Michael Jordan has had accomplishments in his career that no other player has ever reached. He has done amazing things. He spent 13 years with the Chicago Bulls before finishing his last two seasons with the Washington Wizards. His career averages are unheard of. He averaged 30.1 points per game through 1,072 games started in 38.3 minutes per game. His career field goal percentage stands at 50 percent and he shot 33 percent from long range. He also averaged 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, 0.8 blocks per game and 2.3 steals per game. He was the MVP for five seasons, defensive player of the year in 1988, rookie of the year in 1985, Finals MVP 6 times including 6 championships. He is no doubt one of the greatest to ever play the game.
2. LeBron James
Many people say that the top two players in history are between Jordan and James. LeBron is in his 11th season now and still going strong. His career averages, like Jordan, are also unheard of. He has played in 840 games throughout his career and averages 39.5 minutes per game. He averages 27.5 points per game, shoots 50 percent from the field, 34 percent from deep, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. He has been the league’s MVP four times in his career, including two-time All-Star MVP, 2004 Rookie of the Year, two-time Finals MVP, two-time champion and still adding on to those.
3. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson spent his whole career with the Los Angeles Lakers, through 13 seasons. He started 763 games in his career and played in 906 games, while averaging 36.7 minutes per game. He averaged 19.5 points per game, shot 52 percent from the field, 30 percent from long range, 7.2 rebounds per game, 11.2 assists per game, 0.4 blocks and 1.9 steals per game. He brought home the MVP Award three times, was named the Finals MVP three times, All-Star MVP twice and was a champion a total of five times. His career was unfortunately cut short in November of 1991 after testing positive for the HIV virus.
4. Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain is often overlooked, but he is no doubt one of the greatest the NBA has ever seen. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959 and spent a total of 14 seasons in the NBA. He played in 1045 games and averaged 30.1 points per game. During the 1961-1962 season, where he played 80 games, he averaged 50.4 points per game and then 44.8 points per game the following season. Throughout his career, he has averaged 22.9 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game and shot 54 percent from the field. He is truly an amazing talent and has put up numbers never seen in the game before. He won the championship twice and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1978.
5. Larry Bird
Larry Bird was drafted by the Boston Celtics and ended up winning the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season with Boston. He averaged 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists that year. He was named an All-Star 10 times, All-Star MVP in 1982, NBA MVP three times and won a total of 3 NBA Championships. He was named as one of the purest shooters in history, taking home three three-point contest trophies, including the first one ever.
6. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar
Kareem played in a total of 20 seasons, something rarely seen in the NBA. He played a total of 1560 games and averaged 36.8 minutes per game. He averaged 24.6 points per game, shooting 56 percent from the field and ten percent from deep. He also averaged 7.9 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, 2.0 blocks per game and 0.7 steals per game. He was a six-time MVP winner, 1970 Rookie of the Year, two-time Finals MVP and a six-time champion. He’s the league’s all-time leader in points and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.
7. Bill Russell
Bill Russell played 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics and retired in their uniform. He played in a total of 963 games and averaged 42.3 minutes per game. He averaged 15.1 points per game, shooting
44 percent from the field. He also averaged a terrific 22.5 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game. He was the NBA MVP five times and the All-Star MVP in 1963. He also brought home a record 11 championship rings in his 13 seasons. Truly a winner at heart.
8. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant has been unfortunate with injuries recently, but his career is indeed still continuing. He is in his 18th season with the Los Angeles Lakers after being drafted by them in 1996. He has played in a total of 1245 games and averaging 36.6 minutes per game. He is averaging 25.5 points per game, shooting 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from long range. He has also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists per game, 0.5 blocks per game and 1.5 steals per game. He was the 2008 NBA MVP, a two-time Finals MVP, four-time All-Star MVP and a five-time NBA Champion.
9. Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon spent his first 17 seasons with the Houston Rockets before playing his last season with the Toronto Raptors. He played in a total of 1238 games and averaged 35.7 minutes per game. He averaged 21.8 points per game, shooting 51 percent from the field and 20 percent from long range. He also averaged 11.1 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 3.1 blocks per game and 1.7 steals per game. He was the 1994 NBA MVP, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Finals MVP and a six-time NBA Champion.
10. Shaquille O’Neal
O’Neal is one of the most dominant big men in NBA History. He spent 19 years in the pros with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He played in a total of 1207 games and averaged 34.7 minutes per game. He averaged 23.7 points per game, shot 58 percent from the field, 10.9 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 2.3 blocks per game and 0.6 steals per game. He was named the 2000 NBA MVP, 1993 Rookie of the Year, three-time Finals MVP and won a total of four NBA Championships.