Whenever a team strings together a winning streak, it raises confidence levels across the roster. After all, the point of playing in the NBA is to win games and do so on a consistent basis. Winning championships comes as a result of winning because more wins equal a better team record and a favorable standing in conference rankings. With a better record and standing in the conference, teams have an advantage in playing weaker teams in the playoffs en route to a deep playoff run.
But which players have won the most games? The NBA is a superstar-driven league and the best players normally result in victories for their teams, which is why the best player in the NBA usually wins the championship in a given year. We have collected the greatest NBA players with the most wins in NBA history, to uncover which stars had the most impact over their careers. There have been a host of some very special players throughout NBA history, but not all of them were able to generate wins. To revisit NBA history and analyze longevity with impact, here are the players with the most total wins.
11. Clifford Robinson - 836 Wins (1,380 Games)
Playing 18 seasons in the NBA is a great way to accumulate wins, something Clifford Robinson accomplished at a very high level. The 6’10” big man made the All-Star Team in 1994 along with 2 All-Defensive Teams, competing in the league during the 90s and 2000s. With 8 seasons in Portland and other stints with the Suns, Pistons, Nets, and Warriors; Clifford Robinson had a knack for keeping a job in the league.
He was a solid scorer, defender, and rebounder who played hard in the minutes given to him. In his prime, Robinson was a 20 PPG scorer and still remained effective as he continued his play into his 30s. The former No. 36 overall pick was not expected to have such a long and successful career, but Clifford Robinson is tied with Kobe Bryant with the 10th most wins in NBA history.
10. Kobe Bryant - 836 Wins (1,346 Games)
One of the greatest players ever and a top-two shooting guard of all-time, Kobe Bryant is unsurprisingly on the list of players with the most wins. The Black Mamba led the Lakers to 5 championships, sticking with the franchise through thick and thin. As Shaquille O’Neal’s teammate, Kobe won 3 straight championships and helped the Lakers become one of the most dominant teams ever.
Even after the O’Neal era ended in Los Angeles, Kobe held the fort and led the franchise to 2 more championships. Bryant is the ultimate winner in terms of mentality and attitude because he knew his hard work in training would pay off in the biggest moments. The 18-time All-Star was one of the most clutch players ever, and Kobe’s impact led to an incredible 836 wins over his Hall of Fame career.
9. Derek Fisher - 853 Wins (1,287 Games)
Derek Fisher will be the first one to admit that he benefited from playing with two all-time great players: Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Fisher was never a star player, but an incredible leader and clutch performer whenever O’Neal and Bryant needed him most. The stocky point guard played hard-nosed defense and was a winner of the highest order, things nobody will ever take away from him.
Even after the departure of O’Neal from the Lakers, Fisher was Kobe Bryant’s (and Phil Jackson’s) most trusted point guard. Derek would always make big shots when his number was called, as his high-arcing jumper would normally swish through the net. Due to his defense and leadership on and off the floor, Derek Fisher has over 850 wins in a career that includes 5 NBA titles.
8. LeBron James - 880 Wins (1,329 Games)
Playing in year 19 and counting, LeBron James is truly a freak of nature. The powerful small forward continues to play at an elite level despite completing 1,329 games, an incredible fact that will stand the test of time. The King has achieved everything in the game, from individual awards (4 MVPs, 4 Finals MVPs) to team awards (4 NBA titles). Of course, James has won a lot of games to place himself in a position to earn those accolades.
LeBron is getting close to 900 wins, which would place him closer to the top-5. As the 3rd greatest scorer ever in total points and a history of incredible success in his resume, James currently sits at 880 wins. We have not seen many players achieve LeBron’s success for so long, which means The King could have more records to break in due time.
7. Tony Parker - 892 Wins (1,254 Games)
It is no surprise to see a San Antonio Spur on this list, and there could be another one appearing as well (hint: there is). Parker was a part of the Spurs dynasty that lasted through the 2000s and 2010s, under famed head coach Gregg Popovich. The speedy point guard had a rather slow start to his career, before blossoming into a perennial All-Star and Hall of Fame talent.
Parker made 6 All-Star Teams and 4 All-NBA Teams while capturing 4 NBA titles and a Finals MVP in 2007. The Frenchman clearly benefited from playing in San Antonio with other all-time great players including Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and his floor generalship was one of the biggest factors in leading the Spurs to victory almost every night.
