#10: Steph Curry
In the 21st century, Steph Curry has been a cultural icon who has helped popularize the NBA’s global appeal. He is one of the greatest shooters of all time and a key player in the Golden State Warriors’ recent dynasty, winning three championships and two MVP awards.
#9: Bill Russell
Bill Russell is a trailblazer for social justice activism and the greatest winner in NBA history, winning 11 championships in just 13 seasons. He revolutionized the center position and was a dominant defensive force.
#8: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a dominant force for over two decades, winning six championships and holding the title of the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He is known for his unstoppable “skyhook” shot and longevity in the league.
#7: Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain was known for his scoring ability and physical prowess, setting numerous records that still stand today. He won two championships and is considered one of the most dominant players in NBA history.
#6: Larry Bird
Larry Bird helped usher in a new era of NBA popularity in the 1980s with his fierce competitiveness. He won three MVP awards and two championships, known for his shooting, passing, and overall skill.
#5: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson, a legendary point guard, led the “Showtime” Lakers to five championships in the 1980s. He was known for his flashy passing, leadership, and charisma, and remains a beloved ambassador for the NBA.
#4: Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal was a dominant player known for his size, strength, and charisma. He won four championships and was loved by fans around the world.
#3: Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was one of the most talented players in the league, known for his “Mamba mentality” and work ethic. He won five championships and was a beloved figure both on and off the court until his untimely death in 2020.
#2: LeBron James
LeBron James has been a dominant force in the NBA since 2003, known for his all-around game, athleticism, and leadership. He has won four championships and has been an MVP four times. He is also recognized for his philanthropy and activism off the court.
#1: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan, widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and is an Olympic gold medalist. He is known for his incredible scoring ability, fierce competitiveness, and clutch performances in critical moments.