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Old 03-09-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default SLAM: The 500 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time (complete list)

Since some folks were asking for the list, here you go. SLAM doesn't have it online so here it is.


1. Michael Jordan
2. Wilt Chamberlain
3. Bill Russell
4. Shaquille O'Neal
5. Oscar Robertson
6. Magic Johnson
7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
8. Tim Duncan
9. Larry Bird
10. Kobe Bryant
11. Jerry West
12. Elgin Baylor
13. Hakeem Olajuwon
14. Bob Petit
15. Moses Malone
16. Julius Erving
17. John Havlicek
18. Karl Malone
19. Isaiah Thomas
20. Charles Barkley
21. Rick Barry
22. John Stockton
23. Elvin Hayes
24. Bob Cousy
25. David Robinson
26. Kevin McHale
27. Scottie Pippen
28. Jason Kidd
29. George Mikan
30. Kevin Garnett
31. LeBron James
32. Willis Reed
33. Wes Unseld
34. Nate Thurmond
35. Dolph Schayes
36. Walt Frazier
37. Patrick Ewing
38. Jerry Lucas
39. Gary Payton
40. Allen Iverson
41. Billy Cunningham
42. Clyde Drexler
43. Dominique Wilkins
44. Dave Cowens
45. George Gervin
46. Bob McAdoo
47. Earl Monroe
48. Dennis Rodman
49. Dwyane Wade
50. Steve Nash
51. Walt Bellamy
52. Tiny Archibald
53. Dennis Johnson
54. Reggie Miller
55. Dirk Nowitzki
56. Connie Hawkins
57. Dave Bing
58. James Worthy
59. Hal Greer
60. Pete Maravich
61. Jack Twyman
62. Bob Lanier
63. David Thompson
64. Joe Fulks
65. Sam Jones
66. Gus Johnson
67. Robert Parish
68. Tommy Heinsohn
69. Bernard King
70. Bill Sharman
71. Paul Arizin
72. Lenny Wilkens
73. Alonzo Mourning
74. Bill Walton
75. Neil Johnston
76. Dave DeBusschere
77. Paul Pierce
78. Joe Dumars
79. Ray Allen
80. Chris Webber
81. Ed Macauley
82. Alex English
83. Adrian Dantley
84. Artis Gilmore
85. Cliff Hagan
86. Dwight Howard
87. Tim Hardaway
88. Chris Mullin
89. Mitch Richmond
90. Sidney Moncrief
91. Bobby Dandridge
92. Bob Love
93. Jim Pollard
94. Spencer Haywood
95. Dikembe Mutombo
96. Pau Gasol
97. Tracy Mac
98. Grant Hill
99. Vince Carter
100. Buck Williams
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101. Slater Martin
102. Kevin Johnson
103. Brad Daugherty
104. Walter Davis
105. Carmelo Anthony
106. Dan Issel
107. Chris Paul
108. George McGinnis
109. Jamaal Wilkes
110. Chet Walker
111. George Yardley
112. Kevin Porter
113. Rich Guerin
114. Norm Van Lier
115. Willie Naulls
116. Zelmo Beaty
117. Marques Johnson
118. Jo Jo White
119. Jack Sikma
120. Tom Chambers
121. Dick McGuire
122. Maurice Cheeks
123. Ben Wallace
124. Chauncey Billups
125. Bailey Howell
126. Lou Hudson
127. Rudy Tomjanovich
128. Deron Williams
129. Guy Rodgers
130. Penny Hardaway
131. Phil Chenier
132. Charlie Scott
133. Bob Davies
134. Harry Gallatin
135. Maurice Lucas
136. Larry Foust
137. Michael Cooper
138. Paul Silas
139. Tony Parker
140. Ron Artest
141. Paul Westphal
142. Phil Smith
143. Manu Ginobili
144. Amar'e Stoudemire
145. Vern Mikkelsen
146. Rudy LaRusso
147. Johnny "Red" Kerr
148. Terry Cummings
149. Gus Williams
150. Shawn Kemp
151. Horace Grant
152. Shawn Marion
153. Gene Shue
154. Yao Ming
155. Mark Price
156. Rasheed Wallace
157. Calvin Murphy
158. Bobby Wanzer
159. Bobby Jones
160. Mark Jackson
161. Otis Birdsong
162. Johnny Green
163. John Drew
164. Tom Gola
165. Larry Nance
166. Randy Smith
167. Terry Porter
168. Rolando Blackman
169. Andy Phillip
170. Clyde Lovellette
171. Chris Bosh
172. Bill Bradley
173. Larry Johnson
174. Jermaine O'Neal
175. Andrew Toney
176. Reggie Theus
177. Elton Brand
178. KC Jones
179. Jerry Sloan
180. Jamal Mashburn
181. Bob Rule
182. Derrick Coleman
183. Gilbert Arenas
184. Joe Johnson
185. Joe Caldwell
186. Norm Nixon
187. Mark Aguirre
188. Micheal Ray Richardson
189. Archie Clark
190. Jimmy Walker
191. Doug Collins
192. Kiki Vandeweghe
193. Larry Kenon
194. Alvin Robertson
195. Sam Cassell
196. World B. Free
197. Stephon Marbury
198. Fat Lever
199. Baron Davis
200. Bill Bridges

