NBA's 25 Greatest Players Of All Time Using My Formula

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NBA's 25 Greatest Players Of All Time Using My Formula

Yesterday, I posted an article describing my formula to determine the greatest NBA players of all time by using a point system as I took into account the player's individual success, team success and the era he played in.

If you haven't read it, you need to so you can understand how I got my rankings and point totals. Here is a link.  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/215794-nbas-25-greatest-players-of-all-time-the-perfect-formula

Here are the results of the 25 Best NBA Players of All Time according to my formula. 

25. Rick Barry: 347.3 points

Barry finished in the top five in the MVP voting three times, was a 12 time All Star and was a member of the All NBA/ABA first team nine times and the second team once. Finally, he won the 1975 Finals MVP award after he led the Warriors to an upset sweep over the Washington Bullets and his career PER is 21.0.

 

24. Charles Barkley: 364 points

Barkley finished in the top five in the MVP voting three times as he won the 1993 MVP award and finished second in another season. He was an eleven time All Star, a five time member of the All NBA first team, a five time member of the All-NBA second team and a one time member of the third team. Finally, he never won a title as his Suns lost in his only Finals appearance and his career PER is 24.6.

 

23. Sam Jones: 417.4 points

Jones was in the top five in the MVP voting twice and he was a five time All Star. He was selected to the All NBA second team three times and his career PER is 18.7. However, he ranks second all time with 10 championships behind only his teammate Bill Russell, who has eleven. 

 

22. Scottie Pippen: 420.3 points

Pippen was in the top five in the MVP voting twice and he was a seven time All Star. He was selected to the All NBA first team three times, the second team twice and the third team twice.

Pippen was a great defender as well as he was selected to the All Defensive first team eight times and the second team twice. Finally, he helped lead the Bulls to six championships as he was Jordan's robin and his career PER is 18.6. 

 

21. Moses Malone: 423.7 points

Moses won three MVP awards in a four year stretch from 1979 until 1982. He was a twelve time All Star and he was selected to the All-NBA first team four times and the All NBA second team four times. He was also selected to the All-Defensive first team once and the second team once.

Finally, he led the 76ers to a championship in 1983 as he won the Finals MVP with a dominating postseason and Finals and his PER is 22.0. 

 

20. Elgin Baylor: 474.6 points

Baylor was one of the most dominating and underrated players ever. He was in the top five in the MVP voting seven times, yet he didn't win the award and he was an eleven time All Star. He was also selected to the All NBA first team ten times and his career PER is 22.7.

However, he never won a title as his Lakers lost seven times in the Finals, with six of the defeats to the Hall of Fame filled Boston Celtics of the 60's.

19. Kevin Garnett: 490.3 points

Garnett has been in the top five in the MVP voting five times, winning the award in 2004 and finishing second in two other seasons. He has been a 12 time All Star and a All NBA first team member four times, a second time member three times and a third team member twice.

He has won one DPOY award and he has been on the All Defensive first team eight times and a second team member twice. Finally, he led the Celtics to the title two years ago and his career PER is 23.8. 

 

18. John Havlicek: 502.7 points

Havlicek finished in the top five of the MVP just twice, but he was a thirteen time All Star and he won the 1974 Finals MVP award. He was on the All NBA first team four times and the second team seven times.

He was a great defender as he was on the All Defensive first team five times and the second team three times. Finally, he helped lead the Celtics to eight titles and his career PER is 17.5. 

 

17. Oscar Robertson: 530.9 points

Oscar is arguably the best all around player ever as he averaged a triple double in his first five seasons combined. He was in the top five of the MVP voting nine times, winning the award in 1964. He was a 12 time All Star and was on the All NBA first team nine times and the second time twice.

Finally, he helped lead the Bucks along with Kareem to their only title and another Finals appearance and his career PER is 23.2. 

 

16. Bob Cousy: 555.2 points

Cousy was the league's first great point guard as he was the catalyst of six Celtic championship teams. He finished in the top five in the MVP voting four times, as he won the award in 1957.

He was also selected to the All Star team thirteen times. Finally, he was on the All NBA first team ten times and the second team twice and his career PER is 19.7. 

 

15. David Robinson: 555.4 points

Robinson was in the top five in the MVP voting five times, winning the award in 1995 and finishing second two other times. He was a ten time All Star and he helped lead the Spurs to two championships.

He was selected to the All NBA first team four times, the second team twice and the third team four times. He won one DPOY award, he was on the All Defensive first team four times and the second team four times and his career PER is an amazing 26.2, which ranks fourth all time. 

 

14. Karl Malone: 616.6 points

Malone finished in the top five in the MVP voting nine times and he won the award twice. He was a fourteen time All Star and was a member of the All NBA first team eleven times, the second team twice and the third team once.

He was also a good defender as he was on the All Defensive first team three times and the second team once. Finally, he never won a ring as he lost in both of his Finals appearances to the Bulls and his career PER is 23.9. 

 

13. Bob Pettit: 618.8 points

Pettit finished in the top five of the MVP voting eight times, winning the award twice. He was selected to the All Star team eleven times and was selected to the All NBA first team eleven times and the second team once.

He pretty much single handedly defeated the 60's Celtics in the 1958 Finals as he scored 50 points in the game six clincher. Finally, his career PER is 25.4, sixth all time. 

12. Julius Erving: 622.6 points

Dr. J finished in the top five of the MVP voting five times, winning the award in 1981. He was selected to 16 ABA/NBA All Star teams and he won three ABA MVPs and two ABA championships.

