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

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

4. Bob Cousy
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
18.7 PPG/4.4 RPG/9.9 APG, 7x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive, 9x All Star

6. Stephen Curry
20.9 PPG/4.4 RPG/6.8 APG, 3x Champion, 2x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 4x Finals Appearances (2015-2018)

7. Jason 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. Isiah Thomas
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)

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

10. Russell Westbrook
22.7 PPG/6.2 RPG/7.9 APG, 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA, 7x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2012)

11. Walt Frazier
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)

12. Gary Payton
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)

13. Dennis Johnson
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)

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

15. Tony Parker
16.2 PPG/2.8 RPG/5.8 APG, 4x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 4x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2014)

16. 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)

17. Chauncey Billups
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)

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

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

20. Tim Hardaway
17.7 PPG/3.3 RPG/8.2 APG, 5x All-NBA, 5x All Star

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

22. Damian Lillard
23.1 PPG/4.1 RPG/6.2 APG, 3x All-NBA, 4x All Star

23. Derrick Rose
19.5 PPG/3.7 RPG/6.0 APG, 1x MVP, 1x All NBA, 3x All-Star

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

25. Maurice Cheeks
11.1 PPG/2.8 RPG/6.7 APG, 5x All-Defensive, 4x All-Star

Shooting Guard

1. Michael 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
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. Jerry West
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)

4. Dwyane Wade
24.3 PPG/5.0 RPG/6.0 APG, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 12x All Star, 5x Finals Appearances (2006, 2011-2014)

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

6. George Gervin
25.1 PPG/5.2 RPG/2.5 APG, 9x All-NBA, 12x All Star

7. James Harden
22.1 PPG/5.0 RPG/5.7 APG, 1x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2012)

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

9. 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)

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

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
19.6 PPG/5.6 RPG/4.4 APG, 5x All-NBA, 7x All Star

13. David Thompson
22.1 PPG/4.1 RPG/3.3 APG, 2x All-NBA, 5x All Star

14. 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)

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

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

17. 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)

18. Pete Maravich
24.2 PPG/4.2 RPG/5.4 APG, 4x All-ABA, 5x All Star

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

20. Vince Carter
18.2 PPG/4.6 RPG/3.3 APG, 2x All-NBA, 8x All-Star

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

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

23. Earl Monroe
18.8 PPG/3 RPG/3.9 APG, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x Champion, 3x Finals Appearances (1971-1973)

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

25. Klay Thompson
19.5 PPG/3.5 RPG/2.3 APG, 3x Champion, 5x All-Star, 4x Finals Appearances (2015-2018)

Small Forwards

1. Lebron James
27.5 PPG/7.2 RPG/6.9 APG, 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, 13x All Star, 9x Finals Appearances (2007, 2011-2018)

2. Larry Bird
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)

3. Julius Erving
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)

4. Kevin Durant
27.4 PPG/6.9 RPG/3.5 APG, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 7x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2012, 2017-2018)

5. Elgin Baylor
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)

6. John Havlicek
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)

7. Rick Barry
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. Scottie Pippen
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)

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

10. Connie Hawkins
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)

11. Billy Cunningham
21.2 PPG/10.4 RPG/4.3 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Star, 1x Finals Appearance (1967)

12. Dominique Wilkins
24.8 PPG/6.7 RPG/2.5 APG, 7x All-NBA, 9x All Star

13. Paul Pierce
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)

14. Carmelo Anthony
24.8 PPG/6.6 RPG/3.1 APG, 2x All-NBA, 10x All Star

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

16. Kawhi Leonard
16.4 PPG/6.2 RPG/2.3 APG, 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 3x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 3x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2013, 2014)

17. 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)

18. James Worthy
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. 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)

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

21. Giannis Antetokounmpo
18.8 PPG/8.3 RPG/4.1 APG, 2x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive, 3x All Star

22. Jim Pollard
13.2 PPG/7.8 RPG/3.2 APG, 5x Champion, 4x All-NBA, 4x All-Star

23. 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)

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

25. Marques Johnson
20.1 PPG/7 RPG/3.6 APG, 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA

Power Forward

1. Tim Duncan
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
25.0 PPG/10.1 RPG/3.6 APG, 2x MVP, 14x All-NBA, 14x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1997-1998)

3. 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)

4. Kevin Garnett
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)

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

6. Dirk Nowitzki
22.5 PPG/8.1 RPG/2.6 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 12x All-NBA, 12x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (2006, 2011)

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

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

9. 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)

10. Dennis Rodman
7.3 PPG/13.1 RPG/1.8 APG, 5x Champion, 8x All-Defensive, 2x All-Star, 6x Finals Appearances (1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998)

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

13. Kevin McHale
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)

14. Anthony Davis
22.4 PPG/10.4 RPG/1.8 APG, 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 5x All-Star

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. 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)

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

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

19. Pau Gasol
17.9 PPG/9.4 RPG/3.2 APG, 2x Champion, 2x All-NBA, 6x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (2008-2010)

20. Blake Griffin
21.5 PPG/9.4 RPG/4.1 APG, 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA

21. Chris Webber
20.7 PPG/9.8 RPG/4.2 APG, 4x All-NBA, 5x All Star

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

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

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

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. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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)

2. Wilt Chamberlain
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)

3. 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)

4. Shaquille O’Neal
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
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
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. David Robinson
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)

8. George Mikan
22.6 PPG/13.4 RPG/2.8 APG, 7x Champion, 1x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 4x All Star, 7x Finals Appearances (1947-1950, 1952-1954)

9. Artis Gilmore
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)

10. Mel Daniels
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)

11. Willis Reed
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)

12. Dwight Howard
17.5 PPG/12.7 RPG/1.5 APG, 8x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 8x All Star, 1x Finals Appearance (2009)

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

16. Bill Walton
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)

17. Wes Unseld
10.8 PPG/14.0 RPG/3.9 APG, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 1x All-NBA, 5x All Star, 3x Finals Appearances (1975, 1978-1979)

18. Nate Thurmond
15.0 PPG/15.0 RPG/2.7 APG, 5x All-Defensive, 7x All Star, 2x Finals Appearances (1964, 1967)

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

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

21. Ed Macauley
17.5 PPG/7.5 RPG/3.2 APG, 1x Champion, 7x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 2x Finals Appearances (1957-1958)

