The 100 best basketball players of all time

Earlier this year, we revealed the top 100 basketball players in history. With the new season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to provide the full roster in one place, with breakdowns by teams, eras and hometowns.

Golden Hall vs. Hall of Fame

Three key differences make the Golden Hall a separate project from the Springfield Hall of Fame, but first a similarity.

Fan Voting

Springfield Hall deserves congrats on bringing fan votes in its official process.

The Golden Hall wholeheartedly agrees that fans deserve a voice in the Greatest of All-Time nomination process. In a series of social media polls for several months, thousands of fans voted. These were collected to create the People’s Ballot, cast alongside those of the Overtime Heroics writers.

Not just lists

Naismith Hall considers applicants regardless of position. The Golden Hall attempts to mirror the game itself by imagining the best possible starting lineups. Players were grouped by their main position and voters voted accordingly. Ten of these starting formations have been created. A bench of fifty additional players, regardless of position, completed these line-ups to arrive at an equal number of 100.

Non-static dynamic

The Naismith Hall of Fame is a fixed entity. Players are inducted and decisions are irreversible. Sometimes mistakes are made.

The Golden Hall is not static. By design, voters will vote every ten years. This method offers new players the opportunity to be included, gives a new chance to players ignored from the previous edition and allows errors to be corrected. Voters can use new statistical methods that may be developed in the meantime, as well as older analyzes reapplied.


The Springfield Hall of Fame has no fixed size and its membership is potentially unlimited. There are definitely positives to this arrangement, as there are plenty of great players helping tell the story of basketball. The downside is that sometimes the real greats get lost in the shuffle. NBA inductees currently number 111, or about 1.8% of the NBA’s estimated 5,891 players.

The Golden Hall is intended to serve as a complement to the Hall of Fame, with the 100 greatest players highlighted via ten starting lineups and a bench to capture those positions with a plethora of stars. Only the true elite will be honored.


Now in the same location for the first time, showcasing the first Golden Hall in its entirety. Click on each team to learn more about the lineups.

first team

  • Magic Johnson, PG
  • Michael Jordan, SG
  • LeBron James, SF
  • Dirk Nowitzki, PF
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C.

second team

  • Oscar Robertson, PG
  • Kobe Bryant, GS
  • Larry Bird, SF
  • Karl Malone, PF
  • Wilt Chamberlain, C.

Third team

  • Steph Curry, PG
  • Dwayne Wade, SG
  • Julius Erving, SF
  • Charles Barkley, PF
  • Shaquille O’Neal, C

fourth team

  • John Stockton, PC
  • Allen Iverson, SG
  • Elgin Baylor, SF
  • Kevin Garnett, PF
  • Hakeem Olajuwon, C

Fifth team

  • Isiah Thomas, PG
  • Clyde Drexler, SG
  • Kevin Durant, SF
  • Tim Duncan, PF
  • Bill Russell, C.

Sixth team

  • Jason Kidd, PG
  • James Harden, SG
  • Scottie Pippen, SF
  • Bob Pettit, PF
  • David Robinson, C.

Seventh team

  • Jerry West, CP
  • George Gervin, SG
  • Dominique Wilkins, SF
  • Kevin McHale, PF
  • Moses Malone, C.

Eighth team

  • Chris Paul, PG
  • Ray Allen, SG
  • John Havlicek, SF
  • Dennis Rodman, PF
  • Patrick Ewing, C.

Ninth team

  • Steve Nash, PG
  • Reggie Miller, SG
  • Kawhi Leonard, SF
  • Elvin Hayes, PF
  • George Mikan, C.

Tenth team

  • Russell Westbrook, PG
  • Tracy McGrady, SG
  • Rick Barry, SF
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF
  • Lisa Leslie, C.

