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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. 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)

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

15. 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)

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

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

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

19. 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)

20. 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)

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

22. 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)

23. 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)

24. 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)

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

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. 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

19. 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)

20. 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)

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

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

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

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

25. Vern Mikkelsen
14.4 PPG/9.4 RPG/2.2 APG, 4x Champion, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 4x Finals Appearances (1950, 1952-1954)

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
Brooklyn Nets – Jason Kidd (New York Nets)
New York Knicks – Willis Reed
Philadelphia 76ers – Wilt Chamberlain
Toronto Raptors – Vince Carter
Dallas Mavericks – Dirk Nowitzki
Houston Rockets – Hakeem Olajuwon
Memphis Grizzlies – Marc Gasol
New Orleans Pelicans – Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
San Antonio Spurs – Tim Duncan
Chicago Bulls – Michael Jordan
Cleveland Cavaliers – Lebron James
Detroit Pistons – Isiah Thomas
Indiana Pacers – Mel Daniels
Milwaukee Bucks – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Denver Nuggets – Alex English
Minnesota Timberwolves – Kevin Garnett
Oklahoma City Thunder – Gary Payton (Supersonics)
Portland Trail Blazers – Clyde Drexler
Utah Jazz – Karl Malone
Atlanta Hawks – Bob Pettit (St Louis Hawks)
Charlotte Hornets – Alonzo Mourning
Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade
Orlando Magic – Dwight Howard
Washington Wizards – Wes Unseld (Baltimore Bullets)
Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry
Los Angeles Clippers – Bob McAdoo
Los Angeles Lakers – Magic Johnson
Phoenix Suns – Steve Nash
Sacramento Kings – Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati 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. Bill Russell “Russell” – 11x Champion, 5x MVP – 15.1 PPG/22.5 RPG/4.3 APG
  2. Michael Jordan “Air Jordan” – 6x Champion, 5x MVP – 30.1 PPG/6.2 RPG/5.3 APG
  3. Wilt Chamberlain “The Big Dipper” – 4x MVP, 11x Rebounding leader – 30.1 PPG/22.9 RPG/4.4 APG
  4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “Cap” – 6x Champion, 6x MVP – 24.6 PPG/11.2 RPG/3.6 APG
  5. Lebron James “King James” – 4x MVP, 3x Finals MVP – 27.1 PPG/7.4 RPG/7.4 APG
  6. Tim Duncan “The Big Fundamental” – 5x Champion, 2x MVP – 19.0 PPG/10.8 RPG/3.0 APG
  7. Kobe Bryant “The Black Mamba” – 5x Champion, 1x MVP – 25.0 PPG/5.2 RPG/4.7 APG
  8. Julius Erving “Dr. J” – 3x Champion, 4x MVP – 24.2 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.2 APG
  9. Magic Johnson – 5x Champion, 3x MVP – 19.5 PPG/7.2 RPG/11.2 APG
  10. Shaquille O’Neal “Diesel” – 4x Champion, 3x Finals MVP – 23.7 PPG/10.9 RPG/2.5 APG
  11. Larry Bird “Larry Legend” – 3x Champion, 3x MVP – 24.3 PPG/10.0 RPG/6.3 APG
  12. Karl Malone “The Mailman” – 2x MVP, 13x All-NBA – 25.0 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.6 APG
  13. Hakeem Olajuwon “The Dream” – 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP – 21.8 PPG/11.1 RPG/2.5 APG
  14. Jerry West “Mr. Clutch” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 27.0 PPG/5.8 RPG/6.7 APG
  15. Oscar Robertson “The Big O” – 1x Champion, 1x MVP – 25.7 PPG/7.5 RPG/9.5 APG