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
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. Dikembe Mutombo
9.8 PPG/10.3 RPG/1 APG, 6x All-Defensive, 8x All-Star, 1x All-NBA

25. Ben Wallace
5.7 PPG/9.6 RPG/1.3 APG, 1x Champion, 6x All-Defensive, 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA

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

Elgin Baylor (96)
Jerry West (97)
Lebron James (99)
Dan Issel (92)
Kobe Bryant (98)
Magic Johnson (99)
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (99)
Walt Frazier (95)
Elvin Hayes (95)
Shaq (98)
James Worthy (95)
Tracy McGrady (95)
George Mikan (94)

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

Larry Bird (98)
Kevin McHale (95)
Bill Russell (98)
James Harden (94)
Oscar Robertson (97)
Sam Jones (92)
Dennis Johnson (92)
John Havlicek (96)
Kevin Garnett (97)
Tom Heinsohn (88)
Ray Allen (95)
Dave Cowens (94)
Paul Pierce (94)

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

Bob Pettit (95)
Wilt Chamberlain (98)
Spencer Haywood (88)
Julius Erving (97)
Billy Cunningham (96)
Allen Iverson (97)
Russell Westbrook (94)
Bob McAdoo (94)
Clyde Drexler (96)
John Stockton (97)
Dominique Wilkins (94)
Oscar Robertson (97)
Moses Malone (95)

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

Michael Jordan (99)
Jason Kidd (95)
David Thompson (95)
George McGinnis (88)
Tiny Archibald (91)
Wes Unseld (94)
Scottie Pippen (96)
Karl Malone (97)
Patrick Ewing (95)
Chris Webber (93)
Vince Carter (95)
Alex English (92)
Artis Gilmore (94)

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

Dirk Nowitzki (97)
Steph Curry (96)
Hakeem Olajuwon (98)
Rick Barry (96)
Chris Paul (95)
Kevin Durant (97)
Bob Lanier (93)
Dwayne Wade (97)
Jerry Lucas (94)
Connie Hawkins (88)
Tim Hardaway (91)
Mitch Richmond (94)
Nate Thurmond (92)

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

Gary Payton (95)
Tim Duncan (98)
Steve Nash (96)
Carmelo Anthony (94)
George Gervin (96)
Blake Griffin (90)
Bill Walton (95)
David Robinson (96)
Anthony Davis (94)
Dennis Rodman (93)
Dikembe Mutombo (92)
Tony Parker (94)
Sidney Moncrief (93)
Kawhi Leonard (94)
Alonzo Mourning (94)

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

Willis Reed (94)
Bernard King (89)
Adrian Dantley (92)
Joe Dumars (93)
Amare Stoudemire (91)
Grant Hill (93)
Isiah Thomas (96)
Dwight Howard (93)
Dave Debusschere (91)
Chauncey Billups (91)
Dave Bing (89)
Pau Gasol (93)
Pete Maravich (95)

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, 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: Dolph Schayes/Tom Heinsohn
C: George Mikan/Neil Johnston

1960s:
PG: Oscar Robertson/Lenny Wilkens
SG: Jerry West/Hal Greer
SF: Elgin Baylor/Billy Cunningham
PF: Bob Pettit/Jerry Lucas
C: Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell

1970s:
PG: Walt Frazier/Tiny Archibald
SG: George Gervin/Pete Maravich
SF: Rick Barry/John Havlicek
PF: Elvin Hayes/Dave Cowens
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Mel Daniels

1980s:
PG: Magic Johnson/Isiah Thomas
SG: Sidney Moncrief/Joe Dumars
SF: Larry Bird/Julius Erving
PF: Kevin McHale/Bob McAdoo
C: Moses Malone/Patrick Ewing

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

2000s:
PG: Jason Kidd/Steve Nash
SG: Kobe Bryant/Allen Iverson
SF: Paul Pierce/Carmelo Anthony
PF: Tim Duncan/Kevin Garnett
C: Shaquille O’Neal/Dwight Howard

2010s:
PG: Chris Paul/Stephen Curry
SG: Dwayne Wade/James Harden
SF: Lebron James/Kevin Durant
PF: Dirk Nowitzki/Blake Griffin
C: Anthony Davis/Joel Embiid

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

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 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 50 greatest players in NBA/ABA history as of 2018:

