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Ranking The NBA’s Top 75 By Tiers: There Is Only One GOAT

Ranking The NBA’s Top 75 By Tiers: There Is Only One GOAT

The NBA 75th Anniversary has been a massive talking point in the NBA, especially after the exciting All-Star weekend where (almost) all the legends showed up to be honored. There is no doubt that all 75 players who showed up are incredible talents and have achieved everything in the game, and fans around the world got a chance to see them all together in an exciting fashion.

We saw the hometown man, LeBron James, receive a massive ovation while he might have been usurped by the presence of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson among others. Of course, Kobe Bryant was also honored as he was a key missing figure after his passing two years ago. We also got to witness superstar big man including Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar take the stage alongside Shaquille O’Neal, reminding fans of how dominant big men have been throughout NBA history.

With the NBA’s top 75 players ever finalized, it is time to rank all of them into 7 tiers. As usual, there can only be one man at the top of the list and he will be declared the GOAT. Without further ado, here is the ranking of all top-75 players into their respective tiers.


Tier 7: Elite

Anthony Davis, Kevin McHale, George Gervin, Carmelo Anthony, Reggie Miller, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Ray Allen, Wes Unseld, Robert Parish, Damian Lillard, Nate Archibald, Paul Arizin, Dave Bing, Dave Cowens, Billy Cunningham, Dave DeBusschere, Hal Greer, Sam Jones, Jerry Lucas, Pete Maravich, Earl Monroe, Nate Thurmond, Bill Walton, Lenny Wilkins

Tier 7 consists of elite players who have exceptional individual accolades and were also responsible for team success as well. Players in this tier are all All-Star worthy and are by no means average players, they just happen to set the base for the next tiers.

To start, Anthony Davis was a polarizing choice. Many felt the big man did not do enough in his career to deserve a spot, even though he won an NBA title two years ago and has made 8 All-Star Teams so far in his career. Based on skill and talent alone, Davis probably deserved top-75 regardless.

Kevin McHale is one of the most unstoppable players ever and possessed one of the best post-games we have ever seen. A 3-time champion and 7-time All-Star, being a 6th Man helped him win titles but probably hurt his ranking in the tiers when thinking about it.

George Gervin was Kevin Durant before Kevin Durant because he was a lengthy scorer with scary athleticism. A 12-time All-Star and 4-time scoring champion, Gervin is mainly remembered for dominating the court as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. His first few years in the ABA, had they counted in the NBA, would have taken Gervin to another tier for sure.

Carmelo Anthony was a slightly polarizing choice as a top-75 player, but based on his natural scoring ability, he most likely deserved his spot. A 10-time All-Star and 6-time All-NBA Team performer, Melo brought a dominant offensive skill set to the court every night. Armed with a near-perfect mid-range shot and a solid post-game, Anthony is one of his generation’s best scorers.

Reggie Miller is easily a top-75 player ever, even if his major accolades only included 5 All-Star Teams and 4 All-NBA Teams. But in terms of impact, Reggie is one of his generation’s best shooting guards due to his clutch shot-making and leadership. Opponents feared Miller in crunch time, and that is something very rare to see on an NBA court.

Willis Reed worked his way into the top-75 list because he captured 2 NBA titles with the New York Knicks and 2 Finals MVPs. The big man always came through for the Knicks in the biggest moments, and as a 7-time All-Star, Reed is easily a top-75 player of all time.

Another New York Knicks legend, Walt Frazier won 2 NBA titles with the Knicks and brought an incredible amount of flair and grace to the court during his era. The 6’4” point guard was an exceptional scorer, averaging over 20 PPG for 6 straight seasons. A dynamic floor general with one of the most exciting playing styles, Frazier is a valued member in Tier 7.

Before Stephen Curry took over the league, Ray Allen was considered the best shooter of all time after he passed Reggie Miller for most threes made in NBA history. Allen worked extremely hard to perfect his jumper, and he often came through in the biggest moments because of it. A 10-time All-Star and 2-time NBA champion, Ray Allen is a one-of-a-kind scorer.

