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According to SLAM Magazine #130 (Aug 2009), the editors sat down and hammered out their top 50 all-time NBA greats. "They used the overriding standard that we only grade the players on their careers up until now; in other words: imagine if every current player retired tomorrow; where would they stand?"

# Michael Jordan # Wilt Chamberlain # Bill Russell # Shaquille O'Neal # Oscar Robertson # Magic Johnson # Kareem Abdul-Jabbar # Tim Duncan # Larry Bird # Jerry West # Elgin Baylor # Kobe Bryant # Hakeem Olajuwon # Bob Pettit # Julius Erving # Moses Malone # John Havlicek # Karl Malone # Isiah Thomas # Charles Barkley # Rick Barry # John Stockton # Elvin Hayes # Bob Cousy # David Robinson # Kevin McHale # Scottie Pippen # Jason Kidd # George Mikan # Kevin Garnett # Willis Reed # Wes Unseld # Nate Thurmond # Dolph Schayes # Walt Frazier # Patrick Ewing # Jerry Lucas # Gary Payton # Allen Iverson # Billy Cunningham # Clyde Drexler # LeBron James # Dominique Wilkins # Dave Cowens # George Gervin # Bob McAdoo # Earl Monroe # Dennis Rodman # Walt Bellamy # Steve Nash Other contributors to this page have also suggested (in alphabetical order):

* Ray Allen * Carmelo Anthony * Nate Archibald * Gilbert Arenas * Paul Arizin * Dave Bing * Vince Carter * Baron Davis * Dave DeBusschere * Manu Ginobily * Al Greer * Hal Greer * Dwight Howard * Sam Jones * Pete Maravich * Tracy McGrady * Yao Ming * Dirk Nowitzki * Jermaine O'Neal

* Robert Parish * Tony Parker * Chris Paul * Paul Pierce * Michael Redd * Bill Sharman * Amar'e Stoudemire * Dwayne Wade * Bill Walton * Lenny Wilkens * James Worthy Another answer is:

There are quite a few. It also depends on what position. At the Center position (this is players still playing in the nba): 1.Shaquille O'Neal 2.Dwight Howard 3.Yao Ming 4.Tim Duncan 5.Pau Gasol. At the Forward position: 1. Lebron James 2.Dirk Nowitzki 3.Kevin Garnett 4.Josh Smith 5.David West At the Gaurd Position 1.Kobe Bryant 2.Chris Paul 3.Dwayne Wade 4.Deron Williams 5.Allen Iverson. Hope that helped u. The best player ever in the NBA is arguably either Michael Jordan, or Erving (Magic) Johnson.

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Currently, the list goes like this:

# LeBron James # Chris Paul

# Kobe Bryant # Dwyane Wade # Dwight Howard # Amare Stoudemire # Chris Bosh

# Steve Nash # Kevin Garnett # Kevin Martin

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1-Michael Jordan

2-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

3-Magic Johnson

4-Wilt Chamberlain

5-Larry Bird

6-Bill Russell

7-Shaquille O'Neal

8-Tim Duncan

9-Oscar Robertson

10-Hakeem Olajuwon

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Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russel, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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the all time player in the nba is Kobe Bryant

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