201. Lamar Odom
202. Kelly Tripucka
203. Wayne Embry
204. Mookie Blaylock
205. Alvan Adams
206. Carlos Boozer
207. Don Ohl
208. Marcus Camby
209. Rod Strickland
210. Carl Braun
211. Jeff Malone
212. Danny Manning
213. Charles Oakley
214. Sidney Wicks
215. John Williamson
216. Arnie Risen
217. Cedric Maxwell
218. Darrell Griffith
219. Ray Scott
220. Cazzie Russell
221. Dale Ellis
222. Reggie Lewis
223. Rip Hamilton
224. Michael Redd
225. Peja Stojakovic
226. Latrell Sprewell
227. Derek Harper
228. Steve Francis
229. Mickey Johnson
230. Jason Richardson
231. Purvis Short
232. Orlando Woolridge
233. Austin Carr
234. Max Zaslofsky
235. Bill Laimbeer
236. Antawn Jamison
237. Clark Kellogg
238. Antoine Walker
239. Jim McMillain
240. Len "Truck" Robinson
241. Jeff Ruland
242. AC Green
243. Walter Dukes
244. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
245. Quinn Buckner
246. Glenn Robinson
247. Bruce Bowen
248. Detlef Schrempf
249. Terry Dischinger
250. Toni Kukoc
251. Mike Bibby
252. Ralph Sampson
253. Frank Ramsey
254. Anthony Mason
255. Andre Miller
256. Happy Hairston
257. Shareef Abdur-Rahim
258. Doug Christie
259. Geoff Petrie
260. Rony Seikaly
261. David West
262. Eddie Jones
263. Dan Majerle
264. John Lucas
265. Jeff Hornacek
266. Dan Roundfield
267. Caldwell Jones
268. Brian Winters
269. Otis Thorpe
270. Jack Marin
271. Terrell Brandon
272. Clifford Robinson [90s Blazers version]
273. Zach Randolph
274. Scott Wedman
275. "Bullet" Bob Boozer
276. Rik Smits
277. Vlade Divac
278. Sleepy Floyd
279. Doc Rivers
280. Larry Costello
281. Xavier McDaniel
282. "Fast" Eddie Johnson
283. Eddie Johnson
284. Bill Cartwright
285. Cliff Robinson
286. Kenny Sears
287. Michael Finley
288. Phil Ford
289. Jeff Mullins
290. Mel Hutchins
291. Tom Gugliotta
292. Nick Van Exel
293. Lucius Allen
294. Mike Mitchell
295. Jerry Stackhouse
296. Don Chaney
297. Damon Stoudamire
298. Glen Rice
299. Kenyon Martin
300. Calvin Natt
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301. Swen Nater
302. Rashard Lewis
303. Satch Sanders
304. Sam Lacey
305. "Downtown" Fred Brown
306. Elmore Smith
307. Joe Barry Carroll
308. Sam Perkins
309. Dick Barnett
310. Sean Elliott
311. Dick Van Arsdale
312. Tom Van Arsdale
313. Slick Watts
314. Tom Meschery
315. Theo Ratliff
316. Kenny Anderson
317. Wayman Tisdale
318. Ray Williams
319. Lionel Hollins
320. Danny Ainge
321. Kenny Smith
322. Fred Carter
323. Gerald Wallace
324. Caron Butler
325. Allan Houston
326. Byron Scott
327. Ron Harper
328. Luke Jackson
329. Lionel Simmons
330. Greg Ballard
331. Arvydas Sabonis
332. Danny Granger
333. Andre Iguodala
334. Michael Adams
335. Billy Knight
336. Ben Gordon
337. Jay Vincent
338. Kevin Willis
339. Jim Chones
340. Vinnie Johnson
341. Roy Tarpley
342. Vin Baker
343. Darryl Dawkins
344. Jim Jackson
345. Nick Anderson
346. Jameer Nelson
347. Al Jefferson
348. Rodney McCray
349. Paul Pressey
350. Muggsy Bogues
351. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
352. Campy Russell
353. Monta Ellis
354. Nate "Sweetwater" Clifton
355. Robert Horry
356. Steve Smith
357. Tayshaun Prince
358. Sherman Douglas
359. Walt Hazzard
360. Chuck Person
361. Armon Gilliam
362. John Johnson
363. Jalen Rose
364. Scott Skiles
365. Flynn Robinson
366. Ricky Sobers
367. Mike Bantom
368. Ricky Pierce
369. John Shumate
370. Derek Fisher
371. John Starks
372. Antonio McDyess
373. Stephen Jackson
374. Larry Drew
375. Juwan Howard
376. Richard Jefferson
377. Vern Fleming
378. Steve Stipanovich
379. Mark Eaton
380. Jason Terry
381. Johnny Dawkins
382. Hersey Hawkins
383. Mychal Thompson
384. Mike Newlin
385. Ray Felix
386. Kevin Loughery
387. Dick Garmaker
388. Lloyd Neal
389. Lonnie Shelton
390. Larry "Mr. Mean" Smith
391. Pooh Richardson
392. Nate McMillian
393. Corey Maggette
394. Junior Bridgeman
395. ML Carr
396. Woody Sauldsberry
397. Steve Johnson
398. Jim Washington
399. Vernon Maxwell
400. Michael Cage