A dominant defensive center, Wes Unseld accomplished almost everything in the game. He won an NBA title and Finals MVP with the Washington Bullets in 1978, won league MVP in 1969, and made 5 All-Star Teams. The big man held career averages of 10.8 PPG and 14.0 RPG and was easily a Hall of Fame big man during his era.

Anytime a 9-time All-Star big man wins 4 NBA championships, he will always be a member of the original Top-50 players of all-time list. Parish was a dominant two-way center for the Boston Celtics and even played with 3 other franchises which constituted an incredible 21-year-career. A bonafide star, Parish is one of the best Celtics big men ever.

Damian Lillard was another polarizing choice for the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, because of the fact he lacks major postseason success despite having accolades including 6 All-Star Teams, 6 All-NBA Teams, and a Rookie of the Year award. One of the best shooters ever, Lillard’s offensive firepower was enough to get him recognized in Tier 7.

A rare talent who once led the league in points and assists (34.0 PPG, 11.4 APG) in 1973, Nate Archibald was a supremely gifted point guard despite only standing 6’1”. A 6-time All-Star and Hall of Famer, Nate was a one-of-a-kind talent who had his way when the ball was in his hands. His 1981 championship season was a great way to cap off a tremendous career.

One of the game’s first superstars, Paul Arizin was a 10-time All-Star, 2-time scoring champion, and an NBA champion with the Philadelphia Warriors. The 6’4” small forward was a dominant figure during the 1950s and was one of the pioneers for the league moving forward into the flashier era.

Dave Bing was a special player who had undergone tremendous adversity to reach incredible heights in the NBA and outside of basketball. Bing was a Rookie of The Year in 1966-1997 and averaged 20 PPG for his career. Most importantly, he made a name for himself outside of basketball as a mayor of Detroit.

Dave Cowens played 766 games in his illustrious career, averaging 17.6 PPG and 13.6 RPG for mainly the Boston Celtics. Cowens won 2 NBA titles, made 8 All-Star teams, and was the league MVP in 1972-1973. As a valued member of the Hall of Fame, Cowens accomplished everything in the game of basketball before hanging it up in 1983.

Billy Cunningham, esteemed Hall of Famer, averaged 21.2 PPG and 10.4 RPG over his career which includes 5 All-Star appearances, 4 All-NBA teams, the 1972-1973 MVP Award, and the NBA title in 1966-1967. "The Kangaroo Kid" was a heck of a player and a legend in the city of Philadelphia.

Dave DeBusschere is one of the greatest defenders of all time, using his aggressive and no-nonsense defensive style to make 6 All-Defensive teams despite standing only 6’6”. Big-D basically fought and clawed his way onto this tier, making him one of the most feared defenders at his position and one of the top-75 players ever.

Hal Greer was a 10-time All-Star who played at a high level for over a decade in a very consistent manner. Greer also managed to capture a title with Philadelphia in 1967 and is a valued member of the Hall of Fame. His consistency on the offensive end and multiple All-Star game selections make him a worthy player for the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

Sam Jones kicks off this tier as the most successful player out of all shooting guards. That’s right, even beyond Michael Jordan. Jones won a whopping 10 NBA titles with the Celtics, averaging a career 17.7 PPG. It is clear that the Celtics blew away any and all competition back in the day, but Jones deserves credit for being one of the best players for an all-time great dynasty.

Lucas was a monster on the boards, currently ranked 4th all-time in total rebounds among all players. Lucas averaged a whopping 15.6 RPG and amassed 12,942 rebounds in a Hall of Fame career, the latter number trailing only Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Bob Pettit. Lucas scored most of his points from the perimeter, so his skill set makes him a top-10 power forward ever.

A star whose career was cut extremely short, Pete Maravich was on his way to becoming a player mentioned among the very best. Still, through 10 seasons, Pistol Pete did enough to be considered among the top-75 players ever. Averaging a career 24.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 5.4 APG; Maravich was truly a special ballplayer.

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was one heck of a guard with a great resume. Monroe was a 4-time All-Star, former ROY, NBA champion, and valued member of the NBA's Hall of Fame. Monroe averaged 18.8 PPG and did the bulk of his damage by destroying opponents in one-on-one situations and using an array of dazzling dribble moves to his advantage. To many who played against him, Monroe was just too much to handle.

One of the most dominant defensive players ever, Nate Thurmond made 5 All-Defensive Teams and 7 All-Star Teams as a member of the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors. Also an incredible rebounder, Thurmond was an easy inclusion into the Hall of Fame because players of his caliber do not come around often.

Bill Walton was not an easy choice for the top-75 players list, but when looking back at how he dominated the 1977 and 1978 seasons, he may have a valid argument for being there. Walton won the 1977 Finals MVP and NBA title and followed that up with the 1978 MVP award. A dominant two-way center with some of the best leadership skills in the game, Bill Walton was one heck of a superstar whose career was derailed with injuries.

Lenny Wilkens is widely regarded as one of the best playmakers and defensive point guards in history. He managed to hit the peak of his career when he finished second to Wilt Chamberlain in the MVP voting in the 1967-68 season but made 9 All-Star Teams over his career nonetheless. A 6’1” point guard, Wilkens’ impact was certainly greater than his size.


Tier 6: Stars

Patrick Ewing, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, James Harden, Rick Barry, Clyde Drexler, Dominique Wilkins, Bob Cousy, George Mikan, Bob McAdoo, James Worthy, Russell Westbrook, Paul Pierce, Dennis Rodman, Dolph Schayes, Bill Sharman

Arguably the greatest New York Knick ever, Patrick Ewing was a dominant force in his prime for years. Ewing was a New York Knicks legend, averaging 21.0 PPG and 9.8 RPG in a career that included 11 All-Star teams and 7 All-NBA teams. A superstar big man who had the personality and skillset of a pure leader on the court, the center is awfully unlucky to not have an NBA title to his name.

Considered a “Point God”, Chris Paul has nearly accomplished everything that a point guard can possibly do in the game. The only knock on CP3 has been the inability for him to get to the Finals, but that is now washed away following last year’s playoff run. If Paul captures an NBA title, he could become a top-3 point guard ever.

Jason Kidd is a pure playmaker who was just a magician at finding his teammates for good shots. Kidd was also a great defender, tough competitor, and excellent rebounder who was a triple-double threat at his position. Kidd also won an NBA title playing for the Mavericks and led the Nets to the NBA Finals against the Lakers.

Gary Payton is probably the best defensive point guard ever, and that alone places him in Tier 6. The Glove was a tough competitor, and one of the most iconic legends of the game because he consistently improved his game on both ends of the floor en route to becoming a perennial All-Star point guard.

No matter what you have to say about James Harden’s character as a teammate, he is a one-of-a-kind offensive player. The Beard might be the greatest isolation scorer ever because he can get to the rim anytime he wants or otherwise nails step-back threes. Not to mention, Harden is a superstar at setting up teammates with pinpoint passes.

There is absolutely no question that Rick Barry was a superstar in his prime. He made a whopping 12 All-Star teams, 6 All-NBA teams, won the 1965-1966 ROY, and was the Finals MVP for the 1974-1975 Warriors. Barry had what it took to win an NBA title as the main man on the team, and has a resume that is among the very best at his position.

If not for Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler would be recognized as a much greater player than he is remembered for. Drexler was the flashiest player, the most dominant high flyer, and a capable scorer in the league for many years with the Trail Blazers. The shooting guard managed to capture an NBA title with the Rockets in the 1994-1995 season and is a 10-time All-Star which resulted in him earning his Hall of Fame spot.

When one thinks of the Atlanta Hawks, Dominique Wilkins is the first face that is remembered. He is a legend of the sport and one of the greatest dunkers we have ever seen, captivating fans with his high-flying skill and scoring ability. Dominique could soar through the air with ease, but he was also a terrific player. A 9-time All-Star, Wilkins was truly a rare breed at the small forward spot.

Bob Cousy is one the most accomplished point guards ever, having won 6 NBA titles as a member of the Boston Celtics. Cousy was a 13-time All-Star during his 13 seasons with the Celtics, and of the best point guards in terms of being a star playmaker and a leader on the court. Leading the league in assists 8 times, Cousy is an easy inclusion into Tier 6.

George Mikan is a Hall of Famer, 3-time scoring champion, and 4-time All-Star who was a Minneapolis Lakers legend. Mikan was a force at scoring the ball, averaging 23.1 PPG, and snatching 13.4 RPG over his 7-year career. Mikan is a Hall of Famer who was unstoppable when healthy and in his prime. Unfortunately, injuries prevented him from having a longer career but he is still one of the NBA's first superstars.

Bob McAdoo was a sensational scorer among the best we have ever seen from the center position. A 3-time scoring champion, former MVP, and two-time NBA champion; McAdoo averaged a solid stat line of 22.1 PPG and 9.4 RPG over his career. McAdoo had three straight seasons of averaging over 30 PPG in 1973-1976 and is one of the purest ballers we have ever seen whether you are aware of him or not.

“Big Game” James Worthy truly shined in the biggest moments, winning a Finals MVP in his career and being a part of the Showtime Lakers Dynasty that dominated the league. Worthy was a stud at the small forward spot, defending the ball very well and also scoring the ball thanks to his athleticism and razor-sharp mid-range game. Worthy is easily a Tier 6 player and one of the best small forwards ever in terms of the overall impact on a winning team.

The greatest triple-double threat of all time, Russell Westbrook has managed to carve out a niche for himself as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The most athletic point guard ever, Westbrook has achieved every individual award from a league MVP to 2 scoring titles as one of the most explosive offensive forces we have ever seen from a guard.

One of the most iconic Boston Celtics stars ever, Paul Pierce is also one of the best scorers of his generation. The Truth had a knack for nailing big shots, consistently striking fear in opposing coaches’ hearts. Pierce was a loyal member of the Celtics for years when the franchise rewarded him with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, resulting in an NBA title and Finals MVP award for the small forward in 2008.

Dennis Rodman was hardly a factor on offense, but he played the defensive side of the ball at an unbelievably high level. The Worm is also regarded as the greatest rebounder ever, focusing his game on being a nuisance on the boards en route to 7 rebounding titles. An obsessed defender and rebounder, Dennis Rodman’s impact cannot be judged by how many points he scored. Rather, look at his NBA titles because he has 5 of them.

Dolph Schayes was an All-Star big man who not only made the Hall of Fame but also ended his career as a 12-time All-Star and 12-time All-NBA performer. Over his career, Schayes averaged 18.5 PPG and 12.1 RPG over 15 years, using his patented turnaround jumper and defensive aggression to dominate the opposition. Capturing an NBA title in 1977-1978, Schayes is one of the top-10 power forwards ever.

A legendary shooting guard, Bill Sharman made 8 All-Star Teams and 7 All-NBA Teams while winning 4 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics. His scoring ability and impact as a winner for Boston cannot be ignored, and one of the winningest shooting guards ever deserves his spot in Tier 6.


Tier 5: Superstars

Allen Iverson, John Havlicek, Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen, Kawhi Leonard, Bob Pettit, John Stockton, Steve Nash, Elvin Hayes

Allen Iverson is one of the most beloved and iconic players ever. Even if he did not win an NBA title, he carried a mediocre team to the NBA Finals and won the first game against the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers with prime Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. The greatest little man ever, Iverson was certainly an unstoppable scorer who won a whopping 4 scoring titles.

John Havlicek is one of the best Celtics ever and is probably a top-5 small forward ever when looking at his longevity and consistency in his scoring numbers. Havlicek averaged 20.8 PPG for his career playing for the Celtics, making 13 All-Star teams, 8 All-Defensive teams, 11 All-NBA teams, and winning a whopping 8 NBA titles.