  16. Kevin Garnett “The Big Ticket” – 1x MVP, 12x All-Defensive -18.6 PPG/10.3 RPG/3.9 APG
  17. Moses Malone “Chairman of the Boards” – 1x Champion, 3x MVP – 20.6 PPG/12.2 RPG/1.4 APG
  18. Artis Gilmore “A-Train” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 18.8 PPG/12.3 RPG/2.3 APG
  19. Bob Pettit – 1x Champion, 2x MVP – 26.4 PPG/16.2 RPG/3.0 APG
  20. Bob Cousy “Houdini of the Hardwood” – 6x Champion, 1x MVP – 18.4 PPG/5.2 RPG/7.5 APG
  21. John Havlicek “Hondo” – 8x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 20.8 PPG/6.3 RPG/4.8 APG
  22. Kevin Durant “Durantula” – 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP – 27.4 PPG/6.9 RPG/3.5 APG
  23. David Robinson “The Admiral” – 2x Champion, 1x MVP – 21.1 PPG/10.6 RPG/2.5 APG
  24. Chris Paul “CP3” – 8x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive – 18.7 PPG/4.4 RPG/9.5 APG
  25. George Mikan “Mr Basketball” – 5x Champion, 3x Scoring leader – 23.1 PPG/13.4 RPG/2.8 APG
  26. Dirk Nowitzki “The German Juggernaut” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 20.7 PPG/7.5 RPG/2.4 APG
  27. John Stockton – 8x All-NBA, 9x Assist leader – 13.1 PPG/2.7 RPG/10.5 APG
  28. Scottie Pippen “Pip” – 6x Champion, 10x All-Defensive – 16.1 PPG/6.4 RPG/5.2 APG
  29. Rick Barry “The Miami Greyhound” – 1x Finals MVP, 10x All-NBA/ABA – 24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/4.9 APG
  30. Charles Barkley “Round Mound of Rebound” – 1x MVP, 10x All-NBA – 22.1 PPG/11.7 RPG/3.9 APG
  31. Dwight Howard “Superman” – 6x All-NBA, 5x Rebounding leader – 16.8 PPG/12.3 RPG/1.4 APG
  32. Jason Kidd “J-Kidd” – 6x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive – 12.6 PPG/6.3 RPG/8.7 APG
  33. Elgin Baylor “Mr. Inside” – 10x All-NBA, 11x All-Star – 27.4 PPG/13.5 RPG/4.6 APG
  34. Dolph Schayes – 1x Champion, 12x All-NBA – 18.2 PPG/12.1 RPG/3.1 APG
  35. Elvin Hayes “The Big E” – 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA – 21.0 PPG/12.5 RPG/1.8 APG
  36. Walt Frazier “Clyde” – 2x Champion, 9x All-Defensive – 18.9 PPG/5.9 RPG/6.1 APG
  37. Dwayne Wade “Flash” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 22.0 PPG/4.7 RPG/5.4 APG
  38. Mel Daniels “Big Mel” – 3x Champion, 2x MVP – 18.4 PPG/14.9 RPG/1.8 APG
  39. Russell Westbrook “Beastbrook” – 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA – 23.2 PPG/7.1 RPG/8.3 APG
  40. Stephen Curry “Chef Curry” – 3x Champion, 2x MVP – 23.5 PPG/4.5 RPG/6.6 APG
  41. Allen Iverson “The Answer” – 1x MVP, 4x Scoring leader – 26.7 PPG/3.7 RPG/6.2 APG
  42. Gary Payton “The Glove” – 7x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive – 16.3 PPG/3.9 RPG/6.7 APG
  43. George Gervin “The Iceman” – 9x All-NBA/ABA, 4x Scoring leader – 25.1 PPG/5.2 RPG/2.5 APG
  44. James Harden “The Beard” – 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA – 25.1 PPG/5.3 RPG/6.3 APG
  45. Dennis Rodman “The Worm” – 8x All-Defensive, 7x Rebounding leader – 7.3 PPG/13.1 RPG/1.8 APG
  46. Steve Nash – 2x MVP, 5x Assist leader – 14.3 PPG/3.0 RPG/8.5 APG
  47. Willis Reed “Captain” – 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP – 18.7 PPG/12.9 RPG/1.8 APG
  48. Kawhi Leonard “The Claw” – 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP – 18.6 PPG/6.4 RPG/2.7 APG
  49. Dan Issel “The Horse” – 1x Champion, 5x All-ABA – 22.6 PPG/9.1 RPG/2.4 APG
  50. Isiah Thomas “Zeke” – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 19.2 PPG/3.6 RPG/9.3 APG
  51. George McGinnis – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 20.2 PPG/11.0 RPG/3.7 APG
  52. Sam Jones – 10x Champion, 3x All-NBA – 17.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/2.5 APG
  53. Paul Arizin “Pitchin Paul” – 1x Champion, 2x Scoring leader – 22.8 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.3 APG
  54. Dave Cowens – 2x Champion, 1x MVP – 17.6 PPG/13.6 RPG/3.8 APG
  55. Patrick Ewing – 7x All-NBA, 11x All-Star – 21.0 PPG/9.8 RPG/2.0 APG
  56. Kevin McHale “The Black Hole” – 3x Champion, 6x All-Defensive – 17.9 PPG/7.3 RPG/1.7 APG
  57. Dennis Johnson “DJ” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 14.9 PPG/3.9 RPG/5.0 APG