  1. Michael Jordan “Air Jordan” – 6x Champion, 5x MVP
  2. Wilt Chamberlain “The Big Dipper” – 4x MVP, 11x Rebounding leader
  3. Bill Russell “Russell” – 11x Champion, 5x MVP
  4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “Cap” – 6x Champion, 6x MVP
  5. Lebron James “King James” – 4x MVP, 3x Finals MVP
  6. Magic Johnson “Magic Man” – 5x Champion, 3x MVP
  7. Tim Duncan “The Big Fundamental” – 5x Champion, 2x MVP
  8. Larry Bird “Larry Legend” – 3x Champion, 3x MVP
  9. Kobe Bryant “The Black Mamba” – 5x Champion, 1x MVP
  10. Jerry West “Mr. Clutch” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  11. Oscar Robertson “The Big O” – 1x Champion, 1x MVP
  12. Shaquille O’Neal “Diesel” – 4x Champion, 3x Finals MVP
  13. Hakeem Olajuwon “The Dream” – 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP
  14. Julius Erving “Dr. J” – 3x Champion, 4x MVP
  15. Moses Malone “Chairman of the Boards” – 1x Champion, 3x MVP
  16. Karl Malone “The Mailman” – 2x MVP, 13x All-NBA
  17. Kevin Durant “Durantula” – 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
  18. John Havlicek “Hondo” – 8x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  19. Bob Pettit – 2x MVP, 11x All-NBA
  20. Bob Cousy “Houdini of the Hardwood” – 6x Champion, 1x MVP
  21. Elgin Baylor “Mr. Inside” – 10x All-NBA
  22. Kevin Garnett “The Big Ticket” – 1x MVP, 12x All-Defensive
  23. Rick Barry “The Miami Greyhound” – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  24. David Robinson “The Admiral” – 2x Champion, 1x MVP
  25. John Stockton – 8x All-NBA, 9x Assist leader
  26. Chris Paul “CP3” – 7x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive
  27. Stephen Curry “Chef Curry” – 3x Champion, 2x MVP
  28. Scottie Pippen “Pip” – 6x Champion, 10x All-Defensive
  29. Jason Kidd “J-Kidd” – 6x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive
  30. Charles Barkley “Sir Charles” – 1x MVP, 10x All-NBA
  31. Dirk Nowitzki “The German Juggernaut” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
  32. Dwayne Wade “Flash” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  33. Allen Iverson “The Answer” – 1x MVP, 4x Scoring leader
  34. Walt Frazier “Clyde” – 2x Champion, 7x All-Defensive
  35. George Gervin “The Iceman” – 9x All-NBA/ABA, 4x Scoring leader
  36. Willis Reed “Captain” – 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
  37. Steve Nash – 2x MVP, 5x Assist leader
  38. George Mikan – 5x Champion, 3x Scoring leader
  39. Artis Gilmore “A-Train” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
  40. Mel Daniels “Big Mel” – 3x Champion, 2x MVP
  41. Dolph Schayes – 1x Champion, 12x All-NBA
  42. Dwight Howard – 6x All-NBA, 5x Rebounding leader
  43. Russell Westbrook “Russ” – 1x MVP, 7x All-NBA
  44. Isiah Thomas “Zeke” – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  45. Paul Arizin “Pitchin Paul” – 1x Champion, 2x Scoring leader
  46. Elvin Hayes “The Big E” – 1x Champion, 6x All-NBA
  47. Gary Payton “The Glove” – 7x All-NBA, 9x All-Defensive
  48. Bob McAdoo – 1x MVP, 3x Scoring leader
  49. Patrick Ewing – 7x All-NBA
  50. James Harden “The Beard” – 1x MVP, 4x All-NBA
  51. Dennis Rodman “The Worm” – 8x All-Defensive, 7x Rebounding leader
  52. George McGinnis – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
  53. Connie Hawkins “The Hawk” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
  54. Dave Cowens – 2x Champion, 1x MVP
  55. Neil Johnston – 1x Champion, 3x Scoring leader
  56. Spencer Haywood – 1x Champion, 1x MVP
  57. Dave Debusschere – 2x Champion, 6x All-Defensive
  58. Sam Jones – 10x Champion, 3x All-NBA
  59. Tom Heinsohn – 8x Champion, 4x All-NBA
  60. Dennis Johnson – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  61. Dan Issel “The Horse” – 1x Champion, 5x All-ABA
  62. Bill Sharman – 4x Champion, 7x All-NBA
  63. Kevin McHale “The Black Hole” – 3x Champion, 6x All-Defensive
  64. Billy Cunningham “Kangaroo Kid” – 1x Champion, 1x MVP
  65. Bill Walton – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
  66. Wes Unseld “Big Wes” – 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
  67. Jerry Lucas “The Computer” – 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA
  68. Clyde Drexler “The Glide” – 1x Champion, 3x All-NBA
  69. Tracy McGrady “T-mac” – 5x All-NBA, 2x Scoring leader
  70. Dominique Wilkins “The Human Highlight Reel” – 5x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader
  71. Paul Pierce “The Truth” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  72. Tony Parker – 4x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  73. Bobby Jones – 1x Champion, 9x All-Defensive
  74. Anthony Davis “The Brow” – 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive
  75. Kawhi Leonard “The Claw” – 1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  76. Adrian Dantley – 2x All-NBA, 2x Scoring leader
  77. Carmelo Anthony “Melo” – 2x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader
  78. Roger Brown – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  79. Tiny Archibald – 1x Champion, 5x All-NBA
  80. Hal Greer – 1x Champion, 7x All-NBA
  81. James Worthy “Big Game James” – 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  82. Robert Parish “The Chief” – 4x Champion, 2x All-NBA
  83. David Thompson “Skywalker” – 3x All-NBA/ABA
  84. Pau Gasol – 2x Champion, 2x All-NBA
  85. Chris Webber – 4x All-NBA, 1x Rebounding leader
  86. Alex English – 3x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader
  87. Pete Maravich “Pistol” – 4x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader
  88. Sidney Moncrief – 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive
  89. Joe Dumars – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  90. Amar’e Stoudemire – 5x All-NBA
  91. Ed Macauley – 1x Champion, 4x All-NBA
  92. Dikembe Mutombo – 6x All-Defensive, 2x Rebounding leader
  93. Giannis Antetokounmpo – 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA
  94. Mitch Richmond – 1x Champion, 3x All-NBA
  95. Alonzo Mourning – 1x Champion, 2x All-Defensive
  96. Ray Allen – 2x Champion, 1x All-NBA
  97. Nate Thurmond “Nate the Great” – 5x All-Defensive
  98. Jo Jo White – 2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
  99. Dave Bing – 3x All-NBA, 1x Scoring leader
  100. Ben Wallace – 6x All-Defensive, 2x Rebounding leader

BitTorrent and Korea

I have two major updates that happened to my life recently:

I changed companies
I’m currently working for BitTorrent Inc as a Front End Engineer. Yes, though my old company (Switchfly Inc) was a pretty good company to work for, I’ve decided to take up new opportunities… BitTorrent’s stack consists of Python, MongoDB, BackboneJS and NodeJS, which gives me enough of a change from Coldfusion, PrototypeJS, EmberJS, Freemarker and Java. Its a new experience, with a strong recognizable company who are headquartered in downtown SOMA, and I’ve been enjoying working there so far.

