader in blocked shots, he had over 3 steals + blocks 15 seasons in his career. He’s also a 2 time defensive player of the year. One of the greatest two way players ever along with Wilt and Jordan.

4. Dikembe Mutombo
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 11
Number of DPOY titles: 4
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 5
All defensive selections: 6

Tied for the most number of DPOY awards at 4, and 11 seasons in his career he had over 3 steals+blocks a game. He’s also second all time in blocked shots.

5. Nate Thurmond
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 2
Number of DPOY titles: 0
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 0
All defensive selections: 5

Nate Thurmond is considered one of the all time great defensive centers, with Wilt and Kareem considering him on par with Russell on defense. Like Russell and Wilt, most of his career he didn’t have All-Defensive available and DPOY didn’t exist during that time which is why he lacks in those categories.

6. Ben Wallace
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 9
Number of DPOY titles: 4
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 3
All defensive 1st team selections: 6

Ben Wallace coming up this high might be a surprise to some of you, but don’t be. He was a 4x DPOY, tied for most all time. 9 seasons he had over 3 steals+blocks a game. He’s the reason why the Pistons were a powerhouse in the mid 2000s.

7. David Robinson
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 11
Number of DPOY titles: 1
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 2
All defensive selections: 8

David Robinson is an all time great two way player, kind of like a lesser but still great version of Hakeem. He had 11 seasons with over 3 steals+blocks a game.

8. Dennis Rodman
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 0
Number of DPOY titles: 2
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 7
All defensive selections: 8

I debated over whether Pippen or Rodman was a better defender but went with Rodman. He’s a 2x DPOY, and could defend any position. He’s one of the greatest rebounders of all time. He doesn’t have any seasons with over 3 steals and blocks, but he didn’t need to, he was one of those players that had defensive intangibles.

9. Scottie Pippen
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 6
Number of DPOY titles: 0
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 1
All defensive selections: 10

Even though Pippen didn’t have any DPOY awards, he had 6 seasons with over 6 steals+blocks and just like Rodman, could defend any position. His 8 time defensive 1st team selections is a testament to that.

10. Michael Jordan
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 9
Number of DPOY titles: 1
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 3
All defensive selections: 9

One of the greatest two way players in NBA history not only was Jordan the best offensive player of all time, he’s a top 10 defensive player all time as well. 9 time All-Defensive 1st team + 9 seasons with over 3 steals+blocks a game. He’s one of the best defensive guards of all time.

11. Kevin Garnett
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 6
Number of DPOY titles: 1
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 4
All defensive selections: 12

Kevin Garnett has a DPOY award unlike Duncan and probably had a higher defensive peak which is why I’m ranking him higher here.

12. Dwight Howard
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 6
Number of DPOY titles: 3
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 7
All defensive selections: 9

Dwight Howard was a dominant defensive presence for most of the 2000s. He is a 3x DPOY, that’s second most all time, and one of the great rebounders in recent history. He has 6 seasons with over 6 steals+blocks.

13. Tim Duncan
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 10
Number of DPOY titles: 0
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 0
All defensive selections: 15

Tim Duncan doesn’t need a DPOY award to prove how great defensively he was. He was an 8 time all defensive team selection, and is still blocking shots at a high level into his 40s. He has 10 seasons with over 3 steals+blocks, and 1 of those seasons came when he was 36 years old, which is crazy.

14. Gary Payton
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 1
Number of DPOY titles: 1
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 1
All defensive selections: 9

Payton is considered one of the best defensive guards of all time and one of the only ones to win DPOY.

15. Walt Frazier
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 1
Number of DPOY titles: 0
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 0
All defensive selections: 9

That he only had 1 season of over 3 steals+blocks is misleading. Most of his career, blocks and steals weren’t tracked, and Frazier was one of the best defenders in the guard position in NBA history. He would have a lot more career steals if they had been tracked back in the day. His 7 time defensive 1st team selection proves that.

16. Kawhi Leonard
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 1
Number of DPOY titles: 2
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 1
All defensive selections: 5

Leonard is the best defender of his generation and along with Lebron among the best defensive forwards ever.

17. Bobby Jones
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 4
Number of DPOY titles: 0
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 0
All defensive selections: 11 

Jones even though he didn’t win a DPOY award like his contemporaries Michael Cooper, Alvin Robertson and Sidney Moncrief, is still among the greatest wing defenders of all time.

18. Sidney Moncrief
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 0
Number of DPOY titles: 2
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 0
All defensive selections: 5

Moncrief is considered one of the best defensive guards of all time and one of the only ones to win DPOY.

19. Dave Debusschere
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 0
Number of DPOY titles: 0
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 0
All defensive selections: 10

Dave Debusschere was a huge defender in his day, and DPOY/steals/blocks didn’t exist during most of his career, so we can’t measure those accurately, but we do know that he was All-Def 1st team from the time that award was created until he retired, and that means something.

20. John Havlicek
Number of seasons with over 3 stocks a game: 0
Number of DPOY titles: 0
Number of rebound/blocks/steal titles: 0
All defensive selections: 14

Again, DPOY and steals/blocks weren’t tracked through much of his career, but Hondo was an All-Def member every year the award existed in his career, and had one of the most famous steals of all time, so he deserves to be on this list.

Honorable mentions: Mark Eaton, Alonzo Mourning, Joe Dumars, Bruce Bowen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Alvin Robertson, Michael Cooper, Jerry West, Dennis Johnson, Norm Van Lier, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul