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The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
History (also referred to as NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team or NBA's Top 50) were chosen in 1996 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA). These fifty players were selected through a vote by a panel of media members, former players and coaches, and current and former general managers. In addition, the top ten head coaches and top ten single-season teams in NBA history were selected by media members as part of the celebration.[1] The fifty players had to have played at least a portion of their careers in the NBA and were selected irrespective of position played. The list was announced by NBA commissioner David Stern
David Stern
on October 29, 1996, at the hotel Grand Hyatt New York, the former site of the Commodore Hotel, where the original NBA charter was signed on June 6, 1946. The announcement marked the beginning of a season-long celebration of the league's anniversary.[1] Forty-seven of the fifty players were later assembled in Cleveland, during the halftime ceremony of the 1997 All-Star Game.[1] Three players were absent: Pete Maravich, who had died in 1988, at forty;[2] Shaquille O'Neal, who was recovering from a knee injury; and Jerry West, who was scheduled to have surgery for an ear infection and could not fly.[3] At the time of the announcement, eleven players were active; all have subsequently retired. O'Neal was the last to be active in the NBA, retiring at the end of the 2010–11 season.[4]

Contents

1 Players selected

1.1 Selection process 1.2 Voters 1.3 List

2 Top 10 Coaches in NBA History 3 Top 10 Teams in NBA History 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

Players selected

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who voted as a player, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Larry Bird, who voted as a team representative, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Bill Russell
Bill Russell
(left) and Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
(center), who voted as players, were selected as two of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
was active at the time of the announcement of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
was the last active member of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Selection process The list was made through unranked voting completed by fifty selected panelists. Sixteen of the panelists were former players voting in their roles as players, thirteen were members of the print and broadcast news media, and twenty-one were team representatives: contemporary and former general managers, head coaches, and executives. Of the last group, thirteen were former NBA players. Players were prohibited from voting for themselves. Only three voting veterans (Bill Bradley, Johnny Kerr, and Bob Lanier) were not selected to the team. Voters

* Denotes voter who was selected to the 50 Greatest Players list

Voter category As categorized by the NBA

Name Voter category

Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* Player

Albert, MarvMarv Albert Media member

Attles, AlAl Attles Team

Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach Team

Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Team

Bing, DaveDave Bing* Player

Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Team

Blake, MartyMarty Blake Team

Blinebury, FranFran Blinebury Media member

Bradley, BillBill Bradley Player

Brown, HubieHubie Brown Team

Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Player

Chortkoff, MitchMitch Chortkoff Media member

Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Player

Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham* Team

Daly, ChuckChuck Daly Team

DuPree, DavidDavid DuPree Media member

Embry, WayneWayne Embry Team

Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* Player

Gilmartin, JoeJoe Gilmartin Media member

Goldaper, SamSam Goldaper Media member

Hannum, AlexAlex Hannum Team

Harrison, LesterLester Harrison Team

Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* Player

Hearn, ChickChick Hearn Media member

Holzman, RedRed Holzman Team

Jasner, PhilPhil Jasner Media member

Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* Player

Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr Player

Koppett, LeonardLeonard Koppett Media member

Lanier, BobBob Lanier Player

Layden, FrankFrank Layden Team

Lewin, LeonardLeonard Lewin Media member

McCallum, JackJack McCallum Media member

McGuire, DickDick McGuire Team

Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* Player

Pettit, BobBob Pettit* Player

Pollack, HarveyHarvey Pollack Team

Ramsay, JackJack Ramsay Team

Reed, WillisWillis Reed* Team

Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Player

Russell, BillBill Russell* Player

Ryan, BobBob Ryan Media member

Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes* Player

Sharman, BillBill Sharman* Player

Shue, GeneGene Shue Team

Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* Team

Unseld, WesWes Unseld* Team

Vecsey, PeterPeter Vecsey Media member

West, JerryJerry West* Team

List Eleven players (Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson and John Stockton) were active in the 1996–97 season, during which the team was announced. All have since retired. O'Neal was the last to be active in the NBA, retiring at the end of the 2010–11 season. All of the selected players have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
was the only member of the players list to have been selected as a member of the coaches list. At the time of the list, only Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
was deceased. Since then, Wilt Chamberlain, Dave DeBusschere, Paul Arizin, George Mikan, Bill Sharman, Moses Malone, Dolph Schayes and Nate Thurmond
Nate Thurmond
have all died.

Italics Denotes player who was active in the NBA at the time of induction

* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

All Star Denotes number of All-Star appearances

Year Denotes year of Basketball Hall of Fame induction

G Guard F Forward C Center

Pos Position Pts Points Reb Rebounds

Ast Assists MVP Most Valuable Player

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2010–11 season, the last in which any player on the 50 Greatest list was active.

Name Team(s) played for (years)[a] Pos Pts Reb Ast Championships won[b] MVP won Finals MVP won All Star Year Ref.

Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
(1969–1975) Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1975–1989) C 38,387 17,440 5,660 7000600000000000000♠ 6 (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) 7000600000000000000♠ 6 (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1971, 1985) 19 1995 [5]

Archibald, NateNate Archibald* Cincinnati Royals
Cincinnati Royals
/ Kansas City-Omaha / Kansas City Kings (1970–1976) New York Nets
New York Nets
(1976–1977) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1977–1983) Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
(1983–1984) G 16,481 2,046 6,476 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1981) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 6 1991 [6]

Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin* Philadelphia Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors
(1950–1952, 1954–1962) F 16,266 6,129 1,665 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1956) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 10 1978 [7]

Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1984–1992) Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
(1992–1996) Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1996–2000) F 23,757 12,546 4,215 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1993) 5000000000000000000♠ None 11 2006 [8]

Barry, RickRick Barry* San Francisco / Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
(1965–1967, 1972–1978) Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1978–1980) F 18,395 5,168 4,017 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1975) 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1975) 8 1987 [9]

Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1958–1971) F 23,149 11,463 3,650 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 11 1977 [10]

Bing, DaveDave Bing* Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(1966–1975) Washington Bullets
Washington Bullets
(1975–1977) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1977–1978) G 18,327 3,420 5,397 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 7 1990 [11]

Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1979–1992) F 21,791 8,974 5,695 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1981, 1984, 1986) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1984, 1985, 1986) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1984, 1986) 12 1998 [12]

Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors
San Francisco Warriors
(1959–1965) Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1965–1968) Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1968–1973) C 31,419 23,924 4,643 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1967, 1972) 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1972) 13 1979 [13]

Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1950–1963) Cincinnati Royals
Cincinnati Royals
(1969–1970) G 16,960 4,786 6,955 7000600000000000000♠ 6 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1957) 5000000000000000000♠ None 13 1971 [14]

Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1970–1980) Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
(1982–1983) C 13,516 10,444 2,910 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1974, 1976) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1973) 5000000000000000000♠ None 7 1991 [15]

Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham* Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1965–1972, 1974–1976) F 13,626 6,638 2,625 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1967, 1983) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 4 1986 [16]

DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere* Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(1962–1968) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1968–1974) F 14,053 9,618 2,497 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1970, 1973) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 8 1983 [17]

Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
(1983–1995) Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1995–1998) G 22,195 6,677 6,125 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1995) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 10 2004 [18]

Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1976–1987) F 18,364 5,601 3,224 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1983) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1981) 5000000000000000000♠ None 11 1993 [19]

Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1985–2000) Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
(2000–2001) Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
(2001–2002) C 24,815 11,607 2,215 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 11 2008 [20]

Frazier, WaltWalt Frazier* New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1967–1977) Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers (1977–1980) G 15,581 4,830 5,040 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1970, 1973) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 7 1987 [21]

Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin* San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
(1976–1985) Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1985–1986) G 20,708 3,607 2,214 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 9 1996 [22]

Greer, HalHal Greer* Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
/ Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1958–1973) G 21,586 5,665 4,540 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1967) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 10 1982 [23]

Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1962–1978) F/G 26,395 8,007 6,114 7000800000000000000♠ 8 (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976) 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1974) 13 1984 [24]

Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* San Diego / Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1968–1972, 1981–1984) Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets
Washington Bullets
(1972–1981) F/C 27,313 16,279 2,398 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1978) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 12 1990 [25]

Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1979–1991, 1996) G 17,707 6,559 10,141 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1987, 1989, 1990) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1980, 1982, 1987) 12 2002 [26]

Jones, SamSam Jones* Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1957–1969) G 15,411 4,305 2,209 7001100000000000000♠ 10 (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5 1984 [27]

Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1984–1993, 1995–1998) Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
(2001–2003) G 32,292 6,672 5,633 7000600000000000000♠ 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998) 7000600000000000000♠ 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) 14 2009 [28]

Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas* Cincinnati Royals
Cincinnati Royals
(1963–1969) San Francisco Warriors
San Francisco Warriors
(1969–1971) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1971–1974) F 14,053 12,942 2,732 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1973) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 7 1980 [29]

Malone, KarlKarl Malone* Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(1985–2003) Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(2003–2004) F 36,928 14,968 5,248 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1997, 1999) 5000000000000000000♠ None 14 2010 [30]

Malone, MosesMoses Malone* Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
(1976) Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1976–1982) Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1982–1986, 1993–1994) Washington Bullets
Washington Bullets
(1986–1988) Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
(1988–1991) Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
(1991–1993) San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
(1994–1995) C 27,409 16,212 1,796 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1983) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1979, 1982, 1983) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1983) 12 2001 [31]

Maravich, PetePete Maravich* Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
(1970–1974) New Orleans / Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(1974–1980) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1980) G 15,948 2,747 3,563 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5 1987 [32]

McHale, KevinKevin McHale* Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1980–1993) F 17,335 7,122 1,670 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1981, 1984, 1986) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 7 1999 [33]

Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
(1948–1956) C 10,156 4,167 1,245 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 4 1959 [34]

Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe* Baltimore Bullets (1967–1971) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1971–1980) G 17,454 2,796 3,594 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1973) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 4 1990 [35]

Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1984–2001) Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
(2001–2002) C 26,946 13,748 3,058 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1994, 1995) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1994) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1994, 1995) 12 2008 [36]

O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal* Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
(1992–1996) Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1996–2004) Miami Heat
Miami Heat
(2004–2008) Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
(2008–2009) Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers (2009–2010) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(2010–2011) C 28,596 13,099 3,026 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (2000) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (2000, 2001, 2002) 15 2016 [37]

Parish, RobertRobert Parish* Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
(1976–1980) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1980–1994) Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
(1994–1996) Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1996–1997) C 23,334 14,715 2,180 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (1981, 1984, 1986, 1997) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 9 2003 [38]

Pettit, BobBob Pettit* Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks
St. Louis Hawks
(1954–1965) F 20,880 12,849 2,369 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1958) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1956, 1959) 5000000000000000000♠ None 11 1971 [39]

Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1987–1998, 2003–2004) Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1998–1999) Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
(1999–2003) F 18,940 7,494 6,135 7000600000000000000♠ 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 7 2010 [40]

Reed, WillisWillis Reed* New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1964–1974) C/F 12,183 8,414 1,186 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1970, 1973) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1970) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1970, 1973) 7 1982 [41]

Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Cincinnati Royals
Cincinnati Royals
(1960–1970) Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
(1970–1974) G 26,710 7,804 9,887 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1971) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1964) 5000000000000000000♠ None 12 1980 [42]

Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
(1989–2003) C 20,790 10,497 2,441 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1999, 2003) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1995) 5000000000000000000♠ None 10 2009 [43]

Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1956–1969) C 14,522 21,620 4,100 7001110000000000000♠ 11 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969) 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965) 5000000000000000000♠ None 12 1975 [44]

Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes* Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
/ Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1949–1964) F 18,438 11,256 3,072 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1955) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 12 1973 [45]

Sharman, BillBill Sharman* Washington Capitols (1950–1951) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1951–1961) G 12,665 2,779 2,101 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 8 1976 [46]

Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(1984–2003) G 19,711 4,051 15,806 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 10 2009 [47]

Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(1981–1994) G 18,822 3,478 9,061 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1989, 1990) 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1990) 12 2000 [48]

Thurmond, NateNate Thurmond* San Francisco / Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
(1963–1974) Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1974–1975) Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers (1975–1977) C 14,437 14,464 2,575 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 7 1985 [49]

Unseld, WesWes Unseld* Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets
Washington Bullets
(1968–1981) C 10,624 13,769 3,822 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1978) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1969) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1978) 5 1988 [50]

Walton, BillBill Walton* Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
(1974–1979) San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(1979,1983–1985) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1985–1987) C 6,215 4,923 1,590 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1977, 1986) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1978) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1977) 2 1993 [51]

West, JerryJerry West* Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1960–1974) G 25,192 5,366 6,238 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1972) 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1969) 14 1980 [52]

Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens* St. Louis Hawks
St. Louis Hawks
(1960−1968) Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
(1968–1972) Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers (1972–1974) Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
(1974–1975) G 17,772 5,030 7,211 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1979) 5000000000000000000♠ None 5000000000000000000♠ None 9 1989 [53]

Worthy, JamesJames Worthy* Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1982–1994) F 16,320 4,708 2,791 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1985, 1987, 1988) 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1988) 7 2003 [54]

Top 10 Coaches in NBA History

Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
(left) and Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
(right) both made the 1996 list of the top ten coaches in NBA history.

Alongside the selection of the 50 greatest players, was the selection of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. The list was compiled based upon unranked selection undertaken exclusively by members of the print and broadcast media who regularly cover the NBA. All 10 coaches named were alive at the time of the list's announcement, and four of them—Phil Jackson, Don Nelson, Pat Riley, and Lenny Wilkens—were then active. Five have since died: Red Holzman
Red Holzman
in 1998, Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
in 2006, Chuck Daly in 2009, Jack Ramsay in 2014, and John Kundla in 2017. Jackson was the last of the ten to coach in the NBA; he announced his retirement after the 2010–11 season. Nelson was the only member to have never won a championship as a coach, even though he won five as a player. Wilkens was the only member of the coaches list to have been selected as a member of the players list. Nine of the ten coaches are also members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
(only Bill Fitch is not).

* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Year Denotes year of Basketball Hall of Fame induction

Coach Team(s) coached (years)[a] Coaching record Championships won as coach[b] Coach of the Year award(s) won Year Ref.

Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach* Washington Capitols (1946–1949) Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Tri-Cities Blackhawks
(1949–1950) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1950–1966) 6999662000000000000♠ 938–479 (.662) 7000900000000000000♠ 9 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1965) 1969 [55]

Daly, ChuckChuck Daly* Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers (1982) Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(1983–1992) New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
(1992–1994) Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
(1997–1999) 6999598000000000000♠ 564–379 (.598) 638–437 (.593)[c] 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1989, 1990) 5000000000000000000♠ None 1994 [56]

Fitch, BillBill Fitch Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers (1970–1979) Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1979–1983) Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1983–1988) New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
(1989–1992) Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(1994–1998) 6999460000000000000♠ 944–1106 (.460) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1981) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1976, 1980) 5000000000000000000♠ — [57]

Holzman, RedRed Holzman* Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks
St. Louis Hawks
(1954–1956) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1967–1982) 6999535000000000000♠ 696–604 (.535) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (1970, 1973) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1970) 1986 [58]

Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson* Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1989–1998) Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1999–2004, 2005–2011) 6999721000000000000♠ 414–160 (.721) 1155–485 (.704)[c] 7001110000000000000♠ 11 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1996) 2007 [59]

Kundla, JohnJohn Kundla* Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
(1948–1959) 6999582990000000000♠ 423–302 (.583) 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954) 5000000000000000000♠ None 1995 [60]

Nelson, DonDon Nelson* Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
(1976–1987) Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
(1988–1995, 2006–2010) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1995–1996) Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
(1997–2005) 6999574990000000000♠ 851–629 (.575) 1335–1063 (.557)[c] 5000000000000000000♠ None 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1983, 1985, 1992) 2012 [61][62]

