Top 9 Basketball Players of All Time
Who are the most dominating and revolutionary basketball players ever? If you want to know a little more about the leaders of this widely loved sport, then take a look at our list of the legends that transformed basketball over the years.
9. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.
8. Bill Russell
William Felton “Bill” Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.
7. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. Due to the fact that he wanted to spend some more time with his family he retired in 2016. He died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California at age 41
6. Larry Bird
Larry Joe Bird is an American former professional basketball player, coach and executive in the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed “The Hick from French Lick”, Bird is widely considered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
5. Wilt Chamberlain
Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure. He played for the Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. His biggest rival was former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, but off the court they were very good friends. He won 2 NBA Titles, 1 with the 76ers and one with the Lakers.
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
3. LeBron James
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for some of the best teams like Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.
2. Magic Johnson
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.
1. Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials MJ, is a former professional basketball player and the main owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls.