Who are your top 10 NBA players pre and post ABA merger (which many consider start of the modern NBA)?

pre-ABA merger (pre 1976):

  1. Wilt Chamberlain
  2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  3. Bill Russell
  4. Jerry West
  5. Oscar Robertson
  6. Elgin Baylor
  7. John Havlicek
  8. Bob Pettit
  9. Bob Cousy
  10. Rick Barry

post-ABA merger (post 1976):

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Lebron James
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. Larry Bird
  5. Tim Duncan
  6. Kobe Bryant
  7. Shaquille O’Neal
  8. Hakeem Olajuwon
  9. Moses Malone
  10. Karl Malone

Note: No Dr J, because his career was basically split quite evenly pre and post ABA merger. As a whole – he is in my top 15 overall, but if you split his career he would drop down to a top 30 player for each side