A point guard with a cut-throat attitude and winning intangibles, Isiah Thomas is a player that is loved and respected, Thomas was able to lead the Pistons to back-to-back championships during the 1989 and 1990 NBA seasons, winning Finals MVP in 1990. One of the greatest little men ever, Thomas was a winner and competitor of the highest order.

Scottie Pippen is the most accomplished superstar on this Tier, having won 6 NBA titles as Michael Jordan's sidekick in Chicago. Make no mistake, Michael or the Bulls would have 0 titles if it wasn't for Scottie Pippen. One of the greatest defensive stars ever, Scottie Pippen could defend 3 positions and literally shut down opponents with length and defensive IQ. His partnership with Michael Jordan also formed the greatest duo ever.

Kawhi Leonard belongs in Tier 5 because of the fact he captured 2 NBA titles and 2 Finals MVPs with two different teams as the best two-way player in the game. Leonard is a rare talent because he has the size to be a dominant force on the court, but is also supremely skilled in every facet of the game. With the way he is so composed on the court, Leonard is one heck of a silent killer.

Pettit has the accolades and stats to put himself among the best power forwards ever, and that is why he is an esteemed inclusion into Tier 5. Pettit had a legendary Hall of Fame career, never averaging less than 20 PPG over a career that spanned 11 years. Perhaps most importantly, Pettit made the All-Star team every year, made 11 All-NBA teams, and was an NBA champion. The big man basically owned the 50s and is one of the all-time great big men.

John Stockton might not have won an NBA title, but he is arguably the most dominant playmaker ever. The Utah Jazz never missed the playoffs once with Stockton at the helm, because he leads all players in assists and steals. Stockton is also responsible for helping Karl Malone amass over 36,000 points, and the duo is one of the greatest ever.

A two-time MVP, Steve Nash is a Hall of Famer and one of the best shooters ever that had the capabilities to average a 50-40-90 shooting percentage over a season. In fact, Nash joins Larry Bird as the only player to have ever had multiple 50-40-90 seasons. An elite playmaker, Nash also led the league in assists 5 times with an exciting Phoenix Suns team.

Elvin Hayes was truly one of the most talented power forwards ever to play the game. Hayes had the ability to drain shots with his turnaround jumper and also use his aggressive defense to shut down opposing bigs. Winning an NBA title, a scoring title, and making All-NBA 6 times; Hayes had a sensational career. Over a span of his first 12 seasons, he made the All-Star game every year and only missed 9 games in his 16 years in the league.


Tier 4: Knights

Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Julius Erving, Dirk Nowitzki, Elgin Baylor, David Robinson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Charles Barkley

Tier 4 consists of 10 of the top-25 players ever, and each player has a spectacular resume that will stand the test of time.

Kicking off Tier 4 is Karl Malone, perhaps the greatest player to have never won an NBA title. The Mailman won 2 MVP awards, made 14 All-Star Teams, and is the second-highest scorer in NBA history with 36,928 total points scored. The man who helped the Utah Jazz make 2 NBA Finals, Malone is also a top-2 power forward ever.

Moses Malone is another all-time great big man who achieved so much in his career, winning 3 MVPs, an NBA title, a Finals MVP award and making 13 All-Star Teams. One of the best rebounders ever, Moses dominated the paint with force and aggression. A supremely gifted big man with great hands and unlimited determination, Malone is also one of the best players during the 80s.

A top-5 shooting guard of all time, Dwyane Wade was an extremely elite two-way player. The greatest shot-blocking guard ever and one of the best slashing guards we have ever seen, Wade won 3 NBA titles and a Finals MVP award in one of the best Finals performances ever in 2006. A clutch player with 13 total All-Star Team selections, Dwyane Wade is easily a valued member of Tier 4.

The Big Ticket, Kevin Garnett brought competitiveness and two-way play at a superstar level every time he was on the court. Even before he won an NBA title and Defensive Player of the Year award with the Celtics, KG was a league MVP who carried the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise on his back for years. In terms of two-way dominance, there are very few power forwards better than KG.