6. Dirk Nowitzki - 916 Wins (1,522 Games)
Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest Dallas Mavericks star ever, after leading the franchise to two Finals appearances and winning an NBA title in 2011. With an unbelievable career spanning 21 seasons, all with the Dallas-based franchise. Dirk averaged 20.7 PPG over his career, making 14 All-Star Teams and 12 All-NBA Teams with the 2007 MVP Award.
Armed with an unstoppable one-legged fadeaway and an accurate three-point shot (38.0%), Dirk is also one of the best shooting big men ever. The German carried the Mavericks franchise for years and is widely regarded as a top-35 player of all time. Every time Dirk hit the floor, Dallas had an opportunity to win the game which is why the player has a total of 916 victories in his Hall of Fame career.
5. Karl Malone - 952 Wins (1,476 Games)
Very possibly a top-2 power forward of all time, Karl Malone is second among scorers in NBA history and a 14-time All-Star with 2 MVP Awards. Just like his point guard, John Stockton, Malone is one of the greatest players to have never won an NBA title despite making 2 NBA Finals appearances.
By playing 19 seasons and averaging over 20 PPG 17 times, Malone is one of the most impactful superstars in NBA history. With a mid-range jumper, fadeaway shot, and post-hook; Karl Malone was simply unstoppable. Thanks to the pick-n-roll with John Stockton, Karl Malone scored a ton of points which led to a ton of wins.
4. John Stockton - 953 Wins (1,504 Games)
With one more win than his all-time great teammate, Karl Malone, John Stockton might be the greatest guard to have never won an NBA title. After all, look what Stockton accomplished in his legendary career. Stockton ranks 1st all-time in assists (over 3,000 more than second-place Jason Kidd) and 1st all-time in steals (over 500 more than second-place Jason Kidd). Of course, Stockton was the floor general alongside Karl Malone that made the Utah Jazz title-contenders every season.
By playing with Malone, both stars fed off each other en route to a combined 1,905 victories. Stockton was not the most flashy scorer, but his unselfishness as a playmaker and floor general is the main reason the point guard has an incredible resume as a top-5 point guard ever.
3. Tim Duncan - 1,001 Wins (1,392 Games)
The greatest power forward ever, Tim Duncan’s nickname was The Big Fundamental although it could be The Big Winner. The San Antonio Spurs legend won 5 NBA titles over his career, including 3 Finals MVPs and 2 MVPs. Duncan only played for the Spurs over his legendary career, making them a winner as soon as he arrived on the team as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 Draft. Winning Rookie of the Year and later making 15 All-NBA Teams, we will never get another Tim Duncan.
Legendary head coach Gregg Popovich admitted that it was Duncan who was the driving force behind 5 championship teams and without him, it would be hard to replicate that amount of success. Tim Duncan was not only the best paint defender for the majority of his career but also the most dominant power forward who affected every facet of the game. With 1,001 victories; Tim Duncan sits firmly in the top-3 in total victories.
2. Robert Parish - 1,014 Wins (1,611 Games)
Robert Parish is not only a Hall of Fame center with 9 All-Star appearances and 4 NBA titles, but he had an incredibly long career. The center played a whopping 21 seasons with 4 different franchises, with the bulk of his time coming with the Boston Celtics. As a defensive center with a capable offensive game, Parish is truly an all-time great big man with an extensive resume as a winner.
Parish had over 1,000 wins over his career, which is a testament to the greatness of the Boston Celtics teams he was on and also of his own quality as a leader. The 7’1” big man was a force for the majority of his career, averaging 14.5 PPG and 9.1 RPG to go along with 1.5 BPG. As a winner, leader, and impact player; Robert Parish is unsurprisingly second-place on this list behind arguably the greatest center ever.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 1,074 Wins (1,560 Games)
Unsurprisingly, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is atop the list with the most wins by a single player in NBA history. The legendary center is known as the top scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points, 1,459 points ahead of second-place Karl Malone. Thanks to his unstoppable skyhook shot and longevity as an elite player, Kareem also generated the most wins in NBA history with almost an entire season worth of wins ahead of second-place Robert Parish (60 games more). Kareem was fortunate to play with Magic Johnson in the latter stages of his career to keep him going, and wins were a result of that.
Michael Jordan is mainly regarded as the greatest player of all time, but the man who has the biggest argument for usurping him might be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The center’s statistics and resume are undoubtedly great, and he has had a career based on winning that stems from college until the pros. Kareem’s record might never be broken because the only active all-time great player is LeBron James and he needs 194 more victories.