NBA's 50 Greatest Players: Revised

Marcel SmithSenior Analyst IJuly 27, 2009

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In October of 1996, commissioner David Stern announced the list of the fifty greatest NBA players to honor the 50th anniversary of the league. I have changed the list by removing nine players from the list I feel don't deserve to be there and adding nine players to the list who deserve to be there, most of whom are players who played after 1996. Here is my revised list. 

Kareem Abdul Jabbar - most accomplished player ever

Nate "Tiny" Archibald - great scoring point guard

Paul Arizin - one of game's first great players

Charles Barkley - MVP award winner; one of league's best rebounders

Rick Barry - great offensive player; led Warriors to title in early 70's

Elgin Baylor - amazing offensive player; first great athletic player in league

Larry Bird - brilliant all around player; most clutch player ever

Kobe Bryant - one of game's greatest scorers and competitors; great defender

Wilt Chamberlain - most dominant player ever at both ends of the court

Bob Cousy - league's first great point guard; won 6 titles

Dave Cowens - underrated great big man; MVP award winner

Billy Cunningham - one of league's best all around players (20/10/4)

Clyde Drexler - great all around perimeter player who was good defensively

Tim Duncan - greatest power forward of all time period

Julius Erving - amazing athlete who was one of most well like players ever

Patrick Ewing - great center at both ends of court, but he never won a ring

Walt Frazier - great offensive/defensive guard who won 2 titles

Kevin Garnett - amazing all around offensive player; great defensive player

George Gervin - one of greatest pure scorers ever, but he never won 

John Havlicek - one of the best all around offensive players; great defender/winner

Elvin Hayes - underrated great power forward; won a title with Bullets

Allen Iverson - arguably best little player ever; 30 point scorer in his sleep

Lebron James - most physically gifted player ever; great all around player

Magic Johnson - best PG ever, could dominate all 5 positions; unbelievable winner

Sam Jones - very good shooting guard; won ten titles; extremely clutch

Michael Jordan - most popular player ever; great both offensively and defensively

Jason Kidd - great passer/floor general; one of best rebounding guards ever

Karl Malone - great scorer/rebounder; won 2 MVP awards, but never won a ring

Moses Malone - won 3 MVP awards; great center who led 76ers to title in early 80's

Pete Maravich - great offensive player who was very entertaining, but had short career

Bob McAdoo - great underrated big man; won MVP award; best mid range shooting big

Kevin McHale - arguably best low post player ever; won three titles with Celtics

George Mikan - league's first dominant big man; won 5 championships

Dirk Nowitzki - won MVP award; great offensive shooting big man

Hakeem Olajuwon - most skilled center ever; dominant offensively and defensively

Shaquille O'Neal - dominant player offensively; won 4 titles/3 Finals MVP awards

Gary Payton - best defensive PG ever; great offensive player who won one title

Bob Pettit - dominant power forward; won two MVP awards and one title 

Scottie Pippen - one of best all around offensive players; great defender

Willis Reed - great center; won MVP award; won 2 titles/2 Finals MVP awards

Oscar Robertson - best all around player ever; won one title with Bucks

David Robinson - great offensive/defensive center who won two titles

Bill Russell - greatest winner ever (11 titles); one of best defenders ever

Dolph Schayes - great big man scorer/rebounder; won one title

Bill Sharman - great guard who won multiple titles with legendary Celtics

John Stockton - great pass first point guard who was excellent defensively; never won

Isiah Thomas - great scoring point guard who won two titles/one Finals MVP award

Bill Walton - great defensive/passing center; won 2 titles/MVP; had short career

Jerry West - great offensive/defensive player; extemely clutch; won 1 title

James Worthy - excellent offensive player; very clutch; won 3 titles with Lakers

The bolded players are the players I added to the original list. The following players are the ones I removed from the original list: Dave Bing, Dave Debusschere, Hal Greer, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe, Robert Parish, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld, Lenny Wilkens. What do you guys think of my revised list? Who should be on the list and who should be removed in your opinion? 



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