Edit: if you want to check out my submission for BitTorrent’s coding exercise, check out the TEDx Feedreader application I made using Backbone + Bootstrap, all done in 8 hours: http://www.blueisme.com/feedreader

I went to Korea
I just came back from 2 weeks in Seoul, Korea and I loved it. As expected, I enjoyed every moment of that trip, and I still miss Korea already. There are several things I like about Korea more than USA such as:

1) Food/Drinks are amazing
Forget Korean food in USA. Korea has much better food than USA, much healthier with more organic ingredients, cheaper to buy, and tastes better. Forget Pizza Hut, Mr.Pizza is amazing. Forget Bulgogi and Bibimbap, Dalkgalbi (chicken ribs) and Jimm Dalk (steamed chicken) and Chi maek (fried chicken and beer) is much more amazing. Forget Soju and Korean Beer, try the many flavors of Makgeolli (rice wine), Paekseju (flavorful, weaker version of Soju), Cheongha (tastes like a mix of soju and sprite), Bokbunja (raspberry wine), and Maehwasu (plum wine). All amazing.

Oh and by the way, all the stores close later than in America, usually around 2am. The bars/clubs usually close around 6am, and some of the cafes and restaurants are 24/7 as well. Just amazing. Oh and did I mention? There’s no tip or taxes in Korea, and there’s a button you can use to call the waiter in restaurants. And fast food has delivery, like McDonalds and Burger King have guys on scooters that deliver burgers to you. Double amazing.

2) Technology is widely adopted there
Wifi is ultra super fast in Korea. You can use Wifi in the Subway, even in the mountains, pretty much everywhere, as long as you have a Wifi card. EVERYONE in the subway is on their phone, and when you can watch TV on your phone and use super fast Wifi, why not. There’s Google Maps touch screens in the subway. Everything has a dispenser or a machine for convenience. Even the toilets have controls on them. Alot of the designs in Korea are just amazing. Its hard to believe the smartphone only came in 2009 in Korea, yet now everyone from schoolgirls to old men use them there.

3) Transportation is amazing
The transportation system is probably the best I’ve experienced, ahead of NYC and Shanghai. The Seoul subway takes you all around Seoul and the Metro area, and is cheap on top of that. There’s apps to calculate the exact time it takes from one station to another, since trains are always on time. In addition, the places where you can’t go using subway, you can take buses or taxi, both of them much cheaper than in America.

4) Clothes are better
Korean clothes are a much better fit for me, being more suited to Asian bodies. People there are skinnier in general, and I’m skinny so it really fits me. In addition, they have much better styles than boring American clothing and are cheaper as well, as long as you haggle. Ironically, Koreans mostly buy foreign brands, not knowing that foreign brands (which are made in Southeast Asia) are actually lower quality than their own Korean brands (which are made in Korea). Shopping Malls as high as skyscrapers and numerous cosmetics stores are everywhere in Korea.

5) Everyone dresses up and looks good
Ever wonder why Koreans get so much plastic surgery?? Because its societal pressure!! Korean girls feel pressured to get plastic surgery because everyone competes to get a job, and since you have to submit a photo with your resume, the prettier girl gets the better job!! In addition, everyone dresses up everyday, regardless of situation. Korean girls wear makeup, contacts, high heels, nail polish, dresses/skirts/short shorts whereever they go, and Korean men often wear blazers, khakis, tight jeans, nice fitted shirts too. Its the society norm. Clubbing clothes in America are everyday outfits in Korea. As a result, a large majority of the girls there can be considered very beautiful by any standard. Trust me, its so weird to see model-looking women eating at McDonalds, or reading books at the public library wearing stilletos, but its normal.

6) Everything is clean and organized
Everything is clean and organized in Korea. This isn’t China with smoggy skies or littered streets. All the streets are clean, all the clothes people wear are immaculate, and even the bathrooms will be as clean as you can find them. There is even a machine in the public library to sanitize books. Everyone gets an apron when they eat barbecue. Towels to wash your hands are offered at different places. There are rarely any homeless people, and buskers only play in one place: Hongdae. Next time I will carry a pocket stain remover wherever I go.

7) Korea has a strong sense of community
I learned that Koreans have a sense of 정/jeong, which is this unique korean sense of feeling kindred with others. As a result most Koreans are very polite and nice to others when they have a chance. Normally Koreans are very different than Americans in that they are mostly quiet, reserved people who go about their days almost too predictably. Koreans have a very rigid mindset, and are almost robotic in the way they conform to society. This means you are probably very safe in Korea, as no one has the cultural mindset to steal, mug, rob, rape, loot, plunder, kill, or anything like that. You can leave your phone on the table and be safe about it. Girls can walk home alone at night without worry.

8) Korea loves couples
On the other hand, Koreans really love couple culture. Americans often have to think about where to go when they date, most likely a restaurant or a theater. But in Korea, alot of places are meant for dating. You have many options to go when you are with your significant other. Seoul Tower is a popular spot, as is Cheonggyecheon (river flowing downtown), or Lotte World, or a Korean village, or a beach, or a theater with a love seat, or an arcade, or a shooting range, or a sticker/photo booth, or one of the many bangs (rooms) set up in Korea, like Noraebang (karaoke), DVD-bang (DVD-room), Jjimchilbang (spa/sauna for couples), Soju-bang, PS/PC-bang (for gaming). There are even shops that sell couple accessories like matching bracelets, t-shirts, charms, everything. Korea is a great place for couples, and can be lonely if you go by yourself.


All in all, I had an amazing time in Korea, especially visiting my friends and experiencing the unique culture… and I really think that out of all the places I’ve been to, I belong the most there. My quiet, unassuming, conformist personality fits right in. So I got a little sad when I realized I’ll never get to experience those memories; I never had a gf when I was in high school or college, never had those kinds of couple culture going on, and of course never experienced a long term relationship with a Korean girl. (FYI I have good reasons for the lack of relationships; I grew up in a small white town with no asians, and was busy with CS in university, a major with very few women). This worries me, as I don’t like long distance relationships, yet I feel Korean culture fits me best. Unfortunately, Korean work culture is very competitive; they have to work long hours, for little pay, and little time for recreation. I would live in Korea, if not for the work aspect. Working at BitTorrent is miles ahead of anything a Korean company could offer me, but maybe someday I’ll have a chance to experience a good work culture, and live in Korea as well. I just hope I can do that while I’m still young.

