Who is the All Time Greatest Basketball Player?

Is Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player ever? Not everyone will agree - there have been some great basketball players over the years, but it is sometimes difficult to compare players from different eras, as they never get to play head to head, under the same conditions. This makes it hard to compare, but we are going to do it anyway.

We have compiled a list of the greatest basketballer ever to play the game, which you can vote on, with the winner placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (all sports). A somewhat similar poll to determine the Greatest Basketball Athlete of All Time was conducted on the ESPN Sport Science website in 2012 - looking for the greatest athlete, not player, from the sport of basketball.

Basketball's Greatest

The list below of 15 nominees for the greatest ever male basketball player has been compiled using the information above, other published lists and visitor feedback. Cast your vote on who you think is the greatest male basketball player ever. The winner is to be placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (from all sports).

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Allen Iverson
Bill Russell 11 NBA titles, 5 MVP awards, Olympic Gold
John Havlicek
Julius Erving 1 NBA title, 1 MVP (NBA).
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 6 NBA Titles, 6 MVP awards
Kobe Bryant 5 NBA titles, 1 MVP award
Larry Bird 3 NBA titles, 3 MVP awards, Olympic Gold
Lebron James 1 NBA title, 3 MVP awards, Olympic Gold
Magic Johnson 5 NBA titles, 3 MVP awards, Olympic Gold,
Michael Jordan 6 NBA titles, 5 MVP awards, two Olympic Gold Medals and an NCAA title.
Moses Malone
Oscar Robertson 1 NBA title, 1 MVP award, Olympic Gold
Pete Maravich
Shaquille O’Neal 4 NBA titles, 1 MVP award, Olympic Gold.
Wilt Chamberlain 2 NBA titles, 4 MVP awards

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