BallnRoll’s 100 Greatest NBA Players of All Time: #11-20
A week away from our top-10, we debut part nine of our BallnRoll’s Top-100 Greatest Players list as we take a look at the players that come in at numbers 20-through-11.
In the case that you missed part 8, click here.
In part nine, we will see every type of player, mainly quite a few big men. We are now entering the top-20. The names are more recognizable and the aura attached to all of these names can never be disputed.
Let’s get going at number 20 with…
20. John Havlicek
- Career Stats: 16 Seasons, 20.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.8 APG, 17.5 PER, 131.7 Win Shares
A 13-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time NBA champion as part of the Boston Celtics dynasty, John Havlicek was the original sixth man, but had the stamina and skill to log-in excellent starters minutes.
With incredible versatility and his ability to wear out his opposition, Havlicek to this day is recognized as one of the most complete all-around players in league history, being able to play in both the front and backcourt. With more championships than all but two other players in NBA history (Sam Jones and Bill Russell), ‘Hondo’ will always be a name that will be forever remembered in NBA history and his clutch steal in the winding seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals has been immortalized and can never be forgotten.
19. Elgin Baylor
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 22.7 PER, 104.2 Win Shares
Quite possibly the most underrated player in NBA history, Elgin Baylor was special and did things on the floor that have never been seen in the league up until that point.
He was strong, he was graceful, he was powerful, he was athletic, he could get up into the air for a jump shot and come down half a minute later, and above all, no one was able to stop this 11-time NBA All-Star. Averaging over 34-points per game in three separate seasons, Baylor was the Michael Jordan before Michael Jordan was around. He played with flash, he had an aerial offence, he was an excellent shooter, and ultimately has gone done down as one of the greatest players in history.
18. Charles Barkley
- Career Stats: 16 Seasons, 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 24.6 PER, 177.2 Win Shares
Sure, Charles Barkley looks like a jokester with controversial opinions nowadays, but if we travel back in time, it’s hard to dispute Sir Charles’ greatness. While he was still the same person that he is now, a guy with charisma and a sense of humour, when he stepped on the floor, he was something no one could have ever expected.
Coming into the league a bit overweight, ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’ could rebound the ball over anybody and explode past any defender. A member of the Olympic “Dream Team”, Barkley was an 11-time NBA All-Star and a superstar in every sense of the world. A career that started in Philadelphia, Barkley was a star at every destination he stopped at throughout his incredible career.
17. Karl Malone
- Career Stats: 19 Seasons, 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 23.9 PER, 234.6 Win Shares
‘The Mailman’ was a physical specimen who used his strength and power to craft out one of the greatest careers in the history of the sport. Every NBA big man knew that when they were matching up against Karl Malone, they were going to feel it for the next few days.
A 14-time NBA All-Star, and two-time league and All-Star Game MVP, Malone was impossible to defend when he had inside position, but was also a knockdown shooter from the mid-range. To this day, he has more attempted free throws and has grabbed down more defensive rebounds than any player in NBA history.
This guy really did put the ‘power’ into power forward.
16. Moses Malone
- Career Stats: 21 Seasons, 20.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 22.0, 179.1 Win Shares
For 21-long years, the paint belonged to none other than the Moses Malone.
A 13-time All-Star, a three-time league MVP and a former NBA champion, Moses was very similar to Karl in his way of dominating his opposition inside.
Ninth on the all-time scoring list and fifth on the all-time rebounding list, Malone was a fierce scorer who has gone down as one of the greatest centers in the history of the game. He was strong, dynamic, quick, and played with a certain tenacity that allowed him to not only survive but excel against some of the bigger centers in the league.
A career field with awards and accolades, the late, great Moses Malone will never be forgotten.
15. David Robinson
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 3.0 BPG, 26.2 PER, 178.7 Win Shares
A San Antonio Spurs legend, David Robinson helped bring the franchise its first NBA championship. A 10-time NBA All-Star, an eight-time All Defensive team member and former league MVP, ‘The Admiral’ was a very respected figure on and off the floor, but on the court, he was a feared and incredibly skilled big man.
He is also one of two players in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to win a league scoring, rebounding, and blocking title. At 7-1, he was strong and muscular, but agile and athletic and became one of the most dominant centres of his era.
14. Julius Erving
- Career Stats: 16 Seasons, 24.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 23.6 PER, 181.1 Win Shares
‘Dr. J’ Julius Erving was the greatest ABA player of all time and when coming over to the NBA, he continued to do what he did best – dominate the game with unmatched flash.
A 16-time All-Star, a two-time champion in the ABA and another time with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, Erving was an innovator who changed the game of basketball. With a high-flying, athletic style of play, Erving was box-office. With in-air spins, powerful dunks, and his signature afro, not many people can forget not only the player that he was, but the icon that he has become.
13. Jerry West
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 27.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 6.7 APG, 22.9 PER, 162.6 Win Shares
An obsession with perfection, a deadly jump-shot, gritty and hard-nosed defense, Jerry West became the face of the NBA when the league was dominated by big men – he became ‘The Logo’ for a reason. A 14-time All-Star and an NBA champion, West is an NBA lifer, an ambassador to the game, and a man who has become synonymous with the sport of basketball.
12. Oscar Robertson
- Career Stats: 14 Seasons, 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG, 23.2 PER, 189.2 Win Shares
He may just be the second greatest point guard in NBA history, ‘The Big O’ Oscar Robertson was the original Mr. Triple-Double. With his ability to score, defend, pass the ball, and rebound, he the gold standard for best all-around player.
Recording triple-double average throughout his sophomore season, the 12-time All-Star and NBA champ was the most versatile player of his time. At 6-5, he was taller than most point guards in his era, but with skill, strength, agility and insane athleticism, ‘The Big O’ was able to put together a legendary career.
11. Tim Duncan
- Career Stats: 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 24.2 PER, 206.4 Win Shares
The greatest power forward to ever play the game, Tim Duncan was a different kind of NBA superstar.
He was quiet and too himself, there was no flash in his game which attributed to him being nicknamed ‘The Big Fundamental’, but on the floor, he got the job done in a big way.
Every boring way of scoring, he could do. Every boring way of winning? He did that too. Duncan simply never lost. The San Antonio Spurs never lost fewer than 50-games in his NBA tenure. A 15-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion,
Check back next week for part ten of our Top 100 list!