THE 75 GREATEST PLAYERS I’VE SEEN IN THE NBA

7/4/19

Jay C. Brandriet

 

 

THIS IS NOT AN ALL TIME LIST

I tend to avoid ranking players I didn’t see in real time. This list will not include Wilt, Russell, West, and Dr. J.

My focus will be from about 1986 to 2019.

 

I WILL NOT INCLUDE SOME GUYS I DID SEE PLAY

I witnessed Jabbar, Moses, Dantley, and others that I will not factor in. I only want to rate players I saw enough of, and at their very best.

 

I’M COMPARING ACTIVE AND RETIRED PLAYERS IN THE SAME GROUP

In most cases, the active guys have a chance to keep climbing the list.

 

 

THE 75 GREATEST PLAYERS I’VE SEEN IN THE NBA

 

#75- DERRICK ROSE 

#74- DAMIAN LILLARD 

#73- BUCK WILLIAMS 

#72- KEVIN LOVE 

#71- JERMAINE O’ NEAL 

#70- ELTON BRAND 

#69- METTA WORLD PEACE 

#68- LARRY JOHNSON 

#67- MARK PRICE 

#66- KEVIN JOHNSON 

#65- TIM HARDAWAY 

#64- AMAR’E STOUDAMIRE 

#63- RASHEED WALLACE 

#62- SHAWN MARION 

Marion had an awesome second jump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#61- PAUL GEORGE 

#60- CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 

#59- DRAYMOND GREEN 

#58- MITCH RICHMOND 

#57- PAU GASOL 

#56- CARMELO ANTHONY 

#55- ANTHONY DAVIS 

#54- SHAWN KEMP 

#53- KYRIE IRVING 

#52- CHRIS MULLIN 

#51- JOE DUMARS 

#50- TONY PARKER

#49- MANU GINOBILI

#48- BEN WALLACE 

#47- CHRIS BOSH    

#46- REGGIE MILLER

#45- VINCE CARTER

Vince Carter has been just as impressive a role player, as he was star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#44- DIKEMBE MUTOMBO

#43- DWIGHT HOWARD 

#42- PENNY HARDAWAY 

#41- DENNIS RODMAN 

#40- DOMINIQUE WILKINS 

#39- ALONZO MOURNING 

#38- RAY ALLEN 

#37- KLAY THOMPSON 

 

 

The look on Klay Thompson’s face sitting out injured,  (Game 3, 2019 Finals) was telling and impressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#36- GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

#35- JAMES WORTHY 

#34- PAUL PIERCE 

#33- GRANT HILL 

#32- KEVIN MCHALE 

#31- CHRIS PAUL 

#30- TRACY MCGRADY 

#29- JASON KIDD

#28- GARY PAYTON 

#27- CHRIS WEBBER

#26- CLYDE DREXLER 

#25- RUSSELL WESTBROOK 

#24- PATRICK EWING 

#23- JAMES HARDEN 

#22- STEVE NASH 

#21- ALLEN IVERSON 

#20- SCOTTIE PIPPEN 

#19- ISIAH THOMAS 

Isiah was born for big games and pressure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#18- CHARLES BARKLEY 

#17- JOHN STOCKTON 

#16- DIRK NOWITZKI 

#15- DAVID ROBINSON 

#14- KAWHI LEONARD 

#13- KARL MALONE 

#12- DWYANE WADE 

#11- KEVIN GARNETT 

#10- STEPHEN CURRY 

#9- KEVIN DURANT 

#8- TIM DUNCAN 

#7- SHAQUILLE O’NEAL 

Shaq’s apex was so incredible, I could have argued him as the second best I’ve seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6- HAKEEM OLAJUWON 

#5- LARRY BIRD

#4- MAGIC JOHNSON 

#3- LEBRON JAMES 

#2- KOBE BRYANT

#1- MICHAEL JORDAN 

 

Jay C. Brandriet

 

 

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