One of the most exciting players ever and an all-time legend in American sports, Julius Erving is almost everyone’s favorite player. The forward made the game look so beautiful and he always managed to excite fans with his play every single year. Beyond his grace on the court, Dr. J was a supremely impactful star. Erving made a whopping 16 straight All-Star Teams in the ABA and NBA, winning an NBA title with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983.

The big German with an unstoppable offensive skillset, Dirk Nowitzki completed one of the greatest playoff runs in NBA history when he led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA title in 2011. Other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s hook shot, we have not seen a more unblockable shot than Dirk’s one-legged fadeaway. Not to mention, Dirk is the greatest shooting big man of all time.

An incredibly dominant player who never won an NBA title, Elgin Baylor does not get mentioned enough for how spectacular he was on the court. The forward made 11 All-Star Teams, 10 All-NBA Teams, and won an All-Star Game MVP in 1959 with the Minneapolis Lakers. A monster double-double machine, Baylor is also one of the greatest Lakers stars ever.

The Admiral David Robinson was the man for the San Antonio Spurs for a long time, carrying the franchise before Tim Duncan arrived. Robinson won an MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and a scoring title with the Spurs during the 90s. A dynamic two-way center, Robinson was also one of the classiest figures to ever grace the basketball court.

Two-time MVP and Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has managed to stake his claim as a top-35 player already, and at only 27 years old, there is so much more for him to achieve. Giannis needs another championship or two to possibly reach the top-15, and a few more MVPs to possibly enter the esteemed top-10. An incredible athlete, Giannis continues to improve his game by the year.

An extremely dominant power forward who was one of the greatest players during the 1990s, Charles Barkley was a one-of-a-kind player and character. With 11 All-Star Teams, 11 All-NBA Teams, and an MVP award to his name; Barkley captivated fans with his aggressive style of play and on-court leadership. If not for Michael Jordan, Barkley would have had an NBA title as well.


Tier 3: Legends

Bill Russell, Tim Duncan, Larry Bird, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West

Tier 3 consists of 10 of the top-15 players of all time. Starting off this tier is 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell, the greatest winner in NBA history. The Celtics legend was actually undersized at the center at barely 6’10”, but had the defensive ability and leadership to overcome everything going against him. Russell was the heart and soul of the Boston dynasty that lasted over a decade, and his number of rings will not be surpassed.

The greatest power forward ever, Tim Duncan is easily a valued member of Tier 3. The San Antonio Spurs legend won 5 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, 2 MVPs, and made a whopping 15 All-NBA Teams with one franchise. The Big Fundamental played the game the right way, imposing his composed style of play in the league.

Larry Bird, along with Magic Johnson, is one of the most important players in NBA history. The legendary Celtics forward helped the NBA reach new heights because his competitive spirit and leadership were undeniably great. A 3-time champion, 3-time MVP, and 2-time Finals MVP; Bird is one of the most competitive athletes of all time with a highlight reel of clutch career moments.

No matter what critics have to say about Kevin Durant’s decision to join a 73-9 Golden State Warriors superteam in free agency, the small forward is simply a top-15 talent in a nutshell. A 4-time scoring champion and one of the top-5 most talented players ever, Durant has been an unstoppable scorer since he came into the league.

The man who has changed the way basketball is played for good, Stephen Curry is the greatest pure shooter ever and it isn’t close. The 3-time NBA champion and 2-time MVP did not look like a superstar when he came into the league but has blossomed into the face of the league with countless unbelievable scoring performances. The three-point shot is here to stay, and that is courtesy of Stephen Curry.

The man who owns the record books, Wilt Chamberlain holds countless records including the most points in a game (100) and the highest-scoring season in NBA history (50.4 PPG). Wilt clearly benefitted from being larger and more athletic than everyone else in his era and made the most of it by making 13 All-Star Teams, winning 7 scoring titles, and capturing 2 championships. There are clearly a ton of Wilt’s records that will not be broken.