At a peaceful Korean village

At a peaceful Korean village

At the top of Bukhan Mountain

At the top of Bukhan Mountain

Me and my friend at Gyeongbuk Palace

Me and my friend at Gyeongbuk Palace

Lotte World

Lotte World

CheonggyeCheon in Gwanghwamun

CheonggyeCheon in Gwanghwamun

Lovers Locks at Seoul Tower

Lovers Locks at Seoul Tower

Edit: Something ironic and sad that I’ve noticed…
If Americans had to be obsessed with Korean the way Koreans are obsessed with English, this would happen:

Everyone is required to learn Korean in primary school.
Everyone has to go to private academies after school to learn additional Korean.
Everyone has to know Korean and pass a Korean test to get a job.
You will see Korean words mixed in with English wherever you go.
You will see Korean movies with English subtitles, Korean actors, Korean singers, and they will be popular amongst your friends.
All English songs will contain some Korean in it.
Your companies try to copy Korean brands and Korean technology.
Korean clothing is more popular than American clothing.
A lot of your advertisements contain Korean models.
Parents will make their kids have tongue surgery to speak Korean better.
You will have a lot of makeup and plastic surgery to make yourself look more Korean.
You have Korean armies on your land.
Many American girls will fall in love with Korean guys.
Many Americans want to marry Koreans so they can live in Korea.
There is a special district for Koreans that many Americans go to mingle with them.
A Korean education means a lot more than an American education.
Many Americans want to be Korean teachers and make a lot of money.
You often go to eat Korean fast food or drink Korean coffee.
Speaking Korean makes you look more cool and helps you advance in life.
You rely on Korea to protect you from Canada.

…sad but this is all true, but reversed for Korea.

Top 100 NBA players of all time

I love playing NBA 2K12, mostly because it contains a game mode that lets you play the top 15 greatest NBA players of all time (though I question why they put Patrick Ewing as one of the top 15).
And you know how much I love ranking things. I rank NBA players, I rank Magic cards, I rank gadgets, DOS games, programming languages (What’s better than Java? FALSE. Python), Korean pop groups, everything.
And I also know that I said before I wouldn’t rank the top NBA players without considering their position, but I felt a need to just do it anyways.
Here are the 30 players I would put into the next NBA game, the 30 legends I feel are the greatest of all time, and the teams they should be featured in the next NBA game, the teams I felt they were most dominant in.

Personal opinion: All time

1. Michael Jordan
Air Jordan
1996 Chicago Bulls

Michael Jordan has the highest scoring average of all time

Michael Jordan has the highest scoring average of all time

6x Champion, 5x MVP, 6x Finals MVP
Regular: 30.1/6.2/5.3
Playoffs: 33.4/6.4/5.7
Finals Appearances – 6: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998

Michael Jordan is widely considered the greatest player of all time. Most decorated player ever. 10 scoring titles. The guy never lost a finals, and often willed his team to victory in the last seconds of a game. Probably the most clutch player ever. Legendary competitiveness, and the highest scoring average of all time. MJ as a person is definitely kind of an arrogant jerk, but he is undoubtedly #1 when it comes to basketball skills.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Cap
1980 Los Angeles Lakers

Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored the most points in NBA history

Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored the most points in NBA history

6x Champion, 6x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
Regular: 24.6/11.2/3.6
Playoffs: 24.3/10.5/3.2
Finals Appearances – 10: 1971, 1974, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989

Why is Kareem ranked so high? Why do I consider him the greatest center ever? Mostly because of 2 things. 1) His longevity; the guy won Finals MVPs 14 years apart!! He was playing well even into his 40s, not alot of players can say that and 2) He has the greatest most unstoppable shot in the game, the skyhook. He is the NBA’s leading scorer, and won a record SIX MVP Awards. The greatest player of the 1970s, which no one really saw. In fact, if the NBA had global visibility in the 70s like it does now, I have no doubt Kareem would be considered the GOAT.

3. Wilt Chamberlain
The Big Dipper
1967 Philadephia 76ers

Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA rebounding record

Wilt Chamberlain holds the all time NBA rebounding record

2x Champion, 4x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 30.1/22.9/4.4
Playoffs: 22.5/24.5/4.2
Finals Appearances – 6: 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973

Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest statistical player in NBA history. Just look at those numbers! The leading rebounder of all time, an 100 point game, a season AVERAGE of over 50 points and 30 rebounds a game!! Just insane. Chamberlain is the greatest individual player of all time.

4. Magic Johnson
Magic
1987 Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson has the highest assists average of all time

Magic Johnson has the highest assists average of all time

5x Champion, 3x MVP, 3x Finals MVP
Regular: 19.5/7.2/11.2
Playoffs: 19.5/7.7/12.3
Finals Appearances – 9: 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Magic Johnson is the greatest all around player of all time and the greatest point guard ever. He can play any position, which even Jordan couldn’t do. He put up 42/15/7 playing all five positions and winning the championship and Finals MVP in a legendary 1980 ROOKIE performance. His passing ability is unmatched. 11.2 Assists a game?? cmon, thats ridiculous, and he sometimes averaged over 20 assists in the playoffs! He’s got amazing leadership, basketball IQ and court vision. He led the Lakers to 9 Finals in just 12 years. If he had better defense and more Finals MVPs, and if his career wasn’t cut short by HIV, he’d be #1 over Jordan.

5. Lebron James
King James
2013 Miami Heat

Lebron James is currently the best player in the NBA

Lebron James is currently the best player in the NBA

3x Champion, 4x MVP, 3x Finals MVP
Regular: 27.5/7.2/6.9
Playoffs: 28.0/8.6/6.7
Finals Appearances – 7: 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

This guy isn’t even done yet. He’s just had one of the greatest Finals performances ever in 2016 and he’s unstoppable. Probably the best all around player to come along since Oscar and Magic. He has already surpassed Bird and Magic and Duncan in my eyes.

6. Bill Russell
Russell
1965 Boston Celtics

Bill Russell won a record 11 NBA championships

Bill Russell won a record 11 NBA championships

11x Champion, 5x MVP, [countless Finals MVPs had it existed in his day]
Regular: 15.1/22.5/4.3
Playoffs: 16.2/24.9/4.7
Finals Appearances – 12: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969

Bill Russell is the greatest team player and winner the NBA has ever seen. 11 Championships is pure dominance. And probably the greatest shot blocker ever, had blocks been recorded back in his day. He emphasized team play over individual player, which is why his stats aren’t as great as Wilt’s BUT he won 9 more championships. So, who’s better, the team player or the stat stuffer?