401. Quentin Richardson
402. Kermit Washington
403. Derrick McKey
404. Keith Van Horn
405. Cedric Ceballos
406. Michael Brooks
407. Dale Davis
408. Antonio Davis
409. Christian Laettner
410. Ken Norman
411. Thurl Bailey
412. Mike Woodson
413. Al Harrington
414. Andrew Bogut
415. Kenny Carr
416. Don Kojis
417. Ron Behagen
418. Luol Deng
419. Brian Grant
420. James Edwards
421. Tyrone Hill
422. Jerome Kersey
423. John "Hot Rod" Williams
424. Ernie DiGregorio
425. Johnny Davis
426. Arlen Bockhorn
427. Don Nelson
428. Troy Murphy
429. Al Attles
430. Curtis Rowe
431. Mike Miller
432. Eddie Miles
433. Roy Hinson
434. Herm Gilliam
435. Adrian Smith
436. Rex Chapman
437. Andrei Kirilenko
438. David Greenwood
439. BJ Armstrong
440. Jamal Crawford
441. Quintin Dailey
442. Jim Paxson
443. Spud Webb
444. Shane Battier
445. Albert King
446. Gerald Wilkins
447. Sam Bowie
448. Charles Smith
449. Josh Howard
450. Dell Curry
451. Zaid Abdul-Aziz
452. Emeka Okafor
453. Kelvin Ransey
454. Hedo Turkoglu
455. Kevin Martin
456. Eric Money
457. Jason Williams
458. David Lee
459. Kerry Kittles
460. Kendall Gill
461. Devin Harris
462. Wally Szczerbiak
463. Grant Long
464. Billy Owens
465. LaPhonso Ellis
466. Jay Humphries
467. Tree Rollins
468. Don Buse
469. Wali Jones
470. Larry Hughes
471. Marvin Webster
472. John McGlocklin
473. Clem Haskins
474. Gar Heard
475. Terry Catledge
476. Phil Hubbard
477. Bob Kauffman
478. Loy Vaught
479. Dana Barros
480. Mitch Kupchak
481. Elden Campbell
482. Robert Reid
483. Clyde Lee
484. John Long
485. Clifford Ray
486. Manute Bol
487. Joe Graboski
488. Avery Johnson
489. Gene Banks
490. Sarunas Marciulionis
491. Reggie Williams
492. Antoine "Big Dog" Carr
493. Joe Smith
494. PJ Brown
495. Drew Gooden
496. Kevin Duckworth
497. Chris Kaman
498. Cuttino Mobley
499. David Wesley
500. Pervis Ellison