The most dominant physical specimen in the modern era, Shaquille O’Neal took what Wilt Chamberlain did in his own era and cranked up the physical force aspect. The Diesel was one massive human being, standing 7’1” and weighing 325 lbs, making him an immovable force with a dominating skillset. O’Neal won 3 straight Finals MVPs with the Los Angeles Lakers and is easily a top-10 player of all time.

The greatest player in the history of the Houston Rockets, Hakeem Olajuwon might be the second-greatest talent in the 1990s after Michael Jordan. The Dream won 2 straight NBA titles with the Rockets, winning Finals MVP both times. The center with the best post-game ever, Olajuwon also added a Defensive Player of the Year award and an MVP to his incredible resume.

The original triple-double king, Oscar Robertson was a once-in-a-lifetime talent because he had every skill intact. A 12-time All-Star and 6-time assist champion, Oscar dominated the court every time he stepped foot on it for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. With great size at 6’5”, the point guard made the game look too easy as he was the first player ever to average a triple-double for an entire season.

The NBA's logo and one of the top-3 shooting guards of all time, Jerry West deserves to have his name mentioned among everyone else in Tier 3. An elite scorer, passer, and shooter; West made 14 straight All-Star Teams in 14 seasons, making All-NBA 12 times and capturing the NBA title in 1972. West is also the only player in NBA history to win a Finals MVP award in a losing effort in 1969 by posting 37.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 7.4 APG.


Tier 2: The 4 Kings

LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant

Tier 2 consists of four of the top-five players of all time, and each superstar player dominated their era with championships, individual accolades, and unlimited iconic moments.

Headlining Tier 2 is LeBron James, the greatest small forward of all time. The King came into the league with the highest expectation in sports history and has somehow managed to exceed them. Currently competing at an elite level in his 19th season, James currently has 4 NBA titles, 4 Finals MVPs, 4 MVPs, and a whopping 18 All-Star Team selections. Even if LeBron will likely never convince enough people that he is the GOAT, he is certainly on the Mt. Rushmore of all players. What James has done in terms of changing the way players view their own careers perhaps places him on top in terms of off-court impact.

The greatest and most accomplished big man ever, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar might be the greatest player of all time taking into account college and the pros. The man with the most unstoppable offensive move ever, Kareem’s resume is hard to believe. The legendary Bucks and Lakers center has 6 NBA titles, 6 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, 2 scoring titles, and 19 All-Star Team selections. We will never see another big man achieve what Kareem did in his career, which is why he usurps the likes of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain in Tier 2.

The greatest point guard and floor general ever, Magic Johnson was arguably the most dominant player during the 1980s and 1990s before Michael Jordan took over. Magic won 5 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, and 3 MVPs with the Los Angeles Lakers; making the NBA a global game thanks to his leadership and “Showtime” style of play. When discussing the greatest Lakers of all time, Magic’s name is often mentioned right at the top because he is simply a special point guard with a resume that will probably never be usurped by any star at his position.

Rounding out Tier 2 for the 4 Kings is Kobe Bryant, one of the most exhilarating players in league history. With possibly the greatest mentality out of all players in his era, Kobe left his heart and soul on the court every night. A dynamic scorer and 5-time NBA champion, Bryant was an elite winner with a killer instinct that is comparable to only one player ever. That player happens to be the man ahead of the pack in Tier 1.


Tier 1: GOAT

Michael Jordan

Without a single doubt, Michael Jordan is the cream of the crop of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team and the greatest player of all time. A 6-time NBA champion who captured 6 Finals MVPs and 10 scoring titles, we will likely never see another player dominate the game like Jordan did in his prime. The legendary shooting guard won 6 titles through 2 3-peats with the Chicago Bulls, forming the greatest dynasty ever.

Armed with an unstoppable mid-range jumper and possibly the greatest athleticism in a basketball guard ever, Jordan had an almost inhuman 13-year stint with the Bulls. Of course, every player since Jordan has wanted to be like Mike, and he has set the standard for any superstar player wanting to achieve greatness. 

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