Golden Hall Bench

  • Artis Gilmore
  • Bob Cousy
  • Candice Parker
  • Chris Webber
  • Dikembe Mutombo
  • Rice Glen
  • Grant Hill
  • Hal Greer
  • Manu Ginobili
  • Robert Parish
  • Tony Parker
  • Vince Carter
  • Alex English
  • Arvydas Sabonis
  • Bill Walton
  • Bob Lanier
  • Bob McAdoo
  • carmelo anthony
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Cheryl Miller
  • chris bosh
  • Dave DeBuschere
  • Dwight Howard
  • Gary Payton
  • James Worthy
  • The Marcus Aldridge
  • Lenny Wilkens
  • Paul Gasol
  • Paul Pierce
  • Sam Jones
  • Shawn Kemp
  • Sidney Moncrief
  • Captures of Tamika
  • Walt Bellamy
  • Walt Frazier
  • Willis Roseau
  • Dan Issel
  • Diana Taurasi
  • Dino Radja
  • Oscar Schmidt
  • Dolph Schayes
  • Adrian Dantley
  • Chet Walker
  • Jack Sikma
  • Terry Porter
  • Detlef Schrempf
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Ed Macauley
  • Andre Iguodala
  • Vlade Divac

How much attention did you pay? Try this quiz to see if you can name all the Golden Hallers.


Forty-two teams are represented in the Golden Hall. Players are assigned based on the team for which they have played more games than any other.

Main team No.
Boston Celtics 9
Los Angeles Lakers 8
Philadelphia 76ers 7
Detroit Pistons 6
San Antonio Spurs 6
Denver nuggets 4
Houston Rockets 4
Portland Trail Blazers 4
Seattle SuperSonics 4
Chicago Bulls 3
Milwaukee dollars 3
New York Knicks 3
Utah Jazz 3
Atlanta Hawks 2
Golden State Warriors 2
Los Angeles Sparks 2
miami heat 2
Oklahoma City Thunder 2
St. Louis Hawks 2
Toronto Raptors 2
buffalo braves 1
Caserta Juva 1
Cincinnati Royals 1
Cleveland Cavaliers 1
Dallas Mavericks 1
Indiana fever 1
Indiana Pacers 1
Kaunas Zalgiris 1
Los Angeles Clippers 1
Memphis Grizzlies 1
Minneapolis Lakers 1
Minnesota Wolves 1
New Jersey Nets 1
Orlando Magic 1
Philadelphia Warriors 1
Phoenix Mercury 1
Phoenix Suns 1
Sacramento Kings 1
Southern California Trojans 1
split yolks 1
Syracuse Nationals 1
Washington Bullets 1


Here is the breakdown of Golden Hall with the players affected at the time they played their peak season.

Periods Years Players
Pre-NBA era 1891-1949 0
growth era 1950-1967 15
The ABA era 1968-1976 ten
Solidify the era 1977-1996 36
The Age of Equality 1997-2022 39


Fourteen nations are represented. Players are assigned by the country in which they spent the majority of their youth.

Nationality No.
American 86
Germany 2
Argentina 1
Brazil 1
Canada 1
congo 1
Croatia 1
France 1
Greece 1
Jamaica 1
Lithuania 1
Nigeria 1
Serbia 1
Spain 1


Broken down by major geographies where players spent the majority of their youth.

Region No.
South 40
Midwest 22
West 14
Northeast 9
Europe 8
Africa 2
Caribbean 2
South America 2
Western Canada 1


Players are assigned to their country’s major administrative subdivision (states, provinces, districts) based on where they spent most of their youth and not necessarily where they were born. Michael Jordan, for example, was born in New York but spent his childhood and adolescence in North Carolina. Jordan is included in the Tar Heel State total, not the Empire State.

State/Province/District No.
California 12
Illinois 9
North Carolina 8
Michigan 6
New York 6
Texas 6
Louisiana 5
Virginia 4
Indiana 3
Maryland 3
Caroline from the south 3
Alabama 2
Arkansas 2
Florida 2
Georgia 2
Pennsylvania 2
West Virginia 2
Penthouse 1
Barcelona 1
bavaria 1
British Columbia 1
Buenos Aires 1
Colorado 1
Colombia 1
Ile-de-France 1
Kaunas 1
kingston 1
Kinshasa 1
Lagos 1
Minnesota 1
Missouri 1
New Jersey 1
North Rhine-Westphalia 1
Ohio 1
Rio Grande de Norte 1
Split-Dalmatia 1
The Virgin Islands 1
Washington 1
Western Serbia 1
Wisconsin 1

2032 edition

Voting for the second Golden Hall will take place in 2032. Fans will once again have a vote, and writers will likely be joined by Golden Hall and Hall of Fame players in being offered a vote.

So stay tuned and let the top 100 debate continue!

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