7. Tim Duncan
The Big Fundamental
2005 San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time

Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time

5x Champion, 2x MVP, 3x Finals MVP
Regular: 19.9/11.1/3.1
Playoffs: 21.9/11.9/3.2
Finals Appearances – 6: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014

Tim Duncan is the greatest player since Jordan. Better than Kobe, better than Shaq. Since he entered the league, he has never led the spurs to less than a 50 win season. One of the most consistent players ever, and the greatest power forward of all time. His 2013/2014 performance just solidifies that argument.

8. Larry Bird
Larry Legend
1986 Boston Celtics

Larry Bird is the greatest small forward of all time

Larry Bird is the greatest small forward of all time

3x Champion, 3x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
Regular: 24.3/10.0/6.3
Playoffs: 23.8/10.3/6.5
Finals Appearances – 5: 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

Why is Larry Bird ranked so low in comparison to #4 Magic you ask me? Larry Bird is a very very good player. However, there’s several reasons I ranked him lower. 1) He couldn’t play all positions like Magic, 2) He won less championships and final mvps than Magic and 3) His back got the best of him later on in his career. His teams were arguably just as stacked or even better than Magic’s teams, so they are even there. But he is still the greatest small forward of all time; averaging 24/10/6 is no joke.

9. Kobe Bryant
The Black Mamba
2009 Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to 5 championships

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to 5 championships

5x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
Regular: 25.5/5.3/4.8
Playoffs: 25.6/5.1/4.7
Finals Appearances – 7: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010

It’s Kobe, the greatest shooting guard since Jordan. He has the same competitive spirit, and one of the greatest volume shooters of all time. Many even consider him to be the best Laker of all time, over Kareem, Magic, Wilt and West (but I disagree).

10. Jerry West
Mr Clutch
1972 Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West is the only player to win Finals MVP on the losing team

Jerry West is the only player to win Finals MVP on the losing team

1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 27/5.8/6.7
Playoffs: 29.1/5.6/6.3
Finals Appearances – 9: 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973

It’s amazing that Jerry West doesn’t have an MVP at all, considering he is one of the greatest shooters of all time, and holds the record for highest points per game in a playoff series at 40.6 points per game. He was one of the most determined winners of all time, along with Russell, Jordan and Kobe. It’s sad that he was a hair away from capturing more championships in the 1960s.

11. Oscar Robertson
The Big O
1971 Milwaukee Bucks

Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double for an entire season

Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double for an entire season

1x Champion, 1x MVP
Regular: 25.7/7.5/9.5
Playoffs: 22.2/6.7/8.9
Finals Appearances – 2: 1971, 1974

The Big O is one of the most well rounded players of all time, along with Magic. He is the only player to AVERAGE a triple double in a season, and pretty much almost averaged it for his first 5 years in the league. However, while his numbers are outstanding, his lack of finals mvps really puts him below his successors Magic and LeBron.

12. Shaquille O’Neal
The Diesel
2000 Los Angeles Lakers

Shaq has the highest field goal percentage of all time

Shaq has the highest field goal percentage of all time

4x Champion, 1x MVP, 3x Finals MVP
Regular: 23.7/10.9/2.5
Playoffs: 24.3/11.6/2.7
Finals Appearances – 6: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006

It’s too bad Shaq never tried in the regular season until he got to the playoffs. You can see that reflected in his numbers, but man, the guy was completely unstoppable when he put his mind to it. The most dominant center since Wilt, and could have won like 8 championships had he actually had the same desire to win as say, Kobe.

13. Hakeem Olajuwon
The Dream
1995 Houston Rockets

Hakeem Olajuwon is the all time NBA blocks leader

Hakeem Olajuwon is the all time NBA blocks leader

2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
Regular: 21.8/11.1/2.5
Playoffs: 25.9/11.2/3.2
Finals Appearances – 3: 1986, 1994, 1995

Hakeem is the greatest all around center to play basketball. He had the footwork of a guard, in a big man’s body. The guy is the leader in blocked shots AND he is top 10 in steals as well. Amazing all around center, imagine Wilt and Russell rolled into one, in the 1990s.

14. Julius Erving
Dr J
1977 Philadelphia 76ers

Julius Erving made the slam dunk popular

Julius Erving made the slam dunk popular

3x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
Regular: 24.2/6.7/4.2
Playoffs: 24.2/7.1/4.4
Finals Appearances – 4: 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983

Had a huge impact on the game. One of the greatest small forwards ever, and the best player in the ABA. Was Jordan before there was Jordan. Could dunk from the free throw line. And all things considered, along with Allen Iverson, an absolute dynamic player to watch in person.

15. Moses Malone
Chairman of the Boards
1983 Philadelphia 76ers

Moses Malone was one of the greatest rebounders of all time

Moses Malone was one of the greatest rebounders of all time

1x Champion, 3x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 20.6/12.2/1.4
Playoffs: 22.1/14/1.5
Finals Appearances – 2: 1981, 1983

I’m not sure why Moses Malone is regularly underrated. He is one of the greatest centers ever to play, and absolutely a beast with rebounding. The only reason he’s not a top 5 center is because there’s so many great centers, and if Kareem, Russell, Wilt, Shaq and Hakeem didn’t exist, he’d be the greatest center to play the game.

16. John Havlicek
Hondo
1974 Boston Celtics

John Havlicek was the greatest sixth man of all time

John Havlicek was the greatest sixth man of all time

8x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 20.8/6.3/4.8
Playoffs: 22/6.9/4.8
Finals Appearances – 8: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976

The greatest all around player between Oscar and Magic. Hondo is an 8 time champion, and the Celtics franchise player during the 1970s, leading them to two championships in the 70s. Possibly greatest 6th man of all time.

17. Karl Malone
The Mailman
1997 Utah Jazz

Karl Malone averaged 25 points for 19 years

Karl Malone averaged 25 points for 19 years

2x MVP
Regular: 25/10.1/3.6
Playoffs: 24.7/10.7/3.2
Finals Appearances – 3: 1997, 1998, 2004

The greatest power forward before Tim Duncan, second leading scorer of all time, and one of the most consistent to play. Would’ve won two titles if not for Jordan.

