The 50 greatest NBA players is more then a number. It represents something more. It represents excellence, dedication, and a drive to succeed. The 50 greatest NBA players are in this category for a reason.
Their natural born talent combined with an amazing work ethic drove these players to perform better then the majority of the best players in the world. In a league where everyone is good, these players were even better.
They were class acts, dedicated to winning, and left no option but to succeed. They handled themselves off the court with class and respect.
NOTE: Even though 25 players are marked with “bold”, that doesn’t mean ANYTHING. It’s just for the purpose of making every second player “in bold”.
The 50 Greatest NBA Players are…
These players were voted on by various former greats and media members. Ask anybody and they will likely find a tough explanation for why one of any of these 50 former NBA players does not belong on the list. The NBA’s 50 greatest players of all-time, represents a lifetime of memories and excellence.
While I was only born in 1986, the 22 short years I have lived on this earth have provided memories and favorite moments in the NBA. Here’s a list of my favorite players from the 50 greatest NBA players list:
If you like basketball, you like Michael Jordan. Plain and simple! Jordan was the NBA and his six titles in eight years more then speaks for itself. Jordan was a legacy because he dominated the game both individually and within a team. While I only caught the later of his career, it was enough to print a lasting memory in my head.
Barkley’s career ended in my early years, so I relied mostly on highlights and other accounts on this great player’s career. Barkley was a personal favorite because he played hard and became one of the greatest rebounders of all-time at an undersized 6’7. Barkley also spoke his mind and wasn’t afraid to say what he wanted, which is why I still love tuning into TNT’s half-time show.
“Pistol” Pete Maravich
Long before my time, “Pistol” Pete Maravich was a scoring icon which is why I identify to his game. He was a master with the ball because he did what he wanted with it, when he wanted to. The guy was a scoring machine, and his scoring record in college will never be broken.
Again, another player that I only learned about through highlights and personal accounts, but a player I nonetheless really respect. Anybody who loves basketball should read his auto-biography. No player in the NBA worked as hard as Larry Bird did and hard work eventually paid off despite a severe lack of natural talent and athleticism..
While most of the NBA’s dominant big-men played long before my time, I had the pleasure of watching one very dominant one during my era. Shaquille O’Neal, in his prime, was maybe the best center ever. Nobody could guard him within five feet of the basket. The man was just to strong, powerful, and talented.