Ramsay, JackJack Ramsay* Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1968–1972) Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
(1972–1976) Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
(1976–1986) Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
(1986–1988) 6999525000000000000♠ 864–783 (.525) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1977) 5000000000000000000♠ None 1992 [63]

Riley, PatPat Riley* Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1981–1990) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(1991–1995) Miami Heat
Miami Heat
(1995–2003, 2005–2008) 6999702000000000000♠ 798–339 (.702) 1210–694 (.636)[c] 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2006) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (1990, 1993, 1997) 2008 [64]

Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens* Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
(1969–1972, 1977–1985) Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
(1974–1976) Cleveland
Cleveland
Cavaliers (1986–1993) Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
(1993–2000) Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
(2000–2003) New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(2004–2005) 6999544000000000000♠ 1014–850 (.544) 1332–1155 (.536)[c] 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1979) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (1994) 1998 [65]

Top 10 Teams in NBA History Also included in the NBA's 50th-anniversary celebration was the selection of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History. The list was compiled based upon unranked selection undertaken exclusively by members of the print and broadcast media who regularly cover the NBA. Teams were chosen from among all single-season individual teams. Each team won the NBA championship, and they combined to average 66 wins per season. The 1995–96 Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
had, at the moment, the best single-season record in NBA history with 72 wins. Six out of the thirty NBA franchises (twenty-nine franchises at the time of announcement) had a team named to the list; the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
and the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
had two teams selected. Six players were on the roster of two teams on the list—Wilt Chamberlain with the 1966–67 Sixers and 1971–72 Lakers; James Edwards, Dennis Rodman, and John Salley
John Salley
with the 1988–89 Pistons and 1995–96 Bulls; and Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
with the Bulls in both 1991–92 and 1995–96. Three other individuals both played for and coached honored teams, all of whom completed this "double" with a single franchise— K. C. Jones
K. C. Jones
with the Celtics as a player in 1964–65 and coach in 1985–86, Billy Cunningham
Billy Cunningham
with the Sixers as a player in 1966–67 and coach in 1982–83, and Pat Riley
Pat Riley
with the Lakers as a player in 1971–72 and coach in 1986–87. Phil Jackson, head coach of the Bulls from 1989 to 1998, was the only man to coach two teams that made the list. Although Jackson was under contract to the Knicks as a player in their 1969–70 championship season, he did not play that season as he was recovering from spinal fusion surgery.[66] Players whose names are italicized were inducted after the announcement of the ten best teams. The Hall of Famers listed for each individual team are solely those inducted as players, and do not include those inducted in other roles.

Season Team Record Roster and head coach Players in the Hall of Fame Players on the 50 Greatest Players list Ref.

1964–65 Boston Celtics 6999775000000000000♠ 62–18 (.775) Ron Bonham, Mel Counts, John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Willie Naulls, Bevo Nordmann, Bill Russell, Tom Sanders, Larry Siegfried, John Thompson, Gerry Ward, coach Red Auerbach[d] 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (K. Jones, S. Jones, Heinsohn, Russell, Havlicek)[e] 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (S. Jones, Russell, Havlicek) [67]

1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers 6999840000000000000♠ 68–13 (.840) Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Costello, Billy Cunningham, Dave Gambee, Hal Greer, Matt Guokas, Luke Jackson, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Chet Walker, Bob Weiss, coach Alex Hannum[d] 7000300000000000000♠ 4 (Greer, Chamberlain, Cunningham, Walker) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (Greer, Chamberlain, Cunningham) [68]

1969–70 New York Knicks 6999732000000000000♠ 60–22 (.732) Dick Barnett, Nate Bowman, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Bill Hosket, Don May, Willis Reed, Mike Riordan, Cazzie Russell, Dave Stallworth, John Warren, coach Red Holzman[d] 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (Frazier, Bradley, DeBusschere, Reed) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (Frazier, DeBusschere, Reed) [69]

