1) Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan better known as MJ or Air Jordan is definitely one of the greatest players of all time. MJ won Six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls and won Two Olympic Gold medals for the USA National Basketball team. Michael Jordan’s individual achievements include six NBA Finals MVPs, five NBA MVPs, ten Scoring Titles, and ten All-NBA first-team designations. He had a major contribution to popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980-90 and becoming a global cultural icon.
2) LeBron James
LeBron James is the first player in NBA history to reach 10000 plus points in a game. He is a four-time NBA Champion, NBA finals MVP, and Eighteen time NBA all-star player. He has participated in ten NBA Finals, the third most of all-time, which includes eight consecutive finals between 2011 and 2018. LeBron James nicknamed King James won two Olympic Gold medals for the USA.
3) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born at Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. on April 16, 1947. He is an American former professional basketball player who played for 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar had booked records for six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA Team member, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.
Along with this, he was a member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two more as an assistant coach and was twice voted NBA Finals MVP.
If we talked about his schooling, it was completed at Lew Alcindor and played at the parochial high school Power Memorial in New York City, where he achieved 71 consecutive wins.
He has to lead the Bucks to its first NBA championship at age 24 in 1971. After this, he took the Muslim name, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In his 20-year NBA career, his teams got success in making the playoffs 18 times and got past the first round 14 times.
He got retirement from the game in 1989 when he was 42. The greatest player in college basketball history and the second-best player in NBA history has also been an actor, a basketball coach, a best-selling author, and a martial artist.
4) Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson is one of the most extraordinary and popular basketball players in NBA history of the 80s era.
Magic Johnson received very early acceptance and immediately rose to stardom in his first season in the NBA. In his countless career successes, he was the 5-time champion and received 3 season MVP awards and 3 Finals MVP titles. The Hall of Famer averaged 19.5 points in a game, 11.2 assists, and 7.2 rebounds in 906 games over 13 seasons in his entire career.
5) Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is an amazing player in the NBA in the history of basketball. He has placed in the top 5 NBA players of all time. In the NBA, Kobe Bryant played 17 postseasons of his 19 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and scored 5,640 points in 220 playoffs.
Along with this, in 2009 and 2010, Kobe won a five-time scoring champion with Los Angeles and two NBA Finals MVP awards. Bryant had the best playoff in points with 695 points, leading the playoffs in points in 2009. Over his entire career, he averaged 25.6 points per game.
6) Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is the another great name in NBA history possessing a height of 2.16 m and a weight of 147 kg, In 1992, the Orlando Magic picked O’Neal in first place NBA Draft. In his rookie season, O’Neal immediately rose to stardom with an average of 23.4 points and 13.9 rebounds per game.
In the year 1993, he got the title of Rookie of the Year and was the first rookie to appear in the All-Star after Michael Jordan did the same in 1985.
In the Los Angeles Lakers win three consecutive NBA championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Also, Shaq O’Neal is the owner of the league MVP title in all 3 NBA championships.
7) Larry Bird
Larry Bird captained the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP titles. In 1978, he was “picked” to the 6th overall draft by the Boston Celtics.
His fans have regarded him as the greatest Celtics of all time. Also, he defended the three-point shooting title at the All-Star game in 1986.
He played with two other basketball legends, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, in the “Dream Team” of the 1992 Olympics. Bird and Magic Johnson received a gold medal for the United States.
8) Wilt Chamberlain
An American professional basketball player Wilton Norman Chamberlain played standing at 7 ft 1 in tall in the National Basketball Association for 14 years. and has been an inspiration for new, young, and upcoming NBA stars.
Before joining the NBA Chamberlain played for the Kansas Jayhawks and the Harlem Globetrotters.
If we talk about his career achievements, he has won seven scoring, eleven rebounding, nine durability, and nine field goal percentage titles. Apart from this, he captained the league in assists once.
In 1978, Wilt Chamberlain was blessed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and elected into the NBA 35th Anniversary Team in 1980. Also, In 1996, he was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.
9) Bill Russell
Bill Russell was the pillar of the Boston Celtics’ reign in the ’60s. A defensive player is also a person who revolutionized the NBA defensive competition.
Bill Russell has been honored with MVP awards5-time and 12 times All-Star. He has accumulated 21,620 rebounds; throughout his career. The average is about 22.5 rebounds in a game.
10 Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan shared 19 years of experience in NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.
He has won 5 NBA championships and All-Defensive team selections. More than that, he is one of only five players in NBA history to earn more than 25,000 points and 15,000 rebounds also.
One of the highest-paid players in NBA history was a great player. He has made specific contributions to the San Antonio Spurs.
The dynamic player had a significant impact on the NBA and world basketball in general.