Off course the biggest omission is Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich which SLAM already stated on their website.

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• Leading off, it was brought to our attention that we inexplicably left former Lakers (and Suns and Jazz) guard Gail Goodrich off the list. Goodrich, a two-time All-American and one of the greatest players in UCLA history, was a five-time NBA All-Star and scored over 19,000 points. His number, 25, was eventually retired by the Lakers. Goodrich deserves to not only be on our list, but to be way up high on the list. And he will be, either when we post the full list online, or in the next printing or any reissue we do of this magazine. But for now, there’s nothing we can say except Goodrich somehow slipped through. We screwed up. We apologize for the error.

A couple of others I'm surprised didn't crack the 500 list (seriously) is Jayson Williams, maybe it had to do with his case.
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What the hell is Glen Rice doing behind Doc Rivers? Why the hell did they even rank them that long?
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ron artest rated hella high
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This is the only list I can recall that has Oscar over Kareem. I would like to here their reasoning.

Lots of other huge question marks.
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Don Kojis at #416...

who would ever have thunk it.
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Don Kojis at #416...

who would ever have thunk it.
Should he be higher or lower?
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:52 AM   #9
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reggie miller and nash>> dirk

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:54 AM   #10
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Should he be higher or lower?

I was being facetious...I wouldn't have a clue where to rank him. My main point being...who would take the time to rank the top-500? After the 100 mark it becomes a blur to me. Hell, after the top-20...
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I was being facetious...I wouldn't have a clue where to rank him. My main point being...who would take the time to rank the top-500? After the 100 mark it becomes a blur to me. Hell, after the top-20...

I bought the magazine. Main reason for doing a 500 is probably at least you get to read about some obscure players from eras before your birth that give you a little more BBall knowledge outside of the mainstream top 50.

To be honest the top 50 thing has been done to death.
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That list is F^ucked up on a multiple of levels,who ever did it should be banned from basketball forever they need a chip in their ear like dogs to keep them away from basketball courts and forums...
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Jason Kidd in the top 30 GOAT.... and over Dwade, and Paul Pierce....yeah this list got its flaws. And J-rich pretty down low.
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I bought the magazine. Main reason for doing a 500 is probably at least you get to read about some obscure players from eras before your birth that give you a little more BBall knowledge outside of the mainstream top 50.

To be honest the top 50 thing has been done to death.
Yeah, I didn't really care about the ranking (besides the GLEN RICE deal), but I did learn about some players who I never even knew existed.
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Ewing seems rather low to me.
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