1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers 6999841000000000000♠ 69–13 (.841) Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Jim Cleamons, LeRoy Ellis, Keith Erickson, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Jim McMillian, Pat Riley, Flynn Robinson, John Trapp, Jerry West, coach Bill Sharman[d] 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (Goodrich, West, Chamberlain, Baylor[f]) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (West, Chamberlain, Baylor) [70]

1982–83 Philadelphia 76ers 6999793000000000000♠ 65–17 (.793) J. J. Anderson, Maurice Cheeks, Earl Cureton, Franklin Edwards, Julius Erving, Marc Iavaroni, Clemon Johnson, Reggie Johnson, Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, Mark McNamara, Clint Richardson, Russ Schoene, Andrew Toney, coach Billy Cunningham 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (Erving, Malone) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (Erving, Malone) [71]

1985–86 Boston Celtics 6999817009999900000♠ 67–15 (.817) Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Rick Carlisle, Dennis Johnson, Greg Kite, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Jerry Sichting, David Thirdkill, Sam Vincent, Bill Walton, Scott Wedman, Sly Williams, coach K. C. Jones 7000500000000000000♠ 5 (McHale, Bird, Parish, Walton, Johnson) 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (McHale, Bird, Parish, Walton) [72]

1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers 6999793000000000000♠ 65–17 (.793) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adrian Branch, Frank Brickowski, Michael Cooper, A. C. Green, Magic Johnson, Wes Matthews, Kurt Rambis, Mike Smrek, Byron Scott, Billy Thompson, Mychal Thompson, James Worthy, coach Pat Riley[d] 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (Johnson, Worthy, Abdul-Jabbar) 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (Johnson, Worthy, Abdul-Jabbar) [73]

1988–89 Detroit Pistons 6999768000000000000♠ 63–19 (.768) Mark Aguirre, Adrian Dantley, Darryl Dawkins, Fennis Dembo, Joe Dumars, James Edwards, Steve Harris, Vinnie Johnson, Bill Laimbeer, John Long, Rick Mahorn, Pace Mannion, Dennis Rodman, Jim Rowinski, John Salley, Isiah Thomas, Micheal Williams, coach Chuck Daly[d] 7000400000000000000♠ 4 (Thomas, Dumars, Dantley, Rodman) 7000100000000000000♠ 1 (Thomas) [74]

1991–92 Chicago Bulls 6999817009999900000♠ 67–15 (.817) B. J. Armstrong, Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant, Bob Hansen, Craig Hodges, Dennis Hopson, Michael Jordan, Stacey King, Cliff Levingston, Chuck Nevitt, John Paxson, Will Perdue, Scottie Pippen, Mark Randall, Rory Sparrow, Scott Williams, coach Phil Jackson[d] 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (Jordan, Pippen) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (Jordan, Pippen) [75]

1995–96 Chicago Bulls 6999878000000000000♠ 72–10 (.878) Randy Brown, Jud Buechler, Jason Caffey, James Edwards, Jack Haley, Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoč, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Dickey Simpkins, Bill Wennington, coach Phil Jackson[d] 7000300000000000000♠ 3 (Jordan, Pippen, Rodman) 7000200000000000000♠ 2 (Jordan, Pippen) [76]

See also

National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
portal

ABA All-Time Team

Notes

a American Basketball Association
American Basketball Association
(ABA) teams other than those admitted into the NBA in 1976 are not included; each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season. b Each year is linked to an article about the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in that year. c Italicized record and winning percentage reflect all games played through the 2010–11 season; the preceding record is that of the coach at the time of his selection. d Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
as coach; Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman
was inducted as both a player and a coach e A sixth player on this team, Sanders, was inducted into the Hall as a contributor in August 2011.[77] f Having been injured in the second game, Baylor missed the remainder of the 1971–72 season. He retired at the beginning of the next season.[78]

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Scottie Pippen
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Willis Reed
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Oscar Robertson
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Bill Russell
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Bill Sharman
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