  58. Spencer Haywood – 1x Champion, 1x MVP – 20.3 PPG/10.3 RPG/1.8 APG
  59. Bob McAdoo – 1x MVP, 3x Scoring leader – 22.1 PPG/9.4 RPG/2.3 APG
  60. Robert Parish “The Chief” – 4x Champion, 2x All-NBA – 14.5 PPG/9.1 RPG/1.4 APG
  61. Tom Heinsohn – 8x Champion, 4x All-NBA – 18.6 PPG/8.8 RPG/2.0 APG
  62. Dave Debusschere – 2x Champion, 10x All-Defensive – 16.1 PPG/11.0 RPG/2.9 APG
  63. Anthony Davis “The Brow” – 4x All-NBA, 4x All-Defensive – 24.0 PPG/10.4 RPG/2.2 APG
  64. Paul Pierce “The Truth” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 19.7 PPG/5.6 RPG/3.5 APG
  65. Connie Hawkins “The Hawk” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 18.7 PPG/8.8 RPG/4.1 APG
  66. Tony Parker – 4x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 15.5 PPG/2.7 RPG/5.6 APG
  67. Clyde Drexler “The Glide” – 1x Champion, 3x All-NBA – 20.4 PPG/6.1 RPG/5.6 APG
  68. Pau Gasol – 2x Champion, 6x All-Star – 17.0 PPG/9.2 RPG/3.2 APG
  69. Dikembe Mutombo – 6x All-Defensive, 2x Rebounding leader – 9.8 PPG/10.3 RPG/1 APG
  70. Wes Unseld “Big Wes” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 10.8 PPG/14.0 RPG/3.9 APG
  71. Bobby Jones – 1x Champion, 11x All-Defensive – 12.1 PPG/6.1 RPG/2.7 APG
  72. Bill Sharman – 4x Champion, 7x All-NBA – 17.8 PPG/3.9 RPG/3.0 APG
  73. Adrian Dantley – 2x All-NBA, 2x Scoring leader – 24.3 PPG/5.7 RPG/3.0 APG
  74. Neil Johnston – 1x Champion, 3x Scoring leader – 19.4 PPG/11.3 RPG/2.5 APG
  75. Billy Cunningham “Kangaroo Kid” – 1x Champion, 1x MVP – 21.2 PPG/10.4 RPG/4.3 APG
  76. Giannis Antetokounmpo “The Greek Freak” – 2x MVP, 5x All-NBA – 20.0 PPG/8.9 RPG/4.3 APG
  77. Jerry Lucas “The Computer” – 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA – 17.0 PPG/15.6 RPG/3.3 APG
  78. Dominique Wilkins “The Human Highlight Reel” – 5x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader – 24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/2.5 APG
  79. Ben Wallace “Big Ben” – 1x Champion, 6x All-Defensive – 5.7 PPG/9.6 RPG/1.3 APG
  80. Ray Allen – 2x Champion, 10x All-Star – 18.9 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.4 APG
  81. Hal Greer – 1x Champion, 7x All-NBA – 19.2 PPG/5.0 RPG/4.0 APG
  82. Tracy McGrady “T-mac” – 5x All-NBA, 2x Scoring leader – 19.6 PPG/5.6 RPG/4.4 APG
  83. Joe Dumars – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 16.1 PPG/2.2 RPG/4.5 APG
  84. Sidney Moncrief – 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive – 15.6 PPG/4.7 RPG/3.6 APG
  85. Carmelo Anthony “Melo” – 2x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader – 23.6 PPG/6.5 RPG/2.9 APG
  86. Alex English – 3x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader – 21.5 PPG/5.5 RPG/3.6 APG
  87. James Worthy “Big Game James” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 17.6 PPG/5.1 RPG/3.0 APG
  88. Walt Bellamy – 4x All-Star – 20.1 PPG/13.7 RPG/2.4 APG
  89. Zelmo Beaty – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP – 16 PPG/10.5 RPG/1.5 APG
  90. Chauncey Billups “Mr Big Shot” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP -15.2 PPG/2.9 RPG/5.4 APG
  91. Horace Grant – 4x Champion, 4x All-Defensive – 11.2 PPG/8.1 RPG/2.2 APG
  92. Alonzo Mourning “Zo” – 1x Champion, 7x All-Star – 17.1 PPG/8.5 RPG/1.1 APG
  93. Bob Lanier – 8x All-Star – 20.1 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.1 APG
  94. Roger Brown – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP -17.4 PPG/6.2 RPG/3.8 APG
  95. Tiny Archibald – 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA – 18.8 PPG/2.3 RPG/7.4 APG
  96. Chris Bosh – 2x Champion, 11x All-Star – 19.2 PPG/8.6 RPG/2.0 APG
  97. Michael Cooper – 5x Champion, 8x All-Defensive – 8.9 PPG/3.2 RPG/4.2 APG
  98. Chris Webber “C-Webb” – 4x All-NBA, 1x Rebounding leader – 20.7 PPG/9.8 RPG/4.2 APG
  99. Bill Walton – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP – 13.3 PPG/10.5 RPG/3.4 APG
  100. Reggie Miller – 5x All Star – 18.2 PPG/3.0 RPG/3.0 APG
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NBA’s most dominant players of all time – ranking

