As we move up the list the decisions on ranking get harder. Some of the greatest players of all time have already been omitted. Here are the next ten on our NBA top 50 countdown.
40. Reggie Miller
One of the greatest shooters of all time. Miller was a sharpshooting dynamo of the 90’s Pacers teams.
39. George Gervin
A gifter scorer Gervin was one of the best players in the 70’s with scoring prowess we think would translate today.
38. Dominique Wilkins
Wilkins , an explosive scorer who spent his career banished to a Hawks team who never got him enough help. He is probably a greater talent than we will ever truly know.
37. Russell Westbrook
Westbrook is arguably one of the most elite athletes of the modern era. He’s accomplished a lot but a ring still eludes him.
36. Patrick Ewing
Arguably a top 5 C all time Ewing had the misfortune of trying to win a championship during Jordan’s prime.
35. James Worthy
Worthy was the third best player on the elite 80’s and early 90’s Lakers
34. Kevin Mchale
A gifted scorer Mchale helped the fuel the Celtic’s and Lakers rivalries of the 80’s
33. John Havliceck
The frontman for the excellent Celtics teams of the 70’s
32. Isiah Thomas
An elite defensive PG known for being part of some great Pistons teams In the 80’s
31. John Stockton
Stockton was one of the greatest playmakers and defenders of all time.
The NBA Top 50 players of all time
When doing a ranking like this it is somewhat subjective however some names are hard to dispute while others are painfully close to the edge.
Here is Basketball Rehab’s updated top 50 NBA players of all time.
50. Artis Gilmore
Gilmore was a ABA superstar turned NBA superstar after the merger. He is one of only four players to lead the league in field goal percentage for at least 4 straight seasons.
49. Tony Parker
Elite defense , a beautiful teardrop floater and the leadership that many teams covet. Parker was the lynchpin of the Spurs championship teams.
48. Bernard King
King is one the best scorers ever and holds the 2nd highest season in PPG after 34 to Michael Jordan.
47. Pete Maravich
An elite point forward and scorer Maravich was one of the most skilled players of the 1970’s
46. Alex English
The star of the resilient 80’s Nuggets teams English is one of only 3 players to score 20,000 points in a decade. The others are Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.
45. Willis Reed
A double double machine Reed played the 1970 NBA finals on a torn thigh muscle and willed the Knicks to their first championship.
44. Clyde Drexler
Drexler was a superstar that carried multiple very good Blazers teams before teaming up with Hakeem Olajuwon to win a ring in 1995.
43. Vince Carter
A superstar known for his high flying dunks. Carter is the only player in NBA history with at least 2,000 3-pointers and 800 blocks in his career.
42. Paul Pierce
The truth was a lethal scorer for most of his career.
41. Gary Payton
The glove was one of the greatest playmakers and defensive PG’s of all time.