There are many different kinds of players that grace the courts of the NBA.
In the middle are the centers and power forwards, usually the strongest and tallest athletes on the court who are known for protecting the basket and getting easier scoring opportunities in the post.
The offensive attack is usually led by the point guard, who is known for ball-handling abilities and is seen as the “quarterback” of the team.
Finally, there are the wingmen of the NBA. Many of the most premier scorers (especially in today’s league) are wing players—those that tend to play closer to the sides of the NBA court. They are known for all-around abilities including athleticism, shooting, dribbling, rebounding and playmaking. The best players at these positions also exerted dominance on the defensive end.
This article breaks down the top 23 greatest wing players in NBA history. The list was composed by analyzing a number of factors, including career statistics, playing abilities and accomplishments. Those with intangibles such as clutch ability and leadership also benefited. Lastly, career length was a factor.
Some players barely missed the cut today due to having been in the league for just a few seasons (Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, for example). Other players that also barely missed making this list were Bernard King, Earl Monroe and Adrian Dantley.
Enjoy the journey back through NBA history. As always, your comments are welcome. Feel free to let me know if any players should have made the list that didn’t, or if any players are ranked too high or too low.