March 28, 2017

The full list of ESPN’s 100 greatest NBA players of all-time #NBArank

2016/02/10 3:11 pm 423:11 pm0 11 comments

Top 10 NBA all-time players

ESPN has been counting down the 100 best NBA players of all-time. You might have seen the articles being passed around over the last several weeks. If not, you surely must have caught the response when John Stockton (#19) and Scottie Pippen (#25) appeared before Isiah Thomas (#26)?

John Stockton as the top-20 player in NBA history? Give me a break.

No, you didn”t hear any of that fuss? What about when ESPN ranked Kevin Durant (#22) and Steph Curry (#23) so high up on the list. I love Steph Curry, but surely he isn’t the 23rd best player of all-time, already is he?

Not a peep — then you must have heard all the Kobe fans collectively wail when ESPN placed him as #12 on the list? Not that either? You must live in a cave. I won’t assume that your Twitter blew up today when they announced that LeBron James was the third greatest NBA player of all time? Don’t have Twitter. That explains it.

In any case, lists are lists are lists. They’re not going to make everyone happy. In fact, I think ESPN is quite satisfied with all the discussions, comments, and retweets they’re getting from their controversial list. The only non-drama? Michael Jordan was named as the greatest player in NBA all-time. Ho hum.

ESPN’s full list of all 100 greatest NBA players:

    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Kareem-Abdul Jabbar
    3. LeBron James
    4. Magic Johnson
    5. Wilt Chamberlain
    6. Larry Bird
    7. Bill Russell
    8. Tim Duncan
    9. Shaquille O’Neal
    10. Hakeem Olajuwon
    11. Oscar Robertson
    12. Kobe Bryant
    13. Jerry West
    14. Julius Erving
    15. Moses Malone
    16. Karl Malone
    17. Dirk Nowitzki
    18. Charles Barkley
    19. John Stockton
    20. David Robinson
    21. Kevin Garnett
    22. Kevin Durant
    23. Steph Curry
    24. Elgin Baylor
    25. Scottie Pippen
    26. Isiah Thomas
    27. Dwyane Wade
    28. John Havlicek
    29. Chris Paul
    30. Steve Nash
    31. Kevin McHale
    32. Patrick Ewing
    33. George Mikan
    34. Bob Petit
    35. Jason Kidd
    36. Clyde Drexler
    37. Rick Barry
    38. Walt Frazier
    39. Bob Cousy
    40. Elvin Hayes
    41. Gary Payton
    42. Bill Walton
    43. James Worthy
    44. Dominique Wilkins
    45. Paul Pierce
    46. Allen Iverson
    47. George Gervin
    48. Willis Reed
    49. Russell Westbrook
    50. Ray Allen
    51. Reggie Miller
    52. Bob McAdoo
    53. Wes Unseld
    54. Bernard King
    55. Dave Cowens
    56. Pau Gasol
    57. Robert Parish
    58. Tony Parker
    59. Carmelo Anthony
    60. Earl Monroe
    61. Manu Ginobili
    62. Alex English
    63. Tracy McGrady
    64. Dennis Rodman
    65. Alonzo Mourning
    66. Chris Webber
    67. Dwight Howard
    68. Bob Lanier
    69. Vince Carter
    70. Artis Gilmore
    71. Pete Maravich
    72. Adrian Dantley
    73. Dikembe Mutombo
    74. Dolph Schayes
    75. Blake Griffin
    76. Tiny Archibald
    77. Joe Dumars
    78. Sam Jones
    79. Jerry Lucas
    80. Grant Hill
    81. Sidney Moncrief
    82. David Thompson
    83. Chris Mullin
    84. Dennis Johnson
    85. Dave DeBusschere
    86. Chris Bosh
    87. Chauncey Billups
    88. Billy Cunningham
    89. Yao Ming
    90. Paul Arizin
    91. Maurice Cheeks
    92. Nate Thurmond
    93. Lenny Wilkens
    94. Mark Price
    95. Marc Gasol
    96. Bobby Jones
    97. James Harden
    98. Gail Goodrich
    99. Kevin Love
    100. Shawn Kemp

It’s never easy to put together an all-time of anything list, and it doesn’t get any easier when you have to factor in today’s players. As we mentioned, does Curry deserve a spot this high up, so early in his career? Does that factor? ESPN was smart, they only listed the players, their accomplishments with maybe a sentence or two supported by “ESPN Stats & Info”.

As Cassidy Hubbarth says in the video announcing the top 5 — “It’s not yo’ list!”



  • Almost every statistical measure supports Stock over Isiah. He was also, skillset-wise, a better shooter, passer and defender. Stockton was able to hound teams defensively in a way Isiah never could, while being perhaps the greatest faciliator and pace control player to ever player, all matched to asttonomical peak and all statistical records (only player in history to have multiple 1,000 assist seasons…did it multiple times; broke Magic’s assists record in just seven and a half seasons as a starter, etc.).

    Isiah is mainly remembered for being the perceived alpha on two title teams. Yet he was not an elite defender on a team known almost purely for it, and a team full of tough and great defenders.

    He has two titles. For some that is the only stat that matters. One would think a basketball blog would be a bit more in-depth than that; a bit less innumerate and blind to hoth skillset value and historical context.

    But in this case, that would be a poor assumption. Clearly.

  • *all-time statistical records

  • Numbers are great, but that never, ever translated to a championship — ask Barkley, Nique, Ewing and any other 80s star that had numbers and they would trade that for one title. 95% of the NBA play 82 games for the sole reason at a championship. Isiah was the unquestioned leader of a two championship teams, one of which is always in the discussion as a top ten team ever to play the game. What Utah Jazz team can boast that? Let me answer that — none. I’m not a Jazz hater nor a Stockton-hater, but hardly anyone outside of SLC would choose to pick Stockton over Isiah on any combination of scenarios that didn’t include Karl Malone. And even with Mailman as starting PF, Isiah would most-likely get the vote to helm the PG position over Stockton. Nice try.

  • m2h, yeah, your opinion is “clearly” more weighted over Magic’s, who said that Isiah is better than Stockton, and it’s not even close. I will trust Magic’s input just a tad over your’s.

  • Ashten Corey

    Kevin Love top 100? and Marc Gasol? and Dwight Howard? I think that A.C Green very much belongs up here if these idiots even know who he is.

  • Ashten Corey

    Seriously?Howard and Love heck even Marc Gasol shouldn’t be up here compared to A.C Green or Vlade Divac, and what about Walt Frazier??? All of the guys i listed are better than Manu Ginobili too the guys I listed were stars until the end of their career….

  • what is the most noteworthy stat for a PG, on offense and defense?

    Assists and Steals

    So therefore Stockton deserves that right to be listed that high, he was very unselfish and humble as a basketball player, and played hard nose defense every play, he gave it everything he had out on the basketball court.

    I personally think players from the 60’s to the late 70’s had a huge advantage on building stats and titles since NBA was fairly new and the competition was just starting to build.

  • worstest list i ever seen

  • Well everyone on that list could at least form a sentence and spell. Wtf is worstest.

  • Joseph Schnuerle

    I believe after the 2017 season, James Harden should take a monumental leap on the list. Minimal incremental increase consideration for Durant, Westbrook, and Curry. Where is Anthony Davis? He is young, but already set an NBA record at scoring in an all-star game. Yes, I know the all-star game is a free for all, still his name is in the record book. He deserves a top 80 consideration for next year given he stays healthy.

  • Kobe goat

    Worst list ever created by a person. So your telling me lebron James is already third best player of all time how AND KOBE AT 13 FUCK ESPN FOR MAKING THIS LIST. By the way Kobe better than lebron

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