Who are the greatest basketball players by position?


I actually made a ranking of the greatest players by position calculated by the combination of average stats + career totals + advanced analytics + accolades and awards and here’s the results of that for position. Keep in mind these are not in order, just by tier. Top 20 in your position all time generally means you’re already or likely a hall of famer. Top 30 means potentially a hall of famer. Top 40 means just outside of hall of fame (although I realize some older players in this tier already got in)

Point Guards

Top 10: Walt Frazier, John Stockton, Magic Johnson, Bob Cousy, Steph Curry, Isiah Thomas, Chris Paul, Oscar Robertson, Jason Kidd, Russell Westbrook

Top 20: Tiny Archibald, Dave Bing, Chauncey Billups, Lenny Wilkens, Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving, Steve Nash, Dame Lillard, Gary Payton, Luka Doncic

Top 30: Tim Hardaway, Louie Dampier, Kevin Johnson, Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Jones, Kyle Lowry, Jo Jo White, Maurice Cheeks, Mack Calvin, Derrick Rose

Top 40: Norm Van Lier, Slater Martin, Mark Price, Deron Williams, Gus Williams, Larry Jones, Bob Davies, Steve Francis, John Wall, Penny Hardaway

Shooting Guards

Top 10: George Gervin, Hal Greer, James Harden, Sam Jones, Dwayne Wade, Clyde Drexler, Jerry West (counted as a SG not PG), Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan

Top 20: Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Bill Sharman, Ray Allen, Tracy McGrady (counted as SG not SF), Pete Maravich, Sidney Moncrief, David Thompson, Joe Dumars, Dennis Johnson (counted as a SG not PG)

Top 30: Freddie Lewis, Walter Davis, Jimmy Butler, Earl Monroe, Paul Westphal, Vince Carter, Gail Goodrich, Alvin Robertson, Klay Thompson, Manu Ginobili

Top 40: Latrell Sprewell (counted as SG not SF), Demar Derozan, Charlie Scott, Rip Hamilton, Donnie Freeman, Ron Boone, Jerry Sloan, Richie Guerin, Joe Johnson, Warren Jabali

Small Forwards

Top 10: Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Paul Arizin, Scottie Pippen, John Havlicek (counted as SF not SG), Rick Barry, Julius Erving, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, Lebron James

Top 20: James Worthy, Roger Brown, Alex English, Carmelo Anthony, Dominique Wilkins, Adrian Dantley, Paul Pierce, Connie Hawkins (counted as SF not PF), Billy Cunningham, Bernard King

Top 30: Chris Mullin, Willie Wise, Gus Johnson (counted as SF not PF), Paul George, Chet Walker, Jamaal Wilkes, Grant Hill, Cliff Hagan, Marques Johnson, Bob Dandridge

Top 40: Detlef Schrempf, Shawn Marion, Andre Iguodala, Khris Middleton, Glen Rice, Jim Pollard, Mark Aguirre, Jack Twyman, Lou Hudson, George Yardley

Power Forwards

Top 10: Bob Pettit, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Dirk Nowitzki, Dolph Schayes, Kevin Garnett, Elvin Hayes, Anthony Davis, Giannis

Top 20: Spencer Haywood, Chris Webber, Dennis Rodman, Tom Heinsohn, Pau Gasol, Jerry Lucas, George McGinnis, Dave Debusschere, Kevin McHale, Dan Issel (counted as PF not C)

Top 30: Shawn Kemp, Maurice Lucas, Lamarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Draymond Green, Bobby Jones, Blake Griffin, Bailey Howell, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh

Top 40: Buck Williams, Harry Gallatin, Tom Chambers, Larry Nance, Terry Cummings, Elton Brand, Vern Mikkelsen, Dan Roundfield, Bob Love, Larry Kenon

Centers

Top 10: George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell, Shaq, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Artis Gilmore, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Top 20: Nate Thurmond, Nikola Jokic, Willis Reed, Dwight Howard, Mel Daniels, Bill Walton, Wes Unseld, Dave Cowens, Bob McAdoo, Neil Johnston

Top 30: Alonzo Mourning, Ben Wallace, Walt Bellamy, Bob Lanier, Robert Parish, Rudy Gobert, Jack Sikma, Dikembe Mutombo, Joel Embiid, Zelmo Beaty

Top 40: Brad Daughtery, Karl Anthony Towns, Clyde Lovelette, Marc Gasol, Arnie Risen, Larry Foust, Ed Macauley, Bill Laimbeer, Andre Drummond, Yao Ming