He was selected to the All-ABA/NBA first team nine times and the second team three times. He was also selected to the All ABA defensive first team once and his career PER is 23.6.

Finally, he helped lead the 76ers to the championship in 1983 alongside of Moses Malone. 

 

11. Hakeem Olajuwon: 660.8 points

Hakeem finished in the top five of the MVP voting six times, winning the award in 1994. He was a twelve time All Star and he was selected to the All NBA first team six times, the second team three times and the third team times.

He is also one of the greatest defenders ever as he won 2 DPOY awards and he was selected to the All Defensive first team five times and the second team four times.

Finally, he led the Rockets to back to back titles in the 90's without a great sidekick in his first title, his career PER is 23.6 and he is the all time leader in blocked shots. 

 

10. Jerry West: 771.7 points

West is the logo of the league and one of the greatest players ever. He finished in the top five in the MVP voting eight times, finishing second four times. He was a fourteen time All Star and he won one Finals MVP.

He won only one championship, losing in the Finals eight times, mostly to the Celtics. He was selected to the All-NBA first team ten times and the second team twice.

Finally, he was selected to the All-Defensive team five times, but I added a few because they didn't have the award in the beginning of his career and his career PER is 22.9. 

 

9. Kobe Bryant: 780 points

Kobe has been in the top five of the MVP voting already seven times, winning the award in 2008. He has been selected to eleven All Star teams and been selected on the All NBA first team seven times, the second team twice and the third team twice.

He is also one of the best defenders ever as he has been selected to the All Defensive first team seven times and the second team twice.

Finally, he has won four championships in six Finals appearances and his career PER as a starter is 25.3. 

 

8. Larry Bird: 794.3 points

Bird was in the top five of the MVP voting nine times, winning the award three times and finishing second four times. He was selected to twelve All Star teams and the All NBA first team nine times and the second team once.

He was also selected to the All Defensive second team three times. He led the Celtics to three titles and five Finals appearances as he won the Finals MVP award twice. Finally, his career PER was 23.5.

 

7. Shaquille O'Neal: 898.5 points

Shaq has been in the top five of the MVP voting eight times, winning the award in 2000. He has been selected to the All Star team 15 times and the All NBA first team eight times, the second team twice and the third team four times.

He was also selected to the All Defensive second team three times. He has won four championships in six finals appearances and he has won three Finals MVP awards. Finally, his career PER is 26.9, which ranks second all time. 

 

6. Tim Duncan: 905 points

Duncan is simply the greatest power forward to ever play the game. He has finished in the top five of the MVP voting nine times, winning the award twice. He has been selected to eleven All Star teams and the All NBA first team nine times and the second team three times.

He is also a brilliant defender as he has been selected to the All Defensive first team eight times and the second team four times. Finally, he has led the Spurs to all of their titles, winning the Finals MVP award three times and his career PER is 25.0, which is seventh all time. 

5. Magic Johnson: 949.5 points

Magic finished in the top five of the MVP voting nine times, winning the award three times. He was selected to the All Star team twelve times, the All NBA first team nine times and the second team once.

He led the Lakers to five championships and nine Finals appearances in the 80's, the hardest era in the league's history. He won three Finals MVP awards and had a career PER of 24.1. Finally, he and Larry Bird helped save the NBA with their entertaining play and great rivalry. 

 

4. Wilt Chamberlain: 998 points

Wilt is the most dominant player ever. He finished in the top five of the MVP voting ten times, winning the award four times. He was selected to thirteen All Star teams, the All NBA first team seven times and the second team three times.

I gave him credit for an All Defensive First team selection each year he played as he was a dominant rebounder and shotblocker. Finally, he won two championships in five Finals appearances, his career PER is 26.1 and he is the all time leader in total rebounds. 

 

3. Bill Russell: 1068.7 points

Russell is simply the greatest winner in NBA history. In his thirteen year career, he led his team to the Finals twelve times, winning the title eleven times, including eight straight from the late 50's until the mid 60's. He finished in the top five of the MVP voting eleven times, winning the award five times.

He was selected to the All Star team twelve times, the All NBA first team three times and the second team eight times. I also gave him credit for an All-Defensive first team selection each year he played. Finally, his career PER is 18.9. 

 

2. Michael Jordan: 1355.9 points

Jordan is the most popular NBA athlete ever. He finished in the top five of the MVP voting ten times, winning the award five times. He was selected to the All Star team fourteen times, the All NBA first team ten times and the second team once.

He was also one of the best defenders ever as he won a DPOY award and he was selected to the All Defensive first team nine times. He led the Bulls to six championships as he won six Finals MVP awards and his career PER is 27.9. 

 

1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar: 1436.6 points

Kareem is the greatest NBA player of all time according to this formula. He finished in the top five of the MVP voting an unheard of fifteen times, winning the award a record six times.

He is the all time leader in total points with over 38,000 and he was selected to the most All Star appearances with an amazing nineteen appearances. He was also selected to the All NBA first team ten times and the second team five times. 

Kareem was also a great defensive player as he would've won at least one DPOY award had the league had the award in the 70's, when he was in his athletic prime and he was selected to the All Defensive first team five times and the second team six times.

He led the Bucks to their only two Finals appearances and their only championship and then he helped lead the Lakers to five championships and eight Finals appearances in the 80's.

Finally, his career PER is 24.6, only because it decreased due to how long he was able to play in the league without any major health problems. 

 

What do you think of this list and the formula I used along with suggesting any changes to the formula that you feel needs to be addressed?

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