The NBA has quite a rich history, which dates back about 68 years. Throughout those years, there have been several decorated players. Some of those players are regarded as the greatest to have ever played the game. Deciding precisely who is the greatest player of all time might be a bit difficult as it is subjective. However, some who would be among the top in almost everybody’s lists are highlighted below.
Hakeem is ranked among the most skilled players in the history of the NBA. His average career playoffs statistics are 25.9 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, and 3.3 blocks per game, which are pretty impressive. Hakeem’s career accolades include two finals MVPs, two NBA titles, and a regular-season MVP. He left a trademark move known as The Dream Shake, which many other great NBA players have adopted in their game to torture defenders.
Many consider Shaquille to be the most dominant player of his time, and probably of all time. Some say it was almost unfair how he used his size and strength to brutalize defenders. His career playoffs statistics average 24.3 points per game, 11.6 rebounds per game, and 2.1 blocks per game. He also won four NBA titles, one regular-season MVP, and three finals MVPs.
Bill Russell is well known for his defensive plays, but did a lot more on the court to deserve a spot among the greatest players of all times. His average playoffs statistics are 16.2 points per game, 24.9 rebounds per game, and 4.7 assists per game. His accolades include 11 NBA titles and five regular-season MVPs.
Jordan’s playoffs stats averaged 33.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 5.7 assists per game. He had six NBA titles, five regular-season MVPs, and six finals MVPs. He also had a whopping 11 All-NBA selections and ten scoring titles.