18. Elgin Baylor
Mr. Inside
1965 Los Angeles Lakers

Elgin Baylor captained the Lakers in the 1960s

Elgin Baylor captained the Lakers in the 1960s

Regular: 27.4/13.5/4.3
Playoffs: 27.0/12.9/4.0
Finals Appearances – 7: 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970

The only guy on my list who didn’t win any championships, MVPs, or Finals MVPs. So how is he one of the top 20? Because he’s probably the third greatest holy-shit stats player on this list after Wilt and Oscar. Look at his numbers! His 1962 year was almost as great as Wilt’s 1962 year, and thats saying something!

19. Bob Pettit
Pettit
1958 St Louis Hawks

Bob Pettit was the NBA's first MVP

Bob Pettit was the NBA’s first MVP

1x Champion, 2x MVP
Regular: 26.4/16.2/3.0
Playoffs: 25.5/14.8/2.7
Finals Appearances – 4: 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961

Bob Petit was the greatest player of the 1950s. He lead his teams to 4 Finals, beat the Russell Celtics, averaged over 20 points his entire career, and was the first league MVP ever. Sadly, also underrated due to playing in an old era. But look at those stats…

20. John Stockton
Stock
1998 Utah Jazz

John Stockton is the NBA's all time leader in assists and steals

John Stockton is the NBA’s all time leader in assists and steals

Regular: 13.1/2.7/10.5
Playoffs: 13.4/3.3/10.1
Finals Appearances – 2: 1997, 1998

John Stockton is the NBA’s all time leader in assists and steals. He averaged 10.5 assists a game for 19 years(!) so its doubtful anyone will ever pass his mark. He is probably the greatest pure point guard in NBA history and had a legendary run with his MVP team-mate Karl Malone.

21. Charles Barkley
Sir Charles
1993 Phoenix Suns

Charles Barkley averaged 12 rebounds despite his smaller size

Charles Barkley averaged 12 rebounds per game despite his smaller size

1x MVP
Regular: 22.1/11.7/3.9
Playoffs: 23/12.9/3.9
Finals Appearances – 1: 1993

Charles Barkley is one of the greatest power forwards and rebounders ever, despite being only 6’5 for a PF. Would’ve easily won a title if not for Jordan. Leading scorer on the Dream Team, as well.

22. Bob Cousy
Cooz
1957 Boston Celtics

Bob Cousy revolutionized the point guard position

Bob Cousy revolutionized the point guard position

6x Champion, 1x MVP
Regular: 18.4/5.2/7.5
Playoffs: 18.5/6.0/8.6
Finals Appearances – 7: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963

Bob Cousy was the first point guard star, and one of the most popular stars of the 1950s, along with George Mikan and Bob Petit. Like Mikan and Petit, he revolutionized his position, and made the point guard role what it is today, a playmaker role with a flashy fast-breaking game. Not to mention he was one of the most versatile players of his generation, setting up the way for Oscar Robertson to further revolutionize the position.

23. Kevin Garnett
KG
2008 Boston Celtics

KG is one of the greatest power forwards of all time

KG is one of the greatest power forwards of all time

1x Champion, 1x MVP
Regular: 18.6/10.3/3.9
Playoffs: 18.2/10.7/3.3
Finals Appearances – 2: 2008, 2010

A 4 time rebounding champion and defensive stalwart of his era, Garnett was one of the top 3 power forwards of his era (along with Duncan and Nowitzki). He isn’t as high because he couldn’t win as consistently as Duncan or lead his team like Nowitzki but he was still one of the most dominant players in his prime.

24. Rick Barry
The Miami Greyhound
1975 Golden State Warriors

Rick Barry is the greatest pure small forward of all time

Rick Barry is the greatest pure small forward of all time

2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 24.8/6.7/4.9
Playoffs: 27.3/6.4/4.3
Finals Appearances – 2: 1967,1975

Rick Barry is regularly forgotten in the ‘greatest small fowards’ conversation, often replaced by the likes of Scottie Pippen and James Worthy. Why is that? Rick Barry is one of the greatest forwards of all time. Look at those stats! He averaged 35.6 points a game in his second season! He single-handedly lead the Warriors to a championship as an underdog, and altered his game successfully when he needed to. If Rick Barry had a better team, he would’ve won multiple championships for sure.

25. David Robinson
The Admiral
1999 San Antonio Spurs

David Robinson was one of the greatest centers of his generation

David Robinson was one of the greatest centers of his generation

2x Champion, 1x MVP
Regular: 21.1/10.6/2.5
Playoffs: 18.1/10.6/2.3
Finals Appearances – 2: 1999, 2003

David Robinson is one of the only players to have a quadruple double in a game before, and also one of the only players to score over 71 points before (the others being David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain). He was the anchor for an amazing Spurs team but couldn’t win until they drafted Tim Duncan.

26. Dirk Nowitzki
The German Juggernaut
2011 Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest power forwards of his generation

Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest power forwards of his generation

1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 22.5/8.1/2.6
Playoffs: 25.8/10.2/2.6
Finals Appearances – 2: 2006, 2011

Somewhere along the 2014 season, I realized Dirk Nowitzki is a greater power forward than Kevin Garnett, and possible Charles Barkley as well. Why? Because he consistently overachieves with his teams. He lead the Mavericks to the Finals in 2006, and did it again in 2011, both times against the Miami Heat, and beat the LeBron/Wade/Bosh trio almost by himself. He is incredibly clutch, as you can see in his playoff numbers. And he is undoubtedly the greatest European player ever.

27. Dwayne Wade
Flash
2006 Miami Heat

Dwayne Wade was the best shooting guard in the 2000s along with Kobe

Dwayne Wade was the best shooting guard in the 2000s along with Kobe

3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 24.3/5.0/6.0
Playoffs: 22.9/5.3/5.1
Finals Appearances – 5: 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Look at bit closer and you will see that D-wade’s stats are very similar to Kobe’s. In fact, I might say he’s very underrated compared to Kobe, considering how similar their games are. D-wade won a championship carrying Miami once, and won 2 other times playing sidekick to Lebron. Regardless, he’s one of the greatest shooting guards of all time.

