NBA Data: 50 Greatest Players in NBA History

Here you have information about the selection made by the NBA of the greatest players of its rich history.

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In 1996, for the NBA 50th Anniversary the league asked a blue-ribbon panel of media, former players and coaches, current and former general managers and team executives to select the all-time 50 greatest players.

Panelists were asked to select the players without regard to position and ranking and were not allowed to vote for themselves.

NBA Commissioner David Stern announced the 50 Greatest Players at a press luncheon on Oct. 29, 1996, in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, which occupies the site of the former Commodore Hotel, where the original NBA charter was signed on June 6, 1946.

Of course this list was made for the special celebration and it's not updatable, so you won't find recent superstars like Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Lebron James, etc.

This is the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, ordered alphabetically:

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Nate Archibald
  3. Paul Arizin
  4. Charles Barkley
  5. Rick Barry
  6. Elgin Baylor
  7. Dave Bing
  8. Larry Bird
  9. Wilt Chamberlain
  10. Bob Cousy
  11. Dave Cowens
  12. Billy Cunningham
  13. Dave DeBusschere
  14. Clyde Drexler
  15. Julius Erving
  16. Patrick Ewing
  17. Walt Frazier
  1. George Gervin
  2. Hal Greer
  3. John Havlicek
  4. Elvin Hayes
  5. Magic Johnson
  6. Sam Jones
  7. Michael Jordan
  8. Jerry Lucas
  9. Karl Malone
  10. Moses Malone
  11. Pete Maravich
  12. Kevin McHale
  13. George Mikan
  14. Earl Monroe
  15. Hakeem Olajuwon
  16. Shaquille O'Neal
  17. Robert Parish
  1. Bob Pettit
  2. Scottie Pippen
  3. Willis Reed
  4. Oscar Robertson
  5. David Robinson
  6. Bill Russell
  7. Dolph Schayes
  8. Bill Sharman
  9. John Stockton
  10. Isiah Thomas
  11. Nate Thurmond
  12. Wes Unseld
  13. Bill Walton
  14. Jerry West
  15. Lenny Wilkens
  16. James Worthy.