I love to crunch statistics and data – and here I’ve compiled the most dominant single seasons of most NBA superstars, calculated by taking the total of the average number of points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game, since 1977. The reason I chose 1977 is because it was the first year after the league consolidated from the NBA-ABA split. And thus the level of competition became higher. Also modern rules started to take effect from that time. So unfortunately, I don’t have players like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Jerry West, Walt Frazier, Oscar Robertson, etc ranked since they played before 1977, and the numbers were exaggerated back then especially for rebounds. And yes, I realize this penalizes players like John Stockton and Tim Duncan who didn’t have a dominant season and were very consistent, but this list is for players who had very high ceilings, but it puts into perspective how many superstars had great single seasons before they got injured (Grant Hill, Bernard King, Tracy McGrady, Chris Webber, Pete Maravich are all prime examples).

But here is the list of most dominant single seasons for NBA superstars since 1977 (columns are in order, name, dominant year, PPG, RPG, APG, position played):

The most dominant single seasons for NBA superstars, ranked
The most dominant single seasons for NBA superstars, ranked

Couple things to note here:
-Shaq was incredibly dominant in 2000, beating even 1987 Jordan. I mean, 29.7 PPG and 13.6 RPG is just incredible. What a beast.
-Chris Webber’s 2001 season and Tracy McGrady’s 2003 season are monstrous: these guys deserve to go into the hall of fame for those seasons alone.
-Some players most people have not heard of: Bob McAdoo, Adrian Dantley, Bernard King, Artis Gilmore, Bob Lanier, Alex English.. there were alot of players back in the late 70s/early 80s who were very dominant offensively, and very dominant defensively, but were lost in the books after Magic/Bird arrived on the scene.
-Bill Simmons considers a score over 42 eligible for ‘Level 4/Pantheon’ level greatness. Of course, thats an average over an entire career.
-Players with no standout season but consistent performance like John Stockton and Tim Duncan are not represented well on here. Doesn’t mean they aren’t fantastic players, just means they didn’t have as high peaks.

Here are the greatest single season performances of NBA players, by position:

Point Guard
1) Magic Johnson (1987) – 23.9/6.3/12.2
2) Isiah Thomas (1985) – 21.2/4.5/13.9
3) Gary Payton (2000) – 24.2/6.5/8.9
4) Chris Paul (2009) – 22.8/5.5/11.0
5) Kevin Johnson (1990) – 22.5/3.6/12.2

Shooting Guard
1) Michael Jordan (1987) – 37.1/5.2/4.6
2) Kobe Bryant (2006) – 35.4/5.3/4.5
3) Allen Iverson (2006) – 33.0/3.2/7.4
4) Dwayne Wade (2009) – 30.2/5.0/7.5
5) Pete Maravich (1977) – 31.1/5.1/5.4

Small Forward
1) Lebron James (2010) – 29.7/7.3/8.6
2) Larry Bird (1988) – 29.9/9.3/6.1
3) Tracy McGrady (2003) – 32.1/6.5/5.5
4) Bernard King (1985) – 32.9/5.8/3.7
5) Adrian Dantley (1981) – 30.7/6.4/4.0

Power Forward
1) Karl Malone (1990) – 31.0/11.1/2.8
2) Charles Barkley (1988) – 28.3/11.9/3.2
3) Kevin Garnett (2004) – 24.2/13.9/5.0
4) Bob McAdoo (1978) – 26.5/12.8/3.8
5) Chris Webber (2001) – 27.1/11.1/4.2

Center
1) Shaquille O’Neal (2000) – 29.7/13.6/3.8
2) David Robinson (1994) – 29.8/10.7/4.8
3) Moses Malone (1981) – 27.8/14.8/1.8
4) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1977) – 26.2/13.3/3.9
5) Hakeem Olajuwon (1994) – 27.3/11.9/3.6

…And just for fun, here’s the pre-1977 statistics too:

Greatest single season performances, pre-1977
Greatest single season performances, pre-1977

Will you take a look at that? How ridiculous was 1962 that five of the greatest pre-1977 players (Russell, Chamberlain, Baylor, Robertson, Bellamy) all peaked in that year??? And just take a look at Wilt/Elgin’s stats… its just ridiculous.