28. Chris Paul
CP3
2008 New Orleans Hornets

Finals Appearances – 0

29. Kevin Durant
Durantula
2012 Oklahoma City Thunder

1x MVP

Regular: 27.3/6.9/3.5
Playoffs: 28.9/8.2/3.8
Finals Appearances – 1: 2012

30. Jason Kidd
J-Kidd
2003 New Jersey Nets

1x Champion
Finals Appearances – 3: 2002, 2003, 2011

31. Isiah Thomas
Zeke
1990 Detroit Pistons

Isiah Thomas was the greatest small point guard of all time

Isiah Thomas was the greatest small point guard of all time

2x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
Regular: 19.2/3.6/9.3
Playoffs: 20.4/4.7/8.9
Finals Appearances – 3: 1988, 1989, 1990

You know, I really feel sorry for Isiah. He was one of the greatest point guards of all time, led two mediocre teams to championships, beat Jordan, Magic, Bird, and still gets hated by his fellow players. He missed the Olympics twice (1980, 1992), and he has a terrible coaching career. But Detroit fans will know him as one of the toughest, most clutch players ever to play, and all that at only 6 feet tall.

32. Steve Nash
Nash
2007 Phoenix Suns

2x MVP
Finals Appearances – 0

33. Scottie Pippen
Pippen
1994 Chicago Bulls

6x Champion
Finals Appearances – 6: 1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998

34. Clyde Drexler
The Glide
1992 Portland Trail Blazers

1x Champion
Finals Appearances – 3: 1990, 1992, 1995

35. Walt Frazier
Clyde
1973 New York Knicks

2x Champion
Finals Appearances – 3: 1970, 1972, 1973

36. Willis Reed
The Captain
1970 New York Knicks

2x Champion, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP
Finals Appearances – 3: 1970, 1972, 1973

37. Bill Walton
Big Red
1977 Portland Trailblazers

1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
Finals Appearances – 2: 1977, 1986

38. George Gervin
The Iceman
1980 San Antonio Spurs

Finals Appearances – 0

39. Elvin Hayes
The Big E
1978 Washington Bullets

1x Champion
Finals Appearances – 3: 1975, 1978, 1979

40. George Mikan
Mikan
1954 Minneapolis Lakers

5x Champion
Finals Appearances – 5: 1949,1950,1952,1953,1954

41. Stephen Curry
Chef Curry
2015 Golden State Warriors

1x Champion, 2x MVP
Finals Appearances – 2: 2015, 2016

42. Artis Gilmore
The A-Train
1978 Chicago Bulls

1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
Finals Appearances – 0

1x Champion
Finals Appearances – 3: 1975,1978,1979

43. Allen Iverson
The Answer
2001 Philadelphia 76ers

1x MVP

Regular: 26.7/3.7/6.2
Playoffs: 29.7/3.8/6.0
Finals Appearances – 1: 2001

44. Dave Cowens
Cowens
1976 Boston Celtics

2x Champion, 1x MVP
Finals Appearances – 2: 1974, 1976

45. Paul Pierce
The Truth
2008 Boston Celtics

1x Champion, 1x Finals MVP
Finals Appearances – 2: 2008, 2010

46. Wes Unseld
Big Wes
1971 Washington Bullets

1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP
Finals Appearances – 4: 1971, 1975, 1978, 1979

47. Dolph Schayes
Dolph
1955 Syracuse Nationals

1x Champion
Finals Appearances – 1: 1955

48. Paul Arizin
Pitchin Paul
1956 Philadelphia Warriors

1x Champion
Finals Appearances – 1: 1956

49. Patrick Ewing
Ewing
1994 New York Knicks

Finals Appearances – 2: 1994, 1999

50. Sam Jones
Jones
1965 Boston Celtics

10x Champion
Finals Appearances – 11: 1958,1959,1960,1961,1962,1963,1964,1965,1966,1968,1969

51. Dwight Howard

52. Kevin McHale

53. Mel Daniels

54. Tom Heinsohn

55. George McGinnis

56. Connie Hawkins

57. Bob McAdoo

58. Neil Johnston

59. Dennis Rodman

60. Bill Sharman

61. Billy Cunningham

62. Dan Issel

63. Jerry Lucas

64. Hal Greer

65. Tiny Archibald

66. Dominique Wilkins

67. James Worthy

68. Roger Brown

69. Gary Payton

70. Carmelo Anthony

71. Nate Thurmond

72. Chris Webber

73. Robert Parish

74. Russell Westbrook

75. Dennis Johnson

76. Adrian Dantley

77. Alex English

78. Dave Debusschere

79. Tony Parker

80. Pau Gasol

81. Tracy McGrady

82. Pete Maravich

83. Bernard King

84. David Thompson

85. Bob Lanier

86. Ray Allen

87. Reggie Miller

88. Dave Bing

89. Alonzo Mourning

90. Kevin Johnson

91. Manu Ginobili

92. Lenny Wilkens

93. Tim Hardaway

94. Vince Carter

95. Yao Ming

96. Jim Pollard

97. Louie Dampier

98. Joe Joe White

99. Ben Wallace

100. James Harden

All Decade teams:

1950s/60s:
PG: Oscar Robertson/Bob Cousy
SG: Jerry West/Sam Jones
SF: Elgin Baylor/Dolph Schayes
PF: Bob Pettit/Nate Thurmond
C: Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell

1970s:
PG: Walt Frazier/Nate Archibald
SG: Pete Maravich/Gail Goodrich
SF: Rick Barry/John Havlicek
PF: Elvin Hayes/Dave Cowens
C: Kareem Abdul Jabbar/Bill Walton

1980s:
PG: Magic Johnson/Isiah Thomas
SG: George Gervin/Dennis Johnson
SF: Larry Bird/Julius Erving
PF: Kevin McHale/James Worthy
C: Moses Malone/Robert Parish

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

2000s:
PG: Steve Nash/Jason Kidd
SG: Kobe Bryant/Allen Iverson
SF: Lebron James/Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett/Dirk Nowitzki
